Plagiarism Advice is pleased to announce a series of 6 webinars presented by key members of our global Academic Network. As leaders in their respective fields of academia, they will provide invaluable insights into how teachers can foster a culture of honesty and promote integrity within their students’ work. Each webinar is accompanied by a tip sheet which contains the key points covered in each session. The webinars are aimed at teaching and support staff involved in promoting and managing plagiarism at their institution.
A government-funded project established 10 years ago to identify and prevent plagiarism in students’ assessed work has proved a success. A nationwide rollout of Turnitin plagiarism detection software coupled with best practice guidance has led to a 59% reduction in unoriginal essay content.
In 2002, growing concern about the ‘cut and paste’ culture in academia prompted JISC, the UK expert on digital technologies in education and research, to fund a project to establish the Plagiarism Advisory Service. The service’s aim was to establish a national strategy to allow UK higher and further education institutions to check the authenticity of student work. Universities and colleges were given free access to Turnitin plagiarism detection software for an initial three years.
In 2005, 7.7% of work submitted to the system was flagged as having more than three quarters of unoriginal – or potentially plagiarised - content. By 2012, that figure had fallen to 3.1%. Work with a ‘similarity rate’ of more than 50% fell from 10.5% in 2005 to 6.6% in 2012.
Will Murray, Vice President of Turnitin International, said:
“Student surveys and evidence from the US identified there were issues arising out of the increased availability of material on the internet which needed to be addressed with a nationwide strategy. Turnitin has always emphasised the need for an integrated strategy where technology is combined with advice and guidance, but there is no doubt that the use of Turnitin has acted as the most significant catalyst for change within institutions. Alongside the software, we have created a global community of academics and user groups to ensure that we draw on expertise and best practice from across the world. As a result the problem appears to be much more in control and there has been an overall reduction in unoriginal content.”
Now, Turnitin is used in 98% of UK higher education institutions. The use of originality reports has increased almost fifty-fold since 2005, with in excess of five million produced in 2012. Dr Mike Reddy, one of a number of academics to form the original advisory board, said:
“It was important to adopt a holistic approach where the advisory role and the introduction of detection software would complement each other. This strategy, including five internationally recognised conferences, has had a significant impact in terms of changing attitudes in UK and global approaches to handling plagiarism.”
Turnitin sponsors the PlagiarismAdvice.org service, which became financially independent of Jisc in 2007 and provides resources, advice and training to the education sector as well as organising the biennial International Plagiarism Conference
Following years of research into policies and procedures for tackling plagiairism, the IPPHEAE project is culminating in a major conference this June.
IPPHEAE conference ‘International Conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond’ is taking place in the Czech Republic on 12th -13th June 2013 and will be hosted by Mendel University.
The conference aims to look at best practices and strategies, national and local responses to the issue. IPPHEAE has also carried out detailed surveys where university teaching staff students in order to discover their views and experiences of plagiarism.
Gill Rowell, Academic Advisor for Turnitin and Plagiarism Advice will be talking about plagiarism and academic integrity in the UK over the past 10 years. She has expert knowledge in the field and has presented on the subject all over the world.Register here.
Jane Goodall, a well renowned primatologist, known for her studies on chimps in the wild, has been found to have included at least a dozen passages in her upcoming book on plants ‘Seeds of Hope’, that have been borrowed and have subsequently not been attributed or mentioned in footnotes.
The plagiarised content ranges from a series of sentences to entire paragraphs from a number of web sites including Wikipedia. The author has written her book ‘Seeds of hope’ with Gail Hudson , a freelance writer and former spirituality editor, who has worked with her before.
Goodall has admitted that she was distressed to learn that some of her material had not been properly cited and so apologised, saying that all future editions of her book will correct the errors made.
Goodall was caught out when a botany expert who had been invited by The Washington Post to review the book, spotted the similarities of material he had come across and read elsewhere and raised the alarm.
Gill Rowell, Academic Advisor at PlagiarismAdvice.org said that "this just goes to show the importance of correct referencing and understanding how to cite others’ work. Reputations are built on academic integrity.’
Turnitin is extremely proud to host the first ever series of African Integrity seminars in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Following on from Turnitin co-founder Dr John Barrie’s South Africa trip last year, the first ever series of African Academic Integrity Seminars are a major step forward in the region targeting the issue of plagiarism and sharing views and opinion on the nature of the problem.
The first opportunity to attend this event will be on Monday 20th May at the University of Cape Town. However, to ensure that as many of you are able to benefit from the seminar, it will be repeated on the 24th May at the University of Johannesburg.
Participants at both seminars will include Turnitin users as well as those who do not currently use the system, but wish to gain some information about its many advantages and about academic integrity in general.
The seminar has a varied programme Keynote speakers include Dr Cath Ellis from the University of Huddersfield (UK) who will be covering the subject of E-assesment, and Stella Orim from the University of Coventry (UK) who will be covering international perceptions of plagiarism. Other speakers are to be announced at a later date.
Nigeria is following the lead of the UK in adopting Turnitin and promoting academic integrity by becoming the first country in the region to adopt Turnitin nationwide. In the UK, Turnitin is used by 98% of universities as part of their academic integrity strategy, as initiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Working with the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) this move is significant on many fronts: in particular the fact that it highlights the determination of Higher Education institutions in Nigeria to promote academic integrity.
In order to ensure the smooth introduction of Turnitin into the country, a number of user group events will take place in the coming weeks in Abuja and Lagos. These sessions are predominantly be aimed at those who will be in charge of rolling the product out across their institution, as well as training instructors within the institution on how to use it. There will also be opportunities to meet with representatives from the Turnitin team. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, then please register your interest.
The Exemplary Academic Integrity Project (EAIP) aims to extend and embed the five core elements of exemplary academic integrity policy identified by the recently concluded Academic Integrity Standards Project (Bretag et al 2010-2012) – access, approach, responsibility, detail and support – across the Australian higher education sector. Central to these elements is a commitment by providers to fostering a culture of academic integrity.
The year-long project is a collaboration between several Australian universities, led by IAAIC founding member Dr Tracey Bretag. The three phases of the project will produce resources to support academic integrity including a workbook and toolkit. A national speaking tour to support the project by academic integrity experts from the US and the UK is due to commence in early March.
Almost all institutions in the higher education sector have developed policies and procedures to encourage educational/academic honesty/integrity in one form or another. These policies are, of necessity, very general in nature, and their interpretation and implementation—the practical aspects—are typically left to academics and administrators at different levels, starting from tutors and teaching assistants to Faculty Deans and members of relevant university level committees. The translation of the policies to practice is rarely obvious and not necessarily uniform across different disciplines. The central theme of the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity which will take place 2-4 October 2013 at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia is to encourage scholarly discussion among practitioners regarding the various issues we face in this translation process. Accordingly, the overarching theme of 6APCEI is From Policy to Practice—bridging the gap. Naturally, this theme subsumes a number of relevant topics. Papers are being solicited on all topics relevant to this theme.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Policy, practice and pedagogy:
· Impact of Pedagogical practice on academic integrity
· Academic Integrity and Assessment Design
· Peer Learning and Academic Integrity
· Academic Integrity and demand driven education
Values and Knowledge
· Disciplinary Traditions and Academic Integrity
· Reversing the roles: student driven approach to academic integrity
· Academic Integrity, Professional Integrity and Student Training
· Academic Integrity and Research Ethics
· Honour Codes, Academic integrity and Australasian Education
· Academic integrity and Cultural Sensitivity
Academic Integrity and Emerging Trends
· Online Education and Academic Integrity
· Academic Integrity—Compliance Check or Quality Assurance?
· Academic Integrity and TransNational Education
· Academic Integrity and sustainable Education
Important dates for 6APCEI:
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 11, 2013
Conference Dates: October 2-4, 2013
For more information about 6APCEI:
Member of the PlagiarismAdvice.org academic network Professor Marcelo Krokoscz recently discussed the issue of plagiarism with the Center for International Media Ethics. Marcelo is the Assistant Professor of Scientific Methodology at Alvares Penteado Business College Foundation, Brazil and is currently writing his PhD thesis on authorship and plagiarism at the University of São Paulo. Marcelo has worked with colleagues from PlagiarismAdvice.org on events in Brazil. Read the interview with Marcelo here.
The current edition of the International Journal for Educational Integrity features four reworked papers presented at the International Plagiarism Conference in 2012. Featured papers explore a discipline specific study on academic integrity, the role of academic integrity education for international postgraduate students, approaches to using concordancing software alongside Turnitin and an institutional framework for plagiarism detection and Electronic Assessment Management (EAM). Tracey Bretag, IAAIC founding member and editor of the IJEI pays tribute to a busy year in academic integrity which featured the 5th International Plagiarism Conference, the launch of the International Association of Academic Integrity Conferences along with the conclusion of a successful research project.
Please join us on Thursday 24 January 2013 at the British University in Dubai, UAE for the inaugural Middle East Academic Integrity seminar. The event is hosted by Turnitin and Techknowledge, Turnitin resellers in the Middle East. Guest speakers from institutions in the Middle East will join with representatives from Turnitin and PlagiarismAdvice.org to offer perspectives on academic integrity and using Turnitin. Find out more