Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Call for Chapters for book on plagiarism

Call for Chapters for book on plagiarism: Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Cases and Solutions.

NOTE: Author is also looking for reviewers to review potential book chapters on a double-blind basis; all reviewers will receive a free copy of the book. If you are interested in this role, please contact me at t.roberts@cqu.edu.au.


Deadline for submission of proposals: July 15, 2006

Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Cases and Solutions

A book edited by Tim S Roberts, Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University

Overall objectives of the book
Twenty years ago, plagiarism was seen as an isolated misdemeanour, restricted to a small group of dishonest students. Today, it is widely recognised as a ubiquitous, systemic problem. Some 90% of students admit to cheating of some form during their academic careers. Some 70% admit to copying material directly from the Internet.

This is a major concern to educators in all fields and at all levels. How can students be assessed fairly, when the problem of plagiarism is so widespread? This book will address the issue of student plagiarism directly. What is the scale of the problem? Why should it be taken seriously? What tools and techniques can be used to combat the problem?

These questions will be answered using as exemplars cases and solutions from real-life situations.

Target audience
Professionals working in the area of online teaching and learning; researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds including educationalists, psychologists, sociologists, cognitive theorists, computer scientists, etc, teachers, particularly those in colleges and universities, instructional designers, web developers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The editor
The editor has previously edited three books in related areas, Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice (2003), Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education (2004), and Self, Peer, and Group Assessment in E-Learning (2006), all available through amazon.com, and maintains the Online Collaborative Learning website at http://clp.cqu.edu.au, and the Assessment in Higher Education web site at http://ahe.cqu.edu.au.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2006, a 2 to 5 page proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 8, 2006 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters will be expected to be submitted by October 15, 2006. All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least three reviewers on a double- blind review basis. Authors of accepted chapters will then have a further opportunity to refine their work, based upon the comments of the reviewers and the editor. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints, in 2007.

Inquiries and submissions should be forwarded electronically (Word document preferred) to:

Tim S Roberts

Faculty of Business and Informatics

Central Queensland University

Bundaberg Queensland 4670 Australia

phone +61 7 4150 7057 fax +61 7 4150 7090

email t.roberts@cqu.edu.au