Help students turn around their writing using Turnitin. It’s the next best thing to help student writers since the typewriter … Ok, that may be a stretch but we think that Turnitin has great potential to help our students get better feedback from instructors and peers. Here is what it offers:
- An easy and efficient way to deliver electronic feedback to students on their writing assignments.
- An easy and efficient way to manage and monitor peer evaluations.
- The ability to leave voice comments for students.
- Access to rubrics to help your students understand what is being asked of them.
- Best of all Macomb has an institutional license and y
- ou can access it through ANGEL … right now!
How to use Turnitin
When people think of Turnitin the first thing that usually comes to mind is anti-plagiarism because it runs a diagnostic report using internet sources and Turnitin’s database of submitted papers for closely borrowed and plagiarized material. While this tool can be helpful it should be used with care. As one professor explained, “I don’t want to begin my new relationship with students assuming that they are going to cheat and that my job is to catch them at it. My students are not my adversaries.” Kudos to this Macomb faculty member, who has her student’s best interests in mind. So while you may be excited about this feature we strongly suggest that Turnitin should be used as a positive tool rather than a punitive trap. So forget the originality report for right now. It’s small beans compared to what else the program allows you to do … and don’t fret, we’ll address this tool in a future post. So check out these cool tools instead.
GradeMark – Allows for 5 different types of engaging and individualized feedback. You can choose from a variety of pre-made comments, create your own or leave voice comments.
PeerMark – Easily allows students to have access to each other’s papers and provides for interactive peer feedback.
Rubrics – Connect assignments with grade level appropriate rubrics or create your own.
To get started with Turnitin, access your ANGEL Master shell, go to Lessons and then click Add Content. Scroll down to Turnitin at the bottom of the screen. Give your assignment a title to get started. It’s that easy!