Turnitin Recognizes Dr. Shannon Farris as an International MVP All-Stars Finalist

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Dr. Shannon Farris Assistant Professor

Dr. Shannon Farris
Assistant Professor

With more than one million instructors worldwide using the academic tool, Turnitin, Dr. Shannon Farris is recognized for promoting its use to improve student learning – which supports Saint Leo’s core values.

When it comes to helping Saint Leo students achieve academic success, Dr. Shannon Farris’ passion is equaled only by his endless energy and enthusiasm.

A veritable whirlwind of ideas, Dr. Farris is quick to dive into new approaches and initiatives that can provide critical academic support to online and on-ground – traditional and non-traditional – students alike.

That’s why more than seven years ago, the assistant professor of psychology became an advocate of the fledgling educational tool, Turnitin.

As a result of his efforts, Dr. Farris recently was named a Turnitin MVP All-Stars finalist, recognizing him as one of the leading educators worldwide using Turnitin technology to promote academic success.

Farris was nominated for the award, in part, for creating eCOACH Online Learning, a live interactive web conference series to help Saint Leo students become acquainted with tools they need to use in order to achieve success in college. Several webcasts, in particular, focuses on helping students and faculty learn how to more effectively use Turnitin as an academic success tool.

We talked with Farris about Turnitin, eCOACH, and more. Here’s what he had to say.
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2 Year Anniversary of a Colleague’s Passing, Dr. Patrick Draves (January 9, 1970 – February 13, 2012)

 

Born: January 9, 1970 ~ Died: February 13, 2012

I will forever cherish our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Patrick Draves. While words alone cannot express the love and admiration I have for Patrick, I will simply say that he was a great professor and even better friend! I miss you.

Dr. Shannon Farris

Webcasts for 1/21 & 1/22: (Basic) PPT/Prezi Presentations & (Basic) APA Format & Citations. Register Today! Watch from your smart phone and tablet too!

2012_eCoach_Poster[2]Do you need help with finding the best writing resources? Do you know what makes an effective presentation? Need help with APA writing format? Or, how to read, understand, and write a review of an article? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

eCOACH Online Learning presents the following webcasts (click on the date to register):

January 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET “(Basic) Writing Skills & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations.

January 22, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET “(Basic) APA Format & Citations
Register no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 22.

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Webcasts for 1/16 & 1/17: (Basic) APA Writing & (Basic) How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles. Register Today! Watch from your smart phone or tablet too!

2012_eCoach_Poster[2]Do you help locating good journal articles? Need help with APA writing format? Or, how to read, understand, and write a review of an article? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

eCOACH Online Learning presents the following webcasts (click on the date to register):

January 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET “(Basic) APA Writing Format & Citations
Register no later than 8:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, January 16.

January 17, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET (Basic) How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles”
Register no later than NOON ET, Friday, January 17.

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Is an Online Psychology Degree for you? By Mary Beth Erskine

If you’re thinking about majoring in psychology, you might be interested in what motivated other students to enroll in Saint Leo’s online psychology degree program.

Online Psychology Degree

Image Credit: Saint Leo Blog

Thinking about majoring in psychology but concerned that there may already be too many psych majors in the world?

Or maybe you’re worried that you won’t find a job?

Responding to similar concerns, theAmerican Psychology Associationand the Florida Psychology Department Chairs developed the report, “Are There Too Many Psych Majors?”

Here’s just one take-away from the report:
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Webcasts for 10/16 & 10/17: (Faculty) Turnitin Bytes; (Advanced) PowerPoint & Prezi Presentations. Register Today! Watch from your Android, iPhone or iPad too!

2012_eCoach_Poster[2]Do you need help with using and understand Turnitin? Do you know what makes an effective presentation? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

eCOACH Online Learning presents the following webcasts (click on the date to register):

October 16, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET “(Faculty) Turnitin Bytes
Register no later than 12:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, October 16.

October 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET “(Advanced) PowerPoint & Prezi Presentations
Register no later than 8:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 17.

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Webcasts for 9/25 & 9/26: (Basic) Writing Skills & PPT/Prezi Presentations & (Adv.) APA Writing. Register Today! Watch from your Android, iPhone or iPad too!

2012_eCoach_Poster[2]Do you need help with finding the best writing resources? Do you know what makes an effective presentation? Need help with APA writing format? Or, how to read, understand, and write a review of an article? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

eCOACH Online Learning presents the following webcasts (click on the date to register):

September 25, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET “(Basic) Writing Skills & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations
Register no later than 12:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 25.

September 26, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET “(Advanced) APA Writing
Register no later than 8:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, September 26.

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eCOACH, tCOACH and SI pave the way for tutoring services for online students by Mary Erskine

slucoffee.aBy Mary Erskine
New initiative provides online students with personal, professional tutoring that is face-to-face and in real time using Blackboard Collaborate – something few other universities are doing.

Step into Saint Leo University’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) on University Campus any time coffee is brewing and you can feel the energy of dozens of students in deep academic pursuit, many working one-on-one with an LRC professional tutor.

The LRC has recently expanded its tutoring services so that online students now can receive the same personalized tutoring assistance –tutoring targeted at their specific needs in a variety of classes – in real time.

The only difference is that online students need to brew their own coffee.

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Webcasts for 9/19 & 9/20: (Basic) APA Writing & (Adv.) Writing Article Reviews. Register Today! Watch from your Android, iPhone or iPad too!

2012_eCoach_Poster[2]Do you help understanding journal articles and writing article reviews? Need help with APA writing format? Or, how to read, understand, and write a review of an article? Need some one-on-one tutoring with these subjects this week? ANSWER:  eCOACH Online Learning webcast series with follow-up tutoring from a tCOACH!

eCOACH Online Learning presents the following webcasts (click on the date to register):

September 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET “(Advanced) Writing Article Reviews
Register no later than 8:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, September 19.

September 20, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET “(Basic) APA Writing Format & Citations
Register no later than NOON ET, Friday, September 20.

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Dr. Tammy Zacchilli reports another teen suicide encouraged by cyber bullying: Rebecca Ann Sedwick 12 years old

Rebecca Ann Sedwick 12 years old

Rebecca Ann Sedwick
12 years old

Another tragedy occurred this week with the suicide of Rebecca Ann Sedwick of Lakeland, Florida.  The 12 year old girl jumped to her death at a cement plant near her home on Monday September 9th.  According to the Polk Sheriff, her body was found early Tuesday morning after several hours of searching.  She was a victim of cyber bullying and some of the last messages she received said “go kill yourself.”  
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