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Next coffee course: Academic integrity and Turnitin!

We are excited to announce our next coffee course will focus on academic integrity and Turnitin, just in time for end-of-year marking.

Academic Integrity and Turnitin

Wednesday, 26 October to Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Jointly offered by ANU Online, Academic Skills & Learning Centre, and Academic Standards & Quality Office.

19297150599_1c8fd85ab6_zAcademic integrity has always been a cornerstone of higher education, but has become increasingly complex in our current digital landscape. It’s common now for universities to rely on software like Turnitin as part of their prevention and detection strategy. But Turnitin works best as an educational, rather than punitive, tool.

This course will explore how Turnitin works, and explore how it can be used to support academic integrity and improve student referencing and paraphrasing. It will detail how to interpret originality reports, and go through examples of  acceptable and unaccpetable text-matches. The course will then explore the different types of academic misconduct, and how to deal with them when they may arise. Finally we’ll look at the big picture of academic integrity in Australian universities: what can we do to improve student understanding and university culture?

Course Dates

The course will run from Wednesday, 26 October – Wednesday, 2 November, 2016 through this blog. There will be 6 blog posts in total during this time, and it will take you about 10-15 minutes per day to work through the post and make a comment.


  • Wednesday, 26 October 2016 – What is Turnitin and how does it work?
  • Thursday, 27 October 2016 – Interpreting text matches part 1: Acceptable matches
  • Friday, 28 October 2016 – Interpreting text matches part 2: Unacceptable matches
  • Monday, 31 October 2016 – Understanding academic misconduct
  • Tuesday, 1 November 2016 – The big picture: Issues in dealing with academic integrity
  • Wednesday, 2 November 2016 – Concluding thoughts and face-to-face coffee catchup

Course Facilitators

This course is a special joint offering from Katie Freund and Janene Harman from ANU Online, Vivien Silvey from Academic Skills and Learning Centre, and Debbie Wilson from the Academic Standards and Quality Office.

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University to join us, as well as colleagues at other institutions. Professional development recognition is available for all ANU staff through HORUS. Log in to HORUS, and find the course called “Academic Integrity and Turnitin” AOC002 under the Training Catalogue. To receive recognition, you will be required to post a comment on every blog.

How does the course work?

All you need to do to join the course is Subscribe for Updates on the page page of this blog. For information on how to participate in this coffee course, please see this post for more information.


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