What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a software tool that has functions for online student assignment submission, text matching, online marking and peer marking.

Why would I use Turnitin?

You can set up online assignment submission (any file type) for students and then either mark the assignments online or download them.

The text matching function (PDF, Word and PowerPoint files only) reports on any text that matches sources found in the Turnitin database, including web content, previously submitted assignments, and subscription-based journals and publications. The text matching report can be used as a tool to teach students how to properly acknowledge sources as well as highlighting possible plagiarism issues. Please refer to the UQ's Student Integrity and Misconduct Policy. 

The online marking function allows you to annotate student assignments (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and image files only), give feedback using a rubric (all file types) and return marked assignments to students electronically. You can also use this tool to give feedback on assignments that do not require a file submission, such as oral presentations. The students' marks are also automatically transferred to the Grade Centre in Blackboard.

The peer assessment tool allows students to review other students work to gain an understanding of other students' perspectives and to improve their critical evaluation skills.

Other Considerations

Assignment tool (Bb): You should consider using this tool for group assignments or if you need students to submit links (i.e. Kaltura videos, websites, Prezzi presentations, VoiceThreads).

Teaching and Learning

Turnitin. (2014) What is Plagiarism?  Retrieved from http://www.plagiarism.org/

Case Studies

Dr Marissa Edwards - Online marking

Marissa shares her views on the benefits of online marking with Turnitin.

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Brian McNamara - Online marking

Brian reports how online marking using Turnitin's GradeMark tool, not only improves his marking speed, but allows him to give richer feedback which improves engagement. The improvement in student engagement results from use of personal voice comments, and comment banks.

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Dr Andrew Allsebrook - Online marking with large classes

Andrew reports on the benefits of marking 1500 lab reports online. The benefits include students having easy access to the marking criteria, tutors could start marking as soon as reports were submitted and the marks transferred automatically back to the Grade Centre.

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Dr Pauline Ford - iPad marking app

Pauline manages assignment submissions using Turnitin and uses the iPad app for marking. The benefits included the ability to mark offline, provide detailed feedback and access to the rubric which all linked back to the Grade Centre.

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Dr Judith Seaboyer - Comment banks

Judith uses two comment banks one for general punctuation and the other for longer feedback. She has found that this has been a time saving tool that also allows her to give students more detailed feedback.

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Dr Glyn Thomas - Voice comments

Glyn used the voice comment tool in Turnitin GradeMark to give students a summary feedback comment on their work. He reports students found the comments more personal and made them feel like he was actually talking to them.

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Student Guide

Turnitin assignments

Digital Essentials Module

Assignment submission

Workshop Resources

Workshop: Turnitin

Workshop guide: Turnitin