Turnitin Feedback Studio – formative feedback

In WebLearn

In your WebLearn site, create an assignment using the Assignments tool, and select the Turnitin integration (See our step-by-step guide). When students submit their assignment in WebLearn, Turnitin will generate an Originality Report which is returned into the WebLearn tool, for viewing by the student and the tutor.

In Turnitin

The new version of Turnitin (called Feedback Studio) now offers seamless integration of originality checking, and electronic grading and commenting on a piece of student work (what was previously called ‘Grademark’).  As a tutor, you can build your own library of frequently-used ‘quickmarks’ (for easy click and drag onto the document). Bubble comments can be inserted (and saved into your quickmark library, if desired). You can also record an overall voice comment to provide personalised feedback to a student.

In WebLearn

Back in the WebLearn Assignments tool, you can allocate a mark (if you set up the assignment that way) and an overall comment in the text feedback box. You will see the list of all assignments submitted, and their status, as well as the link to each individual Turnitin report:

The students will be able to access their Turnitin report as soon as it has been generated (if you allowed this feature when creating the assignment). This is clearly advisable in the formative sense, in order to enhance student learning about acceptable academic writing practice. Note that students will not see the Turnitin feedback comments until after the closing date of the WebLearn assignment. This allows you to finish commenting on (or marking) all the assignments before releasing the feedback (and marks) to the students. Thereafter, when students access their report via WebLearn, they will see both the originality layer and the comments layer (similar to the tutor view at the top of this posting).

More information

Contact mailto:turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk


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Turnitin User Group meeting: 23 March 2017

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.

Any questions: Contact turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk

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The government plan to crack down on essay writing services

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian about the government’s response to a QAA-authored report about plagiarism. See: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/feb/21/plan-to-crack-down-on-websites-selling-essays-to-students-announced

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Turnitin upgrades: clarification

This post provides additional information to our previous post: New version of Turnitin: Feedback Studio

New version of Turnitin called Feedback Studio

  • 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.
  • Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIKjBzJIe2g

Integration between WebLearn and Turnitin

  • 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.
  • Blog post: No new date yet for Turnitin switchover
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New version of Turnitin: Feedback Studio

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:

switch to TII classic
To switch from Turnitin Classic to Feedback Studio: the button is at the bottom of the screen:

switch to FS

Useful links:

Contact us: turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk

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Oxford Turnitin User Group MT2016

The Oxford Turnitin User Group meeting took place on 8 December 2016. Philippa O’Connor (Deputy Director, Education Policy Support) informed the group about the University’s new plagiarism strategy. She also talked through the resulting changes to procedures for dealing with poor academic practice and interpreting Turnitin reports: Policy and Guidance for examiners and others involved in University examinations. The new procedures came into effect on 1 October 2016.

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:

Video: Key differences between Turnitin Classic and Feedback Studio.

If you  have any questions, please contact turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk


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Oxford Turnitin User Group: 8 Dec 2016, 14:00

Please join us at the next meeting of the Turnitin User Group:

Date: Thursday 8 December 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, followed by refreshments
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Book now to secure your place.


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.

Visit the staff support site on Plagiarism awareness: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/plag
Join the Turnitin User Group site in WebLearn to access previous talks and receive email notifications: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/plag/tiiug

Any questions? Email us at turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk

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No new date yet for Turnitin switchover

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 apologise for any confusion. If you have any questions, please contact turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk

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Planned maintenance, Turnitin, TurnitinUK, iThenticate, WriteCheck and Integrations -Saturday November 5

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)
  • TurnitinUK
  • iThenticate
  • WriteCheck
  • Integrations

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.

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Delayed: New WebLearn-Turnitin integration

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.

Contact us with any questions: turnitin@it.ox.ac.uk

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