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  • A Student’s View of Turnitin

    The University of Phoenix uses Turnitin's plagiarism prevention tool in its Center for Writing Excellence. The software has guided me through a master’s program with the university and through the first courses of my doctorate degree. In the beginning of my master’s program, I used Turnitin to examine whether or not I was using too many quotes, or I was not paraphrasing well enough. As the program continued, I began to use it for checking my academic teams’ contributions. Once, at the eleventh hour of a project, I discovered that a teammate had copied and pasted his portion of the team project. I asked him review his contribution, paraphrase, and properly cite it, averting a possible low grade.

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  • Plagiarism Report [Infographic]

    This Turnitin infographic is based on a white paper which offers a look into the web sources and writing practices of secondary and higher education students in the United States. It is based on the analysis of 128 million content matches from 33 million papers (24 million from higher education and nine million from secondary) over a one-year period.

    Key findings include:

    • Secondary students rely more on social networking and content-sharing sites.
    • Higher education students rely more on paper mills and cheat sites.
    • Wikipedia is the most popular site for both groups.
    • Eight sites appear among the top ten most popular web sources for both secondary and higher education students.
    • Educators should develop specific strategies to address plagiarism.

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  • GradeMark in Action

    Turnitin power user Cath Ellis from the University of Huddersfield presents her institution’s experience of using GradeMark as a tool for online submission and evaluation. She highlights the benefits this approach has for students, staff and the university as a whole. A pilot project with first year students has prompted the development of an institutional strategy on online submission, which has involved a comprehensive streamlining of work flows and a separation of administrative and academic staff roles. Cath also demonstrates the diagnostic abilities of using GradeMark to highlight student strengths and weaknesses and identify where extra support may be required.


  • Plagiarism in the Digital Age [Infographic]

    Check out this infographic created by our friends at Schools.com inspired from the article, "Beat the Cheat" by Amy Novotney in Monitor on Psychology.

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  • Improved Content Matching

    20110824 matchingI recently came across a BBC news article, "When algorithms control the world." The author, Jane Wakefield, suggests that algorithms have gotten so sophisticated and are relied on so heavily in how we interact with our electronic world, that they are bound to fail or takeover if we don't tame them. She's not envisioning a future where machines actually takeover the world like Blade Runner, Terminator, or The Matrix.

    Wakefield posits, "Algorithms may be cleverer than humans but they don't necessarily have our sense of perspective."

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  • Saving Time with GradeMark

    Here at Turnitin, we typically revolve around the world of writing, but today we're going to take a look at some basic mathematics. At the Turnitin User Event in Orlando in February, Beth Sawyer, a high school English instructor, gave a presentation on "Saving Time with GradeMark."

    Beth teaches 108 students in 5 classes. For a standard essay, she used to spend about 15 minutes per essay to read, evaluate, and grade:

    108 essays x 15 minutes = 1620 minutes = 27 hours.

    That's 27 hours outside of preparing and teaching her classes.

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  • Accidental Plagiarists

    20110126 accidentalplagiaristsThere is little doubt that a large part of plagiarism incidents are intentional attempts to cheat, perhaps an equal proportion of incidents stems from students that are uninformed or unaware of proper citation and plagiarism. According to an article in THE Journal, this idea is supported by many educators as well as new research concluding that increasing knowledge on plagiarism and citation is a more effective approach than punitive approaches.

    Heather Scott, a Turnitin power user and English teacher at Air Academy High School in Colorado, first turned to Turnitin to help identify potential plagiarism. She quickly found the key to reducing plagiarism in her classes was in providing feedback to the students. With GradeMark®, Scott is able to show students what they did wrong, how to correct it, why it is important, and reinforce it in future assignments. She has even found tremendous value and results from having students review other student papers with PeerMark. Read the entire article, "The Accidental Plagiarists" in THE Journal.

  • Technology Enhances Learning in Survey of 40K

    Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation published a report presenting the results of a national survey of 40,000 public school teachers from pre-K to 12th grade.
    The survey identified five broad solution areas to address the challenges facing schools today and to help ensure that all students achieve at their highest levels:

    1. Establish Clear Standards, Common Across States

    2. Use Multiple Measures to Evaluate Student Performance

    3. Innovate to Reach Today’s Students

    4. Accurately Measure Teacher Performance and Provide Non-Monetary Rewards

    5. Bridge School and Home to Raise Student Achievement
     

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  • Obama on Education Nation

    U.S. President Barack Obama participated in a live half-hour interview on NBC's TODAY show with Matt Lauer talking about education as part of the "Education Nation” summit. Watch the interview here:

    Read the transcript at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39378576/ns/today-parenting

    Some highlights from the interview:

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  • From Feedback to Features

    20100820 feedbackAs part of the Turnitin2 changes that will be launched on September 4th, 2010, we included many feature changes that were requested by users through our Feedback Forum. These requests included:

    A way to see the formatted paper in the Originality Report
    This is one of the key changes to the Originality Report for Turnitin2, all of the formatting from the student's paper will be preserved in the new report.

    A way to see the matches from the Originality Report in GradeMark
    This gets to the heart of the changes made in Turnitin2. The user can now see the services layered on top of one another. This allows users to see the Originality Report highlights while marking the paper in GradeMark.

    An easy way to see other potential sources for the matches in the Originality Report
    In the new Originality Report in Turnitin2, users will have the ability to select to "view additional sources" when they hover on a source in the Primary Source list (the list of sources in the default view of the report). This option will show all of the sources from the Turnitin databases that were found to match the highlighted section of text.

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