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Running head: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY GENRE ANALYSIS

Academic Dishonesty Genre Analysis


Luis Garcia
University of Texas at El Paso

Honesty is an important quality that every professor expects from its students regardless
of the situation. In the same way, Universities expect their faculty and teachers to be honest

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about their students infractions. Copying answers during test, quoting material without
attributing it to its author, and modifying graded assignment are all examples of academic
dishonesty. In every educational facility there are consequences for each infraction depending on
the severity of the case. Despite the fact that cheating is not allowed in Universities, the practice
of cheating is increasing in students from all disciplines because of the advancement in
technology. With the aid of technology, sharing answers through electronic devices and
plagiarism is much easier!
The two genres I chose to analyze were a video and an infographic portrayed in the same
blog page. The title of the blog page is Teachers Tech Workshop and the creator is Mouhssine
Kharbach. The blog page contains links to other infographics and other resources for students
and parents such as the infographic and the video on cheating. The infographic is a work done by
schools.com while the video is a set of interviews done by the San Jose State University. I chose
these two genres because they go along with the topic of academic dishonesty and can be
accessed in the same web address. The fact that these two genres are on the same page makes it
easier to compare and contrast their content. For example, a comparison in the vocabulary,
graphic content, and rhetorical appeals can be achieve. Although both genres illustrate the same
point of view, they differ in the way the information is portrayed and organized.
The video by the title of College Cheating by the San Jose State University (SJSU) can
be found on the webpage and on YouTube. The video is a well-organized YouTube video
consisting of 30 minutes of interviews and discussion among the professors at SJSU. The
professors interviewed in this video are Business TA Renee Swensen, Professor Jason Chu,
Education Manager Turnitin Sr, and Don Kassner. The professor and TAs portray the ethos
appeal in the genre. This video consumes more time to analyze because it is portrayed in a

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documentary format and therefore a more profound vocabulary is used. The purpose of this genre
is to inform college students and professors that cheating is becoming more popular in
universities. The intended audience for this genre are college students who cheat and professors
who are dealing with academic dishonesty. The purpose of this video is mainly to inform
students and families about the problem. For this reason, the video gives examples of ways in
which professors can decrease the cases of academic dishonesty in colleges and universities. In
this genre, the audience already knows and is aware that college students cheat on their
assignments by plagiarism or sharing answers during tests. The audience needs to know that
cheating mostly occurs in online courses. Furthermore, online cheating is becoming a common
practice among students who are taking online courses and as a result cheating is more accessible
through the internet.
The language of this video is very formal and addresses topics related to college and
specific majors. The majority of the people interviewed in this video are college professors
speaking about their experiences with students in their specific area and how they minimize
academic dishonesty. The vocabulary of this video is very educational because half of the video
is a discussion between the professors. Most of the interviews are done in a computer lab
conveying that online cheating is the most common among the students. The fact that college
professor and TAs are interviewed portrays more credibility to the video. Also the video shows a
main host that narrates the problem from start to end and brings credibility and emotion to the
video.
This genre is trying to evoke emotions of overwhelm and concern towards this issue. The
professors in this video seem like they care about the cheating situation and the future of their
students. Throughout the video evidence is presented in the form of statistics and personal

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experiences to inform and support its claim. I believe it is a valid and credible source because it
comes from a University with a real working staff. Since this is a video on YouTube it can be
accessed more easily than searching on the web. Since this is documentary-like video it
facilitates its purpose by giving examples. Also, for every problem discussed in this video there
is a solution. This video is organized in parts as if it was televised, including advertisement time
and a host introducing each topic.
The genre by the title of Cheater, Cheater! is an infographic that can be accessed through
the schools.com page and the blog page itself. The purpose of this genre is to inform students and
parents that cheating is becoming very common. The intended audience of this infographic are
students and their parents who are seeking statistics about the cheating situation. The statistics
are portrayed along the entire infographic emphasized with different colors. The audience
already knows that cheating occurs very often in colleges. This is portray in the infographic by
statistics about academic dishonesty at young ages. In addition, the audience needs to know
academic dishonesty is becoming more popular in our education system. This genre takes about a
few minutes to analyze since it is mostly pictures which are easy to understand.
The language of this infographic is very easy to understand and even children can
understand the wording and pictures. The genre uses simple sentences, simple statistics, and
pictures to inform the audience about the problem. What caught my attention is that the color red
is used to emphasize the negative statistics and green to point out the positive which emphasizes
a logos and pathos appeal. The genre tries to establish its credibility using the statistics based on
how often students cheat and how cheating will increase in the future. To portray credibility, the
infographic is designed by Schools.com and its sources include Amy Novotney.

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The emotion that this genre is trying to convey is that cheating is wrong and once you
cheat youll always be one. Therefore, this genre evokes a guilty emotion. This point is portrayed
by the illustrations, the color red, and of course the statistics. The evidence presented in this
infographic is mainly statistics and I dont think they are reliable because I dont know much
about the website Schools.com. The information in this genre is organized by including high
school student statistics up to college and adulthood to compare and contrast cheating in young
ages up to higher education. Since only one source is presented, there are limitations on
credibility. As mentioned earlier, the only source for this genre is Amy Novotney and since it is
not a well-known author the credibility fails to be supported. Logos is portrayed by the fact that
cheating is very common at very young ages. To support this, the infographic explains and
summarizes academic dishonesty in elementary school. Pathos is conveyed by the designs,
images, and the colorful wording. Ethos was achieved by the addition of the website and the
sources at the end of the infographic.
In conclusion, the video genre was more effective in promoting the best message to the
audience. The video genre was more successful in explaining how academic dishonesty works
and ways to decrease the cases of cheating. In addition, the use of ethos in the video was more
effectively portrayed and therefore it can be seen as a more reliable source. The ethos in the
video was illustrated by the professors at SJSU while the ethos in the infographic was marked by
its creator, Schools.com. In addition, the video genre gives a better overview of the issue because
professors take part in the interview and the discussion while the infographic is more general and
only utilizes statistics and pictures to convey its point. Overall, the video impacted and informed
the audience about the measures that should be taken and therefore it content was more credible.

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References
College Cheating. (2013, July 22). Retrieved March 7, 2015, from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZbBjBNtuKk
Kharbach, M. (2013, January 1). Infographic: The Impact of digital Technology on Cheating ~
Teachers Tech Workshop. Retrieved March 7, 2015.