Turnitin UK: looking for clarity

Turnitin UK  is holding a regional users meeting at St James Park in Newcastle on Tuesday 20  October  and in London on 23 October. I will be attending the Newcastle event with a special interest as Blackboard integration user. the programme is outlined at the end of this post.

In preparation , I have looked at our usage figures over the last 3 years and it supports my view that Turnitin has really to focus on not just the similarity checking but more so  on its assessment and feedback tools. The table below outlines the annual percentage increase by category. with submissions linking to the similarity checker. The main change in our use has been GradeMark.indicating the shift towards the more advanced feedback features

Annual percentage increase in use Turnitin at GCU
Submissions GradeMark
12/13 -13/14 6.90% 170.00%
13/14 -14/15 13.70% 54.13%

I’m still not convinced that Turnitin realises the extent to which its service has moved beyond a student e-submission and similarity scoring. While these are important features, the company needs to demonstrate that it is aware of the increasing dependence markers and graders have on both its reliability and functionality in its post -submission offering. There is also the use of grading and the storage of results in Blackboard’s Gradecentre. which has also shown a significant increase in use.

At GCU we are about to embark on a more complex and sophisticated trial of marks integration between our learning and teaching vle and student records and I’ll return to this topic shortly

So tomorrow .it’s the early train to Tyneside looking for more detailed information on Turnitin’s roadmap. with a special interest in the forthcoming integration options. At this time of year,  there may be an additional barrier to clarity at Newcastle.



10:30 – 11:00               Arrival: Refreshments and Registration

11:00 – 11:15               Welcome: Will Murray, CPO

11:15 – 12:00               Roadmap and Q&A Parallel Sessions:


Breakout sessions:      Annika Vaid: Web users

Gary Finnigan:  Blackboard

Caroline Westgarth: Moodle users

Jess Wells: Other Integration users


12:00 – 12:30               Company Update: Will Murray, CPO

12:30 – 13:30               Lunch – Magpie Suite

13:30 – 14:15               Turnitin Next: Will Murray, CPO

14:15 – 15:00               Revision Assistant and Scoring Engine: Will Murray, CPO

15:00 – 16:00               Q&A: Product & Integrations Panel

16:00 – 17:00               Refreshments and Networking with Users and Turnitin Staff – Bobby Robson Room, Level 3

17:00                           Close



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