What is Turnitin?

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015

Turnitin can be a useful tool for building academic integrity awareness for students and facilitating grading for instructors. This platform is easy to implement into your iLearn course and is already used extensively in many courses at SF State.

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How it works for academic integrity

Once students upload an assignment, Turnitin compares the text to other student submissions and sources on the web, providing a customized originaility report for instructors to compare to the matches. Faculty find this tool useful for teaching students to understand best writing practices such as citing sources, paraphrasing and in some cases, plagiarism.

How it works for grading

Turnitin also has a feature called Grademark which allows for creating custom rubrics and marking guides. Grades can link directly into your iLearn gradebook, offering seamless feedback for your students. Additionally, instructors can drag and drop a wealth of Turnitin’s pre-loaded comments onto a student paper as well as customize their own comments that can saved and used in future semesters.