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Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair

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Plagiarism, Power and Jayson BlairThe sensational story of disgraced New York Times journalist Jayson Blair will be told at the 6IIPC. Blair caused scandal at the newspaper in 2003 when he was discovered to have plagiarised the work of other reporters.

Extracts from documentary 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair' will be screened at this year's conference in June. The film's director Samantha Grant will feature as a keynote speaker and will introduce the clips.

Samantha said: "I think a lot of people lost a lot of faith in journalism as a whole, as a profession, because of what Jayson did. He’s seen as the poster child for plagiarism, for everything wrong with journalism. But I think people deserve to know this was a very unusual thing."

Featuring exclusive interviews with Blair and others involved, A Fragile Trust explores the themes of plagiarism, power and ethics.

Samantha added: "Plagiarism in journalism is the ultimate sin, because plagiarism is theft, and journalism is all about uncovering the truth. When one journalist plagiarizes, it sends shockwaves through the system that affect everyone in the profession."

Get a sneak preview here.

6IIPC coming soon...

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Let’s Keep Turnitin On! 2nd Middle East Academic Integrity Seminar 2014

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aboutBy speaker Radhika Iyer-O’Sullivan

The second Middle East Academic Integrity Seminar was held on February 26th at UAEU, Al Ain. This day-long seminar had speakers from the region and the UK, and more than 50 attendees mainly from Al Ain and Dubai. The event opened with a quick welcome from Rany Al Baghdadi, Vice-President of Sales and Training, TechKnowledge. Then, James Thorley, Director of International Sales, Turnitin (Newcastle, UK) presented the Turnitin Roadmap, which included a product update and some additional information on updates that are due to be released soon. He also shared some key statistics on turnitin usage.

Some of the vital changes that Turnitin has implemented recently are acceptance of any type of file uploads including audio and video files, and also increasing its support capability to 24/7 to cater for nations in the Middle East, which tend to have different weekends from western countries. One of the updates to look forward to is the facility of multiple graders on GradeMark, which will allow double blind marking for all submissions.

Rany Al Baghdadi then took centre stage to introduce Al Manhal, the database for Arabic publications and research. He reiterated that there is now a ‘change of culture’ in the region and that students are now increasingly moving away from a ‘cut and paste’ culture to reading, thinking, analyzing and writing. As the UAE and nearby countries continue to grow as education hubs, Al Manhal is now a much needed vital facility. Several western institutions are also using Al Manhal for their certain departments like Islamic Studies. Since its tie-up with Turnitin, about 70,000 Arabic publications have been submitted into Turnitin.

The next keynote speaker was Ian McNaught from Majan College. Muscat, Oman. Mr. McNaught gave some great tips on implementing online assignment management in higher education. He was responsible for implementing use of Turnitin in his previous workplace in Huddersfield, UK, and has now done the same at Majan College. His tips included having a proper ‘roadmap’, consistency across board, providing proper training for academics and staff, and training students on how to interpret reports. He also had particular praise for the Turnitin iPad App, which unlike other apps, has been effective and impressive in fulfilling all functions of Turnitin usage.

The final presenter was Radhika Iyer-O’Sullivan, who is a freelance and independent consultant and trainer. Her interactive session delved into the challenges that students face when they lack academic literacy skills and shared some resources and strategies that could help students learn to be ‘players’ in the highly competitive and unpredictable realm of academia. Ms. Iyer-O’Sullivan contended that academic literacy skills have to be explicitly taught and recommended innovative assessments to allow students to express creativity. She also argued that academic literacy skills should also be embedded within academic modules so that students are constantly practicing their skills within a relevant context. Finally, she shared some resources on Turnitin, plagiarismadvice.org and other universities that could help both staff and students in being ‘socialized’ into the culture of academic integrity.

"Starting out"- Best practices for implementing a plagiarism policy

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Starting OutColleagues from non-UK institutions who are looking to develop a plagiarism policy are invited to attend our "Starting out" event.

The event will precede the International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference on Monday 16 June 2014 and will feature case studies and workshop sessions from speakers from around the globe, showcasing the work of members of the PlagiarismAdvice academic network.

Introducing the interactive academic network map

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aboutA New interactive map aims to showcase experts and enthusiasts working with PlagiarismAdvice.org to promote academic integrity to a global audience.

Members of the global academic community have been key to showcasing innovative approaches to preventing plagiarism and promoting academic integrity to fellow colleagues through conference attendance, visiting other institutions and colleagues and initiating both face to face and online training and awareness events. This vibrant and varied network of academic colleagues has proved to be invaluable in sharing good practice and research with fellow academics in countries worldwide.

Academic integrity policy toolkit launched

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aboutThe culmination of a 12 month Australian Academic Integrity project has seen the launch of the Academic Integrity Policy Toolkit. The Exemplary Academic Integrity Project (EAIP), funded by the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and led by IAAIC member, Dr Tracey Bretag and colleagues from two other Australian universities recently launched the online toolkit.

The toolkit offers practical guidance on developing and implementing an academic integrity policy or reviewing or updating existing guidelines and is backed up with examples of good practice from universities in the region.

A National strategy for addressing student plagiarism

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Fostering a culture of honesty and academic integrityIn 2001 concerns about the ‘cut and paste’ culture prompted the UK to take proactive steps to establish a national approach to this growing problem, which would see educational institutions implement policies and procedures to address plagiarism and promote academic integrity. An integral part of this strategy was to embed the text matching software, Turnitin into institutional policy and practice. Over a decade later there is evidence to suggest that use of Turnitin alongside a review of assessment and institutional policy and practice has been effective in reducing unoriginal essay content as submitted to the software. In addition, there has been a positive impact on both general awareness of the issue and also the student learning experience.

Plagiarism is a global issue which transcends geographical and cultural boundaries and this case study explores the UK experience and demonstrates how other regions can benefit from this approach.

Call for papers: 6th International Integrity & Plagiarism Conference

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conf-logo-webThe Call for papers for the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference is now open.

What can the education sector learn from the growing number of allegations of plagiarism which seem to surface continually in the world of politics, media and celebrity?

6th International Integrity & Plagiarism Conference

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conf-logo-webWe are delighted to launch the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference. The 2014 event will build on the conference's reputation as a forum for best practice, bringing together global expertise and experience. The conference will seek to promote the importance of academic integrity as a way of life and reinforce the relevance of academic skills in the real world, where these values should be rewarded, applauded and celebrated. Keynote speakers include Dan Ariely, Tricia Bertram Gallant and Will Murray. Visit the conference website for more details

Academic Integrity Webinars in Portuguese

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Fostering a culture of honesty and academic integrityFollowing a successful series of six webinars we are delighted to offer our Portuguese-speaking colleagues the opportunity to attend a further three webinars in their native language. The webinars will be hosted by Brazilian Professor Marcelo Krokoscz, from the Alvares Penteado Business College Foundation (FECAP) and member of the PlagiarismAdvice.org academic network. Full details can be found on the webinar series pages of this site.

International Center for Academic Integrity annual conference 2014: call for papers

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The International Center for Academic Integrity annual conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida from Friday, 28 February - Sunday, 2 March, 2014. The theme of the conference is "Academic integrity: confronting the issues" and proposals are invited on the following subjects:

  • Promoting scholastic and research integrity
  • Fundamental values in education
  • Discouraging, reducing, and dealing with instances of cheating
  • Establishing and nurturing cultures of integrity around the world

Key dates and deadlines:
15 November, 2013: Deadline to submit session proposals online
29 November, 2013: Proposal acceptance notices sent to presenters

For further details please visit the conference website