Avoiding Plagiarism course


Avoiding Plagiarism

The College’s Avoiding Plagiarism course in Moodle has been refreshed and launched for the 2018/19 academic session.  This 60 minute interactive online course is designed to ensure that students across all discipline areas follow best practice in referencing, paraphrasing and using citations. 

Guidance on the use of Turnitin is also available on the course page.

The course is on Moodle can be accessed here: https://moodle.royalholloway.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1897. (Staff need to refer to the FAQs to gain access)

Watch this promotional video to learn more

 Course elements

  • Video interviews with students giving their thoughts on plagiarism
  • Online resources to help build knowledge and understanding, including articles on real- life cases of plagiarism
  • Interactive activities to help identify plagiarism and practise how to correctly cite and reference different sources
  • Formative quizzes to build and test knowledge and understanding
  • Summative quizzes built in Moodle, which can be customised for different disciplines and departments

Learning Outcomes

  • Define plagiarism and describe different types of plagiarism
  • Recognise and describe key terms relating to plagiarism
  • Explain the importance of referencing
  • Compile accurate citations and references
  • Correctly paraphrase and acknowledge others' work
  • Make better use of referencing software to manage citations and references
  • Develop strategies to help avoid committing plagiarism

The Using Turnitin

  • Updated and definitive instructions for submitting work via the updated Turnitin interface
  • Advice on fully anonymising documents ahead of submission
  • Guidance on understanding the Turnitin Feedback Studio interface
  • Guidance on understanding, interpreting and acting upon Originality Reports ( for students in departments that allow such access)
  • FAQs about the service


How the course can be used

  • As an online self-study resource which students can work through at their own pace,at a time and place which suits them
  • As technology-enhanced learning in the classroom - for example, showing students some of the video content or working through an interactive activity together
  • As part of a blended learning programme - for example, asking students to complete extending their learning with further activities

Case Studies

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

University of Canberra, Australia


How can staff members access the course?

The E-Learning Team can manually enrol staff or provide a key to allow staff to self-enrol.

Can enagement and achievement be tracked?

Yes.  Moodle offers tracking tools such as activity and participation tracking, as well as downloadable quiz results.  The College has also linked Business Objects to provide powerful granular reporting.

Can content be customised?

Not at the moment. The learning content refers to the Harvard system and we are actively seeking opportunites to develop APA and other versions.

Differentiated access is possible and some departments use engagement with the content to provide access to quizzes.  These quizzes can be customised to deliver the 40+ question database in many ways, including:

  • In whole
  • In part
  • Mandatory questions
  • Randomly
  • A mix of manadatory or random
  • Specific numbers of attempts
  • Specific passmarks

Can the content be unbundled?

Yes.  The quizzes are separate from the content and can be customised and re-deployed to other Moodle courses.

The E-Learning Team will work, on request, to create custom and targeted quizzes for departments.

Can participating in the course be a condition of access to other content and activities (such as summative assessment in Turnitin)?

Yes.  Unbundling the quiz content has allowed courses in Economics, Law and Criminology to provide students with academic integrity skills BEFORE submitting their assignments.

If you have any other questions about the course, Please contact the E-Learning Helpdesk.

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