Turnitin Webcasts to Address Plagiarism Prevention and Improving Critical Thinking Skills

Free winter series focuses on how educators can provide impactful feedback

OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2014) -- Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced its Winter 2014 schedule of free 30-minute webcasts with a focus on using technology to provide impactful feedback to students and reduce incidents of plagiarism. The popular weekly series had nearly 25,000 registrants for the live 30-minute sessions in 2013. Another 18,000 educators viewed the recorded sessions last year.

"Attendees appreciate the timeliness and focus of our webcast topics," said Jason Chu, education director at Turnitin. "With these upcoming sessions, we intend to highlight strategies for helping students improve their research, critical thinking skills, and the overall quality of their work."

Upcoming webcasts include:

The Future of Wikipedia in Education
Featuring Jake Orlowitz, an editor/administrator of Wikipedia.
Explore how Wikipedia can be responsibly integrated into courses as a touchpoint for thinking critically about research, digital literacy, and the reliability of information.
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How Instructors Respond to Plagiarism: Survey Findings
Featuring Jason Chu, Education Director at Turnitin
Review findings from a survey of over 1,600 instructors conducted and compiled by Turnitin about how they address plagiarism and the impact academic integrity policies and multiple infractions may have in informing instructor response.
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Responding to Student Plagiarism as an Educational Opportunity
Featuring Gerald Nelms, Wright State University.
Discover ways to analyze any case of student plagiarism to help determine what the consequences should be. An underlying assumption is that the best response to any case of student plagiarism is one that teaches.
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Literacy is Fundamental: Leveraging Critical Reading to Improve Student Writing
Featuring Lynn Lampert, California State University Northridge.
Share strategies for engaging students in reading critically towards improving their research skills and, ultimately, their ability to think and write critically.
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Ghostbusting: Getting the Ghostwriter Out of Your Class
Featuring Dave Tomar, author and former ghostwriter.
Learn strategies and approaches for identifying ghostwritten work as well as insights into how instructors can turn students away from the use of custom essay writing services.
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