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providers informed us on 11 August that, due to the needs of various institutions, the old integration will NOT be withdrawn on 31 December 2016; they have not provided any alternative date at this stage.
Nevertheless, the WebLearn team plans to move to the new Turnitin integration as soon as possible after the WebLearn11 upgrade. We will require approximately three months to implement and test the new integration before the old one is withdrawn. We will inform you of all applicable dates as soon as they become known.
What to be aware of: When creating new assignments in WebLearn that will use Turnitin integration, we recommend that you set open and close dates of ‘short’ duration (e.g. termly) rather than ‘long’ duration (whole academic year). This is because we need to minimize the number of open, live assignments that may exist over the switchover period.
Thank you for working with us to ensure the best transition period.
Contact us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The WebLearn team is working on a new integration between WebLearn and Turnitin, which will take place ‘behind the scenes’ early in Michaelmas term. This will bring benefits and improvements which we will communicate closer to the start of term.
Important info: the Turnitin company have said they will be withdrawing their old integration with WebLearn (Sakai) on 31 December 2016. Any WebLearn assignments that are open after that point will no longer be able to accept student submissions.
What to be aware of: Please do not create any new assignments that will be open beyond 31 December 2016. If this is not possible then please get in touch.
Contact us with any questions: email@example.com
Join us to find out about the various avenues available for using the plagiarism awareness software, Turnitin.
Date: Tuesday 15 March 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 including tea and biscuits
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road
- 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.
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Turnitin now has a new URL turnitinuk.com. The old URL will no longer work; however, all existing assignments are available via the new URL. This change took place on 1st January 2016.
WebLearn has been updated to use this new URL so if you access Turnitin via WebLearn’s Assignments tool then you do not need to do anything so this notice is really only for people who access Turnitin directly.
Dear Turnitin users at Oxford
We received the message below from the Turnitin suppliers. Note that no action is required at the moment – this is simply advance warning that those of you who access TurnitinUK through their website will need to use a different route after they implement the domain change. Those of you who use Turnitin via WebLearn will need to take no action.
From the Turnitin suppliers (received 6 Jan 2015):
As you are a TurnitinUK user we are writing to advise you that Jisc, the registrar for the domain submit.ac.uk, have requested that we move the service to a new domain no later than mid-May 2015. [Deadline since extended to 31 Dec 2015.]
It is important to note that we will not be switching across to a new domain just yet. If your account users access TurnitinUK direct through our website please continue to log into the TurnitinUK service as normal via www.submit.ac.uk
You should see minimal disruption to the service, and there is nothing you need to do just yet. More information regarding the switchover will be supplied in the coming weeks.
News from the Turnitin suppliers:
‘Guides.turnitin’ is almost here!
Turnitin will soon launch a new platform to store all product resources conveniently in one place.
This new platform, Guides.turnitin, will provide users with:
- Easily accessible, specialised product manuals that are tailored specifically for administrators, instructors and students
- Comprehensive integrations manuals
- The ability to rate content in terms of suitability and helpfulness, ultimately making ‘Guides.turnitin’ more effective
What administrators and instructors may find most exciting is that this platform will allow you to create bespoke product information packs, ensuring you have only the documentation that is relevant to your specific institution, and how they personally use Turnitin.
Guides.turnitin has been created for the user and influenced by the user, providing comprehensive support documents which are stored securely and updated in real time. More information about ‘Guides.turnitin’, as well as a link to the new system, will follow in the coming weeks!
In the meantime if you have any questions regarding the system please email
[This blog post is directed to members of Oxford University]
We are working towards clarifying plagiarism policies and the use of Turnitin at the university. One of the most helpful things is to talk to others from other faculties and schools, and compare notes. The Turnitin User Group is a perfect place to do so – both in the online WebLearn site, and the face-to-face meetings that are held once per term: see https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEP
Link to Turnitin User Group site:
There is a new forum for us to post important questions that we need to take further – see image below. In the Forums tool on the site, click on the topic of your choice and then ‘Start a New Conversation’ in order to make your voice heard.
Please post your questions in the Forums tool in the User Group site listed above. We can then take up a consolidated list of questions with decision makers in the university. Thanks in anticipation for your input and ideas.
The Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, 11 October 2014, from 15:00 to 19:00 BST.
An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will affect Turnitin and TurnitinUK users.
Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.
Thank you for working with us as we improve Turnitin.
The Turnitin Team
The Turnitin Academy provides a link to various highlights of the 6th Integrity and Plagiarism Conference held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 16-18 June 2014. The highlights include extensive blog posts and a summary of social media activity.
The same newsletter also include details of the Educator Spotlight, and links to a collection of recorded webcasts on a variety of topics to do with plagiarism and academic writing.
Starting July 1, 2014, Turnitin will no longer support Internet Explorer (IE8) browsers and we will no longer test or fix features and bugs found in Internet Explorer 8. This does not mean that Turnitin will immediately stop working in IE8, however we will be employing more modern browser capabilities such as HTML 5 that do not work with IE8.
We recommend that Internet Explorer 8 users upgrade or move to a current version of one of these free, supported industry standard browsers:
– Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome
– Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
– Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/
– Internet Explorer 9: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-9-details.aspx
This was originally announced in December 2013 and notifications for users accessing Turnitin in IE8 have been notified upon logging in.
At Turnitin, we are continually improving the experience of providing rich feedback on student work. With this change Turnitin will be able to move forward towards full compatibility with the touchscreen capabilities of browsers for document interaction (leaving marks and comments).
The Turnitin Product Team
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