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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 17 billion web pages, 200 million student papers, as well as other online databases and publications.
  • 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.

These instruction packets are tailored for the Gonzaga experience and will demonstrate the programs as they are integrated within Blackboard:

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.

New Features in Turnitin

June 2014 - Evaluate Excel

Excel files can be submitted to Turnitin and the service will generate an Originality Report based on the document’s text. A version of the document will be displayed in the document viewer for viewing the Originality Report as well as marking, grading, and peer review. Turnitin will display the Excel file in the Document Viewer as it would look if the file was printed or saved as a PDF.

April 2014 - Import Rubrics from Excel

Creating rubrics just got easier. Simply use our Excel rubric template and add in your criteria and scales, save it, and upload it in the Turnitin Rubric/Form Manager. Finally, add your rubric scoring values and it's ready to use with any of your assignments. Looking for more rubrics? Find one or share one in Teaching Tools »
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March 2014 - Grade Anything

Instructors and students can now submit any file type to Turnitin for grading online or distributing work for peer review. Submission file types may include PowerPoint® presentations, spreadsheets, images, html code… whatever file type your students use for their assignments, Turnitin will accept it. This exciting new feature allows Turnitin to be used by a broader range of instructors: those who evaluate presentations or teach in disciplines such as science, math, economics, and visual arts.
Learn how instructors across the curriculum use Turnitin.

No submission? No problem! Instructors can provide students with feedback using Turnitin even if there is no file submitted for the assignment, such as with a musical recital or dance performance. With Turnitin, instructors in every discipline can evaluate student learning and give rich, timely feedback regardless of the nature of the assignment.

August 2013 -Turnitin for iPad

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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

* See more new tools and functionality in Turnitin listed here.

Instructor Resources:

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:

  1. Select the "Course Copy" link under the "Packages and Utilities" link.
  2. Select the content area that contains the Turnitin Assignment(s) you would like to copy.
  3. 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 Resources:

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:

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 135 countries, by more than 10,000 educational institutions and over 1.6 million faculty members 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%)