Planning and Preparation

Before the semester begins

  • Familiarize yourself with the College’s policy on plagiarism and misconduct: Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct on student academic misconduct and plagiarism.
  • Make a plan for handling plagiarism: Determine beforehand what you will do if you suspect a student of plagiarism. Know how the College handles plagiarism and what directions or guidelines you may need to follow.
  • Review the Academic Integrity procedure, types of infractions, and reporting form
  • Make the decision with your teaching team on whether to use Turn It In for assignments in your course.
  • Review the Turn It In resources on the LDS Team Turn It In Training page.

Set up your course page

  • Ensure that Turn It In’s student resource link is posted to your D2L course shell for students to reference:
  • Student work submissions: You can easily add Turnitin as part of an assignment if you want to review the Similarity Report, use QuickMark, and rubrics, in D2L.
  • Test the tool: See how Turnitin handles sample work from classes, a paragraph of yours, or text from a common web resource.
  • Incorporate it into your syllabus: If Turnitin is included in your assignment parameters, determine policies about late submissions, and include these in the syllabus as well (e.g., a paper handed in during class but not uploaded to Turnitin may be considered late).
  • Structure dropboxes to allow multiple submissions in order to allow students chances to check multiple file for similarity, prior to submitting a final version of their assignment.

Once the semester has started

  • Introduce and discuss Turnitin: Create trust early by discussing Turnitin with your students, using the Turn It In Instructor Slide Deck.
  • Inform students that there is a 24-hour turnaround time for a similarity report, so if the student wants to use Turn It In formatively, they must leave time to submit, review the report, and make changes.
  • Explain your rationale for using Turn It In, and set student expectations for its use in class. For pedagogical and technical support in introducing your students to Turnitin, contact the Learning Design and Support Team.
  • Practice assignment: Conduct a practice assignment in conjunction with introducing Doing so allows students to practice without being concerned about this assignment having a significant impact on their grades. For the practice assignment, ask students to produce and submit something original, rather than having all students submit writing based on a common text. Asking students to work with the same source material may result in similarities between their reports, which means you will have to spend time analyzing these reports.
  • In-class discussion: Lead students in a brief in-class discussion about Turnitin’s results, so that they have a chance to ask questions and understand what the report indicates. Contact your campus teaching and learning center if you have questions about similarity reports.