What is Turnitin?

Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017
Unit: 
iLearn
Service: 
Turnitin

You may have noticed some changes to your Summer and Fall 2017 Turnitin Assignments.

A laptop displaying iLearn

Turnitin has released a new look and feel called Feedback Studio for Summer and Fall courses.  The new layout is clean and simple, while the functionality remains largely the same.

Once Turnitin is updated, you can expect to see a new interface when you open up a student’s paper in Turnitin. Your students will also experience the new interface when viewing Similarity Reports and receiving feedback.

To get acquainted with the new look and feel in advance, you can check out this interactive demo. 

For questions, email ilearn@sfsu.edu, call 415-405-5555, or visit LIB 220 weekdays from 10am – 4pm.  

How Turnitin works for academic integrity

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. 

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 Turnitin 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.