Turnitin Announces Winners of 2016 Global Innovation Awards

Fifty-eight educators in twenty-one countries recognized for their dedication and innovation in academic integrity and student engagement

Today Turnitin announced the winners of the 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Awards. The award program recognizes educators, technology administrators, and students from around the world who have demonstrated excellence and commitment to academic integrity and excellence in learning through the innovative and effective use of Turnitin and other educational approaches.

See All 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Award Winners: http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/global-innovation-awards

An international panel of academics and previous winners selected this year's winners from a record 500 nominations from nearly 50 countries. They chose winners across seven global regions who excel in one of three categories: academic integrity, student engagement, and writing improvement.

Two new awards added this year include the Writing Improvement Award, with educators and institutions nominating students showing substantial improvement in academic writing. The other, the Global Innovator Award, recognizes one overall winner and champion of best practices for academic integrity and student engagement through the use of Turnitin in training, professional development, support, and collaboration.

This year's Global Innovator Award winner is Princewill Odum, Turnitin administrator and Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The judges selected Odum for his passion and proactive, practical approach to training and raising awareness around academic integrity and scholarly writing conventions.

Upon winning, Odum said, "I was in an active Turnitin training session for faculty members when I found out about the award. The participants in the training session shared in my joy with a standing ovation and applause."

He is currently working toward making the University of Calabar the first university in Nigeria to become a member of the International Center for Academic Integrity. "For our students, Turnitin is a gauge, a meter. They use it to check if their work is something to be proud of. That gives them good joy to know that their work is of an international standard," he said.

As this year's Global Innovator, Odum is invited to be a Turnitin guest at the WRITEconference in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2017, which will focus on innovations in education and how technology is shaping writing, research, and academic integrity.

"We are proud to support and partner with so many enthusiastic, talented, and dedicated education leaders around the world," said Gill Rowell, education manager at Turnitin. "With even more nominations this year, of a consistently high quality, our judges had a difficult time choosing the winners amongst hundreds of excellent submissions."

Tasnim Saleh, academic coordinator at the SAE Institute in Dubai and one of this year's judges and last year’s Student Engagement Award winner, said, "The Global Innovation Awards empower teachers and academics and serve as a motivation to innovate in research on academic integrity. The Awards give educators the opportunity to be recognized globally for their work in improving students' writing and referencing skills."

Winners are listed by region and award category below. See the Global Innovation Awards for individual stories and a full award list, including Honorable Mentions.

Overall Global Innovator
Princewill Odum, University of Calabar, Nigeria (Winner)
Ann Rogerson, University of Wollongong, Australia (Runner-up)

Africa & Middle East
Princewill Odum, University of Calabar, Nigeria (Academic Integrity Award)
Eva Sujee, St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls, South Africa (Student Engagement Award)
Fouzia Begum, Middlesex University, UAE (Writing Improvement Award)

Asia
Kashif Karim, Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan (Academic Integrity Award)
Alex Banks, Handong Global University, South Korea (Student Engagement Award)

Australia & New Zealand, Higher Education
Ann Rogerson, University of Wollongong, Australia (Academic Integrity Award)
Kathie Ardzejewska, University of Notre Dame, Australia (Student Engagement Award)

Australia & New Zealand, Secondary & Further Education
Des Waters, Palmerston North Boys’ High School, New Zealand (Academic Integrity Award)
Ben Edwards, St Michael’s College, Australia (Student Engagement Award)

Europe
Javier Belda, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain (Academic Integrity Award)
Aurora Martínez-Martínez, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja & Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain (Student Engagement Award)
Boitumelo Olga Mano, World Maritime University, Sweden (Writing Improvement Award)

Latin America & Caribbean
Dariel Diaz Arce, Unidad Educativa Santana-Cuenca, Ecuador (Academic Integrity Award)
Elisa Montoya Cantoral, TECSUP, Peru (Student Engagement Award)
Reider Hernández Huanca, TECSUP, Peru (Writing Improvement Award)

North America, Higher Education
Anthony Iodice and Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching staff, Iona College, New York (Academic Integrity Award)
Jarmese Sherrod, University of Maryland University College, Maryland; Richland Community College, Illinois (Student Engagement Award)

North America, K12
Marye Smith, Hampton High School, Georgia (Academic Integrity Award)
Lisa Wathen, Nicolet High School, Wisconsin (Student Engagement Award)
Obehi Uadiale, Hampton High School, Georgia (Writing Improvement Award)

United Kingdom Higher Education
Nicole Brown, UCL Institute of Education, London (Academic Integrity Award)
Joe Gazdula, University of Bolton, Bolton (Student Engagement Award)

United Kingdom Secondary & Further Education
John Hindmarsh, Westminster Kingsway College, London (Academic Integrity Award)
Madihah Julani, Leyton Sixth Form College, London (Student Engagement Award)

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