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  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Plagiarism

    In 2016, the Washington Post used an artificial intelligence reporter, Heliograf, to write some 300 reports from the Rio Olympics. In 2017, the newspaper used it to write some 850 other reports, which combined for more than 500,000 clicks.

    As impressive as Heliograf may be, its main skill is taking data-driven stories, such as high school football games or election stories, and crafting short blurbs about them. In general, these are stories that the newspaper would not or could not have assigned to a human reporter but nonetheless wanted to include in their publication.

    Still, if an AI writer is good enough to draft articles for a major newspaper, clearly it’s just a matter of time before students are able to use AI authors to help them complete assignments the same way some turn to essay mills or other ghost authors now.

    But while the day may come when a student uses an essay bot to crank out a paper for class, that day is likely a long way off right now.

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  • Math Lessons and Journaling

    An increasing number of math instructors are utilizing writing, specifically math journaling, to enhance student learning. From Pre-K to graduate school, educators see the benefits of cross-subject lessons that encourage students to reflect on their mathematical processes. With writing, they think more deeply about the steps they took to solve a problem, the mistakes they may have made along the way, and how they can approach similar or different challenges down the road.

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  • Fearless Female Authors

     

    The courage, strength, and resilience of the female spirit are extraordinary. In celebration of International Women’s Day—and to kick off US National Reading Month—Turnitin has compiled a list of just a few of our favorite fearless female authors. These women and their stories have inspired us, empowered us, and guided us on our journey in many meaningful ways. Take a look below at the names and books that have been shared and loved throughout our company. Who knows? You might end up expanding your reading list and finding your own inspiration and courage.

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  • Strategies and Resources for Resilient Learners

    When things don’t go according to plan, how do we learn to keep going? More importantly, how can educators help to nurture resilient learners in the classroom?

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  • The Growing Need for Digital Literacy

    It’s no secret that the bulk of research is now being done online, both in and outside of the classroom. Whether you’re a student, instructor or researcher, there’s no faster or easier way to get the information you want than to head to the web. But just because the internet has improved access to information doesn’t mean it has filtered the quality of that information. While the web may put the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it also opens up a new world of misinformation, falsehoods and outright lies.

    Though the term “fake news” has been in the public eye a great deal this past year, the phenomenon isn’t just limited to news. For any type of information one seeks out online, they can find both legitimate sources written by experts, or dubious sources with questionable information.

    This, in turn, makes digital literacy one of the most important skills that any student can be taught.

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  • Engineering Students Flip for Learning

    How Turnitin Helped One Professor Turn His Course on its Head

    Dr. Dale Cope’s love for learning is contagious. As an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University—and a former Aggie himself—Dr. Cope’s enthusiasm for all things STEM has made him a dynamic instructor on the College Station campus.

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  • VeriCite and Turnitin are joining forces

    At Turnitin, our mission is to help schools and institutions support education with integrity. To keep pace with the ever-changing digital learning landscape, we’re committed to building out a  product portfolio that meets customers’ evolving academic integrity needs.

    In addition to developing new solutions to emerging challenges, we need to ensure the continuous improvement of our core plagiarism prevention services and integrations.

    In support of this goal, I’m pleased to share that Turnitin has acquired VeriCite.

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  • Rubrics to the Rescue

    Providing students with timely, high-quality feedback is a worthwhile challenge that educators encounter every day. Turnitin is deeply invested in creating solutions that improve the feedback experience for both students and teachers. So, how can Turnitin’s products come to the feedback rescue? Rubrics.

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  • How to Overcome Academic Roadblocks

    On the road to academic success, there are bound to be some bumps and roadblocks that many high school and college students encounter. Understanding these challenges and developing strategies early on regarding how to overcome them can be key to students’ physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Here are six ways to tackle these obstacles and prepare for the ups and downs of the academic journey.

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  • Now What? Tips for College Students on Next Steps

    In just a few months, many of you college and university students will be celebrating graduation and setting out for new and unknown adventures. As you ponder these final months, you may be thinking: Now what? What comes next? While there is no secret handbook of success given to college grads, nor is there a “right” or “wrong” path to take post-graduation, it is important to set aside time to think about the direction you might be headed and what you might need to prepare. Who knows? You could be five months away from starting the most memorable journey of your life. Either way, here are six helpful tips to get you thinking about life beyond undergrad. 

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