Turnitin is an easy-to-use software program which provides originality checking, online grading and peer review to assist educators with plagiarism prevention and engage students in the writing process. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people's written material and offers instructors ways to save time and improve their feedback on the writing process. Gonzaga University subscribes to the Turnitin Suite which is comprised of OriginalityCheck, GradeMark and PeerMark.
- OriginalityCheck: Turnitin's OriginalityCheck helps educators instruct students on effective research, writing and citation skills. OriginalityCheck compares students' work against a database of over 50+ billion web pages, 500+ million student papers, as well as over 140,000+ journals, periodicals, and books.
- GradeMark: GradeMark is a paperless grading tool which helps save time, money and the environment. Instructors can grade the student paper on-line - providing comments, feedback and even rubrics.
- PeerMark: PeerMark is a tool for facilitating peer review, allowing students the ability to evaluate and provide feedback on each other's work.
The Turnitin Suite is fully integrated into Gonzaga's BlackBoard e-Education platform, so you or your students do not need a separate password to use the software. However, instructors can use Turnitin directly from their website by going to Turnitin.com. If you would like to use Turnitin directly, please contact ATASupport at ATASupport@gonzaga.edu for instructions.
These instruction packets are tailored for the Gonzaga experience and will demonstrate the programs as they are integrated within Blackboard:
- Introduction to Turnitin
- Originality Report - creating and viewing assignments with an Originality Report
- GradeMark - using GradeMark to grade submitted assignments
- PeerMark - allowing students to review classmate's assignments
Additional resources from Turnitin.com:
- Instructor User Manual for Turnitin integrated in Blackboard 9 - created by Turnitin
- Instructor User Manual for GradeMark - created by Turnitin
- Here is a friendly, interactive tool that will quickly walk you through the capabilities and the Document Viewer of GradeMark: http://turnitin.com/demo/dv
- Instructor articles from the TurnItIn support center (These may not show Turnitin integrated in Blackboard but still contain great information).
- If you need any assistance with Turnitin, please contact ATASupport to schedule an individual training time.
The following video demonstrates how to evaluate Originality Reports in Turnitin. Note: the video will start in the 'Assignment Inbox' - to access this page in Blackboard, select the 'Course Tools' area of the left hand menu, then select the 'Turnitin Assignment' option.
The following video demonstrates how to provide feedback and grade through GradeMark. Note: the video will start in the 'Assignment Inbox' - to access this page in Blackboard, select the 'Course Tools' area of the left hand menu, then select the 'Turnitin Assignment' option.
Copying a class in Blackboard the Turnitin engineers recommend the following to make sure your Turnitin assignments function properly:
- Select the "Course Copy" link under the "Packages and Utilities" link.
- Select the content area that contains the Turnitin Assignment(s) you would like to copy.
- When "Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course" is chosen, you must be certain to select the "Grade Center Columns and Settings" option to ensure the copy succeeds.
- Student Point of View - how students view and use Turnitin in Gonzaga's Blackboard environment
The following resources were created by the Turnitin Support Team and may have some generic Blackboard images that are not tailored to the Gonzaga Blackboard experience, but still provide beneficial instruction and tips for using Turnitin:
- Student User Manual for using Turnitin through Blackboard
- Submitting a paper
- Originality Report
- PeerMark assignment
Turnitin for iPads
Turnitin for iPad allows instructors to check student submissions for originality, add QuickMark and general comments, leave a voice comment, and grade with rubrics. All work done using Turnitin for iPad automatically syncs with instructors’ Turnitin accounts. The app works directly with Turnitin and through any LMS-integrated version of Turnitin. Along with a new user experience, Turnitin for iPad also includes the ability to grade offline allowing instructors to literally Grade Anywhere. This is the first step in our Grade Anything, Anywhere℠ initiative for 2014. Learn More
Statistics and Other Fun Facts:
- "Worldwide, the service examines about 40 million papers a year. In December, during final exams, the site processes 400 new submissions per second." - Denver Post, 02/07/2012
- Turnitin is used in more than 140 countries, by more than 15,000 educational institutions, over 1.6 million faculty members, and 26 million students according to turnitin.com.
- Most popular sources used in higher education according to a 2011 survey done by TurnItIn based on 33 million papers that were submitted to Turnitin.com between June 2010 and June 2011:
- Wikipedia (10.74%)
- Yahoo! Answers (3.90%)
- Slideshare (3.87%)
- Answers.com (3.57%)
- Oppapers.com (3.11%)