A new Israeli development, recently implemented in universities and most colleges in Israel, is able to verify the level of originality of works in any language in the humanities, social sciences and most life sciences.
The developer behind the development is Originality Ltd., which has developed a system that includes a database of about 7 million works submitted in Israel in the last ten years.
“A study conducted at several institutions of higher education in Israel revealed the following results – in the humanities and exact sciences there has been a significant drop in the level of integrity compared to only a moderate decline in the social sciences and health sciences,” the company says.
“Before the Corona, the level of integrity in private colleges was higher than that of universities, but this trend was reversed during the Corona period, meaning that the level of integrity in private colleges became lower than in universities. This means that this phenomenon began to permeate smaller colleges as well.”
In most cases the punishment in case a student is caught copying an academic paper is not dramatic. In Israel, the punishment is at the discretion of the disciplinary committee of the academic institution and is supported by the institution’s regulations. It ranges from a warning or reprimand, disqualification from an exam, a ban on attending a certain date, cancellation of participation in a course to the most severe sanction – exclusion from the academic institution for a defined period or permanently – which rarely happens.
The cheating and copying methods have become more creative in the last two years and as proof of this we will take for example the home tests in Zoom. The camera angle is relatively limited and students sometimes take advantage of this to transmit answers via WhatsApp without control or supervision.
The head of the science teaching department at the Achva Academic College, Dr. Omar Flick, claims: “If the students had invested all their creativity in studying for the exam and not in how to copy, our situation would have been wonderful. Where trust is damaged technology can solve the problem and show us whether work has been copied or not. We transfer all the works with us through the software and in this way we make sure that the works are indeed original. ”