An investigation into the use of Turnitin in UK HE institutions, focusing upon student access to the service has just been released. Martin King, Senior Learning & Technology Officer, Royal Holloway College, University of London, conducted a study on Turnitin practices in UK HE institutions (2010).
This study, entitled ‘Student access to Originality Reports‘, considered the following questions:
- are students permitted to interact with Turnitin?
- is access to the Originality Reports denied or allowed?
- what sort of access is supported?
- what are the reasons behind these decisions?
- what are the outcomes?
It was found that allowing students to view their Originality Reports is educational, formative, and can form the basis for discussing and learning about acceptable academic writing practices.