Beyond 2007: Beyond The Search Engine

The issues that surround plagiarism and academic integrity in a socially networked world.

University of Oxford, Said Business School, Friday 23rd March 2007

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Provisional Programme

10.50-11:20 Opening Plenary: Jude Carroll

Presentation Powerpoint

11:25-11:45 Second Plenary: Sara de Freitas

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11.55-12.45 The student perspective of the learning experience.

In this session representatives of students from school through to university will reflect on the issues that surround plagiarism and examine the topic: "Has today's technology changed the learning experience in the 21st Century?"

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.30 Third Plenary: Kevin Donovan FRSA - "Personalised learning: the final privatisation"

2.35-4.00 Debate:

"This house believes that the rise of technology is undermining the traditional values of rigour and integrity in academic research and study." (includes presentations from the speakers plus a lengthy debate with the floor, followed by a vote on the motion).

For the motion:

John Barrie, CEO and founder, Turnitin software

Andrew Charlesworth, Director, Centre for IT and Law, Bristol University

Presentation - Audio MP3 file

Against the motion:

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School

Peter Taylor, Operations Director, Acumen PI

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4.00 Formal close of conference


Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and is a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He has recently co-authored a study of Internet filtering by national governments, and is writing a book about the future of the now-intertwined Internet and PC. Papers may be found at

Andrew Charlesworth has been Senior Research Fellow, and Director of the Centre for IT and Law (CITL) at the University of Bristol since 2002. The CITL is sponsored by Vodafone Group Services Ltd, Barclaycard, Herbert Smith, Hewlett Packard Labs and the Law Society Charitable Trust. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in IT Law, and Director of the Information Law and Technology Unit (ILTU) at the University of Hull. He has presented papers on a range of topics including computer misuse, data protection, and intellectual property, at conferences and seminars in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia.

Peter Taylor is Operations Director of Acumen PI, the UK's biggest online provider of coursework to students, and parent company of In October 2006 announced that it had submitted all its essays to Turnitin, so that students could not pass off work as their own, as a means of combating plagiarism.

Dr. John Barriecreated the original architecture and fundamental technology behind iThenticate and Turnitin in 1994. Dr. Barrie is currently the President and CEO of iParadigms and continues to provide the vision of digital intellectual property detection in published material. As spokesperson for the company, Dr. Barrie has become a national leader and expert on the problem of plagiarism in education, and has given numerous keynote presentations on this subject. He has been interviewed by many well-known and respected media outlets such as CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC, the New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Dr. Barrie completed his undergraduate studies in Rhetoric and Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley, and he holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics (with a specialty in Neurobiology) from Berkeley as well. The emphasis of his prior research was the characterization of spatiotemporal aspects of the neocortical EEG as a tool for understanding how memory and perception function; he has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts on the topic.

Dr Sara de Freitas currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the London Knowledge Lab, University of London. Sara also works as a consultant with the UK Joint Information Systems Committee e-Learning Development Programme and founded the UK Lab Group, which brings the research and development community together to create stronger links between industrial and academic research. Sara publishes in the areas of: pedagogy and e-learning; change management and strategy development for implementing e-learning systems and the use of educational games and electronic simulations for supporting post-16 training and learning.

Kevin Donovan has worked in education for almost four decades - as teacher, trainer, manager, researcher, and writer. His career includes teaching in further education colleges, roles in national agencies, and groundbreaking developments in educational technology and e-learning. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2003 received the NILTA Peter Shuker Award for a 'lifetime contribution to information and learning technology'. Since retiring as an e-learning adviser to the former Learning and Skills Development Agency, Kevin has spent more time in his garden and on mountains and working for those who share his view of the need for 'intelligent approaches to teaching and learning'.

Jude Carroll works at Oxford Brookes University as an educational developer and is Deputy Director of the Assessment Standards Knowledge Exchange (ASKe), a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Brookes. She was until recently the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. As an educational developer, Jude's interests in teaching and learning have focused on deterring student plagiarism and effective teaching strategies for international students. She conducts research, manages others' research projects, writes and lectures widely and serves as evaluator or consultant to an FDTL5 project at Lancaster University and for the JISC-funded Plagiarism Advisory Service. Jude holds an MA in adult and post-compulsory learning, writes widely about her areas of interest and is a member of the HE Academy. Her Handbook for Deterring Plagiarism in HE is published by OCSLD.

Note: as in previous years, this conference will be in conjunction with the annual Shock of the Old Conference - 'Shock of the Social' : Web 2.0 on the following day, Thursday 23rd March.

P. Davis, Learning Technologies Group,
Oxford University Computing Services,

Venue: Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

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