Whether it's a recent Pew Research Center study on student research habits or data from Turnitin's analysis of the sources that students turn to online, Wikipedia emerges as the top source that students reference. Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, but the meaning of the message appears to be not taking hold for students. In response to this knowledge gap, Turnitin developed a website evaluation rubric for instructors to share with students.
In this webcast, we explore the connection between student source choices and the development of research and critical thinking skills. We also discuss the development of the Turnitin website evaluation rubric to help students enhance their competencies in evaluating online sources.
Renee Bangerter is a Professor of English at Saddleback College and has been teaching writing for 15 years. She collaborates with K-12 teachers developing curriculum to bridge the gap between high school and college in reading, writing and grammar. Renee creates the professional development webinars for Turnitin, emphasizing how instructors can innovatively teach students about plagiarism.
Jason Chu is the Senior Education Manager at Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement. He will be moderating this webinar.