Is using TurnItIn mandatory for all courses? If a faculty member chooses to use TurnItIn, will it be mandatory for all assignments in their course?
All faculty will not be required to use this product. The incorporation of the product into a courses is a decision not to be made lightly. Before this decision is made, faculty must have an understanding of the product, how it may be best used and whether or not it is a good choice for their course.
If a faculty member teaching a section of a course chooses to use TurnItIn, will all faculty members teaching sections of that course be required to use TurnItIn?
Yes, and this is why the decision to use TurnItIn must be considered for its implications prior to deciding to use it in a course or section. TurnItIn should be used consistently across sections of a course to ensure all students in that course have a consistent experience. Therefore, if you are considering using TurnItIn and there are sections of your course taught by others, the decision to use TurnItIn needs to be made as a group.
Is TurnItIn appropriate for all kinds of assignments?
Some kinds of assignments, such as those that have student generated images or diagrams, lines of code, mathematical equations, and other types of content other than text, are not a good format for use in TurnItIn.
It is recommended that TurnItIn is used for text-based assignments only and there are restrictions around file size and content, as follows:
Requirements for file upload
- File must be less than 40 MB.
- If your file contains images, you may remove the images or save the file as a rich text or plain text file to make the file smaller. If your file is a PDF and exceeds the 40 MB restriction: (1) copy the text in the document, (2) change the upload process to ‘copy and paste’, and (3) paste the text in the body field.
- Files must have at least 20 words of text
- The maximum paper length is 400 pages
- File types allowed: HTML, Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx), Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp), OpenOffice Text (.odt). Rich text format (.rtf), WordPerfect® (.wpd), Plain text (.txt) PostScript (.ps), Google Docs, Adobe® PDF (plain text only), Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps), Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx).
Some of the file types above (italic) require the learner to take specific steps to make the file readable in TurnItIn, depending on the file type. For more information on those steps, visit this website.
Will students be able to check their work using TurnItIn if it is not being used in one of their courses?
Yes, students will be able to access Turn It In outside of D2L if they would like to use it to check on and improve the quality of their writing. A resource will instructions on this can be found here: How to Guide for Student Self Directed Use of Turn It In
How long does it take for a similarity report to be generated for a submission?
Similarity Reports should usually be ready within 15 minutes. However it may take up to 24 hours during peak times such as the middle or the end of semesters when many papers are being submitted to Turnitin.
Second and subsequent submissions will always take 24 hours to regenerate.
Usually, Similarity Reports are only made available to students for Draft submissions and not for Final submissions.