Supporting first year students at UQ: Addressing plagiarism and peer mentoring

Jordan, G., Neil, D. and Peterson, A. (2010). Supporting first year students at UQ: Addressing plagiarism and peer mentoring. In: 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (). 27-30 June 2010.

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Author Jordan, G.
Neil, D.
Peterson, A.
Title of paper Supporting first year students at UQ: Addressing plagiarism and peer mentoring
Conference name 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010
Conference location Adelaide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 27-30 June 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Poster
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Queensland has introduced two key initiatives that have improved the learning outcomes of first year students. The ‘Academic Integrity: referencing and avoiding plagiarism’ online tutorial is a sophisticated learning tool that has reduced plagiarism and improved understanding of referencing, collusion and the consequences of academic misconduct. Technically the tutorial has an interesting interface design and is easy to navigate. Pedagogically the design incorporates relevant contexts which help learners to construct new knowledge from existing knowledge. It demonstrates new information and students learn by applying the new knowledge. It is self-paced and incorporates equity and diversity issues. Our three year evaluation program has indicated a significant decline in the incidence of plagiarism and enhanced understanding of good academic practices among our first year students. The tutorial has gained international recognition as an innovative computer-based learning tool. Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) have been in place for six years and involve student leaders in hands-on peer mentoring of students in all of our large first year classes. PASS aims to build core academic skills and facilitate social learning and interaction and also to provide a network of support for students new to the university system. It has resulted in enhanced learning outcomes, with a strong correlation between PASS attendance and improved grades and retention rates. Student feedback indicated that the most effective facilitation approaches included worksheets, discussion, games and quizzes. Students also highlighted the important role that PASS played in easing their social transition into university life. PASS sessions provided a relaxed opportunity for students to meet and develop informal networks. External evaluation of PASS has led to the program gaining both institutional and national recognition.
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Created: Wed, 23 Mar 2011, 21:32:30 EST by Ann Peterson on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management