Blackboard (Faculty) - Turnitin Assignments: About Turnitin Feedback Studio

This document provides an overview of Turnitin Feedback Studio also simply called Turnitin inside of Blackboard.

Turnitin is an intellectual property verification tool that includes features for grading and reviewing student assignments. As a plagiarism checker, Turnitin: flags text that has been identified as closely matching other online resources, including student-submitted work and published articles; displays possible sources where that text is located; and indicates the percentage of a paper that is attributable to other sources. The tool will ideally reduce overt and accidental plagiarism by helping students understand quotation attribution and citations.

Turnitin and Turnitin Feedback Studio can be used interchangeably. The Feedback Studio is one of the Turnitin products SIUE has adopted to integrate with Blackboard. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio consists of three parts:

  • Originality Checker - an intellectual property verification tool that flags text that has been identified as closely matching other online resources, including student-submitted work and published articles; displays possible sources where that text is located; and indicates the percentage of a paper that is attributable to other sources. The tool will ideally reduce overt and accidental plagiarism by helping students understand quotation attribution and citations.

  • GradeMark - An online tool for grading student work, such as papers, presentations, and images. Turnitin can be configured to analyze or identify spelling, grammatical, or usage errors by enabling the GradeMark e-rater feature within the Turnitin assignment settings.

  • PeerMark - An online tool for distributing student work for electronic peer review.

Instructors can set up Turnitin assignments in their Blackboard courses to let students submit a variety of coursework, including papers. Instructors not using Blackboard can also set up courses on the Turnitin site to let students submit assignments; in this case, both instructors and students will need to create accounts on the Turnitin site. In both instances, if students are submitting text files, the submissions are checked against Turnitin's comprehensive databases of source materials and Originality Reports are generated that list the results of the matching process. Visit the See Also links below to learn more about using Turnitin in your classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources are used by Turnitin to check for plagiarism?

The software checks all submitted papers against:

  •   Internet - comprehensive index of current and archived documents available for public access on the Internet
  •   Publications and newsletters - Cengage Academic OneFile, Emerald, ABC-CLIO, Sage e-Reference and CrossRef
  •   Student paper database - containing student papers submitted by students using Turnitin around the globe to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism

What file formats does Turnitin support?

All file types are allowed and can receive marks in GradeMark and PeerMark, including text documents, images, and presentations. However, only Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, and plain text files with at least 20 words of text will be eligible to receive Originality Reports. Power Point content will be converted to a static PDF.  No dynamic elements (animations, transitions, notes and/or audio/video) will be available. 

Files must be less than 20 MB and must be less than 400 pages in length. 

How do I interpret a Turnitin Originality Report?

Consult this page for details on how to interpret the report.

How many Turnitin Originality Reports can be generated?

According to the Turnitin site, when multiple submissions are permitted, only one Originality Report will be processed in a 24 hour period; reports "for second or subsequent submissions will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing."

What are the technical requirements of Turnitin?

Turnitin runs a compatibility checker that will notify users of any issues. However, to make sure that Turnitin will correctly operate, check the Turnitin system requirements and supported web browsers. Both cookies and Javascript must be enabled.

Will there be times when I cannot access Turnitin?

View the Turnitin scheduled maintenance times to see when the system will be unavailable.

Why do I not see the PeerMark option when adding a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard?

Instructors must first set up a Turnitin assignment in their Blackboard course to have students submit their papers. Once the initial Turnitin assignment has been created, instructors must create a second, PeerMark assignment, based upon the original paper assignment.

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Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2016-05-09 15:40 CDTUpdated:2016-06-09 14:42 CDT
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