Bennett University organizes an interactive workshop on research ethics and plagiarism | Events Movie News

The Learning Resource Center and Bennett University’s Internal Quality Assurance Cell co-organized an interactive online workshop on research ethics and plagiarism for aspiring writers and researchers around the world. The workshop received over 750 registrations from 17 countries within 48 hours. The workshop included an insightful session on ‘Research Ethics and Integrity’ by Karrie Peterson, Division Manager, Liaison Office, Tuition and Reference Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries, Boston, USA, followed by a demonstration session of the plagiarism detection service called ‘Turnitin’ by Akshay Prasanna, Senior PES Member at Turnitin, India.

The event began with introductory remarks on research integrity by Samriddhi Jain, a first-year student at Bennett University who hosted the event. She introduced both the head of the internal quality assurance cell, Manish Bhalla, and the moderator of the event, Sanjay Kataria, who warmly welcomed the 400 participants of the workshop and the valued speakers. She then introduced the valued speakers of the day, Karrie Peterson and Akshay Prasanna, and thanked them for taking their valuable time to attend the workshop.

Peterson opened the workshop with an overview of how academic integrity affects a vast knowledge ecosystem, how individual best practices cannot deliver everything and we therefore need systems thinking such as national and international guidelines for open research, how evolving practices require critical thinking such as B. recognition of contributors and publication decisions, etc. and collective critical thinking can help to design a better scientific information ecosystem. Existing rules of academic integrity do not address important aspects of fairness, accuracy, authentication and transmission of knowledge. Therefore, she believes researchers must engage in collective redesign and agree to a fair contribution of intellectual property. She also spoke of “accidental plagiarism” and how to avoid accidental plagiarism by recognizing the important work of others through standardized methods such as citation practices and literature review. Their general discussion revolved around the real world issues in research and the best practices followed by MIT, the audience was engaged at all times.

The workshop moved on to Prasanna who conducted a detailed demonstration session on Turnitin, a plagiarism detection software tool. Some of the important parameters he covered during his session included plagiarism and its impact, faculty management/student management, how similarity reports are generated in Turnitin, how student contributions are checked with a similarity report, etc.

Towards the end, an interactive Q&A session was conducted in which around 30 questions were asked of the speakers. The workshop was highly appreciated by the participants and described as very informative and insightful. Priya Mahadevappa, the coordinator of the internal quality assurance cell, thanked and closed the event. The organizers of the event hoped that the workshop would provide a crystal-clear idea on the topic and equip all participants with the essential research skills, as knowing about research ethics and avoiding plagiarism in all aspects will help all aspiring researchers and authors a kick-start for all future research projects.

-Samriddhi Jain, first year student, BBA

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