Turnitin Newsletter – November 2010

Student Access to Originality Reports

turnitinlogoMartin King of Royal Holloway University of London conducted an investigation into the use of Turnitin in Higher Education institutions in the UK related to student access to Turnitin. The survey indicated:

  1. Nearly 60% of respondents have a Turnitin usage policy either at the institution, faculty, departmental, or program level.
  2. 60% of respondents that have a Turnitin usage policy allow students to view their Originality Reports.
  3. 54% of respondents that did not have a Turnitin usage policy allow students to view their Originality Reports.
  4. 42% of respondents give students access to their originality reports for all of their assignments.

Turnitin (@turnitin) learned about this study by following Martin King (@elswedgio) and RHUL Elearning Team (@elearning_rhul) on Twitter.

Read more about this study at the Royal Holloway University of London – Learning Technology Blog: http://rhul-lt.blogspot.com/2010/11/turnitin-suvey-into-student-access-to.html

In The News

NYT Upfront: ‘Generation Plagiarism’?

“Copying and pasting from the Web is just like copying from a book. But too many students either don’t know that it’s cheating—or don’t care,” according to Trip Gabriel’s article, “‘Generation Plagiarism’?” in the New York Times UPFRONT – The Newsmagazine for Teens. He also recounts three anecdotes of students that use someone else’s words without attribution.

The article also references Sarah Wilensky, a senior at Indiana University who wrote a paper headlined, “Generation Plagiarism,” in which she says that relaxing plagiarism standards “does not foster creativity, it fosters laziness.”

  1. http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/features/index.asp?article=f102510_plagiarism

CNET: Tools for Rooting out Web Plagiarism, Copyright Violations

Dennis O’Reilly explains in his article that certain “misguided souls” continuing to think that all online material is in the public domain. A very common misconception we hear from students.

“According to a study released last January by the National Bureau of Economic Research, fear of detection may not be the best approach to preventing plagiarism among students. The results of the study indicate that educating students about the importance of academic integrity and what constitutes plagiarism is the most effective deterrent.”

  1. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13880_3-20021945-68.html

The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Settlement Reached in Essay-Mill Lawsuit

“The operator of an essay-mill company has agreed to shut down all of his Web sites and to stay out of the term-paper business, according to the terms of a settlement agreement reached last month in a federal class-action lawsuit.”


Upcoming Webinars and Training

PlagiarismAdvice.org Webinar Series

  1. Best practise for dealing with academic misconduct 24 November @ 3 PM GMT
  2. Institutional policies and procedures 1 December @ 3 PM GMT

Register here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/embeddedform?formkey=dGRqZDFHX2pzU1paRXdxNnRLU1pCY2c6MQ

Turnitin Academy Webinar: Best Practices for Teaching with Turnitin 1 December 2010 @ 9 PM GMT

Let’s discuss success strategies for using Turnitin on your campus or in your classroom.  We’ll share how schools have decreased instances of unoriginal content by nearly half. Register here: http://turnitinacademy5b.eventbrite.com/

Turnitin User Event – UK, 3 February 2011, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

This user event will bring together users of all experience levels and provide them with an opportunity to learn, connect, and share with each other. Click here to register and view the agenda:


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