Turning on the Poetry
although I have things to write every week for my three first semester modules — Long Form Fiction, Poetry 1 and Screenwriting — the only one that involves any grading before the New Year is for screenwriting. Screenwriting's first deadline was Friday!
I'm always a little apprehensive when it comes to new systems and there was a hephalump of a system standing in my way for this one ... Turnitin.
Misconception 15: Turnitin employs legions of writing experts to read and evaluate papers for plagiarism.
Reality: Turnitin receives over 200,000 papers daily, and no human reads the papers at Turnitin. All papers are processed by our software, servers, and databases.
Misconception 9: All students hate Turnitin.
Reality: Many students have stated that they like the fact that Turnitin helps maintain a level playing field. Turnitin protects students' work from unauthorized use and gives students who want to do their own work a good reason not to share their work with others.
(from Turnitin website — Top 15 Misconceptions about Turnitin)
You're having a larf if you think you can do an MA course without sharing your work with fellow students! The feedback from classmates as well as the tutors is the only way the writing is going to be at its best. My only concern about Turnitin will come to the reflective essays I need to write over Christmas, talking about the process of writing the work for each module and, as a blind person, sometimes the challenges will be ones that involve writing and researching without being able to read print books or see how a location looks like in order to describe it. I've written several blog posts and articles in magazines that talk about such matters ... whilst part of me would love to be accused of plagiarising myself, I'll probably try to do my best not to phrase things exactly the way I have before!
Heads and Walls and Banging
I found Turnitin simple-enough to use. I made one error — I put my student number but forgot to include my module code in the title of my submission, but that was rectified by resubmitting the document. My headache came when it came to writing the document.
Every page of the document (mine had a total of 11 pages) needed to have a header with my student number and the document title on ... so i added one and sent it to a sighted person to check it had appeared, along with page numbers in the footer. Apparently it appeared on the first page of the character profiles but nowhere after that! At first there were no page numbers anywhere! Beginning to panic I asked the transcription centre if they were allowed to assist in sorting out my headers and footers, and they said they'd consult the College of Arts and Humanities disability advisor. While I was waiting for that I had another stab at getting it right ...
I removed the headers and footers from the whole document and removed the section breaks that separated the cover sheet, the character profiles, and the plot treatment. I decided to start everything right from the cover sheet at the start, not starting on the character profiles page ... and it worked a treat. Phew.
I'm doing probably two open mic readings next week at venues in Swansea. On Monday I will, subject to transportation being arranged, be doing a slot at this event at Cinema and Co. On Thursday I'll be just down the road from there, reading at Tino's on Wind Street (that's Wind pronounced like Wine).
At Cinema & Co. we put on a wide range of events, hoping to entertain you, interest you, tickle, challenge, inform or enchant you.
Be it films, live music, art events or exhibitions, stand-up comedy or mini festivals;
We welcome you!
(from Cinema and Co. website)
While I'm there I might ask them what that semicolon and folowing capital letter think they're doing!
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