Academic Integrity Award Winner

Michelle Picard

Michelle Picard

Senior Lecturer, Associate Head Learning and Teaching and MEd Coordinator: University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

“The principal issue for my students is using literature appropriately in a way that expresses their own unique academic voice.”

In her current roles, and previously as Director of Researcher Education, Michelle’s philosophy has been to teach her students not just to focus on 'gross plagiarism', but to interpret their Turnitin Originality Report in a way that can aid improvement in writing style. Teaching predominantly postgraduates, she says:

“The principal issue for my students is using literature appropriately in a way that expresses their own unique academic voice.”

She thoroughly integrates Turnitin into her research design courses and courses for PhD students, using it as a tool to teach students acceptable (and unacceptable) intertextuality. Michelle eventually sees many of her students go on to become staff members at international universities and colleges. Having initially introduced them to Turnitin as students, she is heartened to in turn hear reports of their professional promotion and engagement of Turnitin among their very own students and fellow staff members.



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