Ideas spring forth from the mind,
inspiring humanity to ever greater
heights of thinking and material
achievement. Ideas lead to inventions and
innovations which revolutionise the way
we live and the way we think.
Ideas are just like things. I have mine and
you have yours. While it is a good idea to
share ideas, boundaries must be established
to ensure that one’s intellectual rights are
protected. Plagiarism is a bane to the commerce of ideas. This is not because ideas are meant
to be kept to oneself, but because there are unscrupulous people around who have
no sense of respect when it comes to borrowing ideas from others.
In order to generate new, more complex ideas, there is a necessity to utilise preexisting
ideas. In academia, this is apparent when we work on our assignments,
project papers, theses, and so on. However, in our mad rush for credits and
credentials, there is a tendency to take the easy path of plagiarism.
TCX28 attempts to explore this issue from various angles - through interviews
with our top people and academicians, through the opinions of tutors and learners,
and through articles written by our editorial board members. Plagiarism is a thorny
issue which blights the academic integrity of any institution; hence a concerted
effort from all parties is required to effectively manage this menace.
It is our hope at TCX that some awareness may be raised about the seriousness of
this matter among those concerned. Our tutors play an influential role in guiding our
learners through the thickets and thistles of plagiarism. The first step is awareness.
Our tutors need to create awareness in our learners about the moral and practical
consequences of plagiarism. This will hopefully lead to a more honest, constructive
approach in knowledge creation among our learners.
Here’s to a more responsible and ethical learning environment.