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Academic Integrity and Turnitin

Academic 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 w19297150599_1c8fd85ab6_zorks, 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 unacceptable 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

This course ran from 26 October – 2 November 2016, but is accessible online to anyone interested. There are 6 blog posts that will take about 10-15 minutes to work through – just click on the links below.


Course Facilitators

This course was 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 and beyond to join us for this course.

How does the course work?

All you need to do is visit the home page of this blog and click on the red Subscribe button (scroll down to the red banner to find it) to receive future posts. We invite you to comment and discuss on each post. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you prefer.

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