Date: Thursday 23 March
Time: 14:00 to 16:00 including refreshments
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road OX2 6NN Booking is required
We are delighted that our account manager at TurnitinUK (Jamie Whitehead) will join us at next week’s meeting of the Oxford Turnitin User Group.
We will also hear from Amanda Tattersall (Exams and Assessment) and Adam Marshall (WebLearn and Turnitin service manager) about the latest processes at Oxford for anonymous online submissions using WebLearn.
Jamie will demonstrate the much-improved new version of Turnitin called Feedback Studio, as well as the use of Turnitin on a tablet for originality checking and GradeMark. The latter is now integrated into Feedback Studio, and includes features such as electronic commenting, audio feedback and marking memoranda (‘rubrics’), to enable student-oriented feedback in improving academic writing skills.
Please inform your colleagues about this meeting, which is bound to be informative and beneficial for academics, administrators and examiners.
What? The new version of Turnitin (called Feedback Studio) is simply a new ‘look’ that has been released by Turnitin. The only changes will be improvements to the interface and navigation when viewing the originality report and using GradeMark.
When? To be launched on Monday 16 January 2017.
What do I need to do about it? Advise staff members (and students who may have access to their originality reports) that the interface will change and point them to the video below for a full demonstration.
What? The international WebLearn (Sakai) community is building a new integration between Sakai and Turnitin (as we advised last year). There have been delays due to staff changes and other constraints in both the Turnitin company and the Canadian university that is leading the work.
When? Postponed indefinitely.
What do I need to do about it? Nothing at all. Administrators may go ahead and set assignments in WebLearn without any concern for the timing of the submission date.
Turnitin has released a major product upgrade that will soon be available at Oxford University. The new version of the service, called Turnitin Feedback Studio, offers all the functionalities of Turnitin, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface designed for the modern classroom. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier to promote academic integrity via Originality Check, and use GradeMark to provide feedback and evaluate student learning. The PeerMark product is not included in Feedback Studio, but can still be used via Turnitin Classic.
Date of upgrade
We will upgrade our version of Turnitin to Feedback Studio on Monday 16 January 2017. Once upgraded, you can expect to see the new interface when you open a student’s paper in Turnitin.
Toggle between the two versions
From 16 January and until August 2017, it will be possible within the document viewer to toggle between Feedback Studio and Turnitin Classic:
To switch from Feedback Studio to Turnitin Classic: the button is at the bottom of the screen:
To switch from Turnitin Classic to Feedback Studio: the button is at the bottom of the screen:
Jill Fresen (Turnitin support and training, IT Services) informed the group that the Turnitin suppliers have released a new (beta) version of Turnitin (called Turnitin Feedback Studio). The new version has a better interface, and improved functionality (especially for online marking using GradeMark).
Once Feedback Studio is enabled at the institutional level, individual users will be able to switch between Turnitin Classic and Feedback Studio. IT Services plans to enable Feedback Studio from Hilary Term Week 1 (16 January 2017). Communications will be circulated at that time. In the meantime, this video gives a preview of the improved interface:
Our guest speaker will be Philippa O’Connor, Deputy Director, Education Policy Support who will talk about the latest University rules and regulations for online submissions and the use of Turnitin. Adam Marshall will discuss the WebLearn-Turnitin integration and the forthcoming new version of Turnitin called Feedback Studio.
There will be time for questions and discussion. We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you there.
UPDATE: 12 January 2017 Turnitin has advised that work on the new integration has been postponed due to staff changes and other constraints in both Turnitin and the Canadian university that is leading the work. Oxford staff need take no action. The change to the underlying software is unlikely to take place in the foreseeable future.
In previous communications, we advised Oxford Turnitin users that the Turnitin company will be withdrawing their current Sakai (WebLearn) integration, which will require our central WebLearn team to implement an alternative integration. The initial planned withdrawal date was 31 December 2016.
However, Turnitin have changed their plans and decided to delay the withdrawal of the current integration. We have not yet had confirmation of a new withdrawal date, so can only assume that the current functionality will continue for the foreseeable future. We expect that the Turnitin providers will need to give plenty of notice to institutions before implementing the envisaged switchover.
We have just received this announcement from TurnItIn
As a reminder, next Saturday November 5, the following services will be unavailable from 1pm – 6pm GMTdue to necessary scheduled maintenance:
Turnitin (including mobile)
This maintenance will be performed on internal network hardware to increase capacity and ensure continued dependable service to our customers.
Where applicable, please be aware no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed above during this time. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.
Stay up to date with Turnitin system status by following @TurnitinStatus on Twitter. Follow @TurnitinStatus
NB the outage will not affect essays submitted through WebLearn, these will simply be queued and processed once the service returns.
Our previous blog post (dated 28 July 2016) described upcoming changes to the WebLearn-Turnitin integration, with an expected termination of the old system on 31 December 2016. The Turnitin providers informed us on 11 August that, due to the needs of various institutions, the old integration will NOT be withdrawn on 31 December 2016; they have not provided any alternative date at this stage.
We expect that the Turnitin providers will need to give plenty of notice for institutions to handle the future switchover. Oxford Turnitin users don’t need to do anything in particular in the meantime. We will inform you of all applicable dates as soon as they become known.
A member of the Saïd Business School will share their practice with us, and we will share ideas in an informal way.
Experience the new University-approved online tutorial for students about avoiding plagiarism.
Join the Turnitin User Group site in WebLearn – it offers a collection of resources and will add you to the group email list: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/plag/tiiug. Audio recordings of previous meetings are also available on this site.