Doug Leigh of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology presented at the 2013 Technology and Learning Conference on the topic of “Making Sense of TurnItIn Originality Reports”.
Turnitin is an online assignment submission tool that aims at “improving the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing rich feedback to students.”
How It Works: Students submit their written assignments via the Turnitin application, which is a plug-in to Pepperdine University’s Sakai Courses. Once the student submits their assignment, the Turnitin application compares the work against a large database of preexisting written works. Turnitin’s OriginalityCheck then gives the professor a report that indicates where the student used improper citation. The report also points to areas in the student’s work where they may have plagiarized. The Turnitin OriginalityCheck provides a similarity index for quick determination of possible plagiarism.
The Turnitin application also shows how much of the student’s work matches content from the databases. This allows the professor to understand how much and what parts of the paper are unoriginal. According to Turnitin’s website, the database contains over 24 billion web pages, over 250 million student papers and millions of articles to which original work is compared.
More to Come
We look forward to sharing more from the conference in the coming weeks and look forward to future conferences. In 2011 at the last conference we were privileged to have one of our own professors (our own Greg McNeal) give a compelling presentation on Turning Technologies ResponseCards (Classroom Clickers). We encourage all the faculty to consider attending and presenting at future conferences; let us know how we can support you if you are interested.