Grant Wiggins recently shared a post from the New York Times “Can I Use the Same Paper for Multiple College Courses?” that speaks to the complexity that is academia. The essence of the article is addressing this question:
When I was in college, I’d sometimes write a single paper that would satisfy assignments in more than one course. For instance, I once wrote a paper on how “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” expressed satire; I submitted it for assignments in both my poetry course as well as my completely separate satire course. I did not disclose this to either professor. When I share this with people, half call the practice cheating, and the other half call it genius. My niece told me it would certainly be grounds for expulsion at her college. In my mind, I was adding a level of intellectual complexity to my studies. Was this an ethical practice, or was I cheating? JOE, CONNECTICUT
This topic resonates with me from the perspective of blogfolios and a question I raised with our teachers: if a student decides to write a single blog post for both English III and US History, what would your reaction be to the student having one post for two assignments?
The initial reactions and subsequent topics vary, but there is an overwhelming excitement about student showing this level of transfer. Just think, for decades, we’ve tried to structure cross-discipline thinking and here students are doing it on their own. Is it for efficiency more than for cross-disciplinary views? Perhaps… okay, probably. However, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that it is happening.
So what say you about one product for multiple classes?