Turnitin originality is a tool for detecting plagiarism and helping instructors steer students towards the practice of ethical writing. Integrated with ISU’s Learning Management system, Turnitin Originality offers the following benefits:
- Checks for potential plagiarism and writing matches against a large content database.
- Generates a Similarity Report as a summary of matching or highly similar text found in an assignment submission.
- Compares an assignment to prior student work.
- Reports results within assignment contexts.
- Provides clear and actionable data points for every submission.
- Helps instructors identify text manipulations meant to bypass integrity checks.
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Turnitin’s AI writing detection tool has been disabled upon request to allow additional testing and verification. Please get in touch with email@example.com with questions about Turnitin.
Achieving Academic Integrity
Academic integrity and responsible behavior are a part of the learning and teaching conversations, no matter the course modality.Explore the following approaches and methods which emphasize prevention and education on the Achieving Academic Integrity page.
Using TurnItIn with your Canvas course
To begin using the Turnitin benefits, instructors must first set up a Turnitin assignment in their Canvas course. Follow the steps outlined in the Creating an Assignment instructions on the Turnitin website. ISU’s instance of the tool is called Turnitin Originality.
- If you set up your Turnitin assignment prior to August 16, 2021, you must reconfigure assignment settings to Turnitin Originality. Navigate to the assignment in your Canvas course and click the Edit button. Next, follow the steps outlined in the Creating an Assignment instructions on the Turnitin website. ISU’s instance of the tool is called Turnitin Originality.
- Once your Turnitin assignments are set to use the Turnitin Originality framework, they can be duplicated or imported into new Canvas courses and should preserve the Turnitin Originality settings.
Useful Turnitin Instructor Resources
- What should I consider before indexing (submitting) student papers to the Turnitin repository?
- How does Turnitin store submitted student submissions? Decide on submission indexing options
- What do the Turnitin Originality settings in a Canvas assignment mean? Customize the Similarity Report settings
- When is the Similarity Report available to my students? Customize the availability of the Similarity Report to your students
- Where do I find the information about the submitted document? Locate document details
- What do the flags mean in the Similarity Report? Interpret the flags
- How do I calibrate the Similarity Report filters? Calibrate the filters to understand the Similarity Report for each student submission
- Complete Turnitin instructor guides
Using the AI writing detection capabilities
Note: Iowa State University does not endorse the use of these capabilities at this time and encourages instructors to reach out to Turnitin’s support with any questions you might have around these capabilities.
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Using TurnItIn with your Canvas course
Assignments that require submitting to Turnitin follow the same Canvas upload process as all other Canvas assignments. See the Submitting to an assignment guide on the Turnitin website. First assignment submission to Turnitin requires that students agree to the Turnitin user terms.
Using TurnItIn on your own
Turnitin Draft Coach is a stand-alone tool that integrates with GoogleDocs to help students work on a draft of an assignment and practice ethical writing.
Students can effortlessly run a report to check their Docs for similarity against our vast database. Any matches are individually highlighted and can be reviewed in the easy to navigate side panel. Consult the Turnitin guide on how to use the Turnitin Draft Coach.