Academic Integrity Award Winner

Piero Cavaleri

Piero Cavaleri

Chief Librarian: LIUC Cattaneo University, Italy

“We saw an overall improvement in the quality of our students' reports and research work, because they are having to focus more on the quality of the text they are writing; the work is more defined and clear; all parts are better developed, and, of course there is an absence of plagiarism.”

At one of the first universities in Italy to adopt Turnitin, Piero has been instrumental in introducing a highly successful systematic, widespread academic integrity culture at the university, of which he says Turnitin is an integral part. Not only has he focussed on reducing plagiarism and teaching proper citation practices but on improving student writing over time. In particular, he has instituted an anti-plagiarism service at the library with drop-in sessions for students. An expert or tutor sits with the student and gives one-to-one support on their work using their Turnitin Originality report as a guide, particularly focussing on how they can improve their academic writing:

“We saw an overall improvement in the quality of our students' reports and research work, because they are having to focus more on the quality of the text they are writing; the work is more defined and clear; all parts are better developed, and, of course there is an absence of plagiarism.”

His commitment to academic integrity and improvement of writing skills has also seen him reach out to high schools in the region. In 2013, he created a cooperation program devoted to local headmasters with the purpose of teaching final year pupils the importance of creating original work and monitoring their progress through Turnitin. In May 2015, he was interviewed by the prestigious daily Il Corriere della Sera to discuss the success of his awareness campaigns and the use of Turnitin at the university as a key educational tool.

Read Piero's case study.



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