In Search of Originality: Tools for Teaching

4:00pm - 5:00pm EST January 24, 2013

NITLE and Turnitin are pleased to present a Shared AcademicsTM event on originality. The event will be led by Kelly McBride, Senior Faculty at the Poynter Institute. (Times EST)
Event Description

What are the habits of original thinkers and writers? How can we translate them to a student setting and provide students with the techniques and tools to develop original ideas? We have seen the consequences when both students and professionals fail to be original. Cheating and plagiarism scandals garner much attention. But how often do we focus on what our campus communities can do to promote original thought?

Event Leader

Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher, and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute for eight years. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and the BBC, frequently quote her expertise.

After getting her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Ms. McBride began her career as a police reporter in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, covering the meth trade and the white supremacy movement. She received a master’s degree in theology from Gonzaga University and gained a national reputation as a religion reporter, covering the moral side of fertility issues, sexual orientation, evolution, and the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal. Recently, she traveled to South Africa to teach and research storytelling on mobile phones. Her current work involves Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation project examining the transformation of journalism from a profession of a few to a civic obligation of many, the effects of technology on democracy, and the media habits of the millennial generation.

Event SponsorThanks to our event sponsor: Turnitin

This NITLE Shared AcademicsTM event is sponsored by Turnitin.

Who Should Attend

Campuses in the NITLE Network that are concerned with helping students maintain originality in their academic work are encouraged to participate. Leaders and innovators from a variety of positions on campus—the dean’s office and the faculty, the library, honor code and academic integrity councils, writing centers, and more—are invited to use this event to stimulate conversation and action on campus to promote academic integrity.

Attend as a Discussant
Participate as an active discussant by accessing this event via a dedicated high-definition videoconferencing solution tested for NITLE events. Discussants interact directly via audio and video with the event leader and others participating via an HD connection. This option is ideal for promoting cross-campus collaboration around issues of academic integrity. Groups of participants can share a single HD connection, continuing conversation locally after the event.

Attend as an Audience Member
As an audience member, you can individually view this event from your personal computer. The “audience member” option also allows groups to gather and participate in a classroom equipped with a personal computer, projector, and Internet connection. Audience members use a chat system to converse with other audience members and pose questions to the event leader as well as to those participating via dedicated high-definition (HD) videoconferencing solutions. This option is for participants who prefer to view the event and/or who do not have access to an HD connection.


If you plan to use your campus’s HD videoconferencing solution to join this event, please be sure to initiate certification of your system no later than Friday, January 18. Certification is required to avoid connection issues. Participation as an audience member requires no special certification.

Regardless your mode of participation, please register for this event by Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Participation in this sponsored event is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. You will receive confirmation of your registration via e-mail, including instructions on how to connect to the event.

Event Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #TURNITINoriginal.


For more information about this event or NITLE Shared AcademicsTM, please contact Georgianne Hewett at

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