Turnitin Offers Professional Development Course in Writing Instruction and Evaluation

8/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Free Online Classes for Educators Designed to Encourage Original Writing and Deliver Meaningful Feedback

OAKLAND, Calif. – Aug. 14, 2012 – Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that it has opened registration for its free online course, “Turnitin Academy Live.” This 10-session course will lead instructors through a powerful pedagogy for “writing to learn,” exploring practical methods for incorporating the use of Turnitin to encourage original writing and deliver more meaningful feedback, while engaging students in the writing process and streamlining class activities.

The Turnitin Academy Live course begins Tuesday, Aug. 28 and will be available live and on-demand. The course is also eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) in partnership with Saint Mary’s College of California for a fee of $50. Educators can register for the entire course for free, or sign up for each class individually at: http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/professional-development.

“So far this year, Turnitin has educated over 100,000 instructors on how to employ technology in education to improve student writing,” said Ray Huang, customer programs manager for Turnitin. “This expanded online course shares teaching strategies and empowers educators across the curriculum to take action with lesson plans and classroom activities, while demonstrating how they can maximize their Turnitin solution.”

The course is taught by Renee Bangerter, an English instructor at Saddleback College, and a Turnitin power user. She was an early advocate of using Turnitin as a complete writing solution at Fullerton College where she trained faculty on how to effectively use Turnitin. She has been conducting professional development seminars for Turnitin since 2008.

“I would spend 240 hours grading each semester before Turnitin—that’s six 40-hour work weeks,” said Renee Bangerter. “I know what college instructors are going through, I’m one of them, and I want to let other instructors know that there is a better way.”

About Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K. For more information, please visit http://turnitin.com.

Media Contacts
• Chris Harrick, Vice President of Marketing, 510-764-7579, charrick@turnitin.com
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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