New Features in Turnitin

  • Faster formative Similarity Reports – Give students more support to master paraphrasing and citation conventions. For instructors who allow resubmissions within their assignment settings, students will be able to view their Similarity Report, then revise and resubmit their work up to three times, without waiting 24 hours.
  • Actionable data for instructors – Empower your faculty to track class-level trends in submissions, feedback, and papers with high similarity scores. Instructors will be able to download class usage files from their Turnitin homepage. Available via and Basic integrations only.
Keep an eye on the release notes and Twitter @TurnitinProduct for more information.


Inactive Students

If you use groups in Canvas for your courses, you have probably wondered if “all” students are participating.  Well, wonder no more.  This 56-second tip of the week covers how to quickly identify those that are inactive.

Open Source

For my final 9x9x25 blog, I wanted to talk a little about publisher material and Open Educational Resources.  In our department (and throughout the college) we have been using expensive materials from Pearson.  My college algebra course costs about the same in tuition as it does for students to buy the text, and with money being tight with many of our students, this is unacceptable.

In Florida, many schools have adopted open source textbooks.  I looked into OER a few years ago, and found the materials to be good, but there are very few practice problems to assign, you have to manually grade everything (tough to do online as students must also figure out a way to submit written work), and the text is not in an order that fits with our objectives.  However, one school put together a text of their own for College Algebra through Canvas.  The creator stated that it was a ton of work, and it was made easier by dividing up the tasks between many interested faculty.  She pulled in a ton of different resources from different places, giving examples like Khan Academy and MyOpenMath.  Continue Reading “Open Source”


A reflection for the last post
It is what I enjoy most

Not the reflection part
I state this from the heart

It is the last post
That I will be giving a toast

The time has been busy for sure
But, I didn’t mind the detour

It was all about the education
During this whole duration Continue Reading “Nine”

Not Waving, but Drowning: A short story starring Tom Hanks

I know you’ve seen this movie.  You know, the one where there’s this guy stranded on a deserted island and time goes by.  At first, he doesn’t seem to know how to survive, but as his rescue starts to become increasingly more unlikely, he becomes increasingly more resourceful.  He learns to, you know, like harvest and consume the flaking sun-burned skin on the back of his eye lids as a source of protein, along with tree bark, his own finger nails, and eventually even the thin sheet metal from the wreckage of the plane that dumped him there in the first place.  (Hey, a guy’s gotta get his iron intake from somewhere if he ever plans to build muscle).  The pitiful man on the brink of isolation-induced psychosis is usually played by Tom Hanks, or someone else whom we just like so darn much that it breaks our heart to see him out there all alone in the middle of nowhere and perhaps never coming back.  (Although, lately, this role has found its way to the likes of Blake Lively and others of her stripe, and the dangerous island is replaced by a tiny rock and a Great White shark, for obvious reasons (i.e., teenage boys don’t want to look at Tom Hanks, and a whole island provides way too many options to maintain the microscopic attention spans of the types of people who came to see Blake Lively). Continue Reading “Not Waving, but Drowning: A short story starring Tom Hanks”