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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin provides a suite of assignment feedback tools that are used by academics when providing feedback to students on predominantly text based assignments. It also incorporates a text-matching system primarily used as a formative, developmental tool to support academic writing and referencing skills. It can also be used to support academic judgement in possible cases of plagiarism.

The text-matching system works by generating a Similarity Report which is the result of comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment; this may include billions of pages of active and archived internet information, a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of tens of thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications. Any matching or highly similar text discovered is detailed in the Similarity Report that is available in the assignment inbox. The similarity score is a percentage of a paper's content that matches to Turnitin's databases; it is not an assessment of whether the paper includes plagiarised material.

A Similarity Report is generated for all online submissions in Brightspace where Turnitin is enabled, these reports are available to academics only.  Students are able to view Similarity Reports for draft assignments by uploading their files to the 'Draft Checker' which is available to them on the Brightspace Homepage.

Further information on the Similarity Report is available from the Brightspace Staff Resources site under 'Assessment'. If you have any queries regarding the interpretation of Similarity Reports then contact your library Subject Support Teams.

Why use Turnitin?

I found using audio-feedback much quicker than typing up notes and the students love it as it feels more personal. The only catch is that you need to find a room without too much background noise, be it from dogs, kids or colleagues!

Einar Thornsen, Principal Academic, Journalism & Communication

Turnitin has been implemented to enhance the delivery of feedback providing efficiencies for staff enabling the overall enhancement of the learning experience for students. 

  • Turnitin is integrated with the Assignment tool in Brightspace.
  • It enables academics to maximise the time spent on the most valuable interactions, and less time on the administrative aspects of assessment
  • It can be used to support formative and summative assessment and offers a variety of ways to improve the accessibility, timeliness and pertinence of feedback.

It has associated components:

  • Turnitin Feedback Studio - enables you to provide feedback on assignments through features including inline comments, QuickMarks, Rubrics, Grading Forms, audio feedback and overall comments.
  • Turnitin Similarity Reporting - Providing a text matching report against a range of sources.
  • Turnitin iPad app - enables the features of the Feedback Studio from an iPad tablet.

How to use it

To find out how to use Turnitin go to the Brightspace Staff Resources and look under Assessment..

Find out about the further functionality within Turnitin

Turnitin iPad app

The Turnitin iPad app allows assignments and originality reports to be viewed along with the ability to add feedback and grades.

Turnitin Feedback Studio

The Feedback Studio can be used to provide feedback to students on their work, in rubric, form-based, text and/or audio form.

Turnitin PeerMark

Create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review and evaluate one or many papers submitted by peers.