Helping Our Students Avoid Plagiarism

Turnitin.com is the most widely used plagiarism detection platform in higher education and it is available to all faculty and lecturers at Leeward. To begin using Turnitin, please self-enroll at turnitin.com

  1. Click “Create Account” in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. If you have not used Turnitin before, click “Instructor” under “Create a New Account.”
  3. Enter the Account ID and Join Key that is found in the lccfaculty-l email sent to all Leeward faculty and lecturers recently. Search your email inbox for the subject line: Use Turnitin to Help Our Students Avoid Plagiarism
    1. If you did not receive this email, contact the Leeward Turnitin administrator. See the end of this post for details.
  4. Then enter your user information and acknowledge the user agreement.
  5. Your Turnitin.com account is ready to use.

New users can view a recording of a webinar for Leeward faculty recorded on November 11, 2017. This video provides an in-depth overview of the Turnitin.com platform, various tools, and their functionality: https://youtu.be/VcNcpRmng_s

Note: This video is unedited and is approximately 80 minutes long.

 

A quickstart guide with instructions (creating classes and new assignments, submitting papers, etc.) and short instructional videos are found at https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor_Guides/01_Quick_Start_Guide

For assistance with setting up your Turnitin account, please contact Wayde Oshiro, Leeward Turnitin administrator. Email: waydeo@hawaii.edu

Support for Turnitin.com comes from campus Innovation Funds awarded to the Faculty Senate in 2017. This is the second year of a 2-year pilot project to gauge the need for a subscription-based platform like Turnitin at Leeward.

Faculty Senate Highlights, Academic Year 2017-2018

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

I would like to thank the 2017-2018 Faculty Senate for their hard work on behalf of Leeward Community College.  Below are some of the highlights and major accomplishments of your Leeward CC Faculty Senate for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Faculty Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Course Evaluation System (CES), in consultation with faculty via a survey, has selected a common question for use by all faculty in the CES.  Implementation of the CES is set for Fall 2018.

The Senate also approved the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alternate Scheduling to consider adopting an Alternate Scheduling system.  If adopted by administration, we will have a four-day class week with Fridays reserved for select classes, committee meetings, workshops, and student activities.  If approved, this alternate scheduling may begin as early as Fall 2019.

Based on the recommendations of the Student Affairs Committee, the Faculty Senate passed a motion that was accepted by the Leeward CC administration.  The date by which students may change their grading option from a letter grade to CR/NC has traditionally been the first week of classes during the add/drop period.  The new deadline by which students may change their grading option from letter grade to CR/NC will now be the last day to withdraw.

The Campus Council Ad Hoc Planning and Budgeting Process Review Committee, which includes three Faculty Senate members (the Leeward CC Faculty Senate Chair, the Faculty Senate Chair of the Assessment Committee, and the Faculty Senate Chair of Budget and Planning), has created an Institutional Resource Request form that allows any faculty to request an item for inclusion in the Institutional Priorities List.  The Faculty Senate and its Budget and Planning Committee requested these changes to create more transparency in budgeting and planning and, in the case of the Institutional Resource Request form, to give faculty and the Faculty Senate an opportunity to request items that we previously did not have a mechanism or method to request.  Since its inception in Spring 2018, faculty have used the new Institutional Resource Request form twice.

The Budget and Planning Committee has been diligently working to give the Faculty Senate a greater role in the budget and planning process as mandated by UH Board of Regents policy.

The Curriculum Committee reviewed and approved a record number of courses and programs.  These include 22 new courses, 150 course modifications, 40 course deletions, 3 new programs, 19 program modifications, 3 program deletions, and 4 experimental courses.  A total of 241 courses and programs were reviewed and approved.

The General Education Committee has been busy working out the intricacies of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Interstate Passport (IP) agreement, which is designed to allow students to transfer smoothly to other WICHE member colleges and universities in other states.  The WICHE IP identifies similar courses in member schools so that our students do not have to re-take courses that are similar to those taken at Leeward CC but which have different alphas and numbers at other schools.  The General Education Foundations Board has also been busy dealing with the transition from the Foundations: Symbolic Reasoning (FS) designation to the Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) designation to meet new UH System requirements.

The Distance Education (DE) committee has been busy making sure Leeward CC meets federal DE requirements and sponsored workshops to educate our DE faculty on meeting federal guidelines to meet accreditation standards.

The Academic and Institutional Support Committee has been instrumental in getting our city and state transportation departments to fill potholes on the road leading to our campus, in replacing outdated signage that indicated that UH West Oahu is located on our campus, and in acquiring better lighting and security for our campus parking lots.

The Assessment Committee reviewed and revised Leeward Community College’s Policy on Assessment (L5.210) and has been deeply involved in making sure courses taught on our campus are assessed.  To date we have 91% compliance.

These are just some examples of your Faculty Senate at work serving our faculty and students and creating a better campus for all who work at Leeward Community College.  For a complete record of Faculty Senate committee reports, please consult the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Supporting Documents folder of the Faculty Senate website.

In closing, I wish to thank the 2017-2018 Faculty Senate Executive Board, Vice-Chair Wayde Oshiro, and Secretary, Michael Oishi, for their dedication and hard work, and welcome the 2018-2019 Faculty Senate Executive Board: Michael Cawdery as incoming Faculty Senate Chair, Wayde Oshiro as continuing Vice-Chair, and Junie Hayashi as Secretary.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you and our campus.

James Fujita, Faculty Senate Chair

Seeking comment on revised Shared Governance Policy draft

Update: The new deadline to submit comments is April 20. Use the online form below.

The Campus Council Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance has submitted a draft of the revised Shared Governance Policy and wishes all constituent groups to review and respond by April 6 April 20.  The current policy, L1.201 Policy on Shared Governance was approved back in 2003.

The Ad Hoc Committee has gathered and developed documents to help you with your review.  By reading the documents, you will learn the context for the creation of the current policy, the roles of various constituencies in campus decision-making, and how the draft policy language was developed from the original.

Step 1:  Read the AIC (Accreditation Improvement Committee) Report (2003) to understand why the shared governance policy was created. 

Step 2:  Take a look at the “Leeward CC Organizational Documents” to familiarize yourselves with each organizationʻs role on campus and where constituents can find their representative groups.

Step 3:  Take a look at the “Governance Diagram” to see how the organizational documents relate to each other and how we are all connected to the Chancellor. 

Step 4:  Read and prepare questions/comments about the Policy Revision Documents.  There are two versions: one with quotes from the original policy embedded into the document in blue font, the other just the proposed revision language.

Step 5: Submit your comments using this online form: Feedback on the revised Shared Governance Policy draft.  Questions 1 & 2 are the same questions being forwarded to all constituencies on campus.  Question 3 is a statement that the Executive Committee is recommending to be added to the final policy.  The last question is for comments that couldn’t be added if you selected Yes or No as your answer.

Your comments will be collated by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and submitted, along with any recommendations, to the Ad Hoc Committee by the April 6 deadline.  We anticipate that the committee will forward a revised draft policy to all campus constituencies, including Faculty Senate, prior to our next senate meeting on April 18.

It is important that all faculty, via the Faculty Senate, add their voices to the process of policy review and revision.

Mahalo,

Faculty Senate Executive Committee

James Fujita, Chair

Wayde Oshiro, Vice-Chair

Michael Oishi, Secretary

Turnitin Workshop on Friday, February 2nd

The upcoming TGIF workshop will focus on Turnitin. Learn how to create an account, set up a classroom, input students, create assignments, and more.

What: There will be an overview of TurnItIn, and a TurnItIn representative will answer questions via Skype.

When: Friday, February 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: BE-102

Why: Learn how technology can be used to support student writing and stop plagiarism.

Panelist:  Ryan Miller, TurnItIn representative

Moderators:  Frances Won, Kelly Kennedy, and Ann Inoshita, TGIF Committee

Refreshments will be provided.

Turnitin is Live

Turnitin.com is available to all faculty and lecturers this semester. To begin using Turnitin, please self-enroll at turnitin.com

  1. Click “Create Account” in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. If you have not used Turnitin before, click “Instructor” under “Create a New Account.”
  3. Enter the Account ID and Join Key that is found in the lccfaculty-l email sent to all Leeward faculty and lecturers in late December 2017. Search your email inbox for the subject line: Join Turnitin 
    1. If you did not receive this email, contact the Leeward Turnitin administrator. See the end of this post for details.
  4. Then enter your user information and acknowledge the user agreement.
  5. Your Turnitin.com account is ready to use.

New users should view a recording of a webinar for Leeward faculty conducted on November 11, 2017. This video provides an in-depth overview of the Turnitin.com platform, various tools, and their functionality: https://youtu.be/VcNcpRmng_s

Note: This video is unedited, and it is over 80 minutes long.

A quickstart guide with instructions (creating classes and new assignments, submitting papers, etc.) and short instructional videos are found at https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor_Guides/01_Quick_Start_Guide

For assistance with setting up your Turnitin account, please contact Wayde Oshiro, Leeward Turnitin administrator. Email: waydeo@hawaii.edu

Workshops will be offered in Spring 2018 to assist faculty with using Turnitin.com. A workshop schedule will be announced soon.

Support for Turnitin comes from Innovation Funds awarded to the Faculty Senate in 2017. The Faculty Senate will be conducting a survey at the end of the Spring 2018 semester to evaluate the success of this initiative.

CES Ballot Results

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System distributed an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The voting period was November 13-17, 2017. The ballot asked faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

A total of 108 responses were received.

Ballot Results

One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level question on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent   63.89% or 69 votes
  2. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  19.44% or 21 votes
  3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  16.67% or 18 votes

Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?

  1. Yes  75.93% or 82 votes
  2. No  24.07% or 26 votes

No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:

  1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.  36.11% or 39 votes
  2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair. 7.41% or 8 votes
  3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.  32.41% or 35 votes
  4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.  24.07% or 26 votes

Since none of the sharing options received a majority of the votes and the sample size was small, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System is giving the decision on the sharing option to the divisions.

Each division will decide one of the following options:

  1. The Division Chair will see the results for all faculty within the division.
  2. The Division Chair will see the results for non-tenured faculty within the division.
  3. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

Recommendations for divisions:

  • Hold an open discussion at Division Meetings.  
  • An anonymous vote is strongly recommended.

Divisions will report their decision to the CES Committee by January 19, 2018.

Next Steps for the Committee

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System

  • Will work with the designated CES campus administrator to prepare for the CES launch in Fall 2018;
  • Will create a central repository for existing survey questions and make it accessible to faculty; and
  • Will share information about the CES platform with faculty and work with the CES campus administrator to plan workshops to assist faculty in using the new platform.

Legislators’ Meeting with Faculty on November 20

The Senate and House Higher Education Committee chairs are visiting each of the campuses to meet with various constituencies.  Senator Kahele and Representative McKelvey will visit Leeward CC on Monday, November 20th.

The Executive Committee encourages all faculty to attend the 3:15 pm faculty meeting to share your concerns and priorities with the Legislature.  The meeting will be at 3:15 pm in GT-105.

Senator Kaiali’i Kahele, Chair-Senate Committee on Higher Education

Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair-House Committee on Higher Education (no longer attending)

Visit Schedule

  • 11:45am – Lunch at Leeward Community College with administration
  • 1:15pm – campus tour
  • 2:15pm – meeting with student government (GT-105)
  • 3:15pm – meeting with faculty (GT-105)
  • 4:00pm – campus visit complete

Ballot on CES Common Question Coming November 13

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be rolled out Fall 2018.  CES surveys will be automatically distributed to all students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Unlike eCafe, CES is mandatory.

See a February 27, 2017, blog post for background on CES and Leeward’s implementation plan.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System will distribute an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The ballot will ask faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

The ballot language will be as follows:

  1. One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level questions on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:
    1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    2. How would you rate the overal effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
  2. Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:
    1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.
    2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair.
    3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.
    4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

The voting period will be November 13-17th.  The ad hoc committee will report the results to Faculty Senate at its December 6th meeting.  Please refer any questions to any committee member below.

Ad Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

Turnitin Testers Wanted

In May 2017 the Faculty Senate procured the funding for access to Turnitin.com, a web platform used to provide feedback, assess work, and check for plagiarism in student writing.  Funding for the $20,328 annual license came about through a Faculty Senate application for Innovation Funds.

As Leeward’s Turnitin site administrator, I am seeking instructors interested in testing the functionality and use of the tool and helping me to configure the platform for the campus. Testing will occur this semester. The vendor will offer a one-time web-based training for us.  I will work with volunteer testers to schedule training in the coming weeks.

Turnitin campuswide rollout is scheduled for Spring 2018. More information about open enrollment and training opportunities will be shared with the campus at a later date.

As a Turnitin Tester, you agree to:

  • Start exploring and using Turnitin this Fall;
  • Attend the web-based training;
  • Attend one meeting this semester to share feedback;
  • Help plan and facilitate at least one training workshop in Spring 2018;
  • Help assess the effectiveness of Turnitin through a survey or other method of assessment in Spring 2018.

If you’re interested in serving as a Turnitin Tester this Fall, please email me at waydeo@hawaii.edu.