How Voice Comments Improve Reader Attention

jennifer-haber-square Classroom practices blog post written by Jennifer Haber, Professor of Communications at St. Petersburg College

A few years ago, I decided that I needed to find a different way to “speak” to my online writing students. Many of them worked long hours, so meeting in person or talking over the phone about their writing were not viable options. And, I had created videos for the course, such as “How to Write an Effective Letter”; however, these were personalized to the course—or the assignment—not the student.

Why the One-on-One Conversation is Better with Turnitin

Classroom strategies blog by Audrey Wick, English Professor at Blinn College

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As a full-time college writing instructor, I teach hundreds of students each academic year. Ideally, I’d love to have individual conversations with students on a weekly basis about their writing—but where would I find the time? Doing so, as much as I would love it, simply isn’t practical.

Teaching Students How to Avoid Plagiarism with Turnitin

sharon-carmack-square Turnitin Certified Trainer, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, shows you how to help your students avoid plagiarism pitfalls.

My students weren’t getting it! I’d tell them over and over again that if they used another author’s words, they must put those words in quotation marks and cite their source. If they didn’t, they were stealing. It was no different than if someone walked into your house and took your things. You own those things, and no one has the right to take them from you. Authors own their work and words; no one has the right to take them. But like your things, an author’s words may be borrowed in moderation, but only if you give proper credit.

Turnitin Receives 2014 Award of Excellence

Turnitin has been recognized as a 2014 winner in the prestigious 32nd Annual Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning Magazine.

20141120-TL AwardsWith more than 150 edtech products evaluated, Turnitin is awarded in the Best Upgraded Product category. This category honors already released products that have made significant enhancements since the previous version of the same product and evolved with the changing technology to continue to offer the highest quality experiences for educators and students.

Tech & Learning previously recognized Turnitin with an Award of Excellence in 2012. In the past two years Turnitin has made significant upgrades, including:

  • Expanded its service to “grade anything” for evaluating all types of student work (beyond writing)
  • Integrated a “cloud submit” that allows student paper submissions from Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Launched an iPad app that allows educators to “grade anywhere” (surpassing 100,000+ downloads)
  • Launched interactive website that rates student research sources
  • Released grading rubric as a free educational resource


Read more about the Awards of Excellence.

Turnitin and the Anti-Plagiarism Debate

Turnitin educator story by Andrew Holmes, Innovation Specialist and Library Director at Parker High School

20141006-AndrewHolmesToday I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on Turnitin and the Anti-Plagiarism debate, which was recently featured on nprEd.

You can find the original article here .

I’ve used Turnitin­­­ in the classroom for many years now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It is easily one of the greatest reasons for my success as a teacher.

I have taught English for 10 years, the last 7 at a high school in Southern Wisconsin. I’ve used Turnitin in a variety of classes, from general English 9 and 10 to Senior Composition Honors and AP English Language and Composition.

It has always been received well by my students. But the key is in how you use it.

Student Perceptions of Effective Feedback

In a recent survey to students, we asked them about effective forms of feedback. What do they really think about the feedback that they receive? Do they find it helpful, timely, or actionable? Also, what types of feedback do students most want to see? Sign up to receive the full infographic and white paper later this month!

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Until then, here's a list of the most helpful or favorite forms of feedback from our respondents:


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‘Guides.turnitin’ is almost here!

Turnitin will soon launch a new platform to store all product resources conveniently in one place

Guides.turnitin will provide users with:

  • Easily accessible, specialised product manuals that are tailored specifically for administrators, instructors and students
  • Comprehensive integration specific manuals
  • The ability to rate content in terms of suitability and helpfulness, ultimately making ‘Guides.turnitin’ more effective 

What administrators and instructors may find most exciting is that this platform will allow you to create bespoke product information packs, ensuring you have only the documentation that is relevant to your specific institution, and how they personally use Turnitin.

Hyperlinking QuickMarks

david-sawyer-square Guest classroom practices blog post written by Alan Reid, an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing and Instructional Technologies at Coastal Carolina University

As an Assistant Professor of first-year writing, I sometimes struggle with balancing the amount of time I spend grading student writing and the amount of feedback that I provide to each student. Turnitin affords me the ability to streamline my grading process without sacrificing student feedback.

Why Student Engagement is Important

david-sawyer-squareGuest classroom practices blog post written by Jennifer Haber, Professor of Communications at St. Petersburg College



I had been teaching writing for over ten years at a local college and found that many students were content submitting writing, getting a grade, and then, hopefully, moving onto the next class. However, I began to ask myself if they were actually getting anything out of the experience. Was I helping to make them better writers?

As I reflected on this question, I began to wonder if maybe that I was failing in what I had set out to do as an educator: to engage them in what we were doing—to make them part of the writing process.

Turnitin Helps Clark Kent Find His Cape

david-sawyer-squareGuest classroom practices blog post written by David Sawyer, AP English Literature/British Literature at Brentwood Academy

Recently, a student was telling me about a paper he had due in another class. He had not started it yet and time was running out, but he wasn’t worried. After all, the instructor was “only a history teacher.” The assumption was that such a teacher would not be as sharp a reader as an English teacher, so the student could just throw something together and still get a good grade.

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