Beginning Spring 2012, faculty will have access to Turnitin for Educators, the well-known anti-plagiarism software program. What you may not be aware of is that along with the “originality checker,” Turnitin also includes GradeMark, a tool for online grading and feedback, and PeerMark, a tool for peer editing.
OriginalityCheck compares student papers to a database of current and archived internet pages, thousands of journals, periodicals, and publications, as well as to student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. According to iParadigms, the parent company of Turnitin, the visual feedback from the originality report helps students learn how to integrate resources “effectively and ethically; strengthening their writing overall.” This three-minute video provides a quick overview of OriginalityCheck and its features.
Papers submitted to Turnitin can be graded electronically using GradeMark. This tool is a time saver for grading and providing feedback to students with drag-and-drop comments, marginal comments, and quick-click rubric scoring. It also provides reports for an overall assessment of how your students are doing. This short overview video demonstrates the main features of the tool.
For those who like to use peer review to develop your students’ critical thinking skills and improve their writing, PeerMark provides a easy way to manage the process. It allows for anonymous reviews based on your criteria for evaluating the student writing. This one-minute video talks about the basic features of the PeerMark.
We will host a webinar for all faculty interested in learning more about the Turnitin suite of tools on NOVEMBER 9, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in Antone 128. Come learn more about these useful tools for improving the quality of our student writing.