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Using Turnitin Formatively April08 V Rolfe


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Short talk on our use of Turnitin to provide students with feedback on draft work. Part of a larger research project due to be presented in July 2009, University of Warwick.

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Using Turnitin Formatively April08 V Rolfe

  1. 1. Using Turnitin for essay drafts and final submissions Presentation to: HEA Bioscience Centre Meeting 8 th April 2008 By: Dr Viv Rolfe BSc PhD MIBMS FHEA
  2. 2. Why did I use Turnitin in this way? <ul><li>DMU made it mandatory for all programmes to use Turnitin at level 1 (feedback on draft) and for final submissions. </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Health and Life Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 members of staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>600 students </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How did I evaluate it? Biomedical Science/Medical Science (BSc Hons.) first year module essay. SEMESTER 1 3 hr eLearning session Writing Referencing / citation Using Turnitin CHRISTMAS ESSAY “ Stem cells” Drafts to Turnitin (view report once) Final submission (no report) SEMESTER 2 3 hr eLearning Feedback LIBRARY SKILLS THIS SEMESTER Describe how stem cell research is advancing medicine today.
  4. 4. Essay results <ul><li>93 students </li></ul><ul><li>Many essays formed by a patchwork of websites </li></ul><ul><li>31 plagiarism, 1 collusion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Has Turnitin helped improve drafts? Analysis of % similarity scores. DRAFT ESSAY N=60 N=9 FINAL ESSAY Some made no change Some worse on final submission (reference lists picked up) Efforts to improved score <ul><li>No attempt to improve </li></ul><ul><li>Blatant copying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ in this research we ….” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DIFFERENT fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Breaking text string </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sibling to brother and sister </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased to enhanced </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Is this improving academic practice? <ul><li>Majority made no effort to improve their essays. Perhaps they hadn’t had enough training on the reports? Perhaps they didn’t have time? </li></ul><ul><li>Minority made improvements by breaking the string of words. Is this good practice? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Has it made a difference? <ul><li>Students had a 3 hour session on the use of Turnitin and referencing/citation. </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism incidence increased. </li></ul><ul><li>No huge attempts to improve draft essays and there was a lack of understanding about referencing and citation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Further research <ul><li>Research is on-going at DMU into staff and students experiences of using Turnitin, thoughts on plagiarism and academic offences. </li></ul><ul><li>Student / staff interviews / questionnaires. </li></ul>Funding: De Montfort University Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund
  9. 9. Helpful References <ul><li>Maureen Dawson & Joyce Overfield (2006) Plagiarism: Do students know what it is? BEEJ (8). </li></ul><ul><li>Ursula McGowan (2005) Plagiarism Detection and Prevention “Are we putting the cart before the horse”? HERDSA. </li></ul><ul><li>Gill Chester (2001) JISC Plagiarism Detection and Prevention. </li></ul>