Educating your students
A version of the AIM is now available for students who DON'T have it on their Study Plan. The AIM instance 2015-AIM-ADHOC has been configured for student self enrolment with a password on request.
Students will need to contact AIM@latrobe.edu.au in order to receive the password.
The AIM can also be made available for groups of students who DON'T have AIM on their Study Plan. In order to enable enrolment of groups of students, please send the request to AIM@latrobe.edu.au with an excel spreadsheet with one student login per row (supplied by the requestor – ie College of SHE). The student login is their Active Directory login that they use to login to the LMS.
Important: Any rows containing email addresses or student names or any data other than AD username would be omitted from the bulk enrolment.
Point them to right resources
- Help your students to learn about Academic Integrity for students
- Refer them to the Peer Learning Adviser (PLA) service
- Refer them to a Student Learning Lecturer
Turnitin is software which matches text. You can use it as a tool for finding poorly cited quotes and plagiarism.
When a paper is submitted to Turnitin, the text-matching technology identifies strings and patterns of words. These identifications are shown in originality reports which highlight the matching texts and use colour to measure the amount of matching.
The percentage of copied text is colour coded:
- Blue = no matching text
- Green = 1-24%
- Yellow = 25-49%
- Orange = 50-74%
- Red = 75-100%
You can use Turnitin to help your students to recognise when they have not acknowledged properly. You can show them examples of reports and how quotes are highlighted. Students can check their own reports to make sure they have correctly cited quoted text.
Some students worry when they receive a report which shows some matched text, but if they have used the language of their discipline, there should be some text-matching. Examples of appropriate text-matching occur when students list the same resources and use the terminology expected in their subject.
- Find out how to set up Turnitin in your subject [staff login]
- View a video which introduces originality reports
- View a video which explains how to view originality reports
The Turnitin site has more information about the tool and how you can best use it.
Implement best practice in design and assessment
- In addition to varying topics for assessments between semesters and years, revisit your assessments to see if you can adjust the design to remove opportunities for plagiarism.
- Reinforce the written rules and guidelines you give to students with opportunities for discussion, examples and practice.
- Use some of the ideas and videos provided by the Exemplary Academic Integrity Project.
- Be inspired by the examples of good practice and read about the latest strategies from the UK site Supporting academic integrity: approaches and resources for higher education (Written and compiled by Erica Morris, Academy JISC Academic Integrity Service).
- Try the 30 minute guide to reducing plagiarism from ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange), Oxford Brookes University.
Develop students' acknowledgement skills
Students are introduced to academic integrity through the AIM, but they also need to develop their skills throughout their years of study. The following activities have been designed to require minimum teaching preparation and maximum student engagement with subject content.
Models give students a starting point to see what is expected. You could use the writing models with references on the student academic integrity site.
The following learning activities are provided by the Academic Integrity Standards Project (AISP 2010 - 2012):
- How to use existing content so students can practice skills [PDF 343KB].
- Activities to learn about different writing conventions [PDF 417KB] [DOCX 760KB]
- Copying in computer science: What are the university's expectations? [PDF 426KB] [DOCX 760KB]
- Creative arts: plagiarism or transformation? [PDF 1.36MB] [DOCX 1.14MB]
You can find resources for postgraduate students in the Exemplary Academic Integrity Project.