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Timetable Access: I am trying to access my timetable on my mobile phone but can't see the class details. What should I do?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:10 PM)
Answer:

When accessing your timetable from mobile phones, users will need to scroll down to see the button. On the next page, you will have different options to view the calendar: month view, week view, day view, etc.


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Timetable: How can I access my timetable?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:13 PM)
Answer:

For accessing and creating your course timetable please go to https://timetable.wittenborg.eu.

  • Login with the same details as for your student email account.
  • Find My Timetable, which will still be empty.
  • Click on +Add activity.
  • Add modules in List Type.
Note:

You can find and add modules in 2 ways. 

  1. Per Module, make your own private schedule with modules from different phases and specialisations. 
  2. Per Programmes of Study, this automatically selects all the modules relevant for your specialisation & current Phase. After adding all modules for a Programme of study you can always select single modules to add on top of that. 


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Timetable: How can I add courses in the timetable?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:33 PM)
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In order to add courses to your timetable please go to timetable.wittenborg.eu, log in with your student account and choose your study programme and phase (for bachelor's degree students only). Once the courses are selected add them to your timetable. Then you will be able to view your schedule in a day/week/month mode.


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Timetable: How often should I update my timetable?

(Last edited: Monday, 13 July 2020, 11:53 AM)
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We strongly recommend updating your timetable at the beginning of each block to ensure you have an up-to-date class schedule and at least one week before exam week for the most up-to-date exam location/timing.



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Top-Up Student: Is it compulsory for Top-Up students to do internships?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:31 PM)
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Top-Up students have 3 options that they can choose from. They can take on an internship, or choose modules to replace the equivalent ECs (European credits), or request the internship exemption duration.


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Travel Discount: Can I avail of discounts while travelling in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:28 PM)
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You can get more information or apply for the travel card at www.duo.nl (ONLY for EU STUDENTS).


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Travel during Corona: Can I go back to my country during the ongoing corona crisis?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:34 PM)
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You can follow the modules online from the Netherlands or another country. However, it is the student’s responsibility if he/she wishes to travel to the high-risk countries/areas at the moment, as the university and Dutch authorities have highly discouraged doing so. During the crisis there will be NO study-intermission option offered, nor can the tuition fee be frozen in such a situation. As long as the student is registered at the university and IND, the financial requirements must be fulfilled.



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Travel during Corona: Can I travel outside the Netherlands during the ongoing crisis?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:34 PM)
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During the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, as per the Dutch government's advice, any overseas travel must be avoided unless extremely necessary. More importantly it must be kept in mind that the current circumstances have made it even more difficult to return to the Netherlands due to strict travel blockages introduced by several countries across the globe.

The university advises students against any overseas travel until further notice.


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Travel Information: Do I need to inform the university if I have travelled back to my country?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:35 PM)
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Yes, students who have travelled back to their home country and/or have specific questions for their process tutors on study progress, should fill in the Form (http://tiny.cc/y6nslz). The process tutor will get back to you as soon as possible



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Travel to Netherlands: Can I still travel to the Netherlands during the corona crisis?

(Last edited: Monday, 29 June 2020, 4:37 PM)
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At the moment, due to Covid19, the Netherlands has strict conditions for those who wish to travel to the country. 

These measures do not apply to:

  • Holders of an MVV or Dutch residence permit, regardless of the purpose of the residence.
  • 3rd-country nationals in possession of a residence permit from a Schengen or EU member state.
  • Holders of a residence permit as long-term residents.
Wittenborg University still continues the procedure of visa application as normal.


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Travel to Netherlands: When can I book my flight tickets for travelling to the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:33 AM)
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Do not confirm your travel booking until the visa has been obtained. However, as soon as the visa is received successfully, students MUST inform Wittenborg of their travel arrangements in order to arrange the accommodation and other legal registration procedures. Please arrive shortly before the start of the Wittenborg Introduction Week.

Students must bring their original birth certificate in English while travelling to the Netherlands. If it is in a different language, please arrange for a legalised translation in English. The birth certificate (both original and translation) must be stamped by the Foreign Ministry of your home country.



Question:

Travel: I am a new student. How can I travel in the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:36 AM)
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The Netherlands is a small country and its size makes it easy to get around.

While it is extremely easy to use public transport to get around the Netherlands, it is most well known for bicycles. Bike rentals here are easy and can be rented for as little as €10 EUR ($11 USD) per day. You may have to pay a deposit, which is refunded once you return the bike undamaged.

Some of the other common and cheaper modes of travel are:

  • Train - Due to the country's small size you can reach all major destinations within 2.5 hours within the country. Click on https://www.ns.nl/en for more information on train schedules and tickets or seasonal passes.
  • Bus - Another affordable way to get around the Netherlands.

The OV-chip card



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Travelling to the university: How can I reach the university campus in Apeldoorn easily?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:37 AM)
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Most of the Wittenborg student housing/dorms are within a radius of 2 km of the university and Apeldoorn has an excellent public transport system. If you are used to cycling, you can buy or rent a bicycle. Second-hand bicycles are available for less than €100.


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Tuberculosis (TB) Test: Do I need to take a TB test?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:42 AM)
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Almost all non-Dutch passport holders who will stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months are obliged to make an appointment at GGD "Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst” (Area Health Service) to undergo a checkup for TBC (Tuberculosis). Wittenborg Administration checks whether students are obliged to have the TB test or not, and you will be informed accordingly. If you live in Amsterdam, you can make an appointment on your own. If you live in another city, please let the Front Desk know and they will help you to arrange it.

Most non-EU students and students from some other countries do not need to have a tuberculosis test. You can click on the following link to find out which countries' nationals are exempt from the test https://ind.nl/Formulieren/7144.pdf

For students who live in Amsterdam, please note that you can only be seen if you have an appointment. You can call 020-555 5240 Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 11:00, and between 13:30 and 16:30.

Note: 

Please complete the referral form before you make an appointment. Here is the link: https://ind.nl/en/forms/7604.pdf



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Tuition Fee: Do I have to pay full tuition fee to Wittenborg until block 8 if I am following single degree Brighton or Double degree Brighton?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 7:51 PM)
Answer:

If you are a double degree student and has just started the double degree programme, you will need at least a full year to graduate. This is because the modules from Brighton are spread across the year, and Brighton does not work with the block system, so you cannot graduate earlier. Even if your classes end in June and you have handed in your thesis, you will still be registered as a student. You will officially graduate only when all the results are published, which will be in July/August. Therefore you will be invoiced until block 8.

If you are following a single degree Brighton programme, you still need to pay the full tuition fee to us until block 8. This is because in order to follow the Brighton program you have to be fully registered at Wittenborg officially and legally as a student. The modules are also co-taught by Wittenborg and Brighton. The annual tuition fee for both single degree and double degree is the same so whichever degree you are following, you will pay the same fee.


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Tuition Fees: Do I need to pay the tuition fees during an internship?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:44 AM)
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It is important to note that internships are part of the education programme. Therefore, yes, as long as you are registered at the university, all financial requirements need to be fulfilled.


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Turnitin Assignment Submissions: What are my responsibilities as a student while submitting a file to Turnitin?

(Last edited: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:10 AM)
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It is your responsibility to ensure that the electronic submission of your work is successful and completed on time.

  1. Different assessments may have different compulsory requirements that will activate the upload link. These requirements are visible to students in the course area. Failure to fulfil these criteria will not permit you to submit your work
  2. We strongly recommend that the final submission to be done at least 30 minutes before the deadline. Leaving the submission for the last minutes could result in failure to submit your work. If you’re not sure what the deadline date and time is click on the submission link where the details will be displayed
  3. In case of technical issues, please contact Helpdesk only.
  4. Make sure you are submitting the correct file type. We recommend to upload pdf files to Turn-it-in.
  5. Once you have submitted your assignment, make sure the submission was successful. You will receive an email confirmation if the submission to Turn-it-in was successful (in your university email address). You can also click on the submission link to ensure if the file listed/visible is the correct file.

Not knowing what is expected of you is not an excuse for a late submission, make sure you understand what to do, well before the deadline and read the Assignment Submission Help provided.



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Turnitin Report: I cannot see my originality report even after 24 hours. What should I do?

(Last edited: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:11 AM)
Answer:

Please contact Helpdesk and your (teacher) @wittenborg.eu for further resolution to the problem.


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Turnitin Sign In: How do I sign in into Turnitin?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8:46 AM)
Answer:

You can make all Turnitin submissions on the module area in wittenborg-online and you do not need to sign in separately. It is your teacher's responsibility to place the Turnitin submission area inside the module. Always ask the teacher/lecturer in case of doubt or inability to find the upload area.


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Turnitin Similarity/Plagiarism: Does Turnitin show percentage of similarity and plagiarism? Or any highlighted area for plagiarism?

(Last edited: Monday, 19 October 2020, 4:41 PM)
Answer:

When a paper is submitted via Turnitin, an overall percentage of similarity or originality score (with colour code) is shown (see picture below). The similarity score is just a percentage of text in the student’s paper that matches sources in the Turnitin database. Turnitin does not detect nor check for plagiarism but it highlights the text in the student’s paper that is similar to or matches against another source. The picture below shows a Turnitin Originality Report in the Document Viewer window. On the right of the image, you will see a numbered list of matched sources. Each of these is allocated a colour and number and these correspond to the number and colour in the student’s text. A high percentage does not mean there is plagiarism and a low match score does not mean there is no plagiarism. However, a large percentage could indicate that the student has used too much from one source, or a direct copying of text from that source – see the red highlighted text numbered 1. A high percentage could also mean poor paraphrasing by student – see the pink highlighted text numbered 2. Both these high percentages are grounds for further investigation by the teacher on the student’s paper as direct copying and insufficient paraphrasing, even with proper referencing are considered as plagiarism. 

At Wittenborg, up to 20% similarity is acceptable for all submissions through Turnitin as long as the submission is properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style. Above 20% but no more than 30% similarity must be motivated/justified by the student to be accepted for assessment. The 20% similarity does not automatically imply the submission is plagiarism-free as there could also be cases of plagiarism with less than 20% similarity. The submission must be properly referenced as per Harvard referencing style.


Turnitin example



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Turnitin Submissions: Why can't I upload my assignment on Turnitin while there is still sufficient time for the deadline?

(Last edited: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:11 AM)
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There could be errors in the upload area. Should you face this difficulty, contact your module teacher as soon as possible, as well as Helpdesk.


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Turnitin Upload: Why does the upload status show "processing" even after I have submitted my work?

(Last edited: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:12 AM)
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If you are getting a status report "processing", it means your work has yet to be checked by Turnitin. Therefore, the work has been submitted but not yet checked. During the first 3 submissions, it takes anywhere between a few seconds to a few hours to see your report. It will take 24 hours for the 4th submission onward to reflect the report.

Note:

You can write to ict@wittenborg.eu or put a request to Helpdesk to share any further concerns.


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Turnitin: How to access the Turnitin Guide

(Last edited: Friday, 18 September 2020, 1:59 PM)
Answer:

All students are required to submit their written reports/assignments/exams through the Turnitin plagiarism software. This is considered part of the formal submission requirements.

Turnitin is used by Wittenborg University of Applied Science to detect cases of plagiarism. The software compares the writing used within any document to other sources, for instance, websites on the Internet, journal articles, books, and other student work from other universities. Further details of the Turnitin submission process are provided during Wittenborg Introduction Week.

In the attached document you will see the detailed guide.



Question:

Turnitin/Plagiarism & Similarity: How will I know what changes I need to make after I viewed the Turnitin Originality Report and how can I lower the similarity score?

(Last edited: Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 1:08 PM)
Answer:

Check the ‘Match Overview’ of the Originality Report (picture shown below) and take note of sources which have more than 1% similarity. Make changes to your text, not only to lower your overall similarity score but also to lower the similarity of each source higher than 1%. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:

1) Remove or change strings of commonly used phrases or text (5-8 words) such as 'Sustainability is important for the environment', as such phrase is very common in the internet and will show up in the similarity score.

2) Put all exact words in quotation marks, or in an indented paragraph. Then use the filter key in Turnitin and exclude 'quotes' and 'bibliography'. (Refer to this link on how to use the filter function: https://help.turnitin.com/ithenticate/ithenticate-user/the-similarity-report/filters-and-exclusions.htm). However, a better way is to paraphrase everything in your own words, even if it is a definition, and provide the references. Make sure you don't just find synonyms of words or change few words here and there because Turnitin can detect similarity in sentences too.

3) Check the individual percentages of the sources. If the percentage for one or more of the sources are 2% or more (see the example in the picture below), reduce or paraphrase the text from that source. For example, referring to the picture below, reduce text from Sources no. 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 These are some ways in which you can reduce the similarity score, but take note that a low similarity score does not definitely mean that your assignment is plagiarism-free. In addition to the above, you have to ensure that you have not committed any of the possible cases of plagiarism. For this, you have to check the EEG Part 5b. You can also refer to the attached document 'A Guide to Plagiarism - for students' on how to avoid plagiarism. 

Turnitin Score




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