OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Turnitin®, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced it will host the second annual Student Success Week from October 6-10, a five day virtual conference for educators.
The theme of this year's conference is "Common Standards | Uncommon Feedback." Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Cengage Learning®, the conference will offer online sessions that address the issues institutions and educators face when attempting to balance the need to measure student success and provide targeted, differentiated, and "learner-focused" feedback.
The conference features thought leaders in the education space, including E. D. Hirsch, Jr., founder of the Core Knowledge® Foundation, Wayne Camara, senior vice president, research at ACT® and Elijah Mayfield, founder of LightSide Labs. A special discussion will be held with Mayfield on the role of automated essay scoring in the classroom.
A schedule of the Student Success Week webcasts can be found at:
"Last year, Student Success Week called attention to novel approaches to moving 'feedback forward' in order to enhance student learning," said Jason Chu, education director at Turnitin. "This year, we continue the focus on feedback by looking at its place within the context of standards-based learning and assessment. Between the session topics and the impressive lineup of speakers, we expect over 3,500 participants next week."
The 30-minute webcasts include:
"The Wealth in Words": Vocabulary and Social Inequality with E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Core Knowledge® Foundation
The Gamification of Learning: Producing Tighter, More Timely Feedback for Increased Student Success with Zandree Stidham, University of New Mexico, Los Alamos
The Place of Feedback in High-Stakes Assessment with Wayne Camara, ACT®
Dial Up and Dialed In: Engaging the Digital Student with Kelley Brumbelow, Georgia Virtual School
There is no cost for educators to attend the Student Success Week sessions. Each session is 30 minutes in length with a 10-minute Q&A session that follows. See the full schedule and register at http://go.turnitin.com/ssw14.
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. 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 135 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student work 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 Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, and Lead Edge Capital, and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K.
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