Develop Overall Writing Skills

At the University of Evansville, teachers use Turnitin to prepare students for the future by facilitating
the writing feedback process, increasing student awareness of plagiarism, and targeting instruction to areas
where students are struggling.


University of Evansville
Evansville, IN
Private, Liberal Arts and Science School
2,900 Students

Background

Established in 1854, the University of Evansville (UE) is a small private liberal arts and science school located in southwestern Indiana. With more than 2,900 students from 45 states and 46 countries, UE offers a diverse curriculum, passionate team of faculty, nationally recognized study abroad program and proud history that spans more than 150 years.

Problem

"Incoming freshman do not always have a good grasp on professional writing," said Amy Hall, RN, PhD, chair and White Family Endowed Professor of Nursing at UE. Hall, who teaches a variety of health- and nursing-related courses at UE, has found that students typically did not even know they were plagiarizing because they do not have a solid understanding of what is considered as plagiarism.

Solution

To help address this issue and help students with the writing process, UE adopted Turnitin in 2003. The program allows teachers to better facilitate the writing process while making students more aware of what constitutes plagiarism. "After submitting their drafts to OriginalityCheck, I go through the documents using the GradeMark function to comment on exact passages where students are struggling," said Hall. "By seeing my comments in black and white, rather than just saying it, students seem more apt to improve their paper and work toward producing original, cohesive work when they resubmit their draft for final grading." Combined with the resources and help provided for students at the writing center on campus, Turnitin has yielded positive results.

Results

"For those students struggling with unintentional plagiarism, Turnitin makes them more aware of plagiarism and how to avoid it, while preparing them for writing in their future educational career and into the workforce," said Hall. "In addition to the benefits for students, the ease-of-use and functionality of Turnitin is also a great asset for teachers. More and more of our instructors use the program each year."