WLN News Round-Up January 18-31

Here’s some of what has been on the WLN news radar lately:

Connecting Martin Luther King, Jr. and writing center initiatives. A tutor at DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning, Kieran G., commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by connecting the practices of the DePaul’s Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research, which holds weekly events for English Language Learners, to themes of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She explains,

Ideas like equality and justice can sometimes seem abstract and distant, and, in a way, they are. At the same time, we can’t forget that those simple actions we don’t normally see as significant, like learning about someone else’s culture, can embrace the same message that Dr. King posed in 1963.

How can we avoid plagiarism and “de-plagiarism”? Stuart Rigley discusses how allowing students to see their TurnItIn reports leads to “de-plagiarism,” or the ability to see where they’ve copied large chunks of text and change words and phrases while still using the idea. To avoid this, he suggests writing by hand and more writing centers in the UK!

From EdSurge

From EdSurge

A FitBit approach to higher education. Rather than banning technology from the classroom, this article suggests that higher education embrace data collection on teaching, learning, and student habits in the classroom. My question is: how can writing centers specifically capitalize on this approach? Let us know in the comments!