Faculty teaching in-class or online courses can check student papers online for possible plagiarism using the Turnitin system. This system has now been in use by Bergen Community College Faculty for more than three years. Beginning this academic year, Turnitin services will be administered by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL).
What is Turnitin.com?
Turnitin.com is a website designed to assist both educators and students concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism. Turnitin makes it easy to identify students who cheat and makes potential plagiarists think twice.
How does Turnitin work?
Instructors (or students) submit assignments to Turnitin.com.
Submitted papers are compared against billions of Internet sources and Turnitin.com’s own database of previously submitted papers.
Instructors (and students, if permitted by their instructors) receive a set of color-coded “Originality Reports,” one for each submitted paper
These reports show whether any document was copied from other students or from the Internet. The color-coding identifies the sources from which materials in a paper have been copied.
Is there documentation?
The Instructor User Guide, Quick Start Guide and Demo movies contains very thorough information about accessing and using Turnitin.
Faculty User Guide
Originality Check Demo movie
GradeMark Demo movie
The Student User Guide and Demo movies are also available for those of you who wish to have your students utilize the Turnitin system.
Student User Guide
Viewing Originality Check Report Demo Movie
Checking feedback using GradeMark
The plagiarism web site explains online plagiarism and the tools available to detect it.
The Prentice hall web site provides a tutorial on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
How do I obtain a Turnitin Account?
If you have a Moodle Course shell, you do not need a Turitin account ID and password. You will find the option to create a Turnitin Assignment in the Moodle. Your students can submit their assignment to Turnitin service using the Moodle ID and password.
If you are not using a Moodle Course shell you will need an “Account ID” and “Join Password” in order to activate your Turnitin.com account. To obtain an Account ID and a Join Password, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message, give your full name and department. You will then receive your ID and Password by return email.
How can I start using Turnitin?
If you have a Moodle course shell you can create a Turnitin Assignment by adding a content Link in the Build View. Follow step by step instruction provided in the Manual.
If you have already created a user profile, you can log in by typing your email address and password in the top right hand corner of Turnitin.com login page. Follow step by step instructions provided in the Faculty Quick Start Guide.
Is there any assistance available?
The Turnitin system is easy to use, and you can begin using it immediately by following the instructions in the User Guides. Should you run into trouble or otherwise need help with the Turnitin system, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Amarjit Kaur by email at email@example.com.
Are there any Workshops offered?
Please check the workshop schedule available on the CITL web site at: http://www.bergen.edu/citlworkshops. Also, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, calendars and newsletters containing all the workshops CITL offers are distributed to faculty via inter-office mail.