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2014 TeamUP English Composition Conference: Join Us!

TeamUP, a part of Cengage Learning, invites you to the 2014 TeamUP English Composition Conference, designed for educators who embrace today’s exciting array of venues for writing. At “Extra! Extra! Write/Blog/Tweet all about it!,” the conversation will focus on ways to elevate thinking and writing through multiple formats. Join your colleagues to discuss strategies for engaging students through redesigned courses, easy-to-use technology, and relevant assignments. Dynamic sessions will offer you the opportunity to learn about your colleagues’ classroom experiences and to explore their approaches. You’ll even have some time to write, blog, and tweet!

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Let’s Be Honest: Plagiarism Happens

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College.  Today, Audrey Wick shares some of the steps she’s taken to address the pernicious issue of plagiarism in her courses. How do you fight plagiarism in your course? Are there specific tools or measures that have been the most effective? Share your comments below. It was a sweet essay from one of my first-semester composition students about the birth of her child. The narrative contained all the trappings of an effective inaugural student composition: it was written on-prompt, it was formatted accordingly to MLA conventions, it contained a clear opening with a discernible thesis statement—and, Read More…


Using TV in a Writing Course to Channel Students’ Skills

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). Writing instructors often struggle with how to best teach various modes of composition. And sometimes we can get pretty inventive. Just last week, I found myself explaining to students that, in order to effectively use the mode of description, they needed to slow down. They needed to focus, I insisted, on scene building. So I told them no dialogue, no characterization, no action. “It’s like Slow TV,” I reasoned. Blank stares. “Slow TV?” I prompted again. No one knew of it. So I showed a quick news clip from YouTube that described Read More…


Are College Students Concerned About Plagiarism?

Without a doubt: as an instructor, you’re concerned about plagiarism among your students. It’s an academic offense that could leave a serious mark on their records. Furthermore, when students plagiarize, they’re also taking shortcuts around the the critical thinking and analysis you want your them to engage in. But to what degree are students themselves concerned about the problems associated with plagiarism? We wanted to better understand students’ attitudes; so, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked a number of questions surrounding this critical topic. We heard from nearly three thousand students who all answered the question: “How concerned Read More…


Ways to Discourage Plagiarism in Your Course

Does plagiarism often rear its ugly head in your students’ work? In today’s post, we’re sharing a variety of ways that you can discourage plagiarism in your course. The bottom line? If students know what plagiarism is, understand its consequences, and know how to avoid it, they’ll be far less likely to engage in it. For this reason, you may find it helpful to remind your students about the problems associated with plagiarism and the ways they can be sure to avoid it. In their book Keys for Writers with Assignment Guides, Seventh Edition, Ann Raimes and Susan K Miller-Cochran Read More…


Maximizing Learning in a Mini-Mester

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). Like many institutions, mine has followed the trend of offering accelerated courses. The idea is simple: help students focus on a singular class by offering it in a shortened (two-to-four week) format. Their engagement can be maximized through exclusive attention on the subject matter, and motivated students can thereby succeed. The instructional challenge, however, with this type of course in the online environment is the frontloading. The class has to be mapped-out clearly so that time is capitalized and expectations are evident.  Every day is precious, and because there are Read More…