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Sherna Matta
Science Teacher, Head of Biology & Year 10 Dean, Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, New Zealand

Excellence in Academic Integrity Award 2018
Australia and New Zealand, Secondary Education

Turnitin provides Sherna Matta with a tool for teaching writing and referencing skills, all at once.  As the Dean of Baradene College and of Year 10, as well as the Head of Biology, Sherna has found that Turnitin offers students a variety of tools. Not only do they receive valuable, consistent feedback from a teacher in the form of Voice Comments or QuickMarks, but students also get system-generated feedback in the Originality Report that addresses citation and paraphrasing needs.

“I think students always need feedback on their writing. I don’t think students write enough these days and Turnitin provides a platform for us to be able to offer feedback on their writing skills and quite easily, with the system, point out, ‘Hey, this is not your own work,’ in a very safe way.”

Sherna and her peers leverage Turnitin as a paperless system for grading assessments and saving student work. They are currently iterating at a school-wide, single-purpose assignment repository with features that complement assessment. She also sees students working more independently on their projects, viewing their Similarity Reports and then re-submitting their work after several revisions.

“We wanted to improve students' achievement by modeling good practice on two levels: we wanted students to give credit to others for their intellectual property AND we wanted students' writing to improve.”

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