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  • 8th eLearning Forum Asia 2013

    29 to 31 May 2013 - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

    With a theme of "Learning Outcomes: impact on next generation learners", the forum is an excellent opportunity for members of the educational community to get together and discuss the issues that matter to them.

    A major focus of the event will be technologies which can be used to bring about effective improvements in student learning outcomes. Subjects under discussion will include innovative teaching and learning and influence of outcomes on instructional changes.

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  • Plagiarism Education Week in Times Square


  • 4 Rationalizing Factors for Cheating and Plagiarism

    4 Rationalizing Factors for Cheating and PlagiarismIn a 2-part Turnitin webcast entitled, "Engaging Faculty and Students to Resist Plagiarism Through Policy and Practice," David Wangaard, Ed.D., the Executive Director for The School for Ethical Education (SEE) touched on four rationalizing factors for student cheating and plagiarism.

    1. Under Pressure
    2. Uninterested
    3. Unable
    4. Unfair

    "What's the point of recognizing these kinds of rationalizations?" asks Wangaard. "There are things that we can do as faculty and teachers to resist these things all appropriately."

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  • 5 Ways to Get Involved with Plagiarism Education Week

    PEW-Logo-RGB-MedAs you know, Plagiarism Education Week is just around the corner, taking place from April 22-26. To make this week a success, we need participation from Turnitin's enormous educational communitym which spans over 125 countries, to help us amplify this important message that "Originality Matters."

    There are many ways for you to participate in raising awareness for plagiarism education among your colleagues and students during Plagiarism Education Week—here are a few:

    1. Join one of the five live or on-demand webinars featuring prominent voices in education and integrity.

    Webcast: Students and Plagiarism: Exploring the Disconnect Between Morals and BehaviorWebcast: Plagiarism Spectrum Drill DownWebcast: Responding to Plagiarism: Lesson Plans and StrategiesWebcast: Policy to Practice: Developing Effective Academic Integrity PoliciesWebcast: Teaching Originality, Creativity, and Critical Thinking

    2. Share Plagiarism Education Week with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your blog. We’re using the hashtag #PlagEdWeek

     

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  • Making Academic Integrity Policies Work

    Sanction GuidelinesRules, if not enforced, lose their value—so is true of an academic integrity policy. I recently interviewed a university professor, we’ll call him Professor Thomas (not his real name), who followed his university’s sanction policies as written and intended, and found himself reprimanded by faculty colleagues for doing so. As a result Thomas took the initiative to try and change a strict and rigid policy, into one that offered flexibility, remediation, and learning.

    The sanction guidelines for undergraduates were straightforward—the first offense was a zero on the assignment, the second offense was a failure in the course, the third offense was suspension for one full semester, the fourth resulted in suspension for two semesters, and beyond that was permanent expulsion. The guidelines were even more strict for graduate-level students, whereby the first offense resulted in failure in the course, and a second offense would result in expulsion.

    Last year, Professor Thomas had nine instances of plagiarism out of 28 students on the first assignment in a graduate level course—they ranged from very minor (a cited, but non-quoted, copied sentence) to quite serious (multiple paragraphs) cases. Thomas reported all nine cases to the academic integrity committee per the policy.

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  • Originality Matters Student Poster Contest

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  • SEER: Making the Interactive Rubric PDF

    We've received several emails and comments from folks asking how we made The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER) to automatically calculate the rubric score and percentage. So I made this quick behind the scenes video to show you all the elements of it. It requires Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro which allows for creating, editing and saving of form fields.


    Watch SEER: Making the Interactive Rubric PDF on Vimeo.

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  • What's Wrong with Wikipedia?

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    Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."

    Evaluating Sources WebcastThis on-demand webcast explores the connection between student source choices and the development of research and critical thinking skills. We'll also discuss the development of the Turnitin website evaluation rubric to help students enhance their competencies in evaluating online sources.

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    Sources White PaperThis white paper highlights the recent findings regarding student research practices, presents SEER, and offers guidance on using the rubric to improve student research skills.

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  • 80 Million Student Papers

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin worldwide in 2012. But how much is 80 million papers anyway? The average length of each paper submission is three pages, which is 240 million sheets of paper. So to help put things in perspective, here's how things stack up:

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin in 2012... Enough to save 3,000 trees if we went paperless.

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin in 2012... Enough to save 3,000 trees if we went paperless.

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  • How Santa Grades Millions of Letters

    Happy HolidaysEvery December, millions of children around the world write letters to Santa, explaining how they've been good boys and girls and letting him know what they want to see under their trees come December 25th.

    Over the years, the number of kids sending him letters skyrocket. His mailbox was flooded and he found himself buried in letters, unable to respond to all of them.

    One day, a little elf told Santa about Turnitin—how he could use it to accept submissions from the children, check the letters for originality, give immediate feedback, and even use rubrics to help determine if they've been naughty or nice. So he gave it a shot.


    Watch How Santa Grades Millions of Letters with Turnitin on Vimeo or on YouTube

    Share this video with your colleagues, especially the ones that look like they've been in an avalanche of essays.

    Happy Holidays from Turnitin.