In August of 2017, Turnitin will be moving to an updated user interface called “Feedback Studio.”
Turnitin Feedback Studio is designed around empowering you and your students by giving you the information and the tools needed for an efficient submission and marking process. Turnitin has made improvements to accessibility, responsiveness, and navigation, all designed to help instructors build better writers, with an emphasis on integrity.
This Instructor Guide offers video tutorials as well as written guidance for using Feedback Studio.
TurnItIn is a great tool that can assist instructors in grading, leaving feedback, and detecting plagiarism, but unfortunately we are aware of several bugs affecting users of TurnItIn.
Please note that in many cases, most bugs within TurnItIn are caused due to errors that occur during the course copy process in Blackboard. For this reason, COLRS recommends that instructors recreate new TurnItIn assignments each semester.
Issue: Students receive error messages when attempting to submit assignments.
We have determined that this usually occurs when an instructor has created a student preview user and has subsequently accessed the assignment. To fix the error, delete the preview user by following these directions (option 2).
Issue: Instructor is unable to delete a column in the Grade Center that is linked to an old TurnItIn assignment.
This issue occurs when copying course content, including TurnItIn assignments, from an old course to a new course shell in Blackboard. As a workaround, you will need to complete three steps:
- Click the chevron button next to the column name, and navigate to Edit Column Information.
- Under Options, select Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations > No and Show this Column to Students > No, and then click Submit.
- Click the chevron button next to the column name, and select Hide from Instructor View.
Issue: Grades are not syncing between TurnItIn and the Grade Center.
In most cases, numerical grades you enter in TurnItIn should sync to the Grade Center, and vice versa. If this does not occur, follow these steps:
- Navigate to Course Tools > TurnItIn Assignments.
- Click Sync Grades next to the affected assignment.
Issue: Inline comments (using Crocodoc) made by the instructor are not saved.
This issue has affected a very small number of instructors who provide feedback to students using the inline grading feature that is integrated into TurnItIn. This is usually restricted to those using Firefox or Safari web browsers, who keep a document open longer than fifteen minutes. In most cases, switching browsers will fix the issue (we’ve recommend using Chrome if you are experiencing this issue).
Turnitin is plagiarism detection software available to faculty at UIS. To learn more about using Turnitin as a student, including helpful videos, please see http://www.uis.edu/colrs/students/turnitin/.
You may also find the Turnitin Manual for Students (pdf) a helpful resource.
Whether it is to spot check for suspected plagiarism or submit an assignment for a student with computer problems, instructors may submit a student file to a Turnitin Assignment they have created in their Blackboard course site.
- Go to the Blackboard course that contains the Turnitin Assignment.
- Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignment.
- Click on the assignment name.
- Select the student’s name from the “Author” drop down list.
- Enter a title for the paper.
- Click on “Choose from this computer” button to upload the file, and the find and select the student’s paper.
- Click the “Upload” button.
- Next, you’ll see a preview of the file you submitted. If this is the correct document, click “Submit.”
- Once the paper has been submitted, you will see the Turnitin Digital Receipt.
- Click on “go to inbox” to see the listing of papers submitted for this Turnitin Assignment.
Watch a video on how to submit a student paper to a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard.
Click on the image above for the Turnitin Instructor Manual
The Internet has perpetuated the age old problem of plagiarism. Turnitin can assist faculty in detecting and preventing plagiarism. It is also an excellent assignment collection, grading, and feedback tool, and can be used as an online collaborative learning tool where students can get feedback from their classmates.
View a video overview of Turnitin.
The Turnitin database includes:
- Over 10 Billion Web Pages Crawled & Archived
- Over 70 Million Student Papers
- Over 10,000 Major Newspapers, Magazines & Scholarly Journals
- Thousands Of Books Including Literary Classics
- Printable Reports
- Side-By-Side Comparison
Turnitin provides the ability for faculty to:
- Quickly and conveniently identify how much material in a student’s paper is available on the Internet.
- Deter students who may otherwise be tempted to use sources inappropriately.
- Address the issue of proper citation of sources in a paper.
- Pick up tips for writing assignments that discourage plagiarism and encourage independent thought.
- Find handouts for students on plagiarism, proper citation, and writing and research skills
Ideas for Using Turnitin
- Peer-to-Peer Paper Review’s
- Electronic Writing Portfolio’s
- Online Commenting
- Multiple Rubric Grading
How to Access
Turnitin is an available tool within Blackboard. The ‘Turnitin Assignments’ link can be found under the Course Tools section of the Control Panel. If that link is not there, you will need to add the Turnitin tool to your course by clicking on ‘Tool Availability’ under the Customization section of the Control Panel.