I’m not sure if I’m the only one with this problem, but I thought I’d post in case it can be a heads-up for other teachers.
I realized at least a small handful of my students are creating their artifacts (mostly diagrams) by finding existing diagrams that they like, then re-creating that diagram. For example, at least two students doing self-driving cars found different pictures of self-driving cars with the sensors labeled, then they both (independently) found the same image (as the originals) of those cars and put the same labels on those pictures - at most rewording some descriptions. I’m glad I caught them relatively soon.
Student: “So… should I use a different picture?”
I did have some difficulty explaining where to draw the line of what counts as plagiarism and doesn’t count. I told them to be on the safe side, instead of using existing artifacts as “inspiration” and just tweaking them, they should make their artifact from scratch. Come up with an idea on your own, based on your own understanding of that innovation, then make the article from scratch.
I’m guessing there’s not really a clear cutoff between what is and isn’t considered plagiarism? Possibly the thought process that led them to their artifact?