Global Innovation Awards 2017: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing with Integrity | North America

Colleen Cleveland

Colleen Cleveland

Course Director: Full Sail University, Florida

“I want to see my students publish and become well-known in their field. Not only for what they do, but also for teaching the next generation of designers after them,” she says.

Colleen Cleveland, who helped launch the online MFA program at Full Sail University, describes herself as a “newer breed” of teacher. One who teaches online to students of all ages and backgrounds. She says she embraces technology tools like Turnitin that make her life easier.

“As someone pursuing my dissertation, I have become an advocate for APA standards,” says Cleveland. But, in her opinion, writing well is not just a scholarly exercise. Rather, it’s a way for her graduate-level design students to develop their professional voice and establish credibility in the industry. “We have some stellar visual designers, but the power of word is lost on some,” she says.

“I want to see my students publish and become well-known in their field. Not only for what they do, but also for teaching the next generation of designers after them,” she says. To do that, she says they need to learn how to build on and acknowledge the work of others as they come up with their own ideas and contributions. :

Cleveland uses Turnitin – which she describes as a “godsend” – both to instill academic integrity and to save time grading papers. She relies on Turnitin to check for originality and mechanical mistakes, then she uses video to record an explanation of each student’s Turnitin report and how to improve. By saving time on minutiae, she says she can concentrate more on content and do her job better.

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