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Attend an LEC Workshop on Writing Course Objectives or Plagiarism and Register for the 5th Annual Power Publishing Day

Issue Date: 01-17-2020

2020 Power Publishing Flyer


Come to the 5th annual Power Publishing Day at the Alvin Sherman Library! This day long event is a great opportunity to meet editors and publishers from prominent academic publishing houses - Elsevier, Emerald, Taylor & Franics, McGraw Hill, IEEE, SAGE, and Clarivate Analytics. Learn about creating academic videos, open access publishing, textbook publishing, writing and using case studies, where to publish, avoiding predatory publishing, publishing your research, writing a great research paper, and finding the right journal for your paper. Breakfast and lunch are provided by our sponsors. You can attend in person, online, or sign up to get the recordings.

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There's still time to register for an LEC Workshop on Writing Course Objectives & Plagiarism and Using Turnitin for your Online Course

Writing Course Objectives

Hosted By: Learning & Educational Center: Jose Rivera

This hands-on workshop focuses on the writing of course-level and module-level objectives in an online course. Participants will explore how the six cognitive level domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy are helpful when writing clear, concise, and measurable objectives that are suited to the level of the course.

Date & Time: 
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Main Campus - DeSantis 3029

To Register for this course visit -, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.

Plagiarism and Using Turnitin for your Online Course

Hosted By: Learning & Educational Center - John Scigliano and Jihong Tang

If you have writing assignments in your course, then you already know that plagiarism can be a problem. This workshop will present the tool, Turnitin, which helps identify instances of potential plagiarism. During the workshop, you will learn about the various ways in which Turnitin can be used in your Canvas course so that you can begin screening writing assignments for plagiarism, as well as grammatical errors.

Date & Time:
Thursday, February 6th, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Main Campus - DeSantis 3029

To Register for this course visit -, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule. 

Plagiarism: What Can You Do?

Upholding the integrity of original writings in our academic environment is very important, and deterrence and detection of plagiarism can play a vital role in supporting that integrity.

Research conducted by Dr. Donald McCabe and the International Center for Academic Integrity, (Statistics. (n.d.) Retrieved January 13, 2020 from, indicates a large percentage of students admit to cheating on writing assignments. His research found that 40% of graduate student and 62% of undergraduate students that were surveyed admit to cheating on a written assignment.

Graph of Students Who Cheat

Charts made from findings of the multiyear multisite survey by Donald McCabe and the International Center for Academic Integrity.

These shocking statistics indicate that a problem does exist, and something must be done to prevent this from happening.


What Can You Do?

This article will present three strategies that you can use to help prevent plagiarism.

Implement Turnitin

To help you become familiar with the tool, the Learning and Educational Center at Nova Southeastern University will hold a workshop on February 6, 2020. During the workshop, you will be able to participate in interactive activities to show you how Turnitin works and how to set up assignments in your courses.  Details can be found at

If you cannot attend the workshop, please check out this playlist of videos on SharkMedia that will show you all about Turnitin and how it is used.

Inform the Plagiarism Policy

The second strategy you can implement is to instruct students on the plagiarism policies of Nova Southeastern University and the consequences they face if caught cheating. This website has the policies listed

Many students have indicated in surveys that the reason they cheat is that they get away with it. Advising students about the policy in a lesson at the beginning of the course and reminding them about the policy will assist you through reinforcing the importance of academic integrity.

Encourage Multiple Drafts

A third strategy that you can use is to have students submit multiple drafts of their work as they are completing it, rather than only asking students to submit only a final version. These early versions can be evaluated for potential plagiarism when the stakes are lower than the final submission. Additionally, you should encourage students to use tools such as EndNote X9 to create, manage and track their citations. EndNote is available for NSU students at no cost. For more information about EndNote check out this Lib Guide.

In summary, plagiarism is a problem that must be dealt with in the academic environment. Incorporating some or all of the strategies can encourage students to work with you in upholding the value of academic integrity.

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