Comparative study on the usage of an online plagiarism detection service when presenting distance learning courses

Loo Choo Hong, Tung Lai Cheng
2013 AAOU Journal  
The internet opens a library of wealth to the student and educator but this opens the ease of copying by any student when writing any assignments. In this paper we will look at how Wawasan Open University implemented the usage of plagiarism-detection software in their course delivery. In 2010, the university introduced the compulsory usage of Internet-based plagiarism-detection software known as Turnitin (Turnitin TM) where students are required to scan their assignments using the service
more » ... g the service before officially submitting them for grading. In this study we observe two distinctly different course clusters where one cluster is numerically-based and the other is narrative-based. We observed the Similarity Index Report on the assignment from students of the Business Accounting II, Auditing and Assurance in Malaysia, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour from the 2011 cohort. Our finding suggested that any plagiarism detection software can be useful to any course that requires a student to demonstrate a strong sense of originality in their assignments. Essentially, the software would provide additional advantages in any narrative management courses where the course is the intention of the instructor to make sure the student demonstrate a high level of creativity. However, courses that require students to conform to any regiment should not be subjected to the anti-plagiarism process as this is futile, as in the case of any numerical and mathematical courses. Courses that require a high level of verbatim citation such as law, assurance, literature and divinity would not work very well with the software. The inability of current software to differentiate between patterns and strings of plagiarism and cited work makes this exercise futile.
doi:10.1108/aaouj-08-01-2013-b003 fatcat:dw3a52lrujenbdz2ln233cik4u