Anti-plagiarism platform prepares for on-site courses


Turnitin, a web-based plagiarism detection service, is preparing its education platform for the resumption of face-to-face classes.

“Universities in the Philippines are returning to classes, and what we’re seeing is a big focus on assessment design — to ensure that assessment is rigorous enough to handle both a hybrid and an on-site model,” Jack said Brazel, Turnitin Regional Director for Southeast Asia, speaks to business world.

Academic integrity training that the company recommends to schools using its technologies includes skills such as citation, citing sources, data interpretation, and encouraging original thinking to help students thrive outside of the classroom.

With the fraud caused by the rise of digital educational content and the widespread adoption of smartphones, tablets, computers and laptops for learning, the education sector has seen tremendous growth in the anti-plagiarism market, according to a recent report.

data from the Global Anti-Plagiarism for Education Market Report and Forecast 2022-2027 showed that the global anti-counterfeiting market was worth over US$1,085.9 million in 2021. It is expected to be worth $2,162.3 million by 2027.

Turnitin’s flagship products scan for plagiarized content and process grades for academic work, services that have been offered in the Philippines for the past seven years.

“Philippine universities are really modernizing everything they do, their infrastructure, their curricula. They have come a long way by putting so much work into improving quality assurance and their systems,” said Mr. Brazel.

Since the pandemic began, Turnitin has provided private and public Philippine universities with resources to help maximize the use of its products.

“If a teacher and a student create the report and see, for example, a 25 percent match with a source, how can they learn to cite and cite sources better? So the trainer has to make sure they are passing on the training and experience on how to write a better job overall,” he said.

Earlier this year, Turnitin launched the Gradescope app, which students use to scan or photograph assignments, and then teachers use artificial intelligence to group or tag them faster and more effectively, cutting grading time in half.

In the Philippines, Mr. Brazel said it has been used in science and technology courses ranging from engineering to programming, and in maritime universities, where assignments can include handwriting diagrams and drawing maps.

He added that more schools in the country are expected to join the platform. — Bronte H. Lacsamana

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