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  • 4 Engaging Resources for Back to School

    A new academic year has begun and writing assignments are soon to be distributed. How knowledgeable are your students about plagiarism and writing with integrity? Do you have effective tools to help students learn about writing best practices?

    Beginning the new school year with the right resources will help improve students’ attitudes, confidence, and academic performance.

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  • Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas Part Three

    We featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement and encourage better writing practices with the following classroom activities in the first and second part of our Summer Learning Lesson Ideas series.

    Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so this month, we’ve provided more creative and fun lesson ideas for students that add an extra instructional punch to promote feedback or teach plagiarism. Let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it!

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  • Survey: What Do Students Think of Turnitin?

    Students’ Views of Turnitin as a Learning Tool for Proper Citation, Feedback Provision and Writing Skills Improvement

    We’re fortunate enough to have great relationships with the educators who use Turnitin, but we don’t have as many opportunities to engage with the people we are ultimately trying to help the most -- the learners. That’s why we surveyed students to find out what they think about the value of writing, originality and feedback, and then also to ask them their opinions about Turnitin. The results were encouraging and quite positive.

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  • Experiment 2016: Streamlining Through Turnitin

    Classroom practices blog by Marina Amador, a high school teacher and Turnitin Certified Trainer

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    My first exposure to turnitin.com was a crash course in how to login and a brief description of its "plagiarism" check. I am sure there are many who can relate to this experience with turnitin or some other instructional fad that is suddenly our new best friend.

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  • Top 12 Reasons to Use Turnitin

    Educator blog by Dawn Birch, STEAM English teacher at Metro Tech High School

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    As I have used Turnitin.com through my years teaching in high schools, universities, and graduate schools, I have come to rely upon it with obsession. Here are those lessons in a succinct list.

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  • Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas for Encouraging Better Writing Practices

    Last month, we featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement in classroom activities in the following areas: online research, plagiarism and feedback. You can revisit the first part of our Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas series in case you missed it.

    This month, we’ve provided some lesson ideas around encouraging better writing practices Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it.

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  • Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas for Better Student Engagement

    Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning. Over the next three months, we will feature nine new lesson ideas that you can implement in the classroom in the Fall, three each month. These lesson suggestions are designed to help you engage students and encourage better writing practices.

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  • Starting an "Originality Factor Week"

    Student engagement blog by Jackie Harbach, Student Intervention Coordinator at Alpha Omega Academy

    Jackie Harbach

    The path toward our eventual “Originality Factor Week” sprang from my own frustrations as to how I could help students realize the importance of academic honesty. At the time I was our school’s academic integrity “go-to”. Although we had academic integrity policies in place and teachers were constantly working with students on proper techniques to avoid plagiarism it was still evident that more could and needed to be done.

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  • End-of-Semester: What to Expect When You're Expecting (Plagiarism)

    Guest classroom practices blog post written by Tony Russell, English Professor at Central Oregon Community College

    Tony Russell

    It’s uncanny how often I’m asked, “Do you catch a lot of plagiarists?” I suppose it’s my lot in life as a writing instructor. I mean, I imagine that police officers tire of being asked, “Do you write a lot of tickets?” Nevertheless, what is so unsettling to me is the enthusiasm with which I’m asked if I “catch a lot of plagiarists.”

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  • Creating a Valuable Peer Review Experience for Students

    Guest classroom practices blog post written by Alan Reid, an Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing and Instructional Technologies at Coastal Carolina University

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    As Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing & Instructional Technologies, motivating undergraduates to effectively peer review student writing can be challenging at times. Although there is an introspective usefulness in being exposed to the work of peers, this is often overlooked by students with the shortsighted view that the assignment is only another grade value and nothing more. In my experience, this difficulty in executing a valuable peer review activity stems from two student misconceptions: (1) that there is no benefit to reviewing someone else’s work, and (2) that peer feedback is useless.

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