Using Turnitin for Formative Feedback
for Formative Feedback
Karen Robins – May 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Aims of Session
To be aware of the benefits of using Turnitin for formative feedback;
To be able to set up Turnitin for an assessment;
To describe how Turnitin can
be used for formative feedback
To interpret the Turnitin report;
To discuss good practice on use Turnitin for formative feedback;
To know where and what support is available - guide / video / workshop.
Why provide students with formative feedback from Turnitin?
To improve student academic writing by;
To improve the
originality of student work
To emphasise the importance of learning to paraphrase;
To improve students referencing skills;
To reduce accidental plagiarism;
Policy – all dissertations and projects to have opportunity to use Turnitin for formative feedback.
UK Plagiarism Detection
Student work is compared against
Current and previous Internet sites
Published work form from periodicals, journals and databases.
Student assessment submitted to Turnitin from1996
from cheat websites
Note – Turnitin does not find all sources (approximately 50%)
Using Turnitin for Formative Feedback
Student papers/assignments do not have to be written to the Turnitin database
Overwrite option – updates assignment, cannot
see any previous versions
Draft option – shows draft and final versions
Revision – keeps all previous versions
24 hour delay between each submission
School / Faculty
open access to Turnitin
Dissertation and projects policy
May need to set Turnitin advanced settings so that assignments are not written to the Turnitin database
Add a class in Turnitin (module)
Add a class(module)
Add class name and enrolment password
Click on the
module to create an assignment
Types of assignment
Immediately - can overwrite until due date
No repository – student submissions not saved to database but
should be searched against it
Can set individual matches <1% or number of words
Allow students to see the originality reports
Overall Similarity Index
similarity index colour coded
, red indicates text matching in excess of 75%;
The report does not distinguish between properly referenced and unacknowledged work;
It is possible to exclude quoted material and bibliographies;
It is possible to exclude small matches as either a percentage or number of words;
If the student has previously submitted the
same paper for another module
, it will compare the latest submission with the previous submission.
Interpreting theTurnitin Report
Helping students interpret the Turnitin Report
Is this student guilty of plagiarism with a similarity index of 20%
Could be considered as highly derivative.
What percentage is safe?
What should we tell students?
Enrolling students on Turnitin
Students can enrol themselves by creating a user profile and using
your class ID and password OR
You can manually enrol your students by uploading 100 names at a time from an Excel file directly into Turnitin
Good practice on use of Turnitin for formative feedback
Allow all new students to the University to use Turnitin for formative feedback;
Embed into a module on their programme (skills modules);
Give enough time
for student to act on feedback
Discuss the originality report with the student;
Staff to set up a tutorial/seminar exercise (class) on Turnitin (needs computer lab);
Request students submit to directly to Turnitin (and StudyNet);
Set up linked assessment for formative and summative exercise.
Given the option, not all students will take up the opportunity of formative feedback, need to build something into the assignment to encourage submission. e.g. Negative marks on summative piece.
Not enough to only inform students
Induction week, give referencing and research sessions for students;
Use Turnitin for a formative assignment;
originality report to students
Put links to quizzes on plagiarism on programme and module sites (see IH resources);
Design out plagiarism – see ASKe handout.
Using Turnitin to provide powerful formative feedback
Provide a range of support for staff and students on using Turnitin;
Create a central provision on Turnitin for staff and students (Information Hertfordshire);
Information Hertfordshire website - Turnitin
Increase awareness and reduce fear of the technology for both staff and students.
Plagiarism teaching online
Pricing – Higher Education:
Up to 5,000 FTE students: £800
5000 to 10000 FTE students: £1200
10000 to 20000 FTE students: £1500
Over 20000 FTE students: £2000
Individual user: £30
It can be hosted on your own VLE.
One-off payment with no subscription fees.
View screen movie
Or see it in action
Instructor manuals and demos of Turnitin available at http://www.submit.ac.uk/static/popups/user_manuals.html
TurnitinUK – User Manuals and Frequently Asked Questions (Instructor and student user guides) http://submit.ac.uk
Standards Knowledge exchange
, free resource leaflets http://www.brookes.ac.uk/aske/resources.html
Note: All staff need to be individually registered on Turnitin
Should Turnitin be available for all students for formative feedback on
their assignments. Open Access?
JISC Internet Plagiarism Service www.jiscpas.ac.uk
Plagiarism Advisory Service – Funded by JISC Turnitin UK Instructor FAQs http://www.jiscpas.ac.uk/faqsearch.php?sol=turnitin_instructor
Mary Davis. (2007).
Available: http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/article/the_role_of_turnitin_within_the_formative_process_of_academic_writing/. Last accessed 23 June 2007
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