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
Follow us on Twitter: @TurnitinProduct
Recently Turnitin released ‘Teaching Tools’ which allow you to view and adapt public rubrics (assessment criteria) in different subjects to suit the disciplines that you teach. The teaching tools section also has a collection of lesson plans developed by instructors (teachers). The publicly available rubrics and lesson plans can save time and provide ideas for other instructors. An instructor can also share their own rubrics and lesson plans via the Teaching Tools page.
With the Teaching Tools, one can grade many more types of student work using GradeMark, e.g. speeches, live demos and performances, projects, lectures, and presentations.
More information is available at: http://pages.turnitin.com/academy_0414.html
In March 2014 Turnitin released a number of new features:
- Class Tagging : allows Turnitin to compile useful data about classes that will be used for Turnitin analytics in the future
- Import Rubrics from Excel into GradeMark
- View Roadmap and Release Notes: enables you to see the notes for past, current and future releases. You can also access the Turnitin UserVoice forum to provide feedback and vote on suggestions made by other users.
This information is taken from Turnitin news where you can find further details.
Interpreting the originality reports that are generated from Turnitin is an art, and requires some insight into the subject matter, the nature of the assessment task that was set, and the usual writing style and language skills of the student.
There are two key issues:
- There is no ‘magic number’, i.e. although the similarity score is colour coded red-amber-blue-green, there is no magic threshold below which we can assume that all is in order, or above which we can suspect that plagiarism may have occurred. For various reasons, it is possible for an essay to yield a fairly high score and be simply in need of remediation, or conversely to yield a low score with text matches artificially ‘engineered out’.
- No matter what the Turnitin score shows, the software is simply a text matching tool, and not a ‘plagiarism detection’ device. Expert human intervention and judgement is need to investigate and interpret the similarity score.
IT Services offers the following interventions to support academics and administrators in managing the use of Turnitin and interpreting the originality reports:
Please make use of the available channels for discussion and support.
Note: the information is provided by Turnitin: http://pages.turnitin.com/academy_0214.html
Turnitin released a report that examines Turnitin’s efficacy in higher education institutions in helping to reduce plagiarism in student writing, facilitate paperless submission of documents and allow instructors to provide feedback to students digitally. The study shows that schools using Turnitin reduced unoriginal writing by 39 percent and that the number of papers graded digitally increased 100-fold over the five-year study.
Download the full report.