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From: Matthew Redinger <email@example.com> Dear Listers: I have a problem that I hope those of you out there at institutions with more experience at research using the new technologies than we have here. There is a great degree of interest among members of the administration, and the History department, in beginning to tap the research potential of the Internet. But this raises a problem. The genesis of the problem was when, last week, one of our professors had students prepare research projects using Internet resources. All was well and good, with some genuinely good work, until it became clear that at least two of the students copied, verbatim, large sections of an electronic document. Therein lies the crux of our problem. Clearly, these students were counting on our ignorance--I can almost hear them saying "They'll NEVER know which website I got this from...." That's our problem. How do we open up the etherworld to our students and still maintain some ability to hold students accountable for doing their own work? I mean, we can't hope to know everything that's out there on any given subject. And not that we'd want to. One of the great potentialities of these technologies for students is the chance to mine a nugget of gold that no one in class has ever seen before. Specifically, we are interested in hearing from people who have developed some mechanism for using Internet resources for research but at the same time for maintaining that accountability. I know we could download particular resources onto the course website located in our departmental site, but I am interested in severing the tethers--letting the students' own imaginations guide their search for a topic. We are on the ground floor with these issues--our faculty combines people who use the web regularly in class as well as those for whom an IBM Selectric is a new tool. So, we would be most interested in any suggestions you might have to offer. Thank you for your help, Matthew Redinger Department of History Montana State University-Billings Come visit our website at http://www.msubillings.edu/history/ -------------------------------------------------------- --Public reply to list: firstname.lastname@example.org --Private reply to sender: See e-mail address under "From" at top of message --To unsubscribe send e-mail to: email@example.com with UNSUB H-DIPLO as the only text in the body of your message --To temporarily suspend your account: send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with SET H-DIPLO NOMAIL as the only text in the body of your message. To reactivate your account, send e-mail to email@example.com with SET H-DIPLO MAIL as the only text in the body of your message --Personal help from list moderators: firstname.lastname@example.org