Monthly Archives: November 2012

Virtual Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use Case against Georgia State University

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Where: Lamson 217

The workshop recording is HERE.

The primary goal of this presentation is to provide participants with the most up-to-date information available concerning the ground breaking copyright and fair use case ruling issued May 11, 2012 in Cambridge University Press et al v. Georgia State University. For the first time, a court decision painstakingly evaluates seventy-five instances of alleged infringements by analyzing and explaining the four fair use factors in relation to each alleged infringement. In addition, the court lays out the most specific guidance provided by a court to date to assist faculty members, librarians, instructional designers and others in applying fair use when using chapters or sections of books in learning management systems and e-reserves.

More info HERE.

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Try a MOOC: Learn Spanish!

Instreamia is sponsoring the first-ever language MOOC, for first-year, college-level Spanish students. The course will be a combination of recorded video instruction, conversation practice with other students, and homework assignments given and evaluated through the integrated Instreamia learning platform.  In these assignments, students will practice listening recognition, vocabulary understanding, context comprehension, and grammar usage. For the first time, adaptive learning will combine with MOOC methodology to offer an unparalleled experience to the masses.

Course runs January 21 through April 8, 2013.

Read more about the course and sign up at

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Turnitin Webinar: Engaging Faculty and Students to Resist Plagiarism Through Policy and Practice

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm

Are you interested in promoting academic integrity and resisting the practice of plagiarism in your classroom?  As a follow-up to an earlier webcast, this session (second of two-part series) will introduce a model to advance student moral decision making with a focus on promoting academic integrity and resisting plagiarism. Examples for student-led activities will be presented along with links to additional resources.

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Turnitin Webinar: Writing in Science and History? Effectively Teach Writing Across the Curriculum

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm 

Recording of webinar is HERE.

How can instructors teaching in other disciplines effectively evaluate student writing? How can English and composition departments promote more effective writing assessment in other disciplines? Following an approach based on rhetorical analysis, instructors across the disciplines can learn how to provide better feedback on student writing.

In this webcast, we will look at how to conduct a rhetorical analysis of student writing and learn how to develop and share writing rubrics that can be used to promote student writing beyond composition.

Valerie Balester is a Professor of English and Executive Director of the University Writing Center at Texas A&M University. She specializes in rhetoric and composition and has extensive experience training and supervising writing teachers. Valerie recently published an article on rubrics in Race and Writing Assessment (Eds. Asao B. Inoue and Mya Poe, Peter Lang, 2012). Her current project is an assessment of the effectiveness of the writing-in-the disciplines program at Texas A&M University.


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