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Say Adieu to the Red Pen and Bonjour to Turnitin

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Help students turn around their writing using Turnitin.   It’s the next best thing to help student writers since the typewriter … Ok, that may be a stretch but we think that Turnitin has great potential to help our students get better feedback from instructors and peers.  Here is what it offers:

  • An easy and efficient way to deliver electronic feedback to students on their writing assignments.
  • An easy and efficient way to manage and monitor peer evaluations.
  • The ability to leave voice comments for students.
  • Access to rubrics to help your students understand what is being asked of them. 
  • Best of all Macomb has an institutional license and y
  • ou can access it through ANGEL … right now!

How to use Turnitin

When people think of Turnitin the first thing that usually comes to mind is anti-plagiarism because it runs a diagnostic report using internet sources and Turnitin’s database of submitted papers for closely borrowed and plagiarized material.  While this tool can be helpful it should be used with care.  As one professor explained, “I don’t want to begin my new relationship with students assuming that they are going to cheat and that my job is to catch them at it. My students are not my adversaries.”  Kudos to this Macomb faculty member, who has her student’s best interests in mind.  So while you may be excited about this feature we strongly suggest that Turnitin should be used as a positive tool rather than a punitive trap.  So forget the originality report for right now.  It’s small beans compared to what else the program allows you to do … and don’t fret, we’ll address this tool in a future post. So check out these cool tools instead.

GradeMark – Allows for 5 different types of engaging and individualized feedback.  You can choose from a variety of pre-made comments,  create your own or leave voice comments.

PeerMark – Easily allows students to have access to each other’s papers and provides for interactive peer feedback.

Rubrics – Connect assignments with grade level appropriate rubrics or create your own.

To get started with Turnitin, access your ANGEL Master shell, go to Lessons and then click Add Content.  Scroll down to Turnitin at the bottom of the screen.  Give your assignment a title to get started. It’s that easy!

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“Flip” out!

In case you haven’t noticed, we have some cool technology in the CTL. Oops, sorry, I meant to say cool AND useful! The cool and useful instructional technology item that I’d like to highlight today is the FlipCam!

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Why care about instructional technology?!

The “internets” are full of great resources for educators. After a little searching, I’ve found another sister blog that is packed-full of great info. It’s called Emerging Ed Tech and it’s managed by the Director of Institutional Info & Tech from The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY. Check it out!

Specifically, this article caught my attention: 5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies. If you’re still unsure about technology and the internet’s place in the classroom, the points in the article may change your mind.

And as always, if you find any good resources, please share them with us in the comments section below!

10 Hot Tips – PowerPoint


PowerPoint is just one of those things in life that we, as educators, will have to encounter, whether we like it or not! If done right, it can be an asset to our teaching toolbox. Since we’re going to be using it at some point, let’s become more efficient! Here are a few tips that will kick-off the new “10 Hot Tips” series. Enjoy!

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TurningPoint EXTREME!

As we’ve mentioned before here, here and here, TurningPoint is a very popular and useful technology that allows instructors to collect real-time electronic responses from students. There are many applications for this technology, not the least of which being an increased level of involvement by your students during class. Some instructors have even used the “fun” word to describe TurningPoint. Scary, I know!

Today I’d like to share some additional info that we have gathered, which will help you take TurningPoint to the next level. Please click on the graphic above and review highlights of these additional features, then contact us when you’re ready to try it out in your class!

CTL Idea Exchange – Episode 3

Thank you to Matthew for his time and participation! We covered a lot of ground in the interview, and Matthew brought up a number of interesting and important ideas. Please share your thoughts with Matthew and other Macomb faculty by leaving a comment below!

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CTL Idea Exchange – Episode 2

Thank you, Mark, for participating! If you’d like to try out Skype (which is one of the most popular communication tools on the web), check out the Skype website to create a free account, and let us know if you need help!

Do you agree with Mark’s views on the proliferation of online learning? Let us know what YOU think. Join the conversation by leaving your comments below!