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Turnitin and iThenticate

By Matthew Schmitz

October 29, 2014

Plagiarism is a problem that affects students and faculty. The infographic in this blog (click to enlarge) lists the forms of plagiarism frequently identified in research writing, indicating the commonness and seriousness of each kind. In an effort to prevent academic plagiarism at SIUE, the University has licensed two products, Turnitin and iThenticate, that will ideally help students and faculty avoid those incidents.


As defined on the resource page, “Turnitin is an intellectual prop...

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Can Multiple Choice Tests Measure Higher-level Thinking?

By Lynn Bartels

October 15, 2014

Multiple choice questions are used widely in higher education particularly for large classes where it would be difficult to grade a large number of constructed response tests (e.g., short answer, essays). Despite their widespread use, multiple choice tests are not without their critics.

Testing the Levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy

One of the chief criticisms is that multiple choice questions don’t measure higher-level thinking (Frederiksen, 1984). The cognitive thinking skills of Bloom&#...

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Online Testing: Pros & Cons

By Wayne Nelson

September 30, 2014

Hanging around in the SIUE equivalent of the “teachers’ lounge” over the years (every department has one), I’ve overheard many comments about testing that have included things like:

  • “Well, we have to give tests to make sure our programs have rigor.”
  • “I’m so worried about giving an online test because I know the students will cheat.”
  • “It takes so long for me to grade my essay tests.”
  • “I don’t give objective tests ...

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