Making technology work for academic integrity in Malaysia

Sou Wan Chea

Tracy Bretag


This paper reports on an initiative in the communication course of a business degree program jointly run by Taylors University College, Malaysia and the University of South Australia. The innovation was designed to assist students understand academic integrity and avoid inadvertent plagiarism. The text-matching software program Turnitin was used in a student-centred way, to enable students to take responsibility for ensuring that their essays were not plagiarised. Students were required to submit a draft of their essay to Turnitin, and use the Originality Report to make revisions as necessary, prior to formal submission of the assignment. The findings demonstrate that this initiative resulted in second submissions with lower percentage text-matches, a reduced number of plagiarism cases, and students’ evaluations that suggest an increased understanding of academic integrity issues.

This paper was submitted to the International Integrity & Plagiarism Conference which ran between 2004-2014. The paper was peer reviewed by an independent editorial board and features in the conference proceedings.