Episode 12: The Student Voice

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The Student Voice

On this podcast, we talk a lot about writing, particularly teaching students how to write. We’ve heard from educational psychologists, literacy specialists, professors, and even our own listeners. But, so far, one voice has been conspicuously absent: the students themselves. On this episode, we put the student voice front and center and find out what writing means to them. Special guest: Ben Tarkoff, rising junior at the University of Alabama and Marketing Intern at Turnitin.

Episode 11: Artificial Intelligence and Writing

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Artificial Intelligence and Writing

Artificial Intelligence: it’s the latest buzzword infiltrating the technology industry, and edtech is not immune. Turnitin’s resident machine learning and artificial intelligence experts help breakdown this charged topic. What can artificial intelligence actually do in classroom settings, and how can educators leverage it in their writing instruction practices? Special guests: Stephanie Butler, Director of Product Strategy and Elijah Mayfield, VP of New Technologies.

Episode 10: Writing and Information Literacy

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Writing and Information Literacy

Synthesizing and attributing information, which are both essential components of authentic writing, are information literacy skills. With more information readily available than ever before, the challenge becomes evaluating and processing this information in preparation for writing. What skills must writers develop to seamlessly move from a list of potential topics to a paper and what are the steps in between? Special Guest: Lynn Lampert, an academic librarian with a specialization in information literacy instruction.

Episode 9: A Conversation with a Listener

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A Conversation with a Listener

We have a unique episode today because we are speaking with a listener! We love hearing your thoughts about the podcast and writing in general and received many thoughtful responses to Season 1. One message, in particular, resonated with us, and we are pleased to have that listener join us on this episode. Special Guest: Christopher Weaver, Program Director at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Episode 8: What is Contract Cheating?

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What is Contract Cheating?

Contract cheating, the practice of a student submitting an assignment that has been completed by someone else, is a rising threat to academic integrity. Is contract cheating more prevalent in our universities than ever before? How can higher education institutions create a sustainable culture of academic integrity? Special guest: Dr. Tracey Bretag, Associate Professor in the School of Management at the University of South Australia Business School.

Episode 7: Online Writing Communities

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Online Writing Communities

Writing has the reputation of being a solitary task. However, digital media has transformed the way we write, especially in regards to involving other people. Now, online writing communities create digital spaces for writers to come together and collectively wrestle with their craft. What is it like to be a part of one of these communities and how have they changed the experience of writing? Special Guest: Billie Fitzpatrick, Chief Learning Strategist for Write the World.

Episode 6: Reading and Writing Part 2

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Reading and Writing Part 2

For the final episode of Season 1, we pick up right where Episode 5 left off and continue to investigate the connection between reading and writing. How does the relationship between reading and writing inform instructional strategies? What are the challenges educators face when teaching reading and writing? Special guest: Jennifer Serravallo, literacy consultant, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author.

Episode 5: Reading and Writing Part 1

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Reading and Writing Part 1

For the final two episodes of Season 1, we explore the connection between reading and writing. How can writing support reading and learning? What does the latest research tell us about these two complementary components of literacy? Special guest: Steve Graham, Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Episode 4: Collaborative writing

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Collaborative writing

How has technology changed the way we write collaboratively? From wiki’s to forums and even in-class assignments, writing can live on beyond the original post. In this episode, we investigate collaborative writing and the ways that technology helps to facilitate shared authorship. Special guest: Helaine Blumenthal, Classroom Program Manager at Wiki Education.

Episode 3: Writing in the Digital Age

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Writing in the Digital Age

"You know tfw u LOL too much? OMG!" Text abbreviations and limited character counts have impacted the way that we communicate online. In this episode, we examine how technology has changed the way we write and what it means to write effectively in the digital age. Special Guest: Bryan Alexander, futurist, educator, researcher, writer.

Episode 2: Authentic writing

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Authentic writing

What does it mean to write with integrity? This week, we investigate the ways that we can knowingly (and unknowingly) compromise our authentic voice. From plagiarism and mimicry to sampling, we share the biggest writing blunders and how to avoid them. Special Guest: Jonathan Bailey, a foremost expert in plagiarism. He has spent over 16 years fighting plagiarism professionally and currently blogs on Plagiarism Today, where he raises awareness about the societal effects of plagiarism.

Episode 1: Writing about writing

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Writing about writing

Our first podcast episode is available now! This week we discuss the fundamentals of general writing composition, the ways we teach writing, and how writing instruction has changed in education. Special Guest: Patti West-Smith, a veteran teacher, principal, and supervisor of instruction, who left a 19-year career in public education to spearhead the Curriculum Team at Turnitin.

Episode 0: What is the written word?

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What is the written word?

The Written Word explores the craft of writing, and how it impacts our culture. Co-hosted by Meredith May and Sean Tupa, this podcast investigates the integral role that writing plays in our society and examines the unique ways that the written word helps us to gain a greater understanding of the world around us.

An exploration of writing and the impact it has on our lives.

When we look back on writing papers for school, at some point, we have all experienced the feeling that the work is non-transferable. How would that deep dive into The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock prepare us for life? The answer: picking apart a line of poetry—or engaging in any other form of academic writing—teaches us to think critically and translate those thoughts into words on paper. This work with words matters. Writing isn’t just a skill we learn in school. As we move into different contexts, environments, and stages in life, it’s a steadfast companion, helping us to translate and process the world around us.

At Turnitin, we value the writing process and the role that writing plays in our society. The Written Word is our platform for interrogating all things writing. We are an educational technology company at our core, so our episodes will feature educators and practitioners; but, writing isn’t confined to the classroom, so our guests and topics won’t be limited to the educational sphere. We hope that you tune in and join us in our vast exploration of words, writing, and why they matter.

Who is Turnitin?

Excellent question! Turnitin is an educational technology company that creates tools for K-12 and higher education that improve writing and prevent plagiarism. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students become better writers. It is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries.

Why did we make a podcast?

We selected a podcast because we recognize that meaningful writing doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Rather, it’s a conversation, a series of dialogues with readers, editors, the writers that came before us, and the future writers that will follow. Creating a podcast allows us to take this conversation to the next level, initiating it before the writing even begins. We hope that you will take part in this conversation with us.