Nazarbayev University’s focus in using Turnitin is to assist our students to become better writers and ethical researchers, and to support academic integrity efforts University-wide. It was adopted at NU in November 2010 to develop good academic practice, minimize the risk of submitting plagiarized work, and enhance student knowledge and awareness of plagiarism.
It should be noted that Turnitin is not the only means for checking the plagiarism, and that the professional judgement of a faculty member should be exercised in all cases when using Turnitin originality reports. Assignments with many graphics, formulae, or software coding, which might not be detected by Turnitin, also need careful attention from faculty.
All NU instructors have access to Turnitin and can incorporate it as follows:
- Integrate it into NU Moodle
- Use a Direct Submission function
At any time you can find useful resources on the Turnitin official website, including instructional videos focused on teaching in a remote learning environment, and best practices for: Remote Learning; Providing Effective Feedback; Converting Instruction for Remote Learning, and Peer Review.
Until the end of this year, Turnitin provides a free tool – Gradescope – which helps seamlessly administer and grade all of your assessments, whether online or in-class (especially, for STEM). Save time grading and get a clear picture of how your students are doing: https://www.gradescope.com/
“How to Assess Students Remotely” 3-part webinars.
Part 1 is here. “Many educators ask their students to produce answers that cannot be entered directly into a computer or device; this is particularly true for STEM-based subjects. As institutions quickly adjusted to remote learning, paper-based work created an obstacle that, for some, has been impossible to overcome. Here Turnitin team discusses assessment digitization and how this helps to overcome the challenges posed by paper-based assessment”. 40 minutes.
Part 2 is here. “Grading is time-consuming and manual, and educators generally find that maintaining a consistent and coordinated level of grading is unfeasible without sacrificing their time – especially with paper-based work. For exams and assignments that don’t rely completely on drawing or handwriting, can we use the current remote landscape as an opportunity to improve on grading efficiency and feedback consistency? Turnitin team offers practical methods for adjusting traditional norms to enter a more digital future”. 30 minutes.
Part 3 is here. “Taking integrity online. Dr. Robin Crockett provides tips and advice to help educators proceed when they feel an assignment ‘doesn’t look quite right'”. 45 minutes.
Resources for Turnitin Assignment management on our Moodle are here: https://help.turnitin.
Turnitin conducted two sessions specifically for NU staff. If you missed it, please check this out:
1. Turnitin Feedback Studio Basic