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October 29, 2009
» Plagiarism Declaration for Online Submission

There is an important aspect for staff who require students solely use Turnitin online submission without any hard copies: “part of the assessment front cover sheet was to have the student make a specific declaration that the work submitted was their own and they have referenced the sources. If this is not now the case when work is submitted online where does that leave us w-r-t university regulations and related disciplinary/appeals processes?”

Therefore, it is suggested that the plagiarism declaration statement needs to be included when staff set up a Turnitin submission link through Blackboard. In the Turnitin setup page, under the column “Enter Special instructions”, feel free to use the following instruction with the plagiarism declaration:

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Use this link to submit your assignment. Full details for the requirements of this assignment can be found on this page in the file titled ‘Coursework Guidance’. Shortly after you have submitted your assignment via the View/Complete link you will be able to use this same link to view your originality report. By submitting your assignment through the following link, you have agreed to declare that this assignment is your own work and that the sources of information and material you have used (including the internet) have been fully identified and properly acknowledged as required in the referencing guidelines provided.

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Note: please change/remove the sentence “Full details for the requirements of this assignment can be found on this page in the file titled ‘Coursework Guidance’” to suit your needs.

This declaration will be inserted to the new user guides for online submission and will be published soon by LCSS. Please also see the enclosed screen shot for further details.

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October 1, 2009
» NEW features for Turnitin upon request!

On September 1, Turnitin is pleased to announce the release of a few new frequently requested features: 1. Shortcut from Inbox to Modify Assignment Settings Instructors can now access assignment settings directly from the inbox for that assignment, instead of … Continue reading

September 2, 2009
» NEW features for Turnitin upon request!

On September 1, Turnitin is pleased to announce the release of a few new frequently requested features:

1. Shortcut from Inbox to Modify Assignment Settings
Instructors can now access assignment settings directly from the inbox for that assignment, instead of modifying individual settings for each paper, or having to navigate back to the assignment settings panel.

2. Progress Bar for Zip File Uploads
In addition to recent improvements to the overall process for file submissions (the limit for individual files has increased from 10MB to 20MB, and the zip file limit has increased from 100MB to 200MB), a progress bar now indicates the progress of the submission of a zip file.

3. More Languages
Over a dozen new features have been released in the past 2 months, including 9 new languages! Turnitin and GradeMark are now available in Spanish, German, French, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Thai and Malay.

See a complete list of new features [here] .

As a instructor, you can also give your suggestion [here] .

August 10, 2009
» Turnitin – the Plagiarism Detection System

The following are some updates for the Turnitin activities in Glamorgan:1. One-to-One Support between 21 Jan – 31 Jul 09: - more than 90 staff across the university were supported. 2. Group Training between 21 Jan – 31 July 09: … Continue reading

» Turnitin - the Plagiarism Detection System

The following are some updates for the Turnitin activities in Glamorgan:

1. One-to-One Support between 21 Jan - 31 Jul 09:

- more than 90 staff across the university were supported.

2. Group Training between 21 Jan - 31 July 09:

- 19 staff sessions were conducted; 79 staff were trained.

The Glamorgan's Turnitin Wiki

Feel free to visit and join the Turnitin wiki! There are 22 registered members, 107 visits with 45 absolute unique visitors and an average of 5.50minutes of time the visitors spent on site. If you are currently using Turnitin or plan to use it in the next academic year, please join and contribute to this wiki. Upcoming training can be found from this Turnitin wiki . Fee free to contact Esyin Chew or Steve Woodward if you have further query.

August 7, 2009
» "Helping out" or Academic Misconduct

There is an interesting and very common case:

Student A and Student B submitted a programming assignment. The former got a pass but the latter failed this assignment. Student B sought help from Student A. At first, Student A helped Student B by giving advice over the MSN messenger and then passed Student B his passed work for reference. However, Student B decided to use the programming code Student A sent him for his referred work and both of them got caught for academic misconduct. Student A was very upset and he asserted that "...I'm disappointed because of my stupidity, I prefer to stay honest and say what exactly happened rather than try to find a more stupid excuse for my actions. I can prove the originality of my work since I got a pass for the submission. I have also the history from MSN messenger giving him tips etc before sending that piece of source code..."

Nevertheless, this is called "collusion", and both students involved in the case would be regarded as colluding, which is also a type of plagiarism - although one student has already passed his work.

"Two people writing an essay (or program code) together is not allowed. When several students work together amongst themselves on work that is set as individual work, it is called "collusion". When collusion is suspected, ALL students thought to be involved will be regarded as colluding; if one student gave their completed (and original) work to the other student, both collude. The issue of which one 'did the work' and which one 'presented it as it it were their own (but it was not)' is irrelevant. Both are involved in academic misconduct. Their actions undermine fair assessment of all students" (Source from http://www.scholarshome.org.uk/4students/QA1.html)

In summary, it is neccesary for both the academics and students to udnerstand and make distinctions between collusion and collaboration!

Further information can be found from:

http://www.scholarshome.org.uk/4students/QA1.html

July 20, 2009
» “Helping out” or Academic Misconduct

There is an interesting and very common case: Student A and Student B submitted a programming assignment. The former got a pass but the latter failed this assignment. Student B sought help from Student A. At first, Student A helped … Continue reading

June 23, 2009
» New Feature for Turnitin

Please find further details below of new TurnitinUK features due for launch this summer. Please also note that the old version of the web interface will cease to be available from 30 JuneDefault setting for all new assignments will be to exclude bibliographic and quoted material from the Similiarity Index

Users AffectedAll instructors

Currently, within an individual originality report, instructors must choose to exclude bibliographic and quoted material. When this new feature launches, instructors will be able to indicate their preferences at the assignment level. The default for all newly created assignments will be for this content to be excluded. (Originality reports generated prior to the feature’s launch will remain unaffected; whatever exclusion preference was set for each individual original report pre-launch will remain post-launch). This assignment-level preference can be changed up until the first paper has been submitted. In all instances, as currently, an instructor can view an originality report and change the individual paper’s settings to include or exclude bibliographic and quoted material.

What’s New

-This is an assignment-level setting rather than just an individual paper setting.

-This is now the DEFAULT setting.

-Similarity Index scores may seem lower than previously observed.

Benefit *This feature will save instructors considerable time, allowing them to more quickly determine how much of a paper’s content has not been properly cited.

June 22, 2009
» New Feature for Turnitin

Please find further details below of new TurnitinUK features due for launch this summer. Please also note that the old version of the web interface will cease to be available from 30 June. Default setting for all new assignments will … Continue reading