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This paper asserts that all the praise currently being lavished upon computer technology in the writing classroom should be tempered with realistic criticism. In addition to making research easier for students, the Internet makes plagiarism very easy. The author stresses that this plagiarism problem is not limited to the composition classroom, and that the process of documenting a plagiarism case against a student can be very difficult. The author offers the Web address of one site that helps students and teachers check for plagiarism. He also addresses the need for colleges to have a technical support staff whose numbers are proportionate to the number of computers on campus, pointing out that keeping up with the latest technology is not only expensive, but requires the kind of time that most college staff do not have at their disposal. Finally, this paper urges instructors who use computers in the classroom to invest time in planning, rather than rushing to adopt the latest technology. The curriculum is at the heart of a college education, and the author stresses that it is not designed by manufacturers of hardware or developers of software, but rather, as has always been the case, the curriculum is developed by teachers. Presentation materials are appended. (Contains 28 references.) (NB)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Plagiarism, Research Tools, Technological Advancement, World Wide Web, Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies

Autor: Tichenor, Stuart


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