Featuring Jennifer Schroeder, Associate Professor of Biology, Millikin University
"Social media speak" has emerged as the new lingua franca for this generation of students. So much so that it seem as though students don't get the nature of academic writing and proper research citation practices. Coupled with the challenges of teaching to increasing class sizes and less opportunity to address student need in this area, what are faculty to do to stem the #socialmediaonslaught?
Rather than throw in the towel, Jennifer Schroeder from the Turnitin Educator Network, tries to meet students with where they are. Join us for a session with Jennifer as she shares the benefits of her IN112: Edge class, an onboarding program for new freshman designed to provide them with the academic tools necessary to succeed. Come hear how Justin Bieber song lyrics can help students understand the nuts and bolts of proper citation practices and connect to students when discussing plagiarism.
Featuring E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation
What does the teaching of vocabulary have to do with social inequality? And, how does vocabulary size correlate to intelligence and real-world competence?
Join us for this unique conversation with noted and influential education reformer, E.D. Hirsch, Jr. as he shares with us his insights into the importance of content-based instruction and how the teaching of vocabulary--within the context of a cumulative and sequenced curriculum--can affect change in our educational system.
Featuring Zandree Stidham, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos
Curious about how gamification can impact student motivation? Or engagement? What about gamification and assessment? What do we mean when we say "gamification" in the context of learning?
Zandree Stidham will share current research behind the gamification of learning, discuss the intersection of gaming and student engagement, and share strategies for deploying game-based approaches in the classroom.
Featuring Fay Zhong, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at CSU, East Bay
Team projects provide great opportunities for collaboration and group learning among students, while peer evaluation provides another avenue for enhancing critical thinking skills. The combination of the two is very effective in creating active learning environments, where students are engaged in both working and evaluating their own and others' work.
In this session, Jiaofei Zhong will share her experience bringing this exercise in combining group project work with peer evaluation into the context of computer programming courses. She will discuss the net effects that benefit students who are actors in their own process of learning course content and developing working skills with real-world applications.
Featuring Wayne Camara, Senior Vice President of Research at ACT
Some would argue that the Common Core State Standards and No Child Left Behind have placed undue emphasis on testing and assessment and student outcomes. What these arguments gloss over is the function of assessments--particularly when done properly--as a means of creating actionable feedback to enhance learning.
Join us for a conversation with Wayne Camara, the Senior Vice President, Research at ACT® as he shares insights into the connections, both present and future, between high-stakes assessment, feedback and standards. The interview will cover topics such as the importance of aligning assessment feedback to standards, how high-stakes assessment feedback might look in the near future and the benefits this poses for students.
Featuring Dennis Kessinger, National University
Today’s hyper-connected students are quite comfortable with multiple sources of digitally-based information that can saturate them with nearly instant information. The difficulty arises when this glut of information needs to be distilled into subject-matter skills that increases cognitive understanding and decreases mere reliance on data retrieval.
Join Dennis Kessinger for a discussion of a successful technique to apply to the learning process known as SIRV - Saturation, Incubation, Recognition, Validation - that leverages the wealth of online information into building cognitive and discernment skills.
Featuring Sean Tupa, Product Marketing Manager for Turnitin
What do students really think about the feedback that they receive? Do they find it helpful? Is it timely? What types of feedback do students most want to see?
Join us for a special student "feed back" session where we'll surface student insight into the approaches, strategies, and mediums that students find most effective in helping them improve their work. Turnitin's own Kenneth Balibalos and Sean Tupa will discuss findings based on a 2014 survey of over 3000 students conducted by Turnitin.
Featuring Jessica Kehinde Ngo and Julie Taiwo Oni
Ever feel like the international students in your classroom are not receiving the type of feedback they need to become better writers? Teaching writing to college freshmen in Los Angeles, we encounter a large population of foreign students.
Though emailing feedback to international students and writing in the margins of their papers can be useful tools, most drastic improvement these students make in their writing comes after meeting one-on-one. Relying on their personal experience as writing instructors as well as thorough research, Jessica Kehinde Ngo and Julie Taiwo Oni will examine the issue (better writing feedback needed for international students) as well as the solution (one-on-one student-faculty conferences).
Featuring Elijah Mayfield, founder and CEO, LightSide Labs
On the topic of automated essay scoring, Elijah Mayfield writes in a recent EdSurge piece, "Automated essay scoring is one of the most controversial applications of 'big data' in edtech research. Writing is a deeply creative, emotive and personal endeavor. The idea that an objective, calculated algorithm is able to “grade” a student’s composition understandably makes people nervous."
Join us for special interview with Elijah Mayfield as he discusses advances in the field of automated essay scoring and the work of LightSide Labs, which has developed an approach for helping to facilitate the timing and efficacy of teacher-guided feedback by placing automated scoring in students' hands.
Featuring Kelley Brumbelow, Georgia Virtual School
In the midst of the information overload that students face, teachers may stuggle to compete for students' attention. And, hand-written paper comments may no longer be enough to engage students. Creating effective feedback--in this new context--means trying different approaches, especially new technologies, to meet the needs of today's digitally-oriented students.
In this session, Kelley Brumbelow shares her strategies for engaging students through the lens of her experience teaching in an online-only classroom. Brumbelow will discuss how setting expectations in Adobe Connect, how providing interactive Jing videos to show feedback, and how standardized rubrics (that don't change throughout a student's educational experience) all serve to increase the effectiveness of feedback.
Featuring Jason Chu, Turnitin Professional Development
"STEM + Art = STEAM" The emphasis on art and design that the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has--in their words--"championed" has impact not just on students of art/design and artists, but also in driving home the importance of the arts for innovation. Whether in their science or humanties classes, students are increasingly asked to incorporate multimedia approaches to complete their assignments. This gestures not only at the importance of multimedia skills in a technology-based economy, but also to the fact that students rely heavliy on the internet and web-based content. Given this emphasis, how does one go about evaluating the originality of these projects and providing feedback online
Join us for the second of our Back2School sessions presented by the Turnitin Professional Development Team. We will demonstrate ways to use Turnitin to evaluate the originality of visually-based student work and share tips and strategies for leaving effective feedback for students on that work that incorporate visual elements.
Featuring Kristin Brabec, Turnitin Professional Development
With the "Plagiarism Spectrum," Turnitin identified the 10 most common types of plagiarism, employing a "Digital 2.0" naming convention--with names like "CTRL-C" and "Remix"--to help students understand the different ways that plagiarism can take form. Included with the study was a survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors that sought their input on the frequency and severity of these types.
In this interactive and engaging session, the Turnitin Professional Development team will discuss the implications of the Plagiarism Spectrum, highlight specific examples of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism, and present strategies for not just improving student awareness, but also campus-wide.
Featuring Barry Gilmore, Author: "Plagiarism: Why it Happens and How to Prevent It"
Every teacher dreads it—the plagiarized paper, the confrontation with a student, the demise of trust and learning. As schools move toward an online future, educators are understandably concerned about increases in plagiarism. Yet while the problem is real, there are solutions beyond forcing teachers into the role of police. In this presentation, we will reconsider our assignments with the goal of discovering how we can stop plagiarism before it happens. We’ll also touch on the role of school and classroom culture and teacher attitudes and preparation.
We'll aim to learn strategies that help students:
- Desire to write original work
- Engage in activities that avoid the need to plagiarize
- Avoid bad decision-making by focusing on learning
Welcome back! Do you feel like you need a little brushing up on your OSI (Overall Similarity Index) interpretations skills? Or, maybe you want to learn how to use mark-criterion association to great effect?
Join us for a 3-part series presented by the Turnitin Professional Development Team as they share insights, clear away myths, and show you some nifty tricks to help you use Turnitin!
Featuring Kristin Brabec, Turnitin Professional Development
"STEM + Art = STEAM" The emphasis on art and design that the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has--in their words--"championed" has impact not just on students of art/design and artists, but also in driving home the importance of the arts for innovation. Whether in their science or humanties classes, students are increasingly asked to incorporate mulitmedia approaches to complete their assignments. This gestures not only at the importance of multimedia skills in a technology-based economy, but also to the fact that students rely heavliy on the internet and web-based content. Given this emphasis, how does one go about evaluating the originality of these projects and providing feedback online
Join us for the second of our Back2School sessions presented by the Turnitin Professional Development Team. We will demonstrate ways to use Turnitin to evaluate the originaity of visually-based student work and share tips and strategies for leaving effective feedback for students on that work that incorporate visual elements.