Credibility of Turnitin questioned

first_imgIn the never-ending war on plagiarism, higher education experts have raised new concerns over the credibility of Turnitin after its parent company launched WriteCheck, which allows students to check for plagiarism for a small fee.Plagiarism · WriteCheck aims to help students recognize plagiarism and avoid grammatical errors. Critics argue, however, that the website allows students to avoid getting caught for plagiarism before submitting a paper. – Photo illustration by Mindy Curtis | Daily TrojanWith the advent of WriteCheck in 2009, college professors nationwide have recently raised complaints that errant students now have a tool to circumvent popular plagiarism detection software.Faculty at USC began using Turnitin in fall 2008 to identify plagiarism in large classes. At USC, more than 100 documented cases of plagiarism were reported during the 2010-11 academic year, according to Student Judicial Affairs.Originally released in 1996, Turnitin detects plagiarism by checking submissions against a database of millions of archived papers, journals, periodicals and books.In an article last week in The Chronicle of Higher Education David E. Harrington, professor at Kenyon College, however, raised the issue that over-reliance on artificial means of detecting plagiarism like Turnitin could lead to some clear violations going unnoticed.Elinor Accampo, a USC history professor, uses multiple means — in addition to Turnitin — to discourage and to detect plagiarism.“I make it really clear that, if a student violates academic integrity in any way, they get an F in the course,” Accampo said.Accampo also said she creates assignments she believes are difficult or impossible to copy from somewhere else and watches out for “red flags,” such as discrepancies between in-class and out-of-class writing.Most professors and students agree Turnitin discourages students from plagiarizing.“When students use Turnitin, they know they have a higher chance of being caught so they aren’t going to pull from wikipedia or something,”  said Moriah Burton, a senior majoring in film and television production. “They know that the website will know what Wikipedia says and they’re going to get caught.”The last plagiarism case Accampo saw dealt with a student she caught “very easily” thanks to Turnitin. Though, he is aware of the program’s limitations, Accampo acknowledged it is almost impossible to get away with plagiarizing from works already within Turnitin’s database.“The work that a student would have to do to get around Turnitin would make it his or her own paper anyway,” Accampo said.WriteCheck, however, provides a student with complete, advanced access to the same database used by Turnitin for $7 per paper.“WriteCheck helps students check for plagiarism and correct grammar, style and spelling errors with user-friendly reports and helpful resources to improve writing,” according to its website.Some students, however, said they would not use WriteCheck because it is not academically honest.“I do find [WriteCheck] unethical,” said Graham Higgins, a junior majoring in film production. “I wouldn’t want anything to do with it.”Many students, however, have never heard of WriteCheck.“If knowledge of WriteCheck were more widespread,” said Holly Morris, a senior majoring in neuroscience. “I’m sure people would use it.”Other students said Turnitin does not know everything and can accidentally accuse honest students of cheating if they have writing styles similar to that of their sources.James Collins II, a professor of classics, said that instructors and students should not rely on technology to detect plagiarism.“I don’t think embracing technology like Turnitin is going to solve the problem,” Collins said. “I would encourage more open dialogue about integrity and honor.”last_img read more

LeBron James gets crowd to chant ‘Taco Tuesday’ in Lakers vs Grizzlies

first_img 10 months ago LeBron James has epic stare down with Clippers guard Lou Williams Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 12:07 IST LeBron James Gets Crowd To Chant ‘Taco Tuesday’ In Lakers Vs Grizzlies As Los Angeles Lakers defeated Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Wednesday, Oct 30, LeBron James got the crowd to chant ‘Taco Tuesday’, a phrase he tried to trademark Devika Pawar LeBron James got the crowd to chant ‘Taco Tuesday’ on Wednesday, October 30 during the LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies game. Lakers beat the Grizzlies 120-91 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As the Lakers had established a big lead, James was able to take a seat, where he proceeded to start the chant. Anthony Davis was the top scorer for the night with 40 points and 20 rebounds, due to which James could relax back and watch the game. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th October, 2019 12:07 IST 10 months ago NBA: LeBron James is the 8th highest-paid sportsperson in the world LIVE TV 10 months ago LeBron James evacuates home in wake of the Los Angeles wildfires SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMENDcenter_img Recently, LeBron James also sent a Taco Truck to the first respondents and firefighters battling the Getty Fire that broke out in California. The guard had to evacuate his house in Brentwood, California as the wildfire was approaching. He continued to post updates on Twitter, and later sent the taco truck. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted about James sending the truck, thanking him for his generosity towards the Los Angeles firefighters and first responders. Lakers posted the same post and photos to their own social media accounts. 10 months ago LeBron James reaction to Morey’s tweet draws extreme reactions Written By FOLLOW US Also read | Kevin Durant names all-time starting 5, Harden and Irving make the cutAlso read | NBA: How Russell Westbrook, D’Angelo Russell fared in their debuts 10 months ago LeBron James: NBA vs China heats up, as James distances himself Also read | NBA: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis and other debuts to take note ofNBA: LeBron James and his love for Taco Tuesday Since this off-season, James has made ‘Taco Tuesday’ a regular thing. The player regularly shares videos about the Tuesday night, enjoying Tacos with his family. He even tried to trademark the phrase, but could not do so.Also read | LeBron James evacuates home in wake of the Los Angeles wildfires COMMENTlast_img read more

Niger Tornadoes’ Ammeh Relishes Aiteo Cup Victory over Plateau Utd

first_imgAmmeh said his side are not celebrating yet but will double their efforts to ensure they get a decent result in the reverse fixture clash on Saturday in Jos.“It was a difficult game. Plateau United proved their worth and gave us a good fight.“A 2-0 win is convincing and a testament that we can go a long way in the Aiteo Cup.“However, we believe that the outcome is not yet done and dusted.“We are convinced Plateau United will come out stronger in the next match.“That is why we are not celebrating yet. We will go back to the trenches to prepare harder for the second leg in Jos on Saturday.“We must double our effort to ensure we get it right in Jos.“We will attack from start to finish and try to score more goals to make it difficult for the opponents to come back in the clash.“We are determined to make it to the semifinals of the annual football championship,” said Ammeh to supersport.com.The two top-flight teams will meet again on Saturday at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos to decide who progress to the semifinals of the annual football fiesta.AITEO CUP(Q’final, 1st Leg Results)MENIfeanyi Ubah 3-0 ABSOsun Utd 1-0 Sunshine StarsTornadoes 2-0 Plateau Utd*Akwa Utd Vs Katsina Feeders (pp)WOMENBayelsa Queens 1-0 Nasarawa AmazonsIbom Angels 1-0 Pelican starsRivers Angels 0-0 Edo QueensAbia Angels 1-0 Confluence QueensShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Niger Tornadoes attacking winger Wilfred Angel Ammeh is overjoyed at his side’s hard-fought 2-0 victory against Nigerian champions Plateau United wednesday.The Ikon Allah Boys defeated the Jos Elephants 2-0 in Wednesday’s Aiteo Cup quarterfinals clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.A goal in each half off the foot of Ebenezer Odeyemi and Bolaji Adeyemo was enough to hand the Minna landlords a head start in the first of the two-legged encounter.last_img read more