• 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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  • Getting Organized: How Tech Can Help

    Staying organized is key to maintaining focus and accomplishing your personal and professional New Year’s goals. Zen Habits asked its readers to help create a list of 27 Great Tips to Keep Your Life Organized that will help inspire and motivate you to get moving. From color-coding your To Dos to simply saying “No”, this helpful list is a crowd-sourced gem. In addition to organizing your physical space, it is also important to pay attention to your digital space. The technology at your fingertips can often serve as a distraction, but if you utilize them wisely, digital tools can actually help you to stay on target and get things done. Below are five ways tech can assist in getting and staying organized. Couple these tips with the Zen Habits and 2018 is sure to be your best year yet.

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  • Reading and Writing About Civil Rights

    There are a variety of ways educators can honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many other Civil Rights leaders. With meaningful literature, guided discussions, and thought-provoking writing prompts, teachers and students can honor the changemakers of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as thoughtfully examine racism, prejudice, and progress in our country. Here are a few resources for numerous activities in the classroom that will get students reading, writing, thinking, and talking.

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  • Get Centered in 2018

    The New Year has arrived with energy and gusto, bringing with it the potential for personal and professional growth. For students and teachers, however, January falls right in the middle of the school year and the transition back from winter break can be...a bit rough. To help stave off the mid-winter doldrums and enter the final months of the school year with positivity and focus, here are three ways students and teachers can get centered in 2018.

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  • A Season for Giving

    For some, “Home for the Holidays” means time off from school and work, celebrating with and traveling to see family and friends. For many other families across America, however, the holiday season is a source of immense stress, especially those facing food insecurity and hunger. More than 13 million kids in this country go to school hungry, depending on free or reduced-price school meals for their basic nutrition. And when schools let out for winter break—often two weeks in length—low-income families struggle to fill the gap.

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  • Cultural Differences in Plagiarism

    American universities are melting pots of cultures and ideas, a blending of communities from all over the world. International students who come to the United States to attend college jump into a set of experiences that can be both similar and widely different to those of their childhood. One main difference between students who grew up in the education system Stateside and those coming from international schools is their perspective on plagiarism.

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