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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.