University of Huddersfield Turnitin
Turnitin is a web-based service that can be accessed through UniLearn it manages the process of student work submission, marking and feedback, Turnitin can also find and highlight matching or unoriginal text in a written assignment by searching through its index in a large database of electronically published works such as websites and journals it also checks against work submitted currently and previously to Turnitin by other students, both within our university and other institutions. The originality report can assist lecturers in identifying work which might have been plagiarised a Turnitin assignment must be set up by a lecturer through UniLearn to provide a space for students to submit their work.
It is University policy that, where possible all written work should be submitted to and marked through Turnitin not only would this enable electronic submission but could also help to ensure originality of students’ work.
Benefits of using Turnitin
Some of the benefits to staff are:
- No paper copies to be collected and organised.
- Marking can be started as soon as the deadline passes instead of waiting to receive paper assignments.
- Second marking and internal moderation processes can take place concurrently with marking.
- No need for posting assignments to external examiners – they can access papers on Unilearn.
- Easy identification of text within submitted written work that matches other sources, this could help identify instances of plagiarism and may also help tutors identify students who need additional help with their academic writing and referencing.
- Discourages plagiarism as students are aware that their work will be checked for originality.
- Provides the facility to do electronic marking through GradeMark and online peer evaluation through PeerMark.
- Saves time while marking students’ work allowing audio and written feedback.
- The ‘comments bank’ (QuickMark sets) of commonly used comments [for example: Awk – ‘Awkward: The expression or construction is cumbersome or difficult to read. Consider rewriting’; BadRef – ‘Bad referencing’] can also be customised and shared amongst markers to save time whilst marking.
- It also provides the flexibility of giving customised comments and feedback [for example: Too many conclude(s) near each other. I’m being so picky because you are so proficient in your writing].
- Optional rubrics feature provides greater consistency and transparency because all markers are working with the same criteria, students can see how their grade was arrived at which may lead to fewer queries.
- Once students have submitted electronically their work is stored with the University and hence it is not required to maintain a separate copy of student work in the module boxes in Wisdom.
- There is no issue if a student project is eventually published as a journal article, the version of Turnitin that publishers use is a separate system that does not check against the student database.
- An anonymous marking facility is available but staff should seek advice from their School’s Learning Technology Advisor to understand the implications of using this.