It is good to remember that new students start not only in a candidate program but also on other degree levels. If there are writing assignments and Turnitin submission boxes in the beginning of every degree program, we can ensure that all students get familiar with criteria of writing and the code of academic integrity. It is also valuable experience about writing before starting a thesis.
Why do people plagiarise and how do we prevent it?
| Why do people plagiarise? ||What can we do about it?|
All people break rules, if they consider it harmless.
Make integrity policies and tools visible. Use Turnitin for submissions.
Writing under pressure can make anybody deceit
- poor time management
- unrealistic understanding of one's skills in academic writing
- in time managent of a writing process
- rehearse information seeking and academic writing.
Students lack writing skills (it is emphasized if they write in foreign language) and deep understanding of the code of academic integrity
Let students experience Turnitin originality check with drafts before submitting papers for grading
Assignment types that encourage writing in own words
Ideas for designing writing assignments that encourage students writing in own words are presented in the KTH publication Guiding students away from plagiarism (Carroll and Zetterling, 2009, 42-50). Read illuminative examples of assignments from the guidebook. A summary of the ideas is compiled in the following table:
problems that already have an existing answer
- topics as questions like "Sustainable development"