With the Spring Semester now not too far away and new module spaces for Succeed modules will be being created in the next few weeks, thoughts turn towards assignment submission. If your students need to use Turnitin to submit their assignments or to check their assignments prior to making a submission then you’ll need to set up a Turnitin Assignment area in Succeed. This guide will help you do this:
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A plagiarism quiz has been developed with the Stirling Management School. This includes seven questions covering topics presented in The Little Book of Plagiarism and The Little Book of Academic Misconduct. Students are allowed to view the books whilst answering the questions and the quiz can be set to allow multiple attempts with no time limit. If a student answers incorrectly they are given feedback that directs them to where in the little book they will find the answer.
The trial in the Stirling Management School involved advising students that they would not be able to submit their assignment in Turnitin unless they achieved at least 80% in the quiz. This served two purposes, ensuring students were aware of the guidelines regarding plagiarism and academic misconduct and also keeping a record of students who had been informed about these topics.
“I think it was a good idea, far better than just a list of the university’s policy on plagiarism with a tick box to accept the conditions.
It actually got students thinking about what plagiarism really is. There were a few students that were stressing out about it, but again, these were the people who left it till 10 minutes before the deadline to submit it.
Some of the questions were a bit vague, but then again it’s an important issue that students need to be aware of.”
The questions are now being reviewed to make them a little clearer and improve the feedback given for each response.
If you are interested in :
- Using the quiz
- Adapting the quiz for your own needs
- Creating something similar
- Releasing content to students based on test results
…then speak to your e-learning representative: http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/staff/about/teams/aldt.
We want to tell you about some improvements that will be coming very soon to Turnitin. Students and instructors will be able to submit PowerPoint files (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps) via their normal submission process. The PowerPoint file will be converted to a static PDF and the text and images on the slides will be visible and available for feedback in the Document Viewer and Turnitin for iPad® app; however any dynamic elements such as slide animations, transitions, presenter notes, and audio/video will not be available.
When this feature is fully implemented in coming weeks, we will post an announcement to let you know about the new ability to submit and evaluate PowerPoint.
Turnitin held a ‘Student Success Week’ between 28th October and 1st November, with various experts delivering webcasts on topics such as:
- Using Web-based Technology for Interactive, Formative Feedback in Online Learning
- Organic Feedback: Growing through Consistent Adjustments
The webcasts are quite focussed towards the US education system, but you may still pick up some interesting ideas and discussions on assessments and feedback. Access the webcasts here: