Global Innovation Awards 2016
We are pleased to announce and congratulate this year’s winners - educators, technology administrators and students from around the world - who have demonstrated excellence!
Turnitin is proud to recognize these individuals worldwide who exhibit a commitment to academic integrity and excellence in learning through the innovative and effective use of Turnitin and other educational approaches.
With a record 500 nominations from nearly 50 countries, winners and finalists were selected through a series of interviews and reviews by an international panel of academics and previous award winners who chose finalists across seven regions in three categories: academic integrity, student engagement, and writing improvement.
One overall winner was chosen this year, a Global Innovator, for being an exemplary champion of best practices for academic integrity and student engagement through the use of Turnitin in training, professional development, support, and collaboration.
Use the interactive map or read on below to see the 2016 winners and honorable mentions from each region and award category. Be sure to click through to read their stories!
*Details about each category can be found here.
Global Innovators 2016
Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS & Turnitin Administrator
University of Calabar, Nigeria
Princewill is a passionate educator who also took on the role of Turnitin administrator when his institution implemented the service in 2014. He has since carried out countless training sessions and has campaigned and worked with various organizations, institutions and individuals, both in Nigeria and the rest of the world, to share and learn best practices. “It’s exciting to see how we can come together as a continent to ensure that academic integrity is brought to the forefront of people’s minds. And you can’t do it without collaboration.”
Read Princewill's story here.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business
University of Wollongong, Australia
Ann’s enthusiasm and energy is infectious. In her nine years as an academic, she has encountered students from a variety of educational backgrounds with varying degrees of competency in academic writing. However, she succeeds in making discussions around academic integrity positive and educative, emphasizing the merits of good scholarship and how Turnitin can be used to further these discussions. She is a deeply committed advocate for academic integrity beyond the confines of her own institution and has presented her research on the global stage.
Read Ann's story here.
Africa & Middle East
Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS & Turnitin Administrator:
University of Calabar, Nigeria
In 2014 the University of Calabar sought to establish a global quality standard for research work and theses, and in order to achieve this goal Lecturer Princewill began a tireless campaign to ensure that Turnitin was utilised by students on all graduate programmes.
Deputy Director, Research:
South African Qualifications Authority (Previously: Teacher, St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls), South Africa
In her previous role as a teacher working at a girls’ boarding school in Pretoria, Eva had the challenge of trying to address varying levels of proficiency in Afrikaans in her First Additional Language class.
After completing her undergraduate studies at a university in India, Fouzia commenced her postgraduate studies in Education at Middlesex University’s Dubai campus. However, her undergraduate program which focused on exams and rote memorisation did little to prepare her for Western academic writing conventions.
During the past years, Kashif has undertaken the formidable task of integrating Turnitin into Aga Khan University Hospital’s Paediatrics department and postgraduate residency programmes. It is the largest university hospital in the Asia Pacific region.
Australia & New Zealand - Higher Education
Manager of the Learning & Teaching Office & Academic Developer:
University of Notre Dame, Australia
Kathie, as Manager of the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO), helped to develop the guidelines around using Turnitin and embed positive academic practices into the learning culture at the University.
Australia & New Zealand - Secondary & Further Education
Director of E-Learning & Head of Biology:
Palmerston North Boys' High School, New Zealand
Des Waters, Director of E-Learning and Head of Biology at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, is an outspoken champion of Turnitin, which his school uses across all subjects to teach the importance of academic integrity and improve feedback on assignments.
St. Michael’s College offers a device to every student as part of an effort to enhance learning and improve engagement. The kids love the digital environment and eLearning Coordinator, Ben is working with staff to help them make the transition to a more modern framework for learning.
Javier Belda Iniesta
Professor, Canon Law & History of Law, Law Faculty & Academic Secretary, International Doctoral School:
Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain
In his role as Research Coordinator for his faculty, Javier was instrumental in convincing the university to expand its usage of Turnitin to institute this requirement, as well as implement a “certification” process for student work.
Professor & Researcher, Economics & Business Management:
Universidad Internacional de la Rioja & Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain
Aurora, who teaches business and management, directs research degrees, and is principal investigator in research projects, says Turnitin is one of the tools that is fundamental to her students’ success.
Boitumelo belongs to a global community of postgraduate students at the World Maritime University, founded by a specialized agency of the United Nations. Boitumelo is specializing in Maritime Law and Policy and is fully committed to the University’s aim to facilitate safe, efficient shipping on clean oceans.
Latin America & Caribbean
At the Unidad Educativa Santana in Ecuador, Dariel places an emphasis on developing abilities in students that encourage them to acquire knowledge on their own. He puts them in situations in which they have to research a variety of sources and bring this information to class for discussion in order to ultimately come to a conclusion about their quality.
As Communications Area Coordinator of TECSUP, Elisa implemented Turnitin to improve the efficiency of communication competencies in her students. The Peruvian institution focuses on developing “soft competencies” in students, such as teamwork, efficient communication, decision-making processes, and leadership.
Nominated for the award by his professor, Elisa Montoya Cantoral, TECSUP student Reider Hernández Huanca feels that using Turnitin in the classroom, coupled with his professor’s feedback, has helped him learn to effectively quote, paraphrase, write and present arguments.
North America - Higher Education
Anthony Iodice and Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching staff:
Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching at Iona College (CELTIC):
Iona College, New York
Anthony Iodice and his staff at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Iona College (CELTIC) were asked to develop an online tutorial program on academic integrity and plagiarism initially for the institution’s Honors Program students.
Developmental English & Media/ Media Program Advisor Richland Community College
University of Maryland College, Maryland & Richland Community College, Illinois
Dr. Jarmese Sherrod engages her students to not only help them develop their skills, but also so that they grow in their passion for writing. To do this, she must employ a variety of techniques to appeal to the diverse range of students she teaches.
North America - Secondary & Further Education (K12)
United Kingdom - Higher Education
Lecturer in Education & Secondary Teacher Education Programme Leader:
UCL Institute of Education, London
Nicole has prioritized teaching academic integrity because she wants her students to be able to uphold high academic standards and be prepared to teach their future students around the globe to do the same.
As a faculty member of the off-campus division the University of Bolton, Joe works on partnership and franchise programs with students from places like Vietnam, Malaysia, Malawi, and UAE. They’re using Turnitin to help meet the University’s stated goal of making sure remote students receive the same high-quality education and feedback as their on-campus peers.
United Kingdom - Secondary & Further Education
Student Engagement Award
Awarded to one educator per region
This award recognizes an educator who provides rich feedback on student work, engages students, and improves student learning with Turnitin products.
Academic Integrity Award
Awarded to one educator per region
This award recognizes an educator who promotes academic integrity, has reduced unoriginal writing among students, and has improved students' proper citation and attribution practices with Turnitin products.
Writing Improvement Award
Awarded to one student per region
Turnitin is proud to recognize students for their work. Nominate students who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in writing, improving their own skills or those of their peers, or promoting academic integrity at their school or institution.
Global Innovator Award
Awarded to one overall winner world-wide
This award recognizes an educator who goes above and beyond to actively promote or encourage the use of Turnitin products inside or outside of their institution through innovation in training, professional development, support, sharing ideas and best practices, and otherwise championing the use of Turnitin products across the curriculum.