TurnitinUK user group presentation on Tariff Project

As an academic member of the Advisory Board for TurnitinUK, I was asked to speak at the TurnitinUK user group meeting on 3 February 2011. I presented preliminary work on the Tariff research project I started back in summer 2010.

I’m keen to recruit more participants in this project, so if you would like to get involved, please get in touch (@jobadge).

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Working together to reduce plagiarism and promote academic integrity: a collaborative approach at Leicester

Look what arrived on my desk this morning!

 staff student partnerships book

We published a chapter in this book, it’s lovely to see it finally in print! Full reference:
Badge, J. L., Yakovchuk, N., Hancock, A., and Porter, A. (2011). Working together to reduce plagiarism and promote academic integrity: a collaborative approach at Leicester, In Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education, pages 48-75. Continuum. CiteuLike entry  or  You can buy it on Amazon for a lot of money 😉
Abstract: ” This staff student collaboration arose from a staff-led research project that examined the potential for an American-style honor code system to reduce plagiarism in higher education. This system promotes the positive benefits of good scholarship, encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and is based on a community of trust between staff and students.  Students’ Union Education Officers, student course representatives and academic staff worked together to re-frame advice given to students on plagiarism in a more positive light. This ongoing collaboration has resulted in joint recommendations from staff and students to the institution on how to reduce plagiarism and promote a culture of academic integrity.”
This was one part of a wider project looking at the concept of academic integrity and the policies for plagiarism used at the University. Internal web pages about this project and other outputs from it, with methods and executive reports.

Can you help me crowd source a solution?

I work in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester. This comprises 4 departments and we run 11 degree streams. Before Easter our 200 second year undergraduates need to choose a library or laboratory research project to undertake in their third year.

Traditionally, students have submitted their project choices on paper, creating a lot of administrative work across four departments to make sure everyone has a project to do. Last year we used a google form to collect student choices, and while this worked fairly well, the form was pretty long and relied on free text entry for the descriptions of the projects, staff names and departments. This led to a lot of man-handling of the data submitted (different/ incorrect spellings or abbreviations of departments, deviations of project titles etc).

This year, students will make five choices from a list of over 200 projects that have been anonymised so that the choices are made on the basis of the description of the project and the department and not on the supervisor. We will give each project a code, and have already entered all the details into an excel sheet so we can tie the project code to the supervisor.

We need a solution that will enable students to enter their project code and then have the title of the project displayed as a check to make sure they have entered the code correctly. The list of projects is just too long for a drop down list, even when split by department (around 50 in each).

Does anyone have any suggestions of tools that we can use for students to submit this type of information, so that we get it in a format that we can use, and they get confirmation of the project titles they have chosen? A simple google form isn’t going to hack it!

All suggestions welcome!!

Electronic detection of plagiarism

Under the Higher Education Academy’s enhancing learning through technology work, Jon Scott and I have a funded project to look at the effectiveness and implications of electronic detection of plagiarism in Higher Education. This is  part of the 2009 evidence net series of synthesis projects.

We are in the process of producing a synthesis on the evidence of the effectiveness, use and implementation of plagiarism detection by electronic means ‘Dealing with plagiarism in the digital age. To support and continue the project, all the references for the synthesis will be added to a group in citeulike.

The citeulike group ‘e-plagiarism’ is open for anyone to join. You can contribute to the collection of references in this area as well as benefitting from access to a shared bibliography. Searching for papers in this area is not straightforward, since the subject cuts across many different boundaries in education and much of the research has been published in subject specific education journals. Using social bookmarking will provide a resource that can be added to as more papers in this area are published.

If you have an interest in this area of research, or have a favourite paper that I haven’t included in the bibliography so far, please join the group and add your contribution!