i-Borg, by akiwi
"The guides offer model essays and are used by examiners marking papers ...The IPKat is horrified too -- not that there has been an egregious act of plagiarism, since that is an everyday occurrence these days. You may as well complain about the weather. No, he's horrified that no-one has said anything about the rights of the author(s) of the plagiarised materials, whose copyright may have been infringed. Have we lost the plot? Merpel adds, IPKat team member Jeremy is far too modest to mention it, but he wrote a little article a couple of years ago, "Authorship, ownership, wikiship: copyright in the twenty-first century", Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2008) 3(12): 788-798, (click here for abstract) which predicted that wikis might just throw up some interesting issues -- but this wasn't one of them.
One IB examiner told the TES they were "shocked" to discover what was called "serious examples of academic dishonesty" in the guide for one of the papers.
He claimed information from 14 of 24 questions contained sections copied from websites such as Wikipedia.
A teacher who runs training workshops for the IB warned the programme had been put at risk and told the TES they were "livid" and "stunned".
The IB diploma, taken by teenagers, is currently offered in more than 200 UK schools and is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to A-levels.
An IB spokesman told the TES: "The IB has always insisted on academic honesty throughout our examination system since the organisation was founded.
"We have always taken immediate and appropriate action when we discover any violation.
"The issue related to the history paper mark scheme is one of those cases, and our investigation of this matter is moving forward but has not yet been completed.
"As a general rule, for each exam session we investigate any and all allegations of malpractice.
"This includes deploying technology to screen and scan scripts, and conducting unannounced inspections of schools' arrangements for the examinations to ensure compliance."
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