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clearer grading guidelines (plagiarism/copying)

Tenebrent Salven 1 year ago updated by World of Potter 1 year ago 1

All of the sites should have a clear statement of what is going to be graded as plagiarism and copying.

I have had a number of assignments I graded that have been both approved and punished for plagiarism. Some had no sources and were copied and some had sources and no quotes around copied material.

Even the HM told an AT that it was not plagiarism if it was directly copied and had quotes, but that is just another form of accidental plagiarism.

The guidelines should be the same across all sites. Either no decrease in a grade for any form of accidental plagiarism, or a troll grade for anything that does not use a proper format like MLA, APA, Chicago style, etc.

Otherwise it is up to interpretation and it really turns one off to want to even grade homework when points and IG currency for grading is lost because of what level of plagiarism is allowed being open to interpretation and even having a "pick and choose" aspect in the HM's opinion of what is acceptable.

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Please check the rules and guidelines of your site for the exact statements on plagiarism or copied homework, or talk to your HM and MoM about your wish of clearer guidelines. 
It is not possible to have the same guidelines on all sites as they are set in very different countries where the citation formats (MLA, APA, etc.) are not always known. Also, the sites are accesible for children aged 13 (and older), who are most likely not familiar with official citation guidelines like MLA yet, so sites usually try to keep it simple or at least break the rules down a bit so that everyone understands then. 
But again, we understand your wish for clearer guidelines and kindly ask you to speak with the MoM/HM of your site about it (: 

BAD, I'M UNSATISFIED

This was not a request to enforce MLA/APA format. It was for requiring a certain level of clarity to be put in the guidelines for what is allowed and what is plagiarism for each site.

If the MoM claims that overall World of Potter can limit status competitions and statuses that only exist to pretend they are special things being given out, then a requirement for a certain level of clarity on grading can certainly be required.

The headmaster claimed they probably could be polished and yet doesn't. World of Potter puts people into staff positions and should hold a certain level of accountability for site care.

Satisfaction mark by Tenebrent Salven 1 year ago
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Please check the rules and guidelines of your site for the exact statements on plagiarism or copied homework, or talk to your HM and MoM about your wish of clearer guidelines. 
It is not possible to have the same guidelines on all sites as they are set in very different countries where the citation formats (MLA, APA, etc.) are not always known. Also, the sites are accesible for children aged 13 (and older), who are most likely not familiar with official citation guidelines like MLA yet, so sites usually try to keep it simple or at least break the rules down a bit so that everyone understands then. 
But again, we understand your wish for clearer guidelines and kindly ask you to speak with the MoM/HM of your site about it (: