Turnitin’s Free Webcast Series Helps Educators Improve Student Writing

Turnitin’s Free Webcast Series Helps Educators Improve Student Writing

Popular series begins with a focus on aligning standards and identifying plagiarism

OAKLAND, Calif. – Aug. 21, 2012Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced its new schedule of 30-minute webcasts to help secondary and higher education institutions advance student writing skills. The new weekly series is a continuation of the popular spring webcast series, which attracted more than 3,000 attendees.

To register for the webcasts, please visit: http://pages.turnitin.com/WebcastSchedule.html.

“This webcast series is a fast, informative way for educators to learn about recent trends and best practices for integrating technology and pedagogy to improve student writing,” said Jason Chu, senior education manager at Turnitin. “We’ve assembled a terrific team of thought leaders and visionaries to share how we can teach better writing in the digital age.”

Upcoming webcasts include:

  • Partners in Education: Creating Common Core Rubrics
    Explains the process and intent behind the creation of Common Core rubrics and how they can help schools adapt to the new standards. Presented by Dawn Lewis, English instructor and co-chair of the English Professional Learning Council.
  • Bridging the Gap: Common Core Rubrics for Secondary and Higher
    How Common Core rubrics can close the skills gap between secondary and higher education students. Presented by Dr. Shelly Valdez, Director of Educational Collaboration for IEBC.
  • The Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work
    Examines a recent report published by Turnitin intended to move plagiarism beyond the black-and-white definition of “literary theft” to one that captures the nuances of how plagiarism can take shape in student writing. Presented by Ray Huang, Customer Programs Manager at Turnitin.
  • Engaging Faculty & Students to Resist Plagiarism Through Policy & Practice
    Implementing academic integrity policies to engage faculty and students to learn how to avoid the different types of plagiarism. Presented by David B. Wangaard, Director of The School for Ethical Education.
  • From the Margins: Providing Effective Feedback on Student Papers
    Presents findings from a recent Turnitin analysis of instructor comments on student papers and examines approaches for leveraging the use of marginal comments to drive student understanding and engagement. Presented by Jason Chu, Senior Education Manager at Turnitin.

About Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K. For more information, please visit www.turnitin.com.

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Media Contacts

• Chris Harrick, Vice President of Marketing, 510-764-7579, charrick@turnitin.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com