Deterring Plagiarism through a Two-Step Educational Tutorial and Self-Feedback Tool in an Online Program
Wednesday, November 6 2:15-2:45 PM Location: Galerie 1-3
Presider: Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University, United States
Abstract: Over the last several years, Rutgers Arts Online has become concerned with protecting the credentials earned by students in online courses. The verification of these credentials is critical to the integrity of both the student and the institution offering online courses. One problematic area is plagiarism. To that end, Rutgers Arts Online is taking advantage of Turnitin’s settings and beginning to use the software as a plagiarism self-check tool. The tool was developed for a two-fold purpose. First, to educate students who do not have a clear idea about plagiarism and best practices to avoid it through an educational tutorial. Second, a Turnitin tool students can use to check their work and properly cite sources before formally submitting their written products for a grade. Rutgers Arts Online explored the effectiveness of this tool by placing it in four different online courses in various disciplines. While it became immediately apparent that a well-thought-out pilot with clear controls, the initial foray promised that the tool might have very real utility in helping underprepared students better understand and avoid plagiarism, reacquaint students who have gotten lax review best practices, and cut down on reported cases of academic dishonesty.