• Social Media in Higher Ed

    Over 80 percent of college faculty are using social media, according to a survey released by Babson Survey Research Group in collaboration with New Marketing Labs and Pearson Learning Solutions on May 4th, 2010. The study found that a majority of respondents (59%) said they have more than one social networking account and nearly 25 percent have four or more accounts. Thirty percent of respondents use social networks to communicate with students, and 1/3 use them to connect with peers.

    "College faculty have embraced social media and a majority have integrated some form of these tools into their teaching," said Jeff Seaman, Ph.D., co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "While some faculty remain skeptical, the overall opinion is quite positive, with faculty reporting that social media has value for teaching by over a four to one margin."

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  • Turnitin Teaches 21st Century Skills

    At the Virtual School Society Conference on April 22, 2010, we presented on "Improving Tomorrow’s Writers Today with Turnitin.” Given today’s global economy and the ever-evolving workplace, today’s students need to learn how to develop inquiry, collaborate effectively, think critically, solve problems, make decisions and exhibit technical proficiency. Instructors often struggle with finding a balance between teaching students mandatory course content while enhancing their students’ 21st century skills, especially if it requires technological savvy. Many instructors are skeptical of whether technology is really the answer to better preparing students for tomorrow or whether it is just another distraction from important instructional content. In our presentation, we illustrated how Turnitin can give instructors an opportunity to teach both content and skills while saving them time and increasing the amount and type of feedback on student writing.

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  • Turnitin Among Favorite eLearning ToolsTurnitin Among Favorite eLearning Tools

    20120725 elearnTurnitin's PeerMark and GradeMark tools are listed in eLearn Magazine's feature article "eLearning Tools for English Composition: 30 New Media Tools and Web Sites for Writing Teachers" by college compusition and literature instructor Keri Bjorklund. She writes:

    "Want to get students away from simply commenting on grammatical or punctuation errors? They can conduct in-depth peer reviews using Turnitin [which] provides peer review questions that link critical thinking skills with writing skills. You can even create your own questions and require a minimum word count for students. This keeps down the yes/no answers and forces them to think about the essay in front of them."

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  • Plagiarism Proofing Assignments with Turnitin

    In our first blog "Does Turnitin Detect Plagiarism?” we said that Turnitin does not detect plagiarism but, rather, generates a similarity index indicating text matches to the Turnitin databases. Instructors and their students can use that information to determine if there are issues with intentional or unintentional plagiarism. So, while Turnitin does not specifically "detect" plagiarism, instructors can work towards plagiarism proofing their written assignments by implementing Turnitin in their courses using some well-documented best practices.

    Research suggests that assignments can be made more difficult to plagiarize if instructors:

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  • Top 15 Misconceptions About Turnitin

    Misconception 15:  Turnitin employs legions of writing experts to read and evaluate papers for plagiarism.

    Reality: Turnitin receives over 200,000 papers daily, and no human reads the papers at Turnitin.  All papers are processed by our software, servers and databases.

    Misconception 14:  Turnitin automatically evaluates and grades papers . . . eliminating the need for instructors to grade them.

    Reality: Turnitin matches text similarity and does not grade papers for the instructors.  It is up to the instructor and/or student to determine whether the assignment exhibits plagiarism.

    Misconception 13:  Turnitin has expertise in plagiarism and can render judgment on specific cases.
Reality: There is no "threshold" Similarity Index that is either "good" or "bad"--each Originality Report needs to be examined to understand what a student did and whether or not there is a problem.

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  • Does Turnitin Detect Plagiarism?

    Lots of people have impressions about Turnitin - what it is, what it does, how it works. Unfortunately, many of these impressions are based on misconceptions. So to kick off our new blog, we’ll tackle the #1 misconception: that Turnitin detects plagiarism.

    But isn't that what Turnitin is - a plagiarism detector? No, Turnitin does not detect plagiarism per se; Turnitin just finds text that matches other sources in the vast Turnitin databases and shows those matches. It is up to a human being to determine whether those text matches are a problem or not.

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