Turnitin is an online tool that is integrated with Blackboard. It allows for
- students to submit assignments electronically
- checks assignments for plagiarism and
- marking to be done electronically through Grademark (i.e no need to print assignments)
- It also has a feature called Peermark that allows students to peer review their work.
Some basic points to know about Turnitin?
If the originality check is switched on then Turnitin compares the submission’s text to a vast database of digital content, based on this search it then gives the assignment a percentage of how much content is deemed to be unoriginal. It is important to note that this percentage is only a guide as many assignments would have valid quotes and referencing which can potentially count towards the plagiarism percentage.
Where can I learn more about Turnitin?
Turnitin have created an Instructor Manual and they also have their own help website and gives a number of helpful training videos including the following which explains the basics of grading through Turnitin.