Angelica Risquez, ‘Anti-plagiarism software in an Irish University: three years later’

Posted in Teaching on December 24th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAbstract: A variety of anti-plagiarism software applications have appeared in recent years, but the pedagogical and institutional practices underpinning their use remains largely unexplored. It is essential to increase the amount of evidence-based literature that investigates the use of anti-plagiarism software in higher education. In the light of this, this chapter explores the integration of anti-plagiarism software in an Irish university since early 2006 and the progress made to date. We use data gathered from our own context to show how instructors are using this software to date, what trends emerge and what can be deduced about the adoption of the system to guide future research questions. Best practices are suggested for educators in order to help them to use anti-plagiarism software in proactive, positive, and pedagogically sound ways.

Risquez, Angelica, Anti-plagiarism software in an Irish University: three years later in Critical Design and Effective Tools for E-Learning in Higher Education: Theory into Practice, Donnelly, Roisin, Harvey, Jen and O’Rourke, Kevin (eds) (2010).


GMIT boss sorry over plagiarism probe cost

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The head of a third-level college has apologised to staff and students after more than €436,000 was spent on an investigation into plagiarism by a student. Jim Fennell, the acting president of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), said the probe ended up being more complex and therefore more expensive than initially envisaged …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 25 September]

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Article Spinning: A Plagiarism Technique for the 21st Century

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“Article spinning is an increasingly-popular technique for creating plagiarized scholarly articles that plagiarism-detection software doesn’t always catch. It involves using software to copy and rephrase a published scholarly to create a new article …” (more)

[Scholarly Open Access, 22 September]


University of Glasgow mulls turning away from Turnitin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“A Russell Group university is considering cancelling its Turnitin licence owing to long-running ‘operational difficulties’ with the plagiarism detection service. California-based Turnitin counts 98% of the UK’s higher education institutions among its subscribers, but the University of Glasgow is the first in the country to sign up with Urkund, a Swedish rival …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 2 September]

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New GMIT President says plagiarism issues should be resolved shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new president of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology says issues regarding alleged plagiarism at the college should be resolved soon. Dr Feargal Barry will take up the new role this autumn, having previously been Vice President of Limerick Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 August]

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Internet’s role in rise in student plagiarism exaggerated, study suggests

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 18th, 2015 by steve

USA“Older papers with unattributed material had higher similarity index than more recent ones. With its millions of websites, readily available student essays and Wikipedia entries, the internet is often cited as a major reason for the rise in plagiarism …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 18 August]

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Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 14th, 2015 by steve

USA“Plagiarism detection software from vendors such as Turnitin is often criticized for labeling clumsy student writing as plagiarism. Now a set of new tests suggests the software lets too many students get away with it …” (more)

[Carl Straumsheim, InsideHigherEd, 14 July]

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GMIT probe ‘raised more questions than answers’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has agreed to probe further the expenditure of €436,000 by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on a plagiarism investigation. Fianna Fáil TD, John McGuinness said it was ‘incredible’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 29 June]

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Cheating found to be rife in British schools and universities

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on June 15th, 2015 by steve

UK“Channel 4 Dispatches uncovers shady practices across the board, from rigged primary school key assessments to 40,000 university students disciplined for plagiarism …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 15 June]

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Probe into ‘minor act of plagiarism’ at college costs taxpayers €436,000

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An investigation into a ‘minor act of plagiarism’ at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) cost the taxpayer more than €436,000, with two investigators being paid €1,500 a day, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 11 June]

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Plagiarism is a mortal sin and last taboo – or is it?

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“Many people contribute to an academic paper and not many are credited. In the words of Pharrell Williams, there are blurred lines …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 19 May]


Rush to e-learning may fuel online plagiarism, warn lecturers

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Universities need to invest in staff and not just technology if they want to tackle online plagiarism and protect the integrity of higher education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Students get academics to write their essays for €50 an hour

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A proliferation of online services for third-level students offering ‘pay as you go’ essays has prompted universities to review their policies against plagiarism …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 April]

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GMIT not concerned by ‘skeletons in closet’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says one could never be fully confident that there aren’t more plagiarism ‘skeletons’ in the college’s closet that have yet to come out. Michael Carmody, who retires next month, said he was confident however that the independent external investigation …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 23 March]

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GMIT plagiarism probe costs under Dáil review

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The excessive cost of the independent investigation into plagiarism at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) was raised at the latest sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Dáil Éireann …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 3 March]

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‘Unacceptable level of text parallels’ loses neuroscientist a paper, but not her PhD

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We should probably launch a new blog just on the euphemisms used for plagiarism. A case of ‘inadequate procedural or methodological practices of citation or quotation’ causing an ‘unacceptable level of text parallels’ has sunk a review paper, but not a thesis, for a PhD who studied memory consolidation at Maynooth University in Ireland …” (more)

[Cat Ferguson, Retraction Watch, 4 February]

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Caricaturing Third Level Education

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing debate in the media about the proposed changes to the Junior Cert is interesting for all sorts of reasons. But one aspect that has caught my eye is the impression I get that many people’s perception of third level education is based on nothing more than a caricature …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 9 December]

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Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Irish eyes definitely are not smiling at Trinity College in Dublin, where the campus paper, The University Times, has acknowledged that one of its editors seems to have been a serial plagiarist …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 8 December]

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A Note to Our Readers Regarding Plagiarism

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

IrelandTo Our Readers: This morning, senior management at The University Times became aware that a member of our editorial staff had plagiarised an article that had been published yesterday evening. Immediately following this discovery, we conducted a preliminary investigation into the matter …” (more)

[University Times, 5 December]

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GMIT investigator is paid €1,500 a day

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has left itself wide-open to accusations of ‘dumbing-down’ and ‘diluting’ the report of the independent investigation it commissioned into cheating and possible cover-up at the college, according to a Dáil Deputy …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 10 October]

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