Turnitin is a comprehensive tool used to check the originality of students' submissions, grading and feedback. It allows teachers to build databanks of frequently provided feedback, audio feedback, and much more in Turnitin Feedback Studio. Turnitin is integrated with the VLE and available through the Sulis Assignments tool. The instructor clicks ‘Use Turnitin’ at assignment setup and all student submissions are sent to Turnitin for originality checking and/or grading and feedback.
Academic Integrity and Turnitin session slides.
Recommendations for Faculty using Turnitin
If you wish, you can use Turnitin on its own (instead of the Sulis integration). This is only recommended if you want to submit a document manually (i.e. it is not recommended for students to submit into Turnitin.com as it is much easier for them to submit through Sulis).
First, log a call with ITD to create your account or retrieve your password from https://www.turnitin.com/ if you have an account already (this may be the case if you used Turnitin before through the integration with Sulis, as your account would be created automatically).
When you can access it, you will need to follow the following steps:
In this introductory video, we walk you through these steps. For more information, visit the complete instructor guide
Turnitin Support (handbooks, interactive tutorials and videos)
Turnitin Resources (webinars, research and case studies)
Technical note: There are typically a number of spurious errors that arise when originality reports are submitted with incorrect criteria and they show up as errors because a report is not generated. These include:
1. incorrect file type. We are recommending that submission type be Word or PDF.
2. Special characters in the title. The submission title must not contain special characters.
3. Submissions do not contain 20 words or more. This will occur typically if submissions are photographed or scanned and then submitted.
4. Password protected files are not accepted.
5. Guest accounts are not correctly setup, for example may have a blank name field or other essential fields.
Note on Data Protection: occasionally, you may receive a notification from Turnitin requesting you to provide access to one of your student assignments, which has been matched totally or partially to a student submission in an institution elsewhere. This request is made by the instructor who is responsible for the student submission in the external institution. As a UL student submission legally constitutes personal data, UL standard practice is NOT to provide access to your student submissions following one of these external requests.