GNDU organized online workshop on PLIGIARISM- An opportunity to Learn, Teach and Grow

Amritsar, June 08, 2020: The School of Education of the Guru Nanak Dev University organized an online workshop on PLIGIARISM- An opportunity to Learn, Teach and Grow. The basic objective of this programme was to develop competence among faculty and scholars from higher Education Institutions to maintain the highest standards of integrity in academic research. The online workshop was organized in collaboration with Turnitin India Education Pvt Ltd. for enhancing the teaching, learning and assessment process as an initiative towards professionalisation of the research and teaching community in the times of COVID-19. Under the dynamic leadership of Vice-Chancellor Prof (Dr) Jaspal Singh Sandhu, the workshop was attended actively by 750 participants from various institutions from various states of India. Prof Sandhu feels that competence to use these online tools can empower the faculty and sensitise the scholars and students for improving academic culture.
Prof (Dr.) Amit Kauts, project co-ordinator while addressing the participants elaborated on the need of Grades scope and Feedback platform of Turnitin for evaluating digital assignments for original write up, ideas and critical thinking among learners and scholars.He encouraged and appreciated the research community for their participation in this workshop.
The first session of the workshop was held under the mentorship of Ashim Sachdeva, Regional Vice President & Head of South Asia, at Turnit India Education Pvt. Ltd., an accomplished business leader and passionate technology buff, with vast and diverse experience of three decades spanning Ed Tech, Digital Publishing, Hospitality, Logistics and. I.T. Services. The workshop was conducted on the ZOOM platform and was divided into three sessions.
Mr Asim Sachdeva elaborated on the concept of Plagiarism and its differentiation from similarity and explained its importance from the point of view of international perspectives in higher education, their research productivity and rankings. He also gave an overview of various online tools which can be used to identify similarities to existing sources or can be used in formative assessment to help students learn how to avoid plagiarism and improve their writing.This session was followed by questions raised by participants and responses from the speaker, which was quite interactive and satisfying.
The second and third sessions on onboarding of Turnitin feedback studio and Gradescope, online tools of Turnitin were conducted by Saurab Mitra and Varun Piplani, Sr. Professional Services Specialist at Turnit India Education Pvt. Ltd, and During these sessions, the experts took the participants LIVE on these tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide feedback. In these structured sessions, live demonstrations were conducted on how instructors can enable the use of Turnitin for Canvas assignments, modify Turnitin settings, and view the Similarity report result when grading. These sessions provided participants with an in-depth and hands-on knowledge of Turnitin Feedback Studio and Gradescope which have been activated for Guru Nanak Dev University.
During both the sessions, the speakers answered queries and doubts asked by the participants in the most satisfactory manner. Reflections on the use and benefit of this endeavour were given by Prof Karamjit singh chahal, Deptt of Architecture of the university and Prof (Dr.) Ashutosh A Paturkar from Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Management Studies and Research, Nagpur.
During the valedictory session, Prof Renu Bharadwaj, Director Research of the University, emphasised on the need of academic integrity among academia for improvement of academic and research culture in higher educational institutions. With her experienced lenses, she thanked the academic community for joining and stressed on the use of the software for the research work.
In the concluding remarks, Prof. Amit kauts reflected the importance of digital software in the research and asked participants to make the best use of the technology for conducting high quality research of international standards. He thanked the speakers from Turnit India Education Pvt Ltd for exhibiting their specialised knowledge and all participants for their time and interest. Dr. Deepa Sikand, Head, Department of Education while thanking experts, project coordinator, Turnit India Education Pvt. Ltd., team for supporting and organizing this highly professional and educative program also emphasised the need of using of turnitin tools for online assessment and grading objective type as well as pen pencil tests for more objective and qualitative assessments for better and effective feedback to the learners.

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