Turnitin and Sent It off: A Distance Intervention on Plagiarism

Christine HO
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Chloe LEI
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


Over the past twenty years, transnational education has played a role in the local higher education scene in Hong Kong, but Hong Kong institutions are increasingly embracing the opportunity to offer degree programs in the China mainland. Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) teaches a unique MBA program that is international in scope and with a China focus, with the option to take the course off-site in one of several sites in China. Having adopted the University's use of Turnitin, a faculty member of the MBA China Class found that her students needed help with understanding the software, but also with the broader idea of originality in academic writing. A serendipitous encounter between faculty and librarian resulted in a unique intervention by the University's library. This custom-made learning object, designed to appeal to its intended audience through video storytelling, consisted of a Camtasia video based on a series of still images and a recorded dialogue between two characters. It also comprised a screen capture showing its audience how to access and use the Turnitin software. This collaboration has evolved into an exploratory case study on the effectiveness of librarian intervention on student awareness of plagiarism in a cross-cultural context. The proposed evaluation of evidence is an analysis of student Originality scores on Turnitin before and after the intervention, and a compilation of qualitative feedback from the instructor and other colleagues.

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