CDTL Brief

I was looking through CDTL Brief today and found a couple of articles which I felt should be highlighted.

Dr Stéphane Bressan, from the Department of Computer Science, shares his experience using wiki to write lecture notes independently and collaboratively in CS2102S Database Systems. He describes how he used a wiki in this particular class (useful pointers if you want to use a wiki in the classroom) as well as the difficulties and challenges he faced. It’s a quick and interesting read.

In a more recent issue, Associate Professor Brian Farrell writes about how members of the Department of History use Turnitin, the plagiarism detection service which CIT provides. Dr Farrell points out that Turnitin:

  1. categorically expos(es) crude and massive plagiarism,
  2. provid(es) a graphic illustration of general student practices regarding the use of sources and the composition of research essays,
  3. provid(es) a graphic teaching aid to instruct students on the problem of cut and paste and
  4. sends [a signal] about plagiarism, academic culture and responsibilities.