2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference Program

Easy Assessment and Grading of Student Writing with the Turnitin PowerLink in Bb Vista

Session Title: Easy Assessment and Grading of Student Writing with the Turnitin PowerLink in Bb Vista

Time & Date: 12:40 P.M. – 1:55 P.M., Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Location: Student Union Building (SUB) Partyroom

Session Description: The Turnitin suite of web-based tools, licensed by UBC and available to all instructors, allows easy originality checking of student work, easy web-based grading and annotation of student writing, and easy creation of peer-review-of-writing activities for students.

The campus-wide adoption of Bb Vista as UBC’s standard course management system (CMS) makes using Turnitin even easier, because the Turnitin suite can now be directly integrated into any Bb Vista-based website. No more separate logins! No more headaches over student enrollment! No more mystery course codes! No more laborious downloading and uploading of student documents from a Vista site! No more manual transfer of Turnitin grades to a Bb Vista-based course gradebook!

In this poster presentation we will describe a recent pilot integration of Turnitin into the Bb Vista course site for SOCI430: Perspectives on Global Citizenship. We will describe and demonstrate the ways in which this new integration makes originality checking and grading even easier, and will highlight enthusiastic feedback from instructors already using this integrated tool.

Conference Stream: Learning & Teaching

Session Format: Poster Presentation

Co-Presenter: Alison Wong

Co-Presenter Bio: Alison Wong is the Production Applications Manager for the Office of Learning Technology. Her role is to support and implement learning applications such as CoursEval and Turnitin at UBC. She works closely with faculty members, students and faculty administrators to ensure successful implementation of these learning technologies on campus.

Co-Presenter: Leah Macfadyen

Co-Presenter Bio: Leah P. Macfadyen is a Research Associate in the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) in the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia. Her research interests include teaching and learning with technology, science education and international education.

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