The Turnitin assignment allows teachers to check student submissions against an originality report, identify areas of text matching, and provide feedback electronically including rubrics and numerical grades which can be displayed to students as letters in the Gradebook. The Turnitin assignment is only visible to the student or teacher, however there is a 'peer review' option which can be used in the feedback process.
- Students can submit a draft version of their assignment and generate an originality report. The report will highlight text matches and indicate areas where students need to work on their writing or referencing skills.
- Turnitin quickly identifies the source of matching text and can assist teaching staff in the decision-making process and assessment standards for all students.
Strategies to improve academic integrity include
- Design curriculum to prevent plagiarism.
- Model good practice (for example, acknowledge sources fully and accurately in unit resources).
- Clarify what's required of students in assessments.
- Clarify expectations and define acceptable academic writing.
- Design assessment activities that require independent input.
- Use Turnitin assignment in LEO for checking for plagiarism in written assessments.
The University values academic integrity and has adopted an educational approach to the issue of academic honesty in order to foster ethical scholarship and enhance student understanding of academic integrity. One aspect of the educational process is the adoption of Turnitin, an electronic text matching system.
The key benefits of Turnitin for students:
- encourages students to review their assignment before the due date
- encourages students to evaluate their assignment for referencing and citation errors
- promotes critical thinking and original writing.
Creating an online assessment activity may also include providing students with feedback via comments, attaching rubrics, or peer review, or managing extensions, late submissions and group activities.
For more information about 'student perceptions of the value of Turnitin' refer (University of Wolverhampton, 2015) and 'Student and staff understandings of text matching software', refer to (Ascilite, 2014).
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