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One ideal of digital media production software and technology is open file compatibility and exchange. Unrestricted transfer and duplication facilitates professional production, but may also facilitate improper reuse. This paper describes several pedagogical concerns and curricular adaptations that have arisen in dealing with student plagiarism issues in digital photography, non-linear video editing, and other digital-file-based university courses. The paper notes that conflicts exist between the open nature of digital media and the need to control dishonesty, and that technical and pedagogical methods developed to flag or obstruct ease of transport and reuse may undermine both applications and instructional design. It first focuses on what the issue is in general, what the digital plagiarism issue is, and how to detect and discourage plagiarized text. The paper then considers the plagiarism potential in photography, desktop publishing, and Web design courses, discussing how a digital still image can be stolen and how to detect and discourage digital still image plagiarism. It covers potential plagiarism in digital video editing projects, discussing how to steal a nonlinear video editing project and suggesting that the most effective solution is to change the methods of teaching and evaluation. (NKA)

Descriptors: Editing, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Mass Media, Plagiarism, Production Techniques

Author: Gutenko, Gregory


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