TurnItIn Instructor Information

WELCOME Turnitin.com Instructors!

Westmont is evaluating the plagiarism detection service of Turnitin.com. Turnitin.com is designed to assist both educators and students concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism. Turnitin.com has proven itself, both in independent comparison tests and through successful implementation in academic institutions across the globe, to be the only reliable means of tracking student misuse of intellectual property on the Web.

Turnitin.com is intended as an adjunct to the instructor in this new era of education. While we never claim to replace the instructor as the final, most qualified decision-maker in assessing the originality of a student's assignment, we narrow the research process ­ allowing the instructor to focus on the task of education, not investigation.

WORKING WITH YOUR ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR

Your account administrator is the person responsible for establishing your usage of Turnitin.com. At Westmont, it is Barry Cunningham (bcunning@westmont.edu). Contact Barry with additional questions.

The administrator does the following:

  • Adds instructors and teacher passwords
  • Adds classes and class passwords

Contact Barry to have a class authorized to use this service.

USING TEACHER PASSWORDS

Teacher passwords are used for class account maintenance when updating and dropping classes.

The 'Update Class' function allows you to update class information, including teacher and class passwords, peer review status and archive dates.

To update classes at Turnitin.com
  1. Go to http://www.Turnitin.com/update.html
  2. Select your region (U.S. or International).
  3. Select your state or country.
  4. Select your type of school. [For high schools only, add steps 4b. and 4c.]
  5. 4b. Select the first letter of your high school's city.
    4c. Select your high school's city.
  6. Select your school name.
  7. Select the first letter of your last name.
  8. Enter your teacher password.
  9. Click on the 'Submit' button.
  10. On the following class update page, update your class information as needed.
  11. Click 'Submit' to complete the update class function.

The 'Drop Class' function deletes a class from your Turnitin.com account, permanently disabling student manuscript submission and instructor report viewing.

To drop classes from Turnitin.com

  1. Go to http://www.Turnitin.com/drop.html
  2. [Follow steps 2 to 8 above.]
  3. On the following class drop page, click on 'Drop Class' to delete your class from further manuscript submissions, report viewing, and permanently remove it from the account list.
  4. Click 'Submit' to complete the drop class function.

USING CLASS PASSWORDS

Class passwords are used when uploading digital text to Turnitin.com.

There are two alternatives for manuscript submission.

  1. You provide your class with the class password and direct them to upload their assignments to Turnitin.com. [The 'Manuscript Submission Packet' can be distributed to students for step-by-step instructions, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions.]
  2. You use the class password to upload papers to Turnitin.com in place of your students.

Alternative 2) requires that a digital copy of intended manuscript submissions is obtained from students. Some methods used by Turnitin.com instructors include:

  • E-mailed papers
  • Collected floppy disks
  • Digital submission software (used by online colleges and other institutions)

Instructors should also make certain (either when submitting manuscripts in lieu of their students or instructing students on how to upload papers) that each manuscript is related to a specific assignment number.

For example, Professor Briand requires that four written assignments be completed for his course.

His syllabus includes:

Assignment Due Date Topic Turnitin.com Assignment #
February 10 French Existentialists 1
March 17 French Empires 2
April 4  French Laundry 3
April 21 French Poodles 4

To submit manuscripts:

  1. Go to http://www.Turnitin.com/uploadpaper.html
  2. Select your region.
  3. Select your state or country.
  4. Select your type of school. [For high schools only, add steps 4b. and 4c.]
  5. 4b. Select the first letter of your high school's city.
    4c. Select your high school's city.
  6. Select your school name.
  7. Select the instructor's last name.
  8. Select your class.
  9. Enter your class password and click on the 'Submit' button.
  10. Enter the required 'Manuscript Submission' information and click on the 'Submit' button.
  11. Cut and paste' the manuscript into the previously selected text boxes ('Abstract', 'Body' and 'Bibliography)'.
  12. Click 'Submit' to complete the upload process.
  13. A digital receipt is sent to the e-mail address provided in the
    'e- mail' information field.

USING CLASS PASSWORDS: PEER REVIEW (Optional)

Class passwords may also be used when peer review is enabled.

"Peer Review" is a new auxiliary feature of our Turnitin.com service, offered free-of-charge to our registered clients. When enabled by an instructor, submitted papers are posted anonymously online and can be accessed by students using the class password (formerly the 'Upload Password'). By allowing students to view others' work, they are able to evaluate and learn from the composition of their colleagues. Since these papers have been uploaded to Turnitin.com, the instructor is guaranteed that they will never be recycled for plagiarism purposes.

"Peer review" can be activated at either of two stages:

  1. When the advisor adds a class;
  2. When an instructor updates a class.

1. Enabling upon initial use of the 'Add Class' feature

Classes are added to Turnitin.com starting at: http://www.Turnitin.com/add.html.
(See the 'Using Teacher Passwords For Class Maintenance' section for specific instructions).

At the class addition page, the administrator must complete the informational fields related to his/her specific class.

The "Peer Review" feature is set at 'Disable'. If an instructor would like the function enabled, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Click on the 'Enable' button
  2. Read and acknowledge the following usage agreement (which will automatically appear in a 'pop up window')
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the agreement and click on the 'I Accept' button [If the 'I Do Not Accept' button is clicked, the instructor will be returned to the previous page with the 'Peer Review' feature still set at 'Disable'.]
  4. Complete the class addition process and click on the 'Submit' button.

An e-mail confirmation of the 'Class Addition' will be sent to the instructor's e-mail address for all additions. An addendum will be added to this confirmation if the "Peer Review" feature is enabled.

2. Enabling (or Disabling) with the 'Update Class' feature

An instructor may always change peer review status by updating class information at http://www.Turnitin.com/update.html (see the 'Using Teacher Passwords For Class Maintenance' section for specific instructions).

At the class update page, the instructor may elect to either 'Enable' the "Peer Review" feature (following the same steps outlined above) or 'Disable' the "Peer Review" feature.

An e-mail confirmation of the 'Class Update' will be sent to the instructor's e-mail address for all additions. An addendum will be added to this confirmation if the "Peer Review" feature is enabled or disabled.

Accessing the "Peer Review" feature

The "Peer Review" feature can be accessed from the 'Student' section of Turnitin.com. [If you have not enabled this feature, the following steps alone WILL NOT allow entry into this section.]

To view peer review manuscripts:

  1. Go to http://www.Turnitin.com/viewpaper.html
  2. Select your region.
  3. Select your state or country.
  4. Select your type of school. [For high schools only, add steps 4b. and 4c.]
  5. 4b. Select the first letter of your high school's city.
    4c. Select your high school's city.
  6. Select your school name.
  7. Select the instructor's last name.
  8. Select your class.
  9. Enter your class password and click on the 'Submit' button.

The "Peer Review" section is comprised of a list of links to all papers submitted to a class. By clicking on a paper's title, students view the "Title", "Assignment Number", "Abstract"(if any), "Manuscript", and "Bibliography" (if any) of the upload.

Students DO NOT view the "Originality Reports" of the papers (with completed document source analysis) at this section. Only instructors can access these reports at: http://www.Turnitin.com/view.html (see the following 'Viewing Reports' section for specific instructions).

GUIDELINE TO "PEER REVIEW" USAGE

The "Peer Review" feature can be customized to supplement various syllabi. However, to ensure proper use of "Peer Review", the following guideline should be adhered to.

  • Instructors uploading papers in lieu of their students should make certain that identifying information (the author's name, identification number or e-mail address) is only entered in the required text boxes and NOT in the body of the paper.
  • Instructors requesting that students upload their papers directly to Turnitin.com should make clear that identifying information should NOT be entered in the body of the paper.
  • Instructors should review their "Originality Report" index to make sure that identifying information is not contained within a viewable portion of the paper.

VIEWING REPORTS

The 'View Reports' function allows instructors to access detailed originality reports using their teacher password. Each matching phrase, paragraph or section of the uploaded assignment is underlined and color-coded to provide the instructor with a comprehensive document analysis, including working hyperlinks to Internet sites containing matching text and further contact information for matches to papers found within our database.

To view reports at Turnitin.com:

  1. Go to http://www.Turnitin.com/view.html
  2. Select your region (U.S. or International).
  3. Select your state or country.
  4. Select your type of school. [For high schools only, add steps 4b. and 4c.]
  5. 4b. Select the first letter of your high school's city.
    4c. Select your high school's city.
  6. Select your school name.
  7. Select the first letter of your last name.
  8. Enter your teacher password.
  9. Select your class and your report viewing criteria.
  10. Click on the 'Submit' button to view your report indices.

Reports may be viewed for 180 days after the archive date after which point they are no longer accessible via the Internet.

To request a copy of annual report indices (a CD-ROM containing all reports per year), contact our Sales Department for pricing information at sales@turnitin.com.

CROSS-CHECKING MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS AND REPORTS

This section contains information only applicable to instructors who require their students to submit their assignments directly to Turnitin.com.

We will do our best to guarantee that papers submitted through our web site are the same papers that are actually turned in to the course. However, instructors should make certain to cross-reference originality reports to the actual hard copy manuscripts collected in class.

For smaller classes, we recommend having the original manuscript in hand while comparing it to the reports generated through Turnitin.com. Instructors for larger, lecture courses who do not have the capacity to check each paper against originality reports generated should at the very least audit a working percentage of assignments turned in. For example, an instructor might examine 10% of the manuscripts handed in against their corresponding originality reports. Make certain to not only look at papers with matching reports that have high levels of matches, but also check papers with lower scores, to ensure that the spectrum of manuscript submissions are consistent.

E-MAIL CORRESPONDENCES

Your account administrator has agreed to terms of web usage that include releasing e-mail contact information to third-party instructors or administrators (potentially from another academic institution) related to matching text between two manuscripts. For proper usage of Turnitin.com, you should be aware of these terms and agree to them. Conversely, you will also be able to contact other third-party instructors and administrators regarding text matches. Following is an example of a possible release of your e-mail address.

You have uploaded Paper X through our system. Two months later, another individual loads Paper Y to our system. Paper Y's originality report contains a match to Paper X. Unlike matches found on the web, we cannot release the text of Paper X to Paper Y's administrator or instructor. Instead, they will receive your e-mail address along with the paper's title and unique identification number. It is up to you determine whether to cooperate in their research of the papers' matching text.

If you are unwilling to have e-mail correspondences sent to you in this manner, please provide an alternative e-mail address in the class addition field. However, you will not be able to receive important information related to Turnitin.com usage, such as updated functions and promotions.

Our 'Privacy Pledge' at: http://Turnitin.com/pledge.html provides more detailed information regarding our disclosure of e-mail addresses.

FORGOTTEN PASSWORDS

Forgotten teacher passwords:
Contact Barry Cunningham @ bcunning@westmont.edu.

Forgotten class passwords
Teachers or administrators in possession of the 'Teacher Password' can access class passwords online in the 'Update Class' page.