Mastering Attribution: Adapting Citation and Anti-Plagiarism Instruction into a Competitive and Active Game-Based Learning Activity
“Mastering Attribution: Adapting Citation and Anti-Plagiarism Instruction into a Competitive and Active Game-Based Learning Activity” Poster Session, American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA June 2015
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Citation Master is a game-based learning approach to teaching students about the importance of academic attribution. This workshop does not focus on idiosyncratic, style-based rules, but instead focuses on the broader skills, philosophies, and ethics behind proper citation and good writing. We assessed the students’ ability to identify the need for citation through a pre and post-test writing prompt. Our goal was to understand if students had an increased understanding of attribution and a more sophisticated framework for understanding the process and ethics of academic writing. Our data supports our hypothesis that students lack a fundamental understanding not of citation mechanics, but of the essential philosophical elements underlying proper academic attribution.