Academic Integrity Award Winner

Chi Kin Leung

Chi Kin Leung

Assistant Professor, Department of Electronic and Information Engineering: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

"So actually the students gave up the thought of copying narrative without proper attribution...I discovered that more and more students really tried to write their own reports without copying...It’s really amazing, I think, and remarkable. But I think that now this kind of culture is quite firmly established in their mind, so this is quite a big change, in my opinion."

Although Turnitin was initially used to raise awareness of issues of collusion between students, as part of a working group CK was instrumental in implementing the tool and supporting resources as part of a comprehensive holistic approach to academic integrity at his institution. Over a 10 year period of time where Turnitin has been used as an educational tool in CK’s department this approach has changed students’ perceptions of academic integrity and embedded good practice:

“So actually the students gave up the thought of copying narrative without proper attribution...I discovered that more and more students really tried to write their own reports without copying...It’s really amazing, I think, and remarkable. But I think that now this kind of culture is quite firmly established in their mind, so this is quite a big change, in my opinion.”

CK feels there has been a similar cultural shift as regards staff engagement with Turnitin in that they now are aware that they need to invest time and effort to achieve the desired results in terms of students’ behavior. His ultimate aim is to reduce student plagiarism levels in his department to nil.



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