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|
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