Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention
Category: Student Engagement | Asia
Anar BayarsaikhanAcademic Counselor: Orchlon International School, Mongolia
“So while we’re improving our writing skills, they’re also preparing for the university application process... because in Mongolia, we’re far from the UK or the USA, so we need to prepare our students on being independent or having good academic reading and writing skills. If they plagiarise once in a university, they’ll just have to drop out.”
Anar became familiar with Turnitin as a student in Hong Kong. This experience allowed her to implement the software at Orchlon International School when she became an instructor there. This involved cooperating with the other teachers so that they could address the problem of students copying and pasting on their assignments. In one year the bilingual high school has seen a huge improvement in students’ work, and the focus has now moved on to using Turnitin as a tool to improve student writing. In particular, Anar is concerned with managing the transition for students as they move on from high school to university study. She teaches a module during which she asks students to submit one essay each month to Turnitin. The students write responses to prompts she collects from university applications:
“While they are improving their writing skills, they’re also preparing for the university application process...we need to prepare our students on being independent or having good academic reading and writing skills. If they plagiarise once in university, they’ll have to drop out.”
Using Turnitin has also been a learning experience for the teachers at the school, as they use it to identify any gaps in their teaching practice and inform their planning.