Honest assessments: how to use Turnitin

by | 11 Sep, 2018 | 0 comments

Turnitin is online text match software that compares submitted written work with existing written work from the web, library databases, publications and previously submitted assessments. Turnitin has the additional function to provide feedback and marks on submissions.

The two key functions of Turnitin are the ability to generate similarity reports and to allow users to provide feedback and marks on assessments.

Here is a quick recap of our presentation from the 2018 LX.lab Technology Showcase.

Turnitin Suite

There are three assignment types when creating a new Turnitin assignment

  • Paper Assignment
  • PeerMark Assignment
  • Revision Assignment

Paper Assignment is generally the chosen assignment type. When creating a new assignment an assignment title and the dates will be required (Start date, Due date, Post Date).

Point value is optional but allows grades to be set by rubrics and once graded sent to the Grade Centre. The similarity report and rubric can be enabled in the optional settings.

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Feedback Studio

Instructors can use the Feedback Studio feature of Turnitin to grade student’s written work. For student assignments, instructors can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics. Here is a short guide to accessing student submission for marking. Below is an example of the Feedback studio.

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Useful tips

  • Always create a new Turnitin Assignment and avoid using previous instances as this can cause issues on UTSOnline
  • Remember that once an item has been submitted, it will be stored in the Turnitin database and can only be removed by contacting Turnitin directly
  • Files should be uploaded as either a Word Document or a PDF

Resources

  • A guide to Turnitin which addresses frequently asked questions can be found on UTSOnline Help 
  • Direct link to the Turnitin website which can provide further information on the software
  • The slides used for the 2018 Tech Showcase Turnitin presentation

This post is adapted from a presentation for the LX.lab Technology Showcase, part of the 2018 Casual Academics Conference. Check out more resources from the Technology Showcase here.

Feature image by Andrew Neel.

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