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For John Thompson, Head of the Literature and Writing Department at QSI International School of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina it was never simply about addressing plagiarism, but as an english teacher, a broader desire to equip high school students with the writing and research skills needed to enable them to make a smooth transition to higher education. John brought his experiences of using Turnitin in the US to this culturally diverse international school and through training and practical classroom exercises has cultivated an environment where original and critical thinking is encouraged and rewarded. His passion and commitment have been rewarded with a Global Innovator Award: Honorable Mention. Read John's case study.
Librarians have always had a fundamental role to play in promoting academic integrity, and for Piero Cavaleri, Chief Librarian at LIUC Cattaneo University, Italy his systematic approach to implementing Turnitin was successful in raising awareness of the issues amongst the student population. The positive emphasis placed by Piero on appropriate use of sources of information coupled with development of academic writing skills earned him a Turnitin Academic Integrity Award. Use of Turnitin as part of this journey for students was supplemented by one-to-one tutorial support in academic writing. Piero’s influence now extends beyond his immediate university and to the wider Italian academic community. Read Piero's case study.
In November 2015 Turnitin and local agents Balani Infotech teamed up to run a series of awareness raising events throughout India to share good practice from colleagues in the region and beyond. Guest speakers and academics from Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Bangalore shared proactive approaches to promoting academic integrity from their students to promote a vision of Turnitin as a formative tool to support the academic writing process.
The well attended events provoked lively discussions between invited speakers and delegates and went some way to developing an active community of scholarly practice on the subject. As one delegate commented:
“As more and more research and development goes on in our country, be it is scientific or otherwise, and original thoughts and content is encouraged from scholars, an awareness of academic integrity is very important.”
During the event in Bangalore delegates were able to meet with two of our Global Innovation Awards finalists from the Asia region who were able to present their experiences. Student Engagement Award winner Manju Naika from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay presented his view as a librarian tasked with offering guidance on using Turnitin to students at his university and Academic Integrity Award Honorable Mention Badrinath HR discussed the challenges he faces at Alliance University in raising awareness in a diverse cultural environment.
The events coincided with the the launch of a Turnitin Global Effectiveness study which showed Indian higher education institutions using Turnitin enjoyed an overall 49% decline in unoriginal student writing based on around one million submissions from universities in the region to date. The study also indicated embryonic interest in using Turnitin for online grading and feedback from institutions in India.
Guest blog article by Jennifer Haber
Probably the most frustrating part of being a writing instructor is that although I give students feedback and feedback and more feedback, I sometimes wonder if they ever read it. In fact, I remember a few semesters ago when for the third time I wrote on a student’s paper, “Remember, you don’t begin a paragraph with a quote; you need to present an idea first and then support it with the evidence.” Maybe she didn’t understand what I meant, I thought.
Finally, after our next class, I asked to speak with her. “Tiffany,” I probed. “Do you know what I meant by that comment I placed on your paper?”
“What comment?” she asked. “Oh, I don’t really look at those.”
For most people, the word “story” is a simple noun used to describe the plot or narrative of a work. However, for Adam Tramantano, story is also a verb, one used to describe the process of writing and the point of view of the author.
Tramantano, an English teacher at the Bronx High School of Science, is also a doctoral student in English Education and an adjunct instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He recently sat down with Jason Chu for a webcast entitled “What’s the Story Behind Why We Write?” that delved into how we can make writing a more conscious and deliberate process for students.