ARCHIVED: As an instructor, how do I use Turnitin in a course?
Using Turnitin.com most effectively requires some preparation and planning. Turnitin is least successful when used surreptitiously for monitoring students' work. Follow these guidelines:
Before the semester begins: Re-acquaint yourself
with the sections of the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities,
and Conduct on student
academic misconduct and plagiarism.
Familiarize yourself with your department's plagiarism
policy: Determine beforehand what you will do if you suspect
a student of plagiarism. Know how your department handles plagiarism
and what directions or guidelines you may need to follow.
Learn how to use Turnitin: A Turnitin workshop or
individual consultation at the Teaching & Learning Technologies
Centers (TLTC) takes about 60 minutes; contact TLTC at 812-855-7829
Test the tool: Test materials from your
discipline; see how Turnitin handles sample work from classes, a
paragraph of yours, or text from a common web resource.
Incorporate it into your syllabus: If Turnitin is
included in your point structure or assignment parameters, using it
will become part of the routine of submitting written work. Determine
policies about late submissions, and include these in the syllabus as
well (e.g., a paper handed in during class but not uploaded to
Turnitin may be considered late).
Obtain orientation training for your students: At
Indiana University Bloomington, TLTC staff can conduct a 15-minute
student orientation in your classroom or in a computer lab, if
available. To make arrangements, contact TLTC staff at 812-855-7829 or
Download student directions for Turnitin access and
registration: Students will need directions on how to
register with Turnitin and submit assignments. TLTC provides
copyright-free instructions that you can link to from a course web
site or make into a handout for print distribution.
- Submitting work: Decide whether you will submit student work or whether students will submit their own.
Last modified on July 13, 2012.