• Promptastic: Promoting More Thoughtful and Polished Drafts

    April is a time to think of Mother Nature! Not only is April symbolized by rain showers and budding flowers, but it is also the month we celebrate taking care of the Earth. The following prompts will get you and your students thinking about nature—especially its power over even our best laid plans. Enjoy getting your students to think deeply about this ancient conflict of humans versus nature.

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  • 8 Webcasts to Help Students Write Better | Writing X Tech 2016

    During the week of April 18-22, we will be hosting our annual, spring virtual conference, which will showcase a week of webcasts that feature thought leaders, industry experts and champion educators.

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  • Finding Integrity Beyond Integrity

    This article was written by Sean Tupa, Manager of Education Programs and Research at Turnitin, and was originally given as a speech at the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

    The term “integrity,” especially in the context of “academic integrity,” is typically uttered from a defensive standpoint. For example, integrity is meant to be counterposed to the act of cheating, and of plagiarism. Integrity is mostly associated with terms like honor, honesty, and transparency. This is commonly understood, and for a good reason because, I believe, at least, these associations are good and true.

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  • Four Tips to Transform Your Students' Writing—and How You Assess It

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    This article was written by Sean Tupa, Manager of Education Programs and Research at Turnitin, and originally published on

    What do comedian Mindy Kaling, billionaire Elon Musk and entrepreneur Anant Agarwal have in common? They all understand the importance of feedback.

    Feedback is crucial for all students in all subjects, not just TV comics and business magnates in-the-making. And it’s at the very heart of learning how to write. Thoughtful and effective teacher responses lead students to a greater sense of self-efficacy and engagement, and an increased willingness to take risks. And yet, teachers are often unclear on how best to offer writing feedback and, more importantly, how to teach students to give meaningful feedback to themselves.

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  • 6 Exclusive AP® Exam Prompts Added to Revision Assistant

    Exciting news! Turnitin Revision Assistant now supports students preparing for Advanced Placement® Essays. In collaboration with the College Board Advanced Placement Program, the six exclusive prompts being added to Revision Assistant's rich content library have been taken directly from the 2013 AP® World History and AP® English Language and Composition exams.

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  • Prompt-Ed: Promoting Critical Thinking

    March began with Super Tuesday and elections will continue across the country this month. It’s a good opportunity to challenge your students to reflect on our country’s legacy of civil service with relevant prompts in Revision Assistant. Below are some ways to encourage critical thinking and hone your students’ writing skills.

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  • College Video Highlights How Turnitin Helps Improve Student Writing


     Written by Lisa Boutin Vitela, Ph.D.

    In January 2015, Professor Julie Trager and I began a two-week initiative entitled “Let’s Write and Turn It On” to emphasize the importance of writing across the academic disciplines and to increase use of Turnitin at Cerritos College. Our initiative encouraged all faculty members to assign a writing assignment to be submitted and graded on Turnitin within the first two weeks of the semester. We distributed fliers and hung up posters that explained our initiative across campus. We also presented the features of Turnitin at meetings of the Faculty Senate and at the meetings of many of our academic divisions. Finally, we met with faculty for one-on-one tutorials in our Cerritos College Center for Teaching Excellence. Many faculty members joined us in our promotion efforts by sharing their success stories with colleagues. 

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  • Strategies for Developing Effective Writing Prompts

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    In a recent live webcast, long-time instructors Matthew Davidson, chair of the English department at Sutherland High School in Pittsford, New York, and Charles Trafford, English teacher at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington, shared their experiences with getting their students to think critically and deeply about writing prompts.

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  • Revolutionizing the Experience of Writing and Student Learning

    At a recent Insight Analytics & Emerging Technologies Symposium, Elijah Mayfield, VP of New Technologies at Turnitin, discussed the potential real world impact of emerging technologies on teaching practices, based on direct observational research and classroom pilots with thousands of student writers. See Elijah in this related Revision Assistant video.

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  • Best QuickMarks of 2015 Winners

    To wrap up 2015 and get the new year off to a great start, we invited Turnitin educators to share their best QuickMarks™. Quickmarks are commonly used feedback comments that users drag and drop onto student papers to improve their writing. Thanks to all the participants for sharing their creative, useful, and brilliant QuickMarks! See all the #quickmark15 entries. Here are our contest winners...

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