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I asked the question of faculty using Turitin within their Vista class sections how they feel about using it. How would they feel about it going away? The responses I got the week before school started in August was impressive. I’d like very much to keep that conversation going. For the fall semester 2010, we have instructors using Turnitin powerlinked into 696 Vista classes. We have 7,604 students registered in those classes intending to use it to turn in papers and check for originality against a huge database of written work. Plagiarism being the question, how to cite resources properly, and determing originality of work, being the main reasons faculty use this software service. Let me include some comments from faculty below. Feel free to add your comments to this blog. If you are new to Turnitin and want to try it in your class, contact Claudine Franquet, our Turnitin administrator and TLP Instructional Technology Consultant at x5551. For additional conversations around Turnitin’s future with Chico State, feel free to contact me, Laura Sederberg, manager of TLP, x4326.

 

3 Responses to “Turnitin as Chico State Technology Tool”

  1. Laura Sederberg

    Feedback from inquiry on Turnitin.com collected and submitted by Laura Sederberg

    Ok, here goes (and I’ll happily address this to whomever needs to read it):
    Plagiarism has been the subject of a series of articles, recently, including several in the New York Times. For the first of these, and a related discussion section, see these links:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/education/02cheat.html?scp=3&sq=plagiarism&st=cse
    http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/resources-plagiarism-and-academic-integrity/?scp=5&sq=plagiarism&st=cse
    It is now clear that the current generation of college students does not think of plagiarism as previous generations did. This does not mean that we should forget about it, nor does it mean that all we have to do is explain it to them and then forget about it. We must continue to not only educate students about plagiarism (as part of this effort, I have written a page on this on my art history website, to which all my students are referred: http://www.arthistoryrules.com/Essay_Writing/Plagiarism.html), but we must also vigilantly check for it.
    As class sizes grow at Chico State, finding plagiarism becomes increasingly difficult. I have no chance of spotting all the instances of plagiarism in my
    101 courses without Turnitin.com. That is not to say that there are many — in fact, there are now hardly any. This was not always the case. Indeed, I have seen instances of plagiarism plummet since I began to use Turnitin.com. I believe that there are two reasons for this: First, I allow students to check their work for plagiarism before turning in their assignments, thereby avoiding unintentional instances and helping to teach students what is not acceptable. Second, and most important, I describe the site to them is what might be hyperbolic terms, granting it near-omniscience in its ability to find uncredited sources in anything written anywhere. This works, I am certain, as a strong deterrent to plagiarism. While it is true that we should ideally craft all our assignments in fashions that discourage plagiarism (multiple drafts, meetings with faculty, etc.), this simply is not feasible for the larger courses with 90-120 students. This summer, I taught an 8-student seminar at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and had no need of Turnitin.com, not because the students were in some way different but because, with 8 students, I was able to have the extensive interaction with each one that obviated any need for the service.
    Turnitin.com is a highly valuable educational tool. It is not merely a police watchdog or a gotcha-tool. Instead, it is an important part of the process by which we are able to help our students understand why stealing the words, information or ideas of others is unacceptable in the academic context, even if it is the norm on Wikis, blog posts and the like. We have lost many resources of late, but must hold firm on this one. Turnitin is vital, and without it, I am certain that plagiarism will rise in my courses.
    Sincerely, Asa Simon Mittman

    Hi! I’ve used Turnitin for one assignment in the one course that I teach to about 50 students each semester. I was encountering many issues with plagiarism and/or improper use of citations before I started using it, and now find that students are much better about using their own voice to write their research papers. I have found Turnitin to be an essential tool for ensuring high standards of academic integrity.
    Katherine Punteney

    I use Turnitin.com for all my writing assignments. I teach either two or three classes with a total of 60 to 130 students depending on the semester. I have found Turnitin.com to be an invaluable tool, in not only catching, but discouraging plagiarism. I am beginning my fourth year at Chico State and I have used Turnitin.com every semester except for my first one. In that first semester I had four separate cases of outright “copy and paste” from the internet. Since I have been using Turnitin.com (five total semesters), I’ve only had one additional incident of plagiarism and a student had his mother “write” his paper for him, so he had all sorts of problems other than the plagiarism.
    Please fight for the use of this program!
    Thanks! Ryan Patten

    Turnitin.com is indispensable in my course. Last semester I had a student submit a paper that had an originality score of 86%. With this tool, it was made clear to me that the student had taken the paper directly from Wikipedia. The student was referred to Judicial Affairs. The odds that I would have caught this without the use of this tool are low.
    Further, my students rely on Turnitin.com for feedback. Here is an excerpt from an email I received just yesterday from an ‘A’ student I have this semester:
    “I use the [Turnitin.com] report to make sure I have not missed any areas where I needed quotes. If I have, I make corrections and resubmitt [sic]“.
    Removing Turnitin.com from the curriculum would harm my students and my class and send a message to students that we at CSUC are not serious about academic dishonesty. I urge you to continue to provide this tool at the University.
    Since I started this online course last summer, the total has been over 300. Add to that the enrollment this fall and we’re well over 400 in just one class in just over one year of use.
    Sincerely, Robert C. Jones

    Turnitin is an important tool for faculty, I don’t know what I would do without it. I use it in all my classes for all writing assignments. It is very reliable in catching plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. I typically have 200 students a semester and there is no way I could manually check each and every writing assignment against various internet sites and other student papers. Turnitin makes this task very simple.
    I forgot to mention the other reason I use it is because students don’t need to submit paper copies of their work. This helps with the sustainability mission of the university.
    The classes that I will be teaching this academic year are.
    MUSC 190: 150 students, 2-3 writing assignments
    MUSC 203: 40 students, 3 writing assignments
    MUSC 303: 40 students: 2 writing assignments
    MUSC 302: 40 students, writing intensive course
    MUSC 304: 40 students, 2 writing assignments
    MUSC 395: 50 students, 2-3 writing assignments
    Hope Munro Smith

    With the use of the Internet, it is easier than ever for students to plagiarize. Without the use of Turnitin, it would be EXTREMELY hard to consider if research was a student’s or if entire papers are copied. In fact, even WITH Turnitin, I have had students try to copy papers off the web and submit them as their own. If campus truly means what it says when it says that plagiarism will not be tolerated, then they need to give faculty a means to check for it.
    I have 4 classes, with approximately 100 students each semester. My largest writing assignment is in a GE class with 30 students where they have 2 major research papers.
    Anne Keuneke

    I rely heavily on Turnitin.com for my GE courses especially, although I also have used it for Spanish. My Chicano Literature course is entirely online and is taught every semester to 50+ students (including summer with 25+ each session). It includes three assignments that I have students turn in through Turnitin.com. Before I started using Turnitin, I had to do an obviously partial internet search when I thought the paper didn’t sound like the/a student voice, which was very time-consuming. Then when Turnitin came around, I started doing my spot-checks there. This still was time-consuming because of logging in and uploading a paper, but it was much quicker and more reliable than the other. Around five years ago I started seeing such a rise in “questionable” papers that I moved to including a Turnitin link in my Vista course component, to where students must turn in their papers. The first couple years, each semester had at least five papers that Turnitin tagged as copied partially or wholly. I was able to approach the students and show them exactly what the problem was, and how they could avoid it in the future.

    In some cases I have referred the student to Student Judicial Services, with a clear demonstration of the problem. In the last couple years, I have seen a decrease in students attempting to plagiarize when they use Turnitin. I assume this is because they know by now that they can’t get away with it. They know they must write their own paper, which is a major coup in this era. Whereas I wish that the honor code still worked, it does not seem to be the case. I fear that losing Turnitin.com would be a definite mistake and would impact negatively the students’ accountability and the instructors’ time on task.

    Dr. Sara E. Cooper

    As coordinator for the College of Business writing proficiency course, I have required that students use Turnitin.com every semester for their team writing project. In my opinion, Turnitin is an invaluable resource for courses requiring written research. Before I tried Turnitin, I spent many hours cross-checking sources with cited material that students included in their papers. All too often I would find plagiarized passages. Turnitin not only saves me hours of time each semester; it also keeps students accountable for submitting original–or quoted–work. Without that kind of accountability, I fear that plagiarism would be rampant. When students must submit their papers to Turnitin, they KNOW they can’t falsify their research. PLEASE don’t discontinue Turnitin access!

    Mary Lee Barton

    I believe that Turnitin.com is indispensable. With one or two exceptions, I’ve used it in every class that I’ve taught since joining the history faculty here at Chico State. I would definitely assign less writing assignments if we didn’t have Turnitin.com, because I simply don’t have the time to Google every sentence that I feel might be plagiarized (I try to assign at least one writing assignment in jumbo classes — the same assignment that I discussed during my “Exemplary Online Instruction” presentation).

    However, I know that Turnitin.com has lots of bells and whistles (peer-review, grading functionality, etc., etc.). I only use the very basic plagiarism report, so I would be fine if we could only subscribe to part of Turnitin.com’s services.

    One more thing, as well as scanning the web for plagiarism, Turnitin.com also scans all essays submitted to Turnitin. This is huge for me, since I don’t have to worry about students in large classes slipping an essay from a previous semester under the radar.

    Jason Nice

    I started using Turnitin for my online class last fall, and it was so easy to use and effective in weeding out plagiarism that I am now requiring its use in all four classes I am teaching this semester. It will be used for six different writing assignments in these four classes, by a total of 120 students. I would be very sorry if the university stopped subscribing to this service, because in my experience plagiarism is rampant in GE classes, and Turnitin makes it much easier to detect or avoid.
    Micki Lennon

    I strongly urge CSU Chico to continue to invest in Turnitin.com.
    As a new faculty, I use it for all of my History classes. I have about five writing assignments for three classes I teach per semester, enrolling around a total of 150 students, which amounts to 4500 pages of written work for me to review. Recently, The New York Times reported on the culture of plagiarism rampant in many college campuses (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/education/02cheat.html).

    It would be impossible to ensure that students were not plagiarizing without Turnitin.com. As a new faculty member, turnitin.com signals to students that there is a sophisticated technological tool that will flag any work that has been plagiarized and has been a very successful deterrent against plagiarism in my classes. I have only had one incident in which a student was flagged by turnitin.com, and when she received the report, she quickly added the forgotten footnote and re-submitted the paper. If I did not have Turnitin.com as a resource, I would have to spend a substantial amount of time policing student work, and thus, I would not be able to do so, and would need to lower the amount of written work required in my classes.

    As a History professor, written work is still the best measure of assessing a student’s ability. I believe that the ability to think critically and write clearly is too valuable to sacrifice to multiple choice exams, and Turnitin.com makes my writing assignments which assess these skills possible in my classes.

    Sandra Collins

    Turnitin is an extremely useful tool for me. I teach introductory classes and all my 100 students are required to turn in their required papers before submitting them to me. It gives me an opportunity to teach about ethics and morals and the true meaning of the term “plagiarism.” Submitting stolen words and ideas as one’s own work is completely unacceptable in academia, as it is in most other arenas of life. Every semester I have used Turnitin I have had to refer at least one student to judicial affairs. I felt completely helpless about plagiarism before Turnitin; now I feel like I have it under control.
    Bradley Glanville

    I’ve found Turnitin.com essential in all my classes. Prior to using it, I had as many as 3 plagiarism cases in the same class (on communication ethics, no less) in the same semester. In fact, prior to using Turnitin, I can’t think of a semester where I’ve not had at least one case of plagiarism. I consider plagiarism is a serious offense and I’ve often spent hours tracking down a source. I’ve found Turnitin works as an excellent deterrent and learning tool (since I allow students to see their scores and resubmit if necessary). The incidents of plagiarism have been reduced and when a student is confronted with the clear proof, it’s been much less confrontational than when I had to try to dig up the original source and prove the case.
    It would be a very serious problem indeed if the university stopped using Turnitin.com. Please keep it.
    Steven Brydon

    This is a vital tool in assuring that students do their own work. I’ve been using Turinitin.com for years. When I first used it I caught multiple cases of plagiarism and from sources that I would never have been able to identify on my own. Students soon learned what it meant to submit their work through Turnitin.com, and the incidence of plagiarism soon dropped off to zero. Combined with my own strategies to compose writing assignments that are particular to my courses of instruction and also that allow students to put in a reasonable amount of effort and complete the task, I’m extremely satisfied with how I’m able to get students engaged with writing assignments.
    As department chair, I teach two courses per semester, and I use Vista/Blackboard for all my classes. I use Turnitin.com for the 4-5 short writing assignments per semester per student. At 100 students per semester for my two courses, that’s 400-500 times a semester that students submit work to me through Turnitin.com. When I return to full-time teaching, that number will double.
    By all means, we must retain this software. It is an extremely effective way to control academic integrity, particularly in light of how easy it is otherwise to extract information verbatim from the Internet and compose a writing assignment with zero intellectual or learning activity.
    Dennis Rothermel

    I use Turnitin for my 2 sections of MUSC 108. They are required to write six (6) 1 page research papers on topics related to computer literacy and music. Most of this research is conducted via Google.
    Needless to say it has become commonplace for students to plagiarize. I use Turnitin to “keep them honest.” Unfortunately it doesn’t always keep the honest. At least with this tool and can give credit where credit is due.
    Here is an article that might help state the case as well.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/education/02cheat.html?src=me&ref=homepage
    Dann Sargent

    I’ve used Turnitin.com virtually every year since the campus adopted it, and have found it enormously useful. As a teaching tool, it has helped me to find and work with students who don’t really understand fair and appropriate use of published information. Some of our students have simply never been properly taught the appropriate – and avoidance of inappropriate – use of source material. However, Turnitin has also served to identify and provide clear evidence of cases of plagiarism. This past year, I had three instances of serious plagiarism upon my return to teaching large lecture classes after a two year break. My first assignment came in on paper only (no electronic submission), and I caught the first case myself when I noticed a disparity in a student’s writing style (she had cut and pasted from a newspaper). This convinced me to return to electronic submission of written assignments. The next semester, teaching a jumbo-sized class, Turnitin identified two cases of plagiarism involving four students copying large blocks of text from one another’s’ papers. In a class that size, it is unlikely that I could have found these issues. If these student’s cheat again, Student Judicial Affairs has a record that will permit action.
    As long as we have access to this product, I will use it for each of my introductory psychology classes. Each year, I currently teach 120-180 introductory students in two sections, with two writing assignments per section.
    Thank you,
    Brian Oppy

    Turnitin is indispensable to me. I use it for every class, for all assignments that require any kind of typing. In CHLD 353, Turnitin is utterly necessary. It is a writing proficiency class, and I have 20 students. They write 3 papers, and then they write a 15 page research paper. Every writing assignment goes to Turnitin. I use it to teach paraphrasing (because Turnitin highlights copied text) and to catch instances of plagiarism. I have caught 1 student who plagiarized, and prevented many other potential problems with plagiarism because I am able to easily point out to students areas of their paper that need to be rewritten.

    In CHLD 250, I have 49 students who write a literature review. These are students just beginning in our major/minor and they need to have this kind of feedback to grow in their college writing. Students are often unaware of what constitutes paraphrasing vs. plagiarism, and Turnitin is a tool that can be used to help them discern the difference. In CHLD 440, (36 students) they also submit an observation report to Turnitin. In CHLD 350 (36 students), the students also turn in an observation report. It is a wonderful tool for helping students at all phases of their college career with paraphrasing.

    I think every professor should use Turnitin for written assignments. How can we, as a university, hand out diplomas to those who are not academically honest? And how are we supposed to know who those students are without Turnitin?

    Gail Walton

    I find Turnitin to be immensely useful. Currently I teach 2 GE classes. One of the assignments is a 1500 word literature review paper. My students are required to utilize Turnitin . It is helpful in the encouragement of accountability and responsibility, as well as plagiarism.

    Dr. Maltby, PhD

    I have been using Turnitin in my PSYC321 course for several semesters now. The students write a research paper that is based on 2 articles that I provide. Their task is to critically analyze and compare the 2 articles. The articles are carefully chosen and matched to create interesting comparisons. Because it would be too much work to find new pairs of articles that work well together every semester I use the same sets often. This might lead to students “borrowing” work from students who have taken the class before. To discourage and control this I use Turnitin. This course has 1 section per semester with 50 students.
    This semester I am planning to use Turnitin in PSYC101 as well. There the students work in groups on 3 library projects. The goal of these projects is to teach the students how to use the library, how to cite, how to read an article, to find print and online versions of an article, etc. Also there I have identified articles that work very well for these assignments and again I would prefer to use the same articles for a few semesters so that I don’t have to repeat that work every semester. For that reason I will also use Turnitin in that course, again to discourage and control for the “borrowing” of work from students from previous semesters. This course has 64 students, with 3 writing assignments per semester.
    I hope this is useful in your defense of keeping Turnitin. I have found it very valuable in teaching students about academic honesty, plagiarism, doing original work, not copy-pasting from articles, and the value of putting your own ideas onto paper.
    Thanks, Martin van den Berg
    ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬I use Turnitin.com in all of my child development courses. In CHLD 353 which is our writing proficiency course, it helps students identify potential plagiarizing problems, which is a valuable learning tool for both the students and I can use examples to teach to in class. There are two sections of CHLD 353 each semester, a total of 80 students per year in that course.

    I also use it in my other courses, typical enrollment is between 35-49 students per semester. It reduces the chances of students “borrowing” old papers from other students who have taken the courses in a previous semester. Thus I don’t have a continually change assignments or try and remember papers from former students. I would say an additional 200 students in my courses fall and spring enjoy the learning benefits of submitting their assignments through Turnitin. It is required for all my writing assignments in each class. I would really hate to see this service go away- I think the incidence of plagiarism would increase substantially. Last semester in our program 4 students were called in as a direct result of information from their Turnitin Reports.

    Diana Coyl
    My sentiments and frustration mirror those who have written to you already. I teach a writing proficiency course and use Turnitin it in as a learning tool for plagiarism. I also use it in several other classes for writing assignments, take-home finals and such. In the day of the internet and copy and paste, it is a necessity that we have this option on campus. Taking away this option would be equivalent to taking away smart classrooms because they are too expensive – thus, putting us back in the dark ages compared to other universities. Please feel free to tell us faculty who we need to justify this to and we can take up the cause directly.
    Thank you for your efforts.

    Linda Keeler

    Like Asa, I was quite surprised to read about this concern over Turnitin.
    Perhaps because I never questioned its cost (really how much is it?) and because, frankly, I take certain aspects of teaching in a university for granted (meaning, I was hoping we wouldn’t have to be concerned about whether or not we can afford something like Turnitin).

    I agree with Asa that with the class size increase it becomes more and more difficult to detect plagiarism. I teach a writing proficiency class with 72 students (yes, you read correctly, 72, divided in discussion sections, but nonetheless 72). Since my department cannot afford a grader and I’m the only one reading and grading 72 10-page papers, yes, I DESPERATELY NEED Turnitin!

    Also, there are students who truly don’t know what plagiarism is.
    As long as they’re not directly quoting somebody, then they don’t need to cite their source. Well, wrong! And I found Turnitin to be a “reality to check” for them when they are writing a research paper and see their report after submitting it to Turnitin.

    I agree with Asa about the educational benefits that Turnitin has brought to my class (and my sanity), and I second her comment that we need to be firm on this one. Really, this is becoming way too frustrating.
    Sincerely, Chiara Ferrari, Ph.D.

    I am sure my comments will echo others who use Turnitin.com each semester.
    I teach a wide variety of courses in the College of Agriculture, including Agri 482 which is the writing intensive and capstone course for all of our students. Each semester, nearly 60 students complete at least 14 writing assignments. The topics for these assignments are determined by the students, but must be current issues in our industry. However, “hot” issues seldom emerge or change each semester, so many topics are repeated each semester. This increases the likelihood of plagiarism, either intentionally or unintentionally. There is simply not a substitute for turnitin.com. This semester I will use this option for all of my assignments as I have observed the occurrence of plagiarism decreases substantially when students submit their papers on-line.
    Additionally, I have taught up to 140 students in G.E. plant science courses several semesters. Again, all students are required to complete at least two substantial papers. Even using turnitin.com, plagiarism is a major concern. However, without this option, plagiarism becomes uncontrollable.
    If there was an alternative, I would gladly pursue a more economical option. However, I believe the integrity of the institution will be jeopardized without the ability to identify plagiarism. I strongly support the use of turnitin.com and will be glad to demonstrate the impact this educational tool will have upon the writing authenticity of my students.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Mollie Aschenbrener, Ph.D.

    Asa, bravo for your remarks.
    I have sent mine to Laura separately and it didn’t occur to me to share it with the others. I agree with everything you’ve written. That is especially true for the way you use Turnitin. I also permit multiple submissions in order to allow students to correct their own work and learn what plagiarism is. I hope we win this fight as I, like you, believe that Turnitin is crucial to those of us on the frontlines of teaching more with less.
    Jim Jacob, Political Science

    It is shocking to me that they would consider discontinuing use of such a great tool. Without Turnitin, I believe we would have to dramatically lower our standards or class sizes.
    I use Turnitin for my Production of Annual Crops class (PSSC 361) where students write a crop production manual over the course of the semester. The manual usually consists of ten chapters, each being about 3 pages in length. My first year teaching I had severe plagiarism, and did not use Turnitin. My second year, I had drastically lower amounts of plagiarism when using Turnitin. It is not only valuable to me in terms of time, because I read each of those papers myself, but it is also of value to the students. I allow my students to resubmit as many times as they wish before the due date, so that they can learn what is considered plagiarism. This fall the annual crops course will be full at 40 students. That means 400 total chapters (10 each), and approx. 1200 pages of grading. Typically, grading takes half the time when using Turnitin because I do not have to worry as much about catching plagiarism.
    I also use Turnitin in the spring with my Integrated Pest Management course (PSSC 441). I typically assign a very large research paper (usually 10-15 pages) that is turned in twice during the semester. Last year, my class size was 20. At 2 papers each, that equates to about 400-650 pages to edit. While this is about half that of the annual crops course, I grade these much more extensively, again by myself. Turnitin allows me to focus on student writing abilities and content, rather than worrying as much about catching plagiarism. Students will typically resubmit papers when they at their similarity reports. It is a great tool for my students and I in this class as well.
    Overall, I feel that this program really helps the student see when they are plagiarizing someone else’s work. I love how it can link to library resources as well. It is also nice to know that the student papers are checked against previously submitted work (prior semesters). This allows me to use similar writing assignments each semester, hence I do not have to change an assignment that really works for the student in terms of learning.
    I hope this is adequate testimony. Please let me know if you need any other stats. Thanks for the heads-up and for allowing our input on the subject.
    Sincerely,
    Betsy Boyd

    I would like to indicate my support for turnitin.com and the comments previously made by Asa (maybe we can write one letter and have all of us sign it or something).

    I use it in two different classes (Agricultural Policy and Natural Resource Economics) for term papers with a total enrollment of approx. 90 students a year. Every semester turnitin.com identifies some inappropriate material in my students’ papers (improper citations, plagiarism, etc.) and it is a useful tool to help catch and ultimately teach my students about these issues.
    Thanks, Eric Houk

    Yes, we must save it, please.

    Kurt Nordstrom

    Yes, it would be very unfortunate if Chico State stopped using turnitin.com. I use this program every semester on one assignment that involves writing an article related to health for a magazine or newspaper. With all of the information on the internet on health, it would be so tempting for students to plagiarize, and most of the time they would do so without realizing that it’s plagiarism. I rely on turnitin.com to teach students about plagiarism and to ensure fairness. I think the invention of the internet makes plagiarism software an absolute necessity. Thank you for fighting this battle.
    Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD

    This tool is invaluable to human physiology. We have 265 to 290 students enrolled each semester and the writing assignment creates nightmares without the availability of turnitin.com. I don’t think it wise to cut spending on something that impacts the learning environment as much as this tool does.

    Steve Henderson, PhD

    Turnitin is an extremely useful tool for me. I teach introductory classes and all my 100 students are required to turn in their required papers before submitting them to me. It gives me an opportunity to teach about ethics and morals and the true meaning of the term “plagiarism.” Submitting stolen words and ideas as one’s own work is completely unacceptable in academia, as it is in most other arenas of life. Every semester I have used Turnitin I have had to refer at least one student to judicial affairs. I felt completely helpless about plagiarism before Turnitin; now I feel like I have it under control.
    Look familiar? I just copied and plagiarized the above from my colleague Brad Glanville. If I hadn’t confessed and you didn’t have Turnitin.com, how would you have known? This sort of easy ‘borrowing’ of material seems to be more than a legitimate as well as pedagogically reason for keeping Turnitin.
    Melissa Groves

    I use Turnitin.com to confirm that students used their own words in summarizing scientific research articles. I teach Human Nutrition (NFSC 240) in fall and spring. I currently have 80 students registered this fall and will have 40 in spring. Each student completes 4 summaries. I also use Turnitin.com to check for originality of graduate student research papers and professional manuscripts.

    Thank you, Julie Schneider, Ph.D.

    Turnitin is invaluable to my courses. I have two courses (NFSC 345, NFSC 429) in which I use Turnitin extensively. I have about 150 students who submit their writing assignments to Turnitin every year. Terminating the use of this tool would negatively impact our students’ learning.
    Keiko Goto, Ph.D.

    I use Turnitin.com in my NFSC 470 and 471 classes and find in very helpful. This is the best way I’ve found to not only discourage plagiarism, but to help students understand exactly what constitutes plagiarism. I hope this is a service that we can continue to provide.
    Thank you, Deb McCafferty, Nutrition and Food Sciences

  2. Laura Sederberg

    Please feel free to contribute to this conversation. I’d love to hear from faculty about the new interface that Turnitin updated this weekend. What do you think?