Academic Integrity Award Winner
Lyndsay StantonTutor, Working with Communities Programme: University of Sheffield, UK
Lyndsay primarily works with non-traditional learners from socially diverse backgrounds for whom the opportunity to study at university is rare and therefore precious. Using Turnitin has enabled Lyndsay to help students overcome both practical and academic challenges. Initially Lyndsay found that students’ work exhibited high levels of unoriginality, as students struggled with abstract concepts of plagiarism, and using Turnitin has helped them to visualise and understand the unfamiliar ideas of paraphrasing and using quotations. Additionally utilising the online marking tools for assessment management has alleviated the financial burden and stress of printing and also transport costs to physically hand in work. The drop-out rate has stabilised for the course and Lyndsay feels Turnitin has given her students “control and power to be in charge of their own learning” whilst offering them empowerment, something which is often lacking in other aspects of their lives.