15 October 2010
iParadigms Announces the Formation of iParadigms Europe Ltd
OAKLAND, Calif. -- September 14, 2010 – iParadigms, the creator of Turnitin® and iThenticate®, and the global leader in originality checking and plagiarism prevention, announces that nLearning Limited, their long-time exclusive European reseller of Turnitin and producers of the biennial International Plagiarism Conference, will become iParadigms Europe Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of iParadigms LLC, effective the first of October 2010.
"As iParadigms Europe, the nLearning team will continue to deliver the world-leading support services with the same staff, customer-centric approach and thought leadership that have made them so successful over the past eight years," said Chris Caren, President and CEO of iParadigms. "The nLearning team will continue to be great partners and advocates for Turnitin working closely with their customers and representatives internationally."
Will Murray, CEO of nLearning, said, "nLearning was a Northumbria University start up, founded by academics and business people in 2002 with a simple objective: to provide the type of support and customer relations we would have liked from our own e-learning suppliers. We are pleased to bring together two organizations with highly aligned goals to build upon the great work of the nLearning team."
iParadigms Europe Ltd will continue to provide community-led guidance and best practices in addressing the issue of academic plagiarism, as Murray adds: " The Plagiarism Advisory Service (now PlagiarismAdvice.Org) was initially commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) with an objective of becoming self-funding within 5 years, a tender which nLearning won. We achieved JISC's five year targets for the service and continue to be committed to delivering publicly accessible guidance and research via PlagiarismAdvice.org. As iParadigms Europe, we will establish an advisory board of experts—including academic integrity experts such as Dr. Mike Reddy, Dr. Jo Badge and Dr. Erica Morris—to oversee the on-going growth of this work. This board will also guide the academic content of the 5th International Plagiarism Conference planned for 2012."
Will Murray, CEO of nLearning, will join the iParadigms executive team as the Vice President of International Sales. As of the first of October 2010, institutions in the UK and Europe will receive Turnitin and iThenticate services from iParadigms Europe Limited.
Norman Wiseman, Head of Services and Outreach at the JISC, who originally funded the plagiarism advisory service, said "This is a great example of partnership between business and education leading to a self sustaining advisory service and community, building on the work initiated by a series of JISC projects and providing significant value for money to the sector".
iParadigms Media Contact:
Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing
Phone: +(1) 510.764.7579
iParadigms Europe/nLearning Contact:
Will Murray, CEO of nLearning & VP of International Sales for iParadigms Europe
Phone: +44 (0) 845 643 0105
Nicola Yeeles, PR Officer JISC
Notes for Editors
About iParadigms LLC
iParadigms, LLC is the world's leading provider of web-based solutions for plagiarism prevention. The company's products include Turnitin®, used by educators worldwide to check students' papers for originality, to enable web-based peer review and for digital grading of student work. iParadigms' iThenticate® solution is the leader in plagiarism detection in research, publishing and other commercial markets. The company's solutions check millions of documents each month and are used in over 125 countries. iParadigms is headquartered in Oakland, CA and is backed by Warburg PIncus. www.turnitin.com and www.ithenticate.com
About nLearning Ltd
nLearning, Ltd was established in 2002 as a Northumbria University company, spinning out as a self-sustaining start up in September 2007. In 2010, nLearning is Europe's leading provider of events and technology to help address plagiarism, providing services to nearly 100% of all UK universities, all the unitary awarding bodies and a rapidly growing number of secondary education institutions. nLearning resells the world leading web-based service, 'Turnitin.com', manages the PlagiarismAdvice.Org advisory website and hosts the biennial International Plagiarism Conference (PlagiarismConference.Org).
JISC is a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies, and is responsible for supporting the innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support learning, teaching, and research. It is best known for providing the SuperJANET network, a range of services, and a portfolio of high-quality resources. Information about the JISC, its services and programmes can be found in the What we do section.
About the advisory board members
Dr. Mike Reddy - Newport Business School
Dr. Reddy has been formally involved with the UK movement to combat academic misconduct since the late 90s, and was invited to participate as part of the steering committee for the JISC pilot for plagiarism detection software in 2000; a role that he has continued in through tendering of the Plagiarism Advisory Service until this was finally floated as a commercial venture. However, he has continued to contribute to the development of PlagiarismAdvice.org, mostly through collaboration with nLearning to develop their flagship International Plagiarism Conference since 2004. He has made invited presentations at workshops and conferences on academic integrity and plagiarism across the World, as well as making regular appearances in the Press, Radio and TV regarding aspects of plagiarism, novel forms of assessment and 21st century pedagogy in HE.
Dr Erica Morris, Senior Adviser for the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Dr Erica Morris leads the Academy JISC Academic Integrity Service, set up to enhance understanding of issues relating to academic integrity in UK higher education. She has worked in the higher education sector for seventeen years on teaching and learning initiatives, research in learning technologies and in educational support, and has published papers in the areas of student learning, statistical education and educational technology. Erica previously undertook research in the Institute of Educational Technology and at the Open University, managed a variety of developments in teaching and learner support for staff and students, working in the areas of student plagiarism, learning skills, learning design, careers education, personal development planning and e-portfolios. She has contributed to a range of recent conferences and seminars, running workshops on student plagiarism and related good practice in assessment.