Turnitin is software, which allows students to submit their work electronically and tutors to mark work on-screen. It has the ability to match text in the assignment to text online and in its extensive essay bank.
At the University of Sheffield, Turnitin is used within a MOLE course. These pages show you how to use Turnitin and provide supporting information on various aspects of electronic management of assessment (EMA).
Why use Turnitin?
Turnitin is often discussed in terms of its ability to assist with the detection of plagiarism, but this treats it as a very simplistic tool. The discussion that we, as educators, need to have is about the opportunities that are presented for improving the quality of academic writing and enhancing learning through feedback and interactions with students.
Benefits for Students
- Text-matching report helps students to check that they have referenced their work properly
- Submit from any location with an Internet connection
- Submit at any time (not restricted to University office hours)
- Formative feedback can help students to develop their work
- Plan time and chunk work
- Allows feedback comments to be typed, which students have said makes it much clearer
- Allows for audio feedback, which can help to personalise work and lessen isolation -particularly useful for distance learning students
- Facilitates peer review
- Using rubrics provides a clear, consistent and reliable approach to assessing work
Benefits for Staff
- Easier to organise incoming assignments – see at a glance who has submitted
- Text-matching allows for assessment of whether plagiarism has taken place
- Marking assignments at an earlier stage or in sections moves the workload away from the end of the assignment and helps to identify students who are struggling
- Developing and including rubrics clarifies expected outcomes and provides a framework for fair marking
- Saves on postage
- Saves paper
See the Turnitin User Guides for full details on using the system.
For more details, contact TEL@sheffield.ac.uk.