Turnitin (Tii): Anti-Plagiarism Platform hosts features for student development

Turnitin (Tii) is an anti-plagiarism software platform that compares text to archived papers, situated within a massive database and the World Wide Web (WWW).

The University of the Western Cape implemented the effective use of the platform since 2008. The CIECT team promotes the platform as a developmental tool (rather than punitive).

Staff and students have been trained and supported in order to make use of the ‘OriginalityCheck’ tool. Hence, users (staff and students) have engaged in the platform to:
– Generate originality reports,
– Review reports;
– Set-up classes and assignments (for student submissions, single or multiple);
– Set-up parameters related to submissions; and
– Communicate directly with student classes (specifically related to submissions).

The Turnitin Platform consists of tools which are able to enhance teaching-and-learning environments. These include, the following features:

OriginalityCheck (additional feature):
The ‘OriginalityCheck tool’ creates an Originality Report which reflects ‘similarity matches’. An additional feature displays an easy to read list format.

GradeMark digital assessment
The GradeMark tool allows instructors to review papers and provide feedback. In addition to this, students are able to view their instructor’s feedback within the Tii (online platform).

PeerMark
Students will be able to review their peers’ papers (submissions) within the PeerMark tool. However, the lecturer (Instructor) is responsible for setting-up this tool which hosts features, such as: ‘free response’; and ‘scaled questions’.

Grade book
The Grade book is used to track student submissions and can be exported to Microsoft Excel for an offline digital copy.

Contact the CIECT Team for training and support. Please call Mr Faried Ahmed to organise Departmental (group) sessions (x2504) and email: fahmed@uwc.ac.za

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