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Back to School: Turnitin Releases Free Teaching Resources on Effective Feedback in Writing and Plagiarism Awareness

"Rethink Feedback" themed resources help K-12 teachers and higher education instructors teach proper methods of attribution and help improve student writing skills

Oakland, Calif.  (August 25th 2016)

Improving writing skills and educating students about plagiarism and integrity are priorities for many educators this fall. New resources and tools in Turnitin’s back-to-school program, "Rethink Feedback," help K-12 teachers and higher education instructors teach proper methods of attribution and improve student writing skills.

The free back-to-school resources (http://turnitin.com/en_us/back-to-school) include:

  1. In the Loop: Feedback Quiz - This 12-question, online self-teaching tool helps students understand the value of feedback and explains how to get the most from feedback and how to respond to instructor feedback, while encouraging students to separate feedback from evaluative measures like grades.
  2. Feedback that Makes the Grade - 78% of students say they want feedback from teachers, but how do they feel about the feedback teachers are giving? This infographic lists five tips for fantastic feedback, details how students use and think about feedback, and explains what makes feedback effective in the classroom.
  3. Aiming for Integrity Analysis - How well do students understand plagiarism? Compiling over 12,500 data points from over 25,000 responses to Turnitin’s Plagiarism Quiz, this report helps educators understand student perceptions of plagiarism and citation methods.
  4. Plagiarism Spectrum - This infographic defines 10 different types of plagiarism. Each type has been given an easy-to-remember moniker to help students and instructors better identify and discuss the ramifications of plagiarism in student writing. Request posters for classrooms, or download a student handout or the full study.

"Teachers intuitively know—and research supports—that there are best practices to giving feedback to students in writing exercises," said Jason Chu, education director at Turnitin. "Feedback that is appropriately constructive, specific, actionable, and given at the right time drastically improves how much a student learns about good writing."

Turnitin has been a leader in promoting and supporting teachers in how to give appropriate feedback leading to improved writing skills. Earlier this year, Turnitin added Revision Assistant to its product lineup. Turnitin Revision Assistant, for grades 6-12 and developmental writing in higher education, extends teachers’ reach by giving students immediate formative feedback during the writing process.

Get more information about Turnitin products and see all Turnitin back-to-school resources at http://turnitin.com/en_us/back-to-school.

About Turnitin

Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin's applications are used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.

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