What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a software tool that has functions for online student assignment submission, text matching, online marking and peer marking. Turnitin GradeScope is an additional tool for the submission and marking of handwritten assessments. GradeScope can also be used for the submission of computer code assignments that can also be manually or automatically marked.

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.

Note: If creating a Turnitin Assignment for one student, (i.e for the purpose of a resubmission due to an academic integrity issue), use adaptive release so other students are not notified.

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

Note: We do not recommend entering grades directly via Grade Centre to avoid data being overridden when grades are synchronised manually or sporadically by Turnitin. As an alternative, we recommend creating an additional manual column in Grade Centre to enter marks.

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.

The GradeScope tool allows the submission and marking of handwritten assessment. It can be set up for either student submission of scanned documents or teaching staff upload for scanned documents. GradeScope can also be used for the submission of computer code assignments that can also be manually or automatically marked.


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