What best practices should I consider for using Turnitin in my classroom?

Using the Turnitin plagiarism detection software most effectively requires some preparation and planning. Turnitin is least successful when used covertly for monitoring students' work. Follow these guidelines:

  • Before the semester begins: Reacquaint 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.

    For more about standards of academic integrity at IU, including disciplinary procedures for academic misconduct, see the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

    Instructors at IUB may submit academic misconduct reports online.

  • Submitting work: Decide whether students will submit their own work automatically through Canvas, or whether you will submit student work. See Using Turnitin in Canvas for details of automatic submission.

    If you are an instructor, and you wish to submit student papers to Turnitin yourself (i.e., students have not submitted their papers with the Turnitin option enabled in Assignments), it's best to submit the papers directly through Turnitin.com, not through Canvas. See At IU, how can I submit papers directly to Turnitin?

  • Learn how to use Turnitin: Contact your campus teaching and learning center for assistance.
  • 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.
  • Interpreting reports: Decide whether students will be able to view originality reports. Contact your campus teaching and learning center if you or your students need help in interpreting these reports.
  • Incorporate it into your syllabus: If Turnitin is included in your point structure or assignment parameters, 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).
  • Introduce Turnitin to students: Create trust early by discussing Turnitin with your students. Explain your rationale for using it, and set their expectations for its use in class.
  • Obtain orientation training for your students: Contact your campus teaching and learning center for availability.
  • Locate student directions for Turnitin access and registration: If you plan to have your students use Turnitin separately from Canvas, then students will need directions on how to register with Turnitin and submit assignments. See At IU, how can I submit papers directly to Turnitin? (If you are using Turnitin through the Assignments tool in Canvas, students will not need to register or submit assignments separately.)
  • Practice assignment: Conduct a practice assignment in conjunction with introducing Turnitin.com. Doing so allows students to practice without being concerned about this assignment having a significant impact on their grades. For the practice assignment, ask students to produce and submit something original, rather than having all students submit writing based on a common text. Asking students to work with the same source material may result in similarities between their reports, which means you will have to spend time analyzing these reports.
  • In-class discussion: Lead students in a brief in-class discussion about Turnitin's results, so that they have a chance to ask questions and understand what the report indicates. Contact your campus teaching and learning center if you have questions about originality reports.

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