While turnitin.com is a great resource to check for plagiarism, that’s not all it can be used for. You can also use it for facilitating peer editing, revision, reflection, and grading. If you are looking to cut down on your paper load and stay organized online, turnitin may be the right resource for you.
Your students can upload their papers directly to turnitin, where you will find them in an easy-to-navigate list. Once you open the paper, you will have the abililty to leave comments on the page, write general comments at the end, score the paper with a rubric, leave voice comments, and more. You can even see when a student has read your comments, so you know they are looking at more than just the grade.
As long as you have your students upload their work WITHOUT their names, you can easily have them do anonymous peer editing. By using the “peermark” feature on turnitin, you can randomly assign students one or more papers to read and give peer feedback.
Revision & Reflection
Train your students to write multiple drafts of their work by allowing (or requiring) them to submit a revision assignment. When you use the “revision” feature on turnitin, the second draft will not get marked as plagiarized against the first. Turnitin neatly labels the papers so you don’t get mixed up between drafts.
You also can attach a reflection assignment to papers that your students write. Whether you use a template or have them write a full reflection from scratch, students can think about how to improve their work, put it in writing, and it attach it to each assignment. It’s great for tracking progress and growth as the year goes on.
If you haven’t yet used turnitin but are interested in doing so, please talk to Michelle about setting up a personalized training session!