Part of a well-rounded education is the requirement for students to communicate their knowledge in writing. But what happens when students lack the foundational skills (or willingness) to write to our standards? There are several options for them, ranging from the desirable/acceptable to the outright unethical. One choice is to use 'rephrasing software' which automatically replaces words with synonyms – whether they make sense in context or not. Sometimes, students do this 'manually' using translation apps or thesauruses. Regardless, the result is a poorly-written paper that can be borderline plagiarized.
In this session, Dr. Claudius Soodeen, EdD, and Dr. Sarah Eaton, PhD briefly chronicled their responses to one such situation, discussed how we can respond educationally, and posed some looming questions.