Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Academic Integrity | Africa & Middle East

Natasha Mwila

Natasha Mwila

Head of Department of Management (Acting): Monash, South Africa

“We can see quite a difference from those who have only had to use it from the second year to those who have been using it from the first year onwards, who are not experiencing the same problems”

After using Turnitin in the final year of her undergraduate studies at the same institution, Natasha decided she wanted to also make use of the software in her own teaching, but with one key difference; she felt that it should be introduced to students earlier in their academic career:

“If our students can get used to it earlier then they won’t have challenges with the important work when it comes to their research.”

In practice, this means that Natasha uses Turnitin on all tasks, however small, from the beginning of year one, enabling any issues to be diagnosed and addressed early on and providing her with the ability to “track students’ progression”:

“We can see quite a difference from those who have only had to use it from the second year to those who have been using it from the first year onwards, who are not experiencing the same problems.”

Natasha feels this approach is useful for her postgraduate students, who may be coming to university with many years of experience in the workplace, but little experience of the conventions of academic writing. She also works in partnership with the library, who offer one-to-one sessions with Learning Skills Advisors for any students who require further support.

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