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3.8. Why Use Turnitin

Turnitin Plagiarism Checker

Turnitin offers a great package of resources for students and instructors. Turnitin is a plagiarism checker, but it is much more. Students may receive timely feedback and data about their work. Instructors save time Feedback Studio by providing drag and drop Quickmarks or voice comments right in student assignments. They may also use the rubric tool built in to make assessments. Grades also easily export to the D2L grade book. Peermark provides students an opportunity to participate in the peer review process.



Feedback Studio Features

A typical submission made to an assignment in Turnitin generates a Similarity Report. The Similarity Report is the result of the comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment. There are billions of web pages and student submissions from past assignments to search. Any matching or highly similar text discovered is detailed in the Similarity Report that is available in the assignment inbox.

Plagiarism match graphic showing sources by percentage.


Save time with QuickMark custom or predefined drag-and-drop sets of customizable comments. Drag these frequently used comments right to a student's work. You may customize quick marks for an instance or use it for all. QuickMarks are easy to develop on the fly too. Share reusable comment libraries with other instructors or across your institution.

QuickMarks graphic showing comments in a tile layout


Students see source matches and instructor feedback directly on their work, or in a conveniently formatted downloadable report. The student may prefer the concise summary or the option to see comments in the context of the submitted work. 

Final grade report with instructor comments.

PeerMark is a peer review assignment tool. Encourage discussion and reflection among students in the classroom. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. Instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed.

Peer review comment graphic.

Feedback only matters if your students engage with it. Reach your students with voice and text comments on specific phrases or entire assignments. It is also a great way to vary feedback and interaction. Consider using a mix of communication styles.

Voice and text comment by instructor graphic.

Grade objectively and consistently with standards-aligned rubrics and show students how specific parts of their work affect their grade. Grades export right to the course in D2L.

Rubric report graphic showing grade by category.

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