Turnitin is a web-based service, which checks assignments for unoriginal content. The results can be used to help students learn how to avoid plagiarism as it provides better and faster feedback to improve their writing or to identify similarities to existing sources. Turnitin encourages best practice in using and citing other people's written material.
Important information for staff:
For assessment submission to be complete, alongside the hard copy handed in to the Admin office, it is required for students to upload the digital copy into Turnitin via the module's Moodle page.
Maximum file size acceptable is 40MB.
For modules with written assignments, staff will have to add the Turnitin assignment (Add an activity or resource > Turnitin Assignment 2) so that students can upload their work. If you create this well in advance of the deadline then it will allow students to take full advantage of the features.
Students will have to upload before the assignment deadline. If for any reason Moodle or Turnitin are unavailable on the day an assignment is due in, they must upload it into Turnitin as soon as possible thereafter. Details of system downtimes can be found on the System Status Traffic Lights on Moodle, the Staff Intranet and on the Help Pages (help.chi.ac.uk).
Staff will see a list of uploaded assignments, along with a % score showing the amount of unoriginal content. Please note that this is not necessarily highlighting plagiarism, but text which can be found elsewhere. These could be quotes, template text or text which has been correctly referenced.
As a default, submissions will be anonymous. You can reveal the student name by clicking on the Anonymous Marking button and typing in your reason for viewing the students name.
Students can submit and resubmit multiple times before the deadline to improve their writing. The lecturer will only see the most recent submission.
Very importantly, students must still hand in a printed version of their assignment as normal. Failure to do so may result in failing the module.
When submitting to Turnitin, students will get an individual Submission Paper ID number, which they will have to write on their MAC sheet so that staff can match the hard copy to the online version.
Turnitin currently accepts the following file types (under 40MB)
|Portable Format Document|