Using Turnitin Feedback Studio as an Information Literacy Tool
Raising Awareness of the Plagiarism Issue
Janice WebbAssociate Librarian Coleman University, California
"I hear from their instructors that the students’ writing has improved because of Turnitin."
"Our students were having a lot of trouble with their writing and the citation in general," says Webb. Seeing the struggles of entry-level students, she recommended the implementation of Turnitin Feedback Studio and was thrilled with the results.
"I know I’m an educator, first and foremost, but I think that my goal is also to provide a service to the students. So, I was trying to approach it from a service standpoint as opposed to something that is punitive." Loya created a low-stakes environment, where students felt comfortable engaging her and asking questions. She proactively reached them where they naturally were—online and on their phones. "I created some webcasts that they could view when I’m not here to explain in-text citations, paraphrasing, summarizing, and the originality check so that they can understand that if they make a mistake it’s okay to make the mistake, as long as they go on and they view videos and learn from their mistake and make corrections the next time around."
Webb has found that her program has created a more nuanced understanding of intellectual property and original thought. "They’re thinking that they already know stuff’s available on the internet, and they think that that is knowledge." Webb's videos have raised awareness of the issue of plagiarism and have helped students focus on improving the content of their writing.