Unoriginal Writing Across Indian Higher Education Drops 49 Percent Shows a Global Study


Global Study Shows 49 Percent Drop in Unoriginal Writing Across Indian Higher Education

Turnitin, the leader in improving how students write and learn, has released an interactive infographic reporting results of a global study on unoriginal content and the importance of feedback in the writing process.

The study examined more than 14 million submissions across 15 countries to see how institutions use the software to reduce unoriginal writing and engage students in the writing process through the use of online feedback and grading tools.

While there have been numerous studies of Turnitin’s efficacy in larger English-speaking markets, this study demonstrates that the adoption of Turnitin as a digital feedback tool is occurring globally.

View the interactive chart to see the results and download each country’s full report.

Specifically, Indian higher education institutions enjoyed a 49 percent decline in unoriginal writing and saw a 9977 percent increase in the number of papers graded online between 2010 and 2014; Secondary education saw a similar results.

Dr. JS Sodhi, CIO and vice president of Amity Education Group, said: “As a leading private education provider in India we have been using Turnitin for around 6 years, and in this last year 70,000+ research reports have been submitted and checked for originality.

“For us, Turnitin echoes our fundamental values of integrity and good practice and has really helped to place innovation and research at the forefront of our thinking.”

Some general findings from the study:

  • Higher education institutions in 12 of the 15 countries reduced unoriginal content by more than 30 percent.
  • Majority of content matches from highly unoriginal submissions (greater than 50 percent unoriginal content) came from matches to other student papers rather than from websites, academic textbooks or journals.
  • Use of Turnitin as a digital feedback tool showed growth in all 15 countries. The number of papers graded online in secondary and higher education institutions increased by 1800 percent between 2005 and 2014.

“As education moves to greater use of technology, Turnitin is becoming a core component of the writing instruction process around the world,” said Jason Chu, education director at Turnitin.

“The study demonstrates that Turnitin is not only used as a tool to promote original writing, but also as an instructional tool to provide feedback to students and engage them in the writing process.”

Reports available for: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.

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