The University subscribes to Turnitin, an online service which enables the text-matching of submitted texts against an extensive library of internet pages, journals, periodicals etc. and student essays previously submitted. It is a tool for use in preventing plagiarism. Turnitin produces an originality report which indicates the percentage of text matched, i.e. the percentage that is thought to have been copied as well as the suspected sources. Turnitin is integrated into Moodle: Turnitin assignments can be set up in any module. Staff can require that coursework is submitted via Turnitin, or can upload students' work for checking on an ad hoc basis. Students can use Turnitin at any time to check therir own work.
Originality Reports are not an absolute indication of plagiarism as they must be interpreted in context. Turnitin can help academics identify plagiarism in students’ assignments and locate the sources of the plagiarised material. The analysis of a student’s work produced by Turnitin is not used by the University as proof that material is plagiarised but to indicate that there is a suspicion of plagiarism. Plagiarism is then identified through academic judgement, within a discipline specific context.
Turnitin offers related services such as PeerMark peer review facility and a GradeMark tool to enable markup and commenting on submitted documents.
There is no obligation for Schools to use Turnitin and practice is varied across the University. However, Schools that use the software have a policy on its use which is made clear to students. Students’ work is retained solely for the purpose of comparison with other work submitted.
more about Turnitin from the "Talking of Teaching" blog
more about Turnitin from the "Learning technology" blog
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