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Laura DeSena

I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies -- teaching writing (research and composition) for nearly two decades (in brick and mortar and virtual environments).  In addition, I am a Faculty Observer of online instructors for NYUonline.

I also work full time teaching English at West Milford High School, New Jersey (10 years).I developed curriculum for Film Literacy and Advanced Creative Writing. I teach English 4 and AP Literature courses.


Also -- an art critic: articles -- one on the painter, “Mary Cassatt,” and the second on photographer, ”Diane Arbus” – are included in Contemporary Women Artists (St. Martin’s Press, 1999).  And playwright -- Men's Club and The Pendulum Moon -- currently working on Boots (a one act play).

My book, Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques,  published by the National Council of Teachers of English (2007), is currently in second printing.  I am a recognized expert on the topic of plagiarism -- have  presented nationally on strategies to generate authentic writing.

I also served as advisor in the revision of Turabian’s Student's Guide to Writing College Papers,  published by University of Chicago Press, 2010.


I founded Innovations in Online Education, Inc. in 2008 to provide synchronous online instruction to homebound students in New Jersey. We offer online education programs to New Jersey school districts. 

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Avoiding Cheating and Plagiarism in an Online Course

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 9:10pm 0 Comments

Devices will not save us – IP validating and web video cams.  Here is what we must do:

Embrace the 21st century in which student assignments are project based collaborative pieces and testing assessment is the open e-resource exam (akin to the open book exam).

1. Collaboration eliminates copying  as students hold each other accountable for parts of the assignment or for equal input into an assignment.  Google docs for collaborative composition and Prezi for…


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