Global Innovator Award Winner

Hazman Shah Abdullah

Hazman Shah Abdullah

Assistant Vice Chancellor in the Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

“We wanted to make sure it was also something that the students would find useful, helpful for them to do their work in the right way.”

Although Turnitin had been in use with postgraduate students since 2005 at this large university (spread over 12 campuses!) Hazman was asked in 2010 to lead a project to formally develop the university's academic integrity policy:

“The policy did a lot to amplify the rules, which left too much to interpretation and discussion…[The] policy firmly provided clear guidance in terms of definition, procedures, processes.”

Clearly part of the policy was to endorse Turnitin as a tool to assist staff with awareness, decision-making and the facilitation of teaching and learning in the classroom to support lecturers:

“We wanted to make sure it was also something that the students would find useful, helpful for them to do their work in the right way.”

The policy was endorsed by the university senate in 2012 and has significantly raised the profile of academic integrity at the institution, whilst also motivating staff to use Turnitin in line with the policy, including those who were initially reluctant to engage with the technology. This has also meant that staff are now beginning to investigate using Turnitin for online grading and feedback.



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