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  1. 1. Initiative GREAT European Development Partners Co-organization Impact of Policies for Plagiarism in HE across Europe Irene GLENDINNING
  2. 2. Impact of Policies for Plagiarism in HE across Europe Irene Glendinning Tomáš Foltýnek Anna Michalska 510321-LLP-1-2010-1-UK-ERASMUS-EMHE
  3. 3. Lead Partner: Coventry University, United Kingdom; Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania Coordinator: Dr Linas Stabingis email: Mendel University, Czech Republic Coordinator: Dr Tomáš Foltýnek email: Technical University of Lodz, Poland Coordinator: Agnieszka Michałowska-Dutkiewicz email: University of Nicosia, Cyprus Coordinator: Dr Catherine Demoliou email: Project Consultant: Jude Carroll, Educational Consultant, UK Project Conference Sponsors: Turnitin / iParadigms / IS4U
  4. 4. Small beginnings… June 2009 Oct 2009 Feb 2010 June 2011 Jan 2012 Oct 2011 Oct 2010 July 2010 Jan 2013 Sept 2012 Sept 2013 June 2013
  5. 5. IPPHEAE Aims and Objectives • Identify what is being done to combat plagiarism in HE institutions across Europe • Develop tools and resources • Capture case studies of good practice • Support interventions for preventing / detecting plagiarism • Recommend ways to discourage, find and deal with plagiarism and academic dishonesty • Improve standards and quality in HE institutions across Europe and beyond
  6. 6. Research and Development ANTON – software tool development Survey across EU countries Case studies – exploitation Analysis, reporting, dissemination
  7. 7. Anton • Software tool for plagiarism detection • Works within its internal database – Methods for populating the database • Compares hashes of the documents – Plain texts do not have to be stored • API for batch upload of documents • Prioritization of documents  speed • Various input formats (DOCX, PDF,…) • Customizable • Output: Similarity report for each document, overall statistics • Available at •
  8. 8. Survey Outputs •Separate reports for all 27 EU countries –Executive summary –Details of research –Analysis of results –Recommendations •Comparison across the EU •Institutions: 3 questionnaires, 14 languages •National/senior management Interviews •Student focus groups •Almost 5,000 anonymous responses •Academic Integrity Maturity Model –Workshop focus •Tested survey questions – for reuse
  9. 9. Anna’s research • Title: “Plagiarism and national differences. Variation in practice and attitudes towards academic dishonesty among European students” • Aim: To find out whether students from diverse European countries and backgrounds present dissimilar views towards plagiarism, as well as to explore the existing concept of the common “European” approach
  10. 10. Anna’s research • Research Methods: Quantitative: Survey – conducted on a group of bachelor and master’s degree students from different HE Institutions across the EU – part of the IPPHEAE project Survey Qualitative: Focus groups – with students who have spent their whole higher education in the country where the focus group is conducted • Focus groups in: Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom
  11. 11. Findings • Great differences between countries and institutions – Approaches to quality assurance – Perceptions, awareness – eg what is plagiarism – Policies and procedures • Maturity of systems – Nationally, regionally, institutionally • Inconsistency in – Understanding – Accountability for decisions – Processes – Decisions • Good practice – lots of it (workshop) • Head in the sand – lots of it • Acceptance of the need for change - variable
  12. 12. Sample student data I believe I may have plagiarised (accidentally or deliberately)
  13. 13. 40% copied word for word with no quotations, citations, references - Is it plagiarism? Eg Bulgaria (n=93) 5-57-14-19-4 % 40% copied with some words changed with no quotations, references or in text citations Eg Bulgaria (n=93) 9-13-11-43-25 %
  14. 14. Findings: Policies and procedures • Sweden maintains national stats, but … • Focus on research and PhD students, not bachelor, masters in some countries • UK and Ireland different, eg transparency • Students and most teachers calling for more student training and information • Separating V Integrating student guidance • Not all teachers want CPD, “training” • Use of digital tools – teachers, students
  15. 15. Teacher responses: Are cases of plagiarism handled consistently and fairly?
  16. 16. Recommendations Varies across countries and institutions, examples: • National support for institution-wide strategies, including licenses for digital tools • Accountability and consistency in QA, assessment grading and academic integrity • Clear and transparent institution-wide policies and systems • More agreement on what constitutes plagiarism • Fairness and proportionality of sanctions • Education and training, staff and students • Comparability of statistics to monitor impact • Funding for developments • Strengthen pre-university understanding and practices
  17. 17. Challenges to future progress • What could change, what would be possible? • Reaching the right people to kick-start change • Gaps: low participation, institutions and countries • Autonomy institutionally and individually • Overworked, underpaid academics, second jobs • Large class sizes, under-investment • Scale of change needed in some places • Complacency, lack of interest • Costs in current economic climate • Fear of identification, exposure • Shoot the whistle-blower mentality • Lack of agreement about how to proceed • Not viewed as a priority
  18. 18. What’s next? • Complete analysis and publish country reports and evaluation • Complete and document case studies – Examples of good practice in plagiarism prevention and management – Access to project resources: workshops, quiz • Disseminate information to people of influence and try to get buy-in • Interventions, workshops seminars • More funding, further projects? • More research and analysis of existing data and research tools
  19. 19. Would you like to be involved? • IPPHEAE is a small step on a long journey • Are you interested in participating in further research? • Devising strategies to bring about changes? • Please let the IPPHEAE team know
  20. 20. Thank you! 510321-LLP-1-2010-1-UK-ERASMUS-EMHE
  21. 21. Associated Partners Media Partners Sponsors GREAT European Development Partners Institutional Partners
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