Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Academic Integrity | Asia

Bee Dy

Bee Dy

Instructor: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

“I don't find their use of extensive vocabulary, fancy vocabulary or fancy words as important as them having ideas. Language can be revised at a later stage. Sound ideas and arguments are harder for students to come up with.”

Bee uses Turnitin’s Similarity Report as a positive learning tool to help her students understand how to cite and paraphrase correctly. As Bee explained, “It's not used as a punishment, it's used as a learning tool to help them to improve.”

She believes that the ideas of a written work are the primary key to a student’s learning, over and above the expression of these ideas:

“I don't find their use of extensive or fancy vocabulary as important as them having original ideas. Language can be revised at a later stage. Sound ideas and arguments are harder for students to come up with.”

Bee also runs a series of workshops to train fellow staff members on the use of Turnitin so they can get the best out of the system. These have been successful with the numbers attending increasing five-fold in the last few years. Bee plans to introduce standard QuickMark comments that can be used and modified across the department. This will ensure consistency and help save staff time in giving feedback.

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