Citing Creative Commons, Blogger Posts Houellebecq Novel Online for Free

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Michel Houellebecq lifted certain portions of his novel Prix Goncourt-winning novel La carte et le territoire from Wikipedia. Not only did he admit to doing it, he insisted it’s not plagiarism, that it was simply part of his technique. Over the weekend, a French blogger has turned around and used Houellebecq’s actions as justification for posting the entirety of …

Do Google and Wikipedia Rob Students of a Real Education?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka In today’s editorial, Ron Mobed of Cengage Learning argues that digital tools and content turbocharge traditional education. Within the piece, he cites a 2009 UCLA study that “found that students learn better when they become engaged in a trial-and-error method to find information, rather than simply use Google or Wikipedia to reveal answers.” Translation: when students have …