Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection softwar

Be Yourself I have long been having controversial feelings and thoughts about plagiarism detection and its place in higher education. Our contention has always been that it’s a tool at best, and a highly imperfect one at that, to help faculty find things in students’ writing. What sort of things exactly? This article brings up what this software (both TurnItIn and SafeAssign, and Google as a separate item altogether!) may do, and what effect using this software has on teaching practice. Some important ethical questions are raised here. This article invites an open discussion, and there are a few comments there already, worth noting, so please comment below here or on the original page as well! Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy Read more >>
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Another Safe Source of High Quality Copyright-Free Images

Oranges It’s amazing how generous people can be with their creations! Pixabay is a website which hosts and allows you to download high-quality images that you can use and reuse any way you want! They don’t even require attribution, although that is always nice to mention. If your students are creating web pages or any other publishable materials, they may want to explore this site. The only caution is that you will also see “sponsored images” – they are clearly marked, have a watermark, and are NOT free, but they already went out of their way to make it very obvious, so there is really no confusing them! What is Pixabay? Read the FAQ. And just a nice touch, you… Read more >>
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Making Friends with Copyright Law

copyright laws We often view copyright as a nuisance, and it may be in certain instances. But along with protecting the rights of the owners and creators of intellectual property, copyright provides for rights of users to view, distribute, modify and do other things with certain materials for a fee or free of charge (such as under Fair Use). Fair Use guidelines start with the premise that materials are used for educational purposes, and then considers several factors to establish whether such use is warranted. Textbooks Materials that are expected to be used by students are generally to be purchased by them. You may share a chapter or its equivalent from a book containing 10 or more chapters or up to 10%… Read more >>
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Images You Can Use in Your Course or Project Without Breaking the Copyright

copyright free images Well, we are no strangers to taking advantage of efficiencies, so we are proudly presenting someone else’s handiwork here, for you may find it hugely helpful. This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As some of your current courses are moving into a project work phase, you are encouraged to use other people’s digital property responsibly.* Additionally, you can also use Creative Commons Search service, and to learn more, check out this article. Despite the disclaimer below, this will assist in narrowing down images that may be copyright-free. *No service mentioned here guarantees that the image is free to use. Do… Read more >>
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