Your Definition or Mine? Navigating Cultural Differences in Plagiarism and Cheating

Monday, November 11, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Globalization, technology, and common language have certainly made it much easier to share information and research in the 21st century, however, not all of our definitions of sharing are the same! When we talk about Academic Integrity in the classroom and what kinds of 'helps' are appropriate - proper citation of sources in writing and research, doing homework and projects together, using the internet to help with presentations and projects - there are different definitions and expectations from Beijing to Bogota to Birmingham.

Countries differ regarding what information is considered to 'public' and 'proprietorial'. Ideas about what it means to help friends and family members be successful also vary greatly. High Context and Low Context cultures differ in what it means to honor those in positions of authority by using their materials. Participants will discuss these cultural differences and values and seek to explore ways to raise awareness for both students and faculty on this important topic.


This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.


This workshop is being held in conjunction with International Education Week. International Education Week (IEW) is a week of events at UofSC that promotes and celebrates international exchange worldwide in order to encourage communication between different cultures at UofSC and to help develop global-ready UofSC graduates.


** Registration Procedures Update **

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) workshops and events, beginning in spring 2019, CTE will require that registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register for all events.


If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available in a single location with a single training account and login.


In order to have a comprehensive record of your attendance at CTE workshops and events, we strongly encourage you to establish a training account and/or begin logging in to register for our events at your earliest convenience.


Michelle Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student TA programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina. Throughout her 24-year teaching career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston, and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC.

Terry Goodfellow
Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator
English Programs for Internationals

Terry Goodfellow has been teaching internationals for more than 25 years in the US and Europe. She has been an Instructor at the Intensive English program here on campus called English Programs for Internationals (EPI) for 14 years, where she has taught writing and English Rhetoric to 100's of international students. Goodfellow has also taught in the First Year English Program for 2.5 years on campus. She gives frequent lectures on cross-cultural issues and yearly does the orientation for the American Classroom Culture for our Graduate International Associates (ITAs).