To achieve successful student performance, learning technology calls for good assessment tools.
Plagiarism Prevention System
USF uses a plagiarism prevention system called Turnitin.com. The system compares submitted papers with a database of published works to identify sources that may require attribution. It is a resource that USF has licensed that is designed to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation. The software encourages original writing and proper citation practices.
Turnitin is integrated with Canvas. During the creation of an assignment, instructors specify an attribute of Turnitin. Once the assignment is made available, students simply upload their paper to the assignment in Canvas and an Originality Report is automatically generated.This report is viewable directly in Canvas by both the instructor and student.
Clickers are interactive handheld devices that, when used in the classroom, can provide real-time, formative assessment. Clickers also increase student engagement, can be used to take classroom attendance, conduct quizzes, and maintain a gradebook. i>Clicker is the brand that USF has standardized on.
There are free alternatives to using iClickers to add real-time interaction and engagement in the classroom.
- Socrative: Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
- NearPod: Engage your students through interactive presentations, embed questions, and assess student comprehension using the intuitive reporting tools.
- Display Note: Wirelessly share your screen in the classroom, poll students, real-time collaboration, and screen capture.
Qualtrics: Online Surveys
Qualtrics allows for the development of robust and powerful surveys for both research and assessment. Select from over a dozen question-types and a variety of survey distribution options to maximize your response rate. View your results as they are collected in real-time using the highly effective reporting tools. Securely share your survey results with others. Filtering allows you to display only the responses you're interested in. Data can also be downloaded and easily imported into Excel or SPSS.
Access Qualtrics at http://usfca.qualtrics.com.
E-portfolios allow students to collect and store work online that includes reflections on learning, projects, courses or entire programs. Portfolios are an authentic form of assessment that can be used to document student learning and growth, or to share student work to prospective employers.
NVivo: Qualitative Research
The leading qualitative research software is available free to USF employees. Download a copy in myUSF, under Employee, Personal Software Purchases. NVivo supports the collection, organization and analysis of data from interviews, focus groups, observations and literature. You can work with content from documents, PDFs, audio and video, enabling you to evaluate, interpret and uncover social phenomena. Save time with NVivo’s powerful querying and automation tools.