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Plagiarism Education Week

APRIL 22nd - 26th

Turnitin is partnering with premier experts, educators, and organizations to bring you a full week of plagiarism education and awareness. Our goal is to help educators foster an understanding among their students that Originality Matters.

Each day, we'll have a new live webcast progressively covering key topics on plagiarism education and academic integrity. All webcasts will be available live and on-demand shortly afterwards.

Special thanks to the sponsors of Plagiarism Education Week:

ICAI logo Plagiarism Today logo SEE logo

Monday, April 22: Causes of Plagiarism

Plagiarism and cheating among students occur for a variety of specific reasons - you've likely come across more than a few by now. But at the core, plagiarism breaks down to three root motivations according to educational psychologist, Jason Stephens - students are under pressure, under-interested, or unable.

Webcast: Students and Plagiarism: Exploring the Disconnect Between Morals and Behavior

Jason Stephens, Educational Psychologist at University of Connecticut

Tuesday, April 23: Types of Plagiarism

From a forgotten footnote to wholesale copy-and-pasting, plagiarism rears its head in a variety of forms and with varied intent. It is important to identify and understand the various types of plagiarism, knowing that it's never black and white but a spectrum.

Webcast: Plagiarism Spectrum Drill Down

Renee Swensen, Professor of English at Saddleback College

Wednesday, April 24: Responses to Plagiarism

Most instructors seem to respond to plagiarism in their own way that typically can include elements of education, sanctions, and at times ignorance. With appropriate response to the type and intent of the act, and in being considerate and consistent with academic policies, instructors can be more successful in addressing plagiarism.

Webcast: Responding to Plagiarism: Lesson Plans and Strategies

Lynn Lampert, Chair of Reference & Instructional Services at California State University Northridge

Thursday, April 25: Approaches to Plagiarism

Programmatically addressing plagiarism education and its consequences is important in presenting a unified message and process across the school or institution.

Webcast: Policy to Practice: Developing Effective Academic Integrity Policies

Teddi Fishman, Director at International Center for Academic Integrity

Friday, April 26: Originality and Creativity

Originality and creativity go hand-in-hand. While originality consists of the production of new ideas, creativity is the useful and worthwhile application of these new ideas. On Friday, we'll explore this concept of originality and creativity, and to that end we'll announce the winner of the "Originality Matters" poster contest.

Webcast: Teaching Originality, Creativity, and Critical Thinking

Kelly McBride, Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing at Poynter

How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways for you to participate in raising awareness for plagiarism education among your colleagues and students this week and throughout the year. Here are a few:

  1. Join a live or on-demand webinar above.
  2. Share Plagiarism Education Week with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your blog. We're using the hashtag #PlagEdWeek
  3. Voice your thoughts and opinions on the Turnitin Blog. Throughout this week we're highlighting blog posts specifically around each day's theme.
  4. Send us your story - whether it's a story of challenge, triumph, frustration, or joy - you've no doubt experienced a pivotal plagiarism problem. Simply email us at PEW@turnitin.com and be sure to include your name, title, school and 2-3 sentences about yourself.
  5. Take 5 minutes in your classes to talk to your students about your expectations of citation and original work.



Turnitin 30-minute Webcast Series | See Schedule
Turnitin Academy Live Professional Development | On-demand
Basic Training Walkthrough | See schedule for dates and times.


ICT for Education | Leeds, UK | Apr 26
Education ICT 2013 | London, UK | May 14
eLearning Forum Asia 2013 | Hong Kong | May 29-31
African Academic Integrity Seminars | Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa | May 20 and 24
African Academic Integrity Seminars | Brno, Czech Republic | June 12-13



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