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).



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

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