The PUPP Project
The Partnership on University Plagiarism Prevention (PUPP) team is developing an international strategy for the prevention of plagiarism in universities. The PUPP team is engaging in a unique research project on the use of digital scrapbooking strategies by students and professors to determine how teaching and learning these strategies can prevent plagiarism. Digital scrapbooking strategies facilitate searching for information, integrating it into the writing process, and correctly referencing the authors used in producing written assignments at universities.
The multidisciplinary project designed by the PUPP is divided into two phases.
1. The team will provide an overview of the use and teaching of DSS at the university level and then examine the effect of this teaching on students. The general objectives of the project are as follows:
a. Identify the DSS used and taught at the university
b. Compare the use and teaching of DSS according to country, culture, program, and level of proficiency in mother tongue and second language.
c. Identify which DSS should be prioritized for teaching, according to country, culture, program, and level of proficiency in mother tongue and second language, in order to promote integrity and reduce plagiarism.
d. Examine the impact of teaching those DSS considered as priorities on reducing plagiarism in students’ work.
2. In parallel with the proposed research project, the PUPP will lead activities in mobilization, dissemination, and knowledge co-production to train professors in the use and teaching of DSS. A body of innovative practices will be developed and widely disseminated. Webinars, summer institutes, and conferences will be offered during the seven years of the project.