Recognizing the Top Turnitin Schools and Educators
With a million instructors reaching 20 million students around the world, being among the top Turnitin schools and educators deserves recognition. The new Turnitin All-Stars Award Program was established to recognize Turnitin customers and users that have demonstrated excellence and success in effectively using or promoting the use of Turnitin to support student learning.
Over 250 nominations were received and reviewed, and some select nominees were contacted for interviews to provide a full picture of these success stories. From these, four individual finalists were selected for each award at each program level, 24 premiere Turnitin-using educators, perhaps all deserving of being All-Stars. 12 institutions were also selected for institutional awards. On March 19th, we will announce the winners and accompany all with their comprehensive success stories.
The MVP All-Star award goes to the individual that has actively promoted or encouraged the use of Turnitin inside and outside of their institution through: training; professional development; support; sharing ideas and best practice; and otherwise championing the use of Turnitin.
Kenston Local Schools
"I have also spread the news of Turnitin to my colleagues in my district. Last year I led a session about grading using turnitin.com that was attended by high school English and social studies teachers as well as some teachers from the district's middle school. Though not everyone in in attendance has made the switch to grading using Turnitin, many have and love it."
Graduate Program Director,
"I created a tutorial that has now been distributed across the University, that instructs students how to create their own submission site to check their own papers before I see it. So basically a student can self-check their dissertation and see it all lit up and say, 'oh my god I didn't realize what I had done.'"
Language Arts Teacher,
Rich Central High School
"I think that Turnitin can change English teachers, history teachers... any kind of teacher. I think you have the ability with that app to change the way that we grade people, which is huge for us. It's not only life saving, but it's a huge change in the way we get to grade, give feedback, and make it better feedback."
Professor of English,
"It has really become part of my classroom climate. And I have told my academic services dean, if Turnitin.com's site license ever goes away from this college, I will personally pay to have my own, because it's so engrained in my class. Everything from GradeMark to PeerMark to using rubrics, this is all what I do in the writing classroom."
Boston Public Schools
"Another thing we do to support each other, is we'll have grading parties. Several of us will go to cafe and all do Turnitin grading together."
Assoc. Prof. of Criminal Justice,
Richard Stockton College
"Every semester I've given a presentation on how I use Turnitin, how I use the GradeMark feature, how I create my toolbox, and to put comments into the toolbox, and really helping faculty with the small details about how to make it a big time saver and to give students better feedback."
Pittsford Central School District
"I've begun teaching through our teacher center [...] two classes on Turnitin, one is an introductory class [...] and a more advanced class where I get into a lot of the different techniques for using GradeMark, for using PeerMark, and for using discussion boards."
Dr. Shannon Farris
Assistant Prof. of Psychology,
St. Leo University
“I created 'eCOACH Online Learning' webinars where among other things, I'm showing how to use and implement Turnitin to both instructors and students. I don't just show them how to use it and where to click, I also discuss best practices, how to promote better writing through feedback and peer reviews, and how to use Turnitin effectively.”
Grading & Feedback
The Grading & Feedback All-Star goes to the educator that has demonstratively used Turnitin to: provide rich feedback on student work; save time grading; and streamline the grading and teaching process.
Wayne Valley High School
"When it comes to laboratory work, it is significant for students to understand scientific concepts from a hands on perspective. As a way to encourage more specific thoughtfulness at the lab bench and learning in the classroom, the laboratory has very heightened importance. This is where Turnitin became a wonderful tool to help students understand the importance of laboratory."
"Turnitin has helped me teach communication at different levels--more levels than just an essay or research paper, but also through multimedia experiences and real-life interactions. It has helped me to demonstrate the impact of a student's writing competence on his or her employment, the community, and the other aspects of a student's life. Using Turnitin to reinforce those communication skills is changing the way I teach."
English/AP Psych. Teacher,
Advanced Math & Science Academy
"There are basic elements of all writing in 6th grade that I'm trying to teach them this year for the first time because they come from a million different 5th grade schools--all coming to our school here. All these basic skills that most high school writers have down, we're trying to teach them in 6th grade."
Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry,
St. John Fisher College
"PeerMark really helps with simulating the writing process. They get to review other student's work and learn those skills-- learning how to write and how to review a writing sample. That's kind of a nice feedback cycle. The speed and quality of the feedback is really appreciated by the students. It has only changed the way I teach. Now, I'm really able to help them to become better writers."
Language Arts Teacher,
Sandra Day O'Connor HS
"Turnitin has allowed myself as an instructor to give feedback in a way that positively impacts growth. I'm able, through Turnitin, to freely give feedback that celebrates their strengths. I can leave a framework for improvement through rubrics, through my general comments, through their own self-reflection and through a peer's self reflection. That's the beauty of Turnitin."
Asst. Professor of Nursing,
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
"As a student, they deserve specific feedback. They put so much time into writing their papers. I spend as much time as I can grading them and I've always wanted to be able to be as specific as possible and provide the richest feedback I could. And now, through Turnitin and GradeMark, it allows me to do that easily and quickly."
"One of the most popular approaches to teaching writing is the portfolio approach where students can actually see their progress in front of them. Each student begins to get a tailor-made, customized education. We can review my comments online and track those over time and see the development of each student. Turnitin is an ideal vehicle to use in my teaching."
Asst. Prof. of Psychology,
"Turnitin has eased the grading process becase in my Psychometrics class, students are submitting weekly reading outlines. Students have to define key terms, summarize the main idea, write a self-reflection and make connections between chapters. The features in Turnitin really facilitate the grading process by making things easier, quicker, and through giving personal QuickMarks."
The Academic Integrity All-Star award goes to the educator that demonstratively uses Turnitin to: reduce unoriginal writing; address academic integrity; and teach proper citation and attribution.
Dutch Fork High School
"I think a lot of kids accept things that they read online without considering if they're valid or if there could be more information or if this information is biased. It's is a very real world skill. They need to be able to discern what is real or what's not or how two ideas can help build on one another. It'll help them as they go into their junior and senior years, then college, and in life."
"In a college campus, we try to promote independent thought, ethical reasoning. We want them to become a better person while they're here. Without academic integrity, you can't have that. Through using Turnitin, and having examples to show them and going through their own work, they have something at the end that they can be proud of and they can realize that they did learn."
Mahopac Central School District
"I think Turnitin is one of the most wonderful learning tools. I think citing a document correctly is one of the hardest things to learn and one of the best ways to learn how to do it is to do it on your own the first time, show a kid an originality report and say, "Look, this is what Turnitin is coming up and saying that you did. Let's sit down and fix it."
Professor of English,
Houston Community College
"As I've gotten more mature in my teaching, I wanted to use Turnitin to aid students in the writing process. I feel very strongly that writing has to be a process. Being able to sit down, we're able to talk about, 'Why would you use this quote. How could you use it more effectively?' And we're able to talk about why it's important."
North Stafford High School
"Students have tools at their fingertips that make plagiarizing and cheating so easy. Many of them don't realize how dangerous it is. For students to succeed, they have to be able to not just read and write and do math. They really have to be citizens of the world. Having this knowledge based, research-based education is vital to their future success."
"In the 21st century, we are now dealing with multitudes of underprepared students and students returning to college to change careers. Many of them have no idea how the computer works or what the ramifications (of plagiarism) are. Turnitin is an incredible aid for information literacy that helps students to answer the question 'What is your source and where did it come from?'"
English Teacher/Dept. Head,
Snowflake High School
"I'm helping them learn how to craft their thoughts and their minds. I'm bringing them into the conversation--making them feel like what they have to add is interesting and important and that they have grown as a human being. If we're talking about people being life-long learners and if they're going to be adding to the world and going to be the ones running it, they have to see that."
"One of the first things I put on (the library’s Moodle course) is a Turnitin Dropbox, which is an open-ended, multi-part Turnitin assignment that doesn't submit to the Turnitin repository. Writing has improved because of this Turnitin tool. Also, students who need help can see me for face-to-face instruction on proper citation or view a set of four instructional videos on plagiarism prevention that I've created to meet our students online."
The Excellence All-Star is an institutional award based on how an institution has been using Turnitin to its full potential for multiple years, showcasing organization support, best practices, and training resources.
Central High School
Central High School experienced steady growth through its first four years before a nearly 300% jump in submissions. English Department Leader, Judy Steinke, commented that Turnitin was first used for plagiarism checking, but the online grading features made them realize there is so much more they can do. Faculty are now grading more than 60% of its submissions.
Central Oregon Community College started using Turnitin in 2006, but it was in the 2008-2009 academic year that Turnitin was integrated with Blackboard—submission volume tripled and then increased at 20% each subsequent year. From the start they were heavy users of the online grading features and have maintained consistently low unoriginality.
Hackensack High School
At Hackensack High School, Turnitin is used for nearly every submission in the English Language Arts program, for grading, peer review, and checking for potential plagiarism. Other disciplines—social studies, math, science and business—have begun using it as well. Submission volume has increased 8-fold over last three years while the levels of highly unoriginal submissions has been cut in half.
Texas A&M International University has used Turnitin since 2007 increasing their utilization by 35% each year on average. Online grading has been steadily high since the beginning and unoriginal submissions have been steadily decreasing each year. TAMIU has set up a system where all students can check their papers for originality independently prior to submitting for their class.
The Power-User All-Star is an institutional award based an institution’s adoption and utilization of Turnitin’s full range of features.
Indian Hill School District
In 3 years, Indian Hill School District has tripled its volume of submissions from 3,000 to over 9,000. Nearly half of those submissions are now being graded online as well. As director of technology, Arline Pique has helped drive the adoption of Turnitin organically through word of mouth and user groups. As more instructors see the benefits, ease and simplicity of Turnitin, they use Turnitin more.
Wheelock College uses Turnitin to grade nearly 70% of all their submissions while maintaining high levels of original writing. Nearly 8 papers were submitted by each student in the 2012-2013 academic year, a high level of usage attributed to a seamless integration with their learning management system, Moodle, and regular department trainings and faculty orientations.
Bridgman High School
In only its second year of using Turnitin, Bridgman High School doubled its submission volume with a majority of assignments being graded online. Only 1% of their submissions are contain more than 50% unoriginal content. English teacher Andrea Countess remarked that the quick adoption is due in part to a culture shift from traditional paper-based feedback to electronic feedback.
New York Institute
NYIT has been using Turnitin consistently since 2005, initially as a tool for checking papers for potential plagiarism. More recently, the combination of a new integration with Blackboard, updated training resources, and recurring training sessions has led to a 3-fold increase in submission volume and significant adoption of online grading. The level of unoriginal submissions also dropped by half.
The Original Writers All-Star is an institutional award based on how effective an institutional account has been in: reducing unoriginal content in student writing; addressing academic integrity; and using Turnitin as a tool to teach citation.
Abby Kelley Foster
Charter Public School
Over the course of four years, Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School was able to reduce the level of highly unoriginal submissions by 71%. Submission volume continues to increase each year with consistent student utilization. On top of increasingly original writing and increasing submission volume, AKFCPS grades nearly three-quarters of the submission through Turnitin.
Fuller Theological Seminary recently integrated Turnitin with Moodle. Since then, the level of unoriginal submissions has reduced by two-thirds while submission volume more than doubled. Additionally, faculty's use of Turnitin's online grading features has been steadily utilized since they started using the software in 2008, with a majority of papers now being marked with Turnitin.
Cascade Senior High School started its first academic year with a relatively low level of unoriginal submissions. In their second year of use, that was driven down even more despite submission volume tripling. Principal Cathy Tooley experienced Turnitin's effectiveness at a previous school and recommended it when she took over as principal.
Over the course of six years, Blinn College has maintained a consistently low level of unoriginal submissions—on average, less than 3.5% of each year's total submissions are highly unoriginal. During that time, Blinn has grown its submission volume steadily by 25% each year and over the last four years has grown its share of online grading with Turnitin at a rate of nearly 20%.