Academic Integrity Award Winner

Secondary and Further Education

Barbara Lodge

Barbara Lodge

Head of ICT and Computing: Cranford Community College

“What are your thoughts, what are your feelings, what are your opinions? It's about getting them to think independently really early on.”

In her role at this large multicultural London college, Barbara is keenly aware that the key to the school’s use of Turnitin is to ensure the integrity of student work, which is validated by a range of different awarding bodies, and to equally prepare students for future study. In particular, she says what is most important is developing academic integrity and critical thinking skills which will be fundamental to those students making the transition to higher education as they learn how to develop their own voice:

“What are your thoughts, what are your feelings, what are your opinions? It's about getting them to think independently really early on.”

Barbara reports her students are highly competitive as they compare Similarity Indexes with each other, and whilst being a bit of fun for the students in the classroom, it also has the serious effect of making their work fundamentally better. Use of Turnitin in the classroom has acted as a catalyst for discussions on academic integrity and the consequences of misconduct for students’ future career choices.

 



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