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Academic policing via top-down implementation of Turnitinin Pakistan: Students’ perspective and way forward

Pre requisites of turnitin use
Pre-Requisites of Turnitin Use

  • Instructors and Students

    • Digital Literacy and Awareness

    • Referencing

    • Computing Skills

    • Infrastructure

    • Training

Turnitin in pakistan
Turnitin in Pakistan

  • Started in 2009

  • Higher Education Commission acquired a country level account

  • Each University got 1000 accounts

  • Followed by a Plagiarism Policy- to chalk out rules and regulations

  • Most used is Originality Check™

Some discoveries
Some Discoveries

  • Turnitin Implementation didn’t follow necessary amendments in Education policy.

  • Implementing from Top ( Post Graduate level) without necessary capacity building had its huge drawbacks

Student s version of this reality
Student’s Version of this reality

  • Distanced from Turnitin Use, hence have negative beliefs

  • Reflecting on not-so-sure instructors

The plan
The Plan

  • Using Originality Report as a teaching aid

    • For Plagiarism awareness

    • Academic integrity/ Ethics

    • Writing Conventions

    • Referencing Styles


  • Participants

    • 35 Pakistani Postgraduate Students,

    • M.A. English (Final Semester)

The research plan
The Research Plan

  • A Questionnaire

  • 5 Screencasts

    ( Walk-through Tutorials)

  • Interactive Sessions

  • Hands-on Practice of Turnitin Student Accounts

Interactive sessions
Interactive Sessions

  • Some of Students’ works were processed in Turnitin in Public on Multimedia and

  • There was a mixed air of excitement and anxiety.

  • Students were asked to comprehend the possible meaning of the highlighted text

Sessions detail
Sessions Detail

  • Total Session: 3

  • Each Session followed a Home work of a write-up- that needed to cite 2 websites, a book, a newspaper, and a journal article, on a self-chosen topic, to be produced before the next session

  • There was a Gap of a week in each session


  • Amended Education Policy, that gives proper focus to Plagiarism Consciousness/Sensitivity

  • Implementation at Lower Levels

  • Instructor Training and uplifting technologically

  • Open Talks/Seminars on Plagiarism related issues and about Turnitin mechanism for Students and Instructors


  • Students should be accessed where they spend most of their time, internet

  • Provision of training Screencasts, video tutorials in Urdu, as well as regional languages.

  • Presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Famous Blogs

  • Guide Students about Authorship and Originality


  • In Evaluation of Assignments, citation and referencing should be made as a credit component.

  • Students should be encouraged to engage directly with Turnitin accounts, so to remove the misconception of imagining Turnitin with Awe and Fear.

Significance of this study
Significance of this study

  • Applicability in similar scenarios.

  • Yes, It is possible.