Turnitin is an easy-to-use software program which provides originality checking, online grading and peer review to assist educators with original content 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 full Turnitin Suite which includes the Feedback Studio, similarity checking, PeerMark, and an iPad app for grading submissions.
The Turnitin Suite is fully integrated into Gonzaga's BlackBoard 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 email@example.com for instructions and institution ID.
Turnitin was updated at Gonzaga during the summer of 2016. That update introduced the Feedback Studio - a screen that merges the Similarity Report and instructor feedback into one intuitive interface. The process to create new Turnitin assignments and the steps for students to upload papers have not changed.
24/7 support from Turnitin's Help Desk:
Phone: (866) 816-5046 ext 241
Self-Service Support Wizard: http://turnitin.com/self-service/support-wizard.html
Turnitin Help Center: http://turnitin.com/en_us/support/help-center
Gonzaga Turnitin instructions
- Introduction to Turnitin - What is Turnitin?
- Instructor Quick Guide to Turnitin - A quick guide for Gonzaga instructors but also includes many links to thorough instructions for each area of the program.
Additional resources from Turnitin.com
- Feedback Studio Instructor Guide - this is a thorough guide created by Turnitin. It does not demonstrate the process within Gonzaga’s Blackboard environment, but it does have a lot of useful information.
- Interactive demo of the Feedback Studio
- Instructor User Manual for Turnitin integrated in Blackboard 9 - created by Turnitin Instructor articles from the TurnItIn support center (These may not show Turnitin integrated in Blackboard but still contain great information). (updated 7/2016)
If you need any assistance with Turnitin, please contact ATASupport to schedule an individual training time.
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.
Please note, copying of PeerReview and Revision assignments is not currently supported.
Video tutorial - How to upload your assignment to Turnitin [1:21]:
To view a Tii rubric before submitting work (if a rubric is associated with the assignment)
- Locate the assignment in your Blackboard course
- Click on the ‘View/Complete’ link for that assignment
- On the next page, click on the rubric icon (it looks like a stack of blocks) next to the information icon and the rubric will pop-up to view in a new window
Video tutorial - How to access and review feedback [2:47]:
To see instructor comments (and scored rubric if used) on graded work
- Go to the location in your Blackboard course where the paper was submitted
- Click the blue “view” button to open Turnitin's FeedBack Studio
- Select the blue speech-bubble icon in the right hand menu
Feedback can be given in several formats (not all professors use all formats):
- Comment bubbles (blue boxes) in the body of your paper - Click on the box to see additional comments, beyond the title in the comment bubble
- Typed (blue) notes in between the double spaced lines of your paper
- "Instructor Feedback" that address the paper holistically, may be text or audio in format
- Rubric points by clicking on the "View Rubric" link under the "General Comments"
To print/download files submitted to TurnItIn
Select the Download icon in the right hand menu - it is an arrow pointing down. You can select to print/download a digital receipt of the paper, the originally submitted paper, or the current view. Make sure you have the options visible that you would like to print, including Similarity Report, Instructor Feedback, and/or the ETS grammar checker. These can all be turned on in the right hand menu.
The (i) icon gives a very nice list of basic information about the paper, including dates, word count, originality report and more.
Additional resources from Turnitin:
- Feedback Studio Student Guide - Reviewing instructor feedback and results from the Similarity Report
- PeerMark assignments
Turnitin for iPads
Click here to view the demo (02:00)
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. Click here to learn more.
*See more new tools and functionality in Turnitin.
Contact the ATAS department with any Turnitin questions or training needs: firstname.lastname@example.org.