Turnitin the originality, online grading, and peer review service is now available to USU instructors and students via Instructure Canvas. Turnitin is used to prevent plagiarism and encourage students to use best practices in using and citing other people’s written material. This web‐based service manages the process of submitting and tracking papers electronically through Canvas, providing better and faster feedback to students. Take a look at the following features of Turnitin that makes it such a valuable tool in setting up, managing, and teaching your classes.
An assignment submission on Turnitin generates an Originality Report. The Originality Report is the result of comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets in Turnitin’s resources – directories, repositories, journals, etc. Any matching or highly similar text is detailed in the Originality Report.
When an Originality Report is available for viewing, an icon will appear in the report column of the assignment inbox. The color of the report icon indicates the Similarity Index of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered.
GradeMark is Turnitin’s digital system that allows instructors to grade and edit student papers online. With GradeMark, instructors can:
- Drag and drop standard or custom marks to use in assessing and grading papers.
- Analyze and identify areas of concern or track improvement with comprehensive statistics and graphs.
- Use inline, QuickMark, or general overall comments to provide student feedback.
- Evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics.
- Enter a grade for the paper to be automatically saved into GradeBook.
- Review identified grammar and mechanics errors to provide additional guidance for the student.
Turnitin has partnered with Educational Testing Service to develop the e-rater grammar feedback technology. Integrated with GradeMark, e-rater automatically checks student submissions for grammar, usage, mechanics, style and spelling errors; providing in depth feedback with on-paper marks.
E-rater feedback appears on the paper as purple comments. Instructors can view and review the marks to provide detailed guidance to improve student writing.
PeerMark is the peer review assignment tool that lets instructors create and manage PeerMark assignments. Students are assigned to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. Instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, who should be excluded from reviews, or what specific papers should be reviewed.
Enabling Turnitin for Your Assignments
Select the Advanced Settings link to open Turnitin advanced settings. Make your selections and click Update Settings. A small notice sill appear on your assignment indicating Turnitin has been enabled.
Grading Submissions in SpeedGrader
Turnitin provides an originality report letting the instructor know how much of the assignment is original. The student in this example matched 100% from Wikipedia for the assignment. Click on the other tabs to see and review the GradeMark and PeerMark results.
For more information on Turnitin integration into Canvas, see Canvas Guides at http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152.