All answers reflect The University of Huddersfields policy. Click on the question you want the answer to this will then open the answer below the question.
Q.1. Why should we use Turnitin?
Q.2. What is Turnitin?
Q.3. What are the benefits for staff in using Turnitin?
- No paper copies to be collected and organised.
- Marking can be started as soon as the deadline passes instead of waiting to receive paper assignments.
- Second marking and internal moderation processes can take place concurrently with marking.
- No need for posting assignments to external examiners - they can access papers on Unilearn.
- Easy identification of text within submitted written work that matches other sources, this could help identify instances of plagiarism and may also help tutors identify students who need additional help with their academic writing and referencing.
- Discourages plagiarism as students are aware that their work will be checked for originality.
- Provides the facility to do electronic marking through GradeMark and online peer evaluation through PeerMark.
- Saves time while marking students’ work allowing audio and written feedback.
- The ‘comments bank’ (QuickMark sets) of commonly used comments [for example: Awk – ‘Awkward: The expression or construction is cumbersome or difficult to read. Consider rewriting’; BadRef – ‘Bad referencing’] can also be customised and shared amongst markers to save time whilst marking.
- It also provides the flexibility of giving customised comments and feedback [for example: Too many conclude(s) near each other. I'm being so picky because you are so proficient in your writing].
- Optional rubrics feature provides greater consistency and transparency because all markers are working with the same criteria, students can see how their grade was arrived at which may lead to fewer queries.
- Once students have submitted electronically their work is stored with the University and hence it is not required to maintain a separate copy of student work in the module boxes in Wisdom.
- There is no issue if a student project is eventually published as a journal article, the version of Turnitin that publishers use is a separate system that does not check against the student database.
- An anonymous marking facility is available but staff should seek advice from their School’s Learning Technology Advisor to understand the implications of using this.
Q.4. What are the benefits to student in using Turnitin?
- Paperless submission allows students to submit within the deadline regardless of location.
- All submissions receive an email confirmation so students are secure in the knowledge that there is a record of their assignment being handed in on time.
- Students can engage with their feedback in private rather than with their peers around them.
- If given the ability to see their own originality report, it may help them identify their need for improving their academic writing skills. However students may need some training to interpret this.
Q.5. What should staff be aware of?
- Turnitin is NOT plagiarism detection software, it is only a tool to assist in the detection of plagiarism and produces an originality report however, it is an individual tutor’s responsibility to interpret this report and ascertain if plagiarism has taken place just because a student has a high percentage of similarity returned it does not necessarily mean that the student has plagiarised similarly, a student may only return a low percentage of similarity yet they may have clear evidence of academic misconduct.
- Submission via Turnitin may increase student anxiety about assessment, students may be worried about being unjustly accused of plagiarism when that plagiarism was unintentional it is recommended that students should be given the opportunity of a formative experience of Turnitin before it is used summatively.
- It is commonplace to allow all submissions to be added to the Turnitin database in order that future assignments may be checked against them however, please note that it is possible to configure Turnitin so that the submitted student papers are not included in the Turnitin database.
- Turnitin can only check against its database for the similarity of text and not images.
Q.6. What file formats does Turnitin accept?
Q.7. What is the maximum file size for submissions to Turnitin?
Q.8. Does Turnitin take files with page sizes above A4?
Q.9. How does Turnitin handle images?
Q.10. What is included in the word count?
Q.11. How do i submit student work that is only available as a print version?
Q.12. Why do I see students that are no longer doing the module in my Turnitin assignment inbox?
Q.13. What shall I do if I don't see my current students under the Turnitin inbox?
Q.14. What happens if Turnitin is down or unavailable at the time of submission?
Q.15. What if a student's Turnitin submission was unsuccessful?
Q.16. What if the student can't submit their file as its size can't be brought down below the limit (20mb)?
Q.17. Do I have to be connected to the internet to mark students' work?
iPark (no date), Teaching and Learning Innovation Park, [online] Available at: http://ipark.hud.ac.uk/content/originality-checking [Accessed on 31st May, 2013]
Turnitin (no date) Instructor Training, [online] Available at: http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/instructor-training/submitting-papers [Accessed on 31st May, 2013]
Quick overview on Turnitin
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