• Global Innovation Awards 2016

    Congratulations to the 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Award Winners

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Turnitin Global Innovation Awards! This year’s award program recognizes 58 educators, technologists and students in 21 countries for their dedication, innovation and excellence in academic integrity and student engagement.

    Each winner and honorable mention is highlighted with their own inspiring story. See their stories.

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  • Comment Crafting through QuickMarks

    Audrey Wick is an English Professor at Blinn College and the 2014 Turnitin All Star MVP for Higher Education. She has been using Turnitin for over a decade and shares her best tips for quality feedback here.

    We all know that quality feedback to students on their writing is essential. But with so many students and so many assignments, instructors can easily get overwhelmed. That’s where digital scoring and comments can be useful tools.

    Turnitin’s array of QuickMarks provide standard editing marks that not only help students identify errors in their writing but also close the learning loop through continued instruction. The GradeMark system in Turnitin provides four QuickMark sets to all instructors:

    • Commonly Used
    • Composition
    • Format
    • Punctuation

    Additionally, instructors can customize, combine, create their own sets, or download new ones from a community of peers thanks to the Educator Network. Consider this Presentation Set ( or this Halloween Set (

    However instructors choose to engage with QuickMarks, there are three specific ways they can be customized to different disciplines, student populations, and grade levels.

    1. QuickMarks can be customized for assignment-specific feedback. Instructors can design and tailor marks to individual assignments, like paper outlines, lab reports, argument essays, and even visual presentations. Turnitin Classic and the new Feedback Studio both allow instructors to “save” a QuickMark and “add” it to a desired Set, making that mark accessible again and again across assignments and across classes.
    2. QuickMarks can be customized for hyperlink inclusion. Instructors can add links to webpages, YouTube videos, institutional sites, online calendars, and more within the “Comment” section of a mark. When a student clicks the hyperlink, a new window will open. This technique is especially effective for teaching concepts of research and documentation.
    3. QuickMarks can be customized with fun pop culture references. Each QuickMark includes a title that students see first before clicking on the mark. Puns, social media references, word mash-ups, and holiday-themed phrases are a fun way to get students excited about reviewing their papers.

    Instructors have responsibilities to their students to provide feedback, and thanks to Turnitin QuickMarks, those tasks can be accomplished effectively.

    To hear more from Audrey Wick regarding QuickMarks, watch her recorded webcast, “Comment Crafting: QuickMarks to Capture Students’ Attention” with Sean Tupa, Education Manager at Turnitin:

  • Is it Plagiarism or Not?


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    Tagging Plagiarism Types with The Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMark Set

    We developed the Plagiarism Spectrum as a way to help students to understand how plagiarism can take form. The Spectrum identifies the 10 most common types of plagiarism and “tags” them with digital-like monikers. Naming the types “clone,” “remix,” or “hybrid,” for example, have really shown to appeal to students, particularly in getting them to identify and remember the different types. 


    To really help students make the connection, we’ve also just created a set of QuickMarks that incorporate the Plagiarism Spectrum types and definitions. Turnitin users can download the QuickMark set now and import it into their individual Turnitin Feedback Studio accounts for use.  Not sure how to import QuickMark sets? Here’s a link to more information on how to do that.


    The new Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMark set includes one QuickMark per Spectrum type. And, each QuickMark also contains a link to a webpage where students can see an example of the type and how plagiarism can take form.  Here’s an example of the Clone QuickMark appears when you drop it on to a student paper in Turnitin Feedback Studio:

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    And, here’s the page that opens up when students click the link in the “Clone” QuickMark:

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    If you feel the need to add your commentary to the Spectrum QuickMark, you can also do that. With the Plagiarism Spectrum QuickMarks, you can help students make the immediate connection between the plagiarism type and description and provide them with guidance on how they can better improve their work.


    As part of the development of the Spectrum, we’ve also created posters, infographics, and additional classroom resources that educators can use to further support student understanding of the types.  


    The additional resources are readily available here:

  • What Does Global Ethics Day Mean to You?

    Today, Wednesday October 19, marks Global Ethics Day. Launched by the Carnegie Council, Global Ethics Day explores the meaning of ethics in international affairs - including in education.

    To mark Global Ethics Day, Turnitin asked educators across the world what academic integrity means to them, and why it is so important.

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  • Werewolf? Walking Dead? Engaging Students in Writing with Halloween QuickMarks

     How should you comment on students’ papers in October? With spooky, fun Halloween QuickMarks™, of course! Turnitin QuickMarks are drag-and-drop comments that educators use to leave feedback on student papers. These seasonal QuickMarks will motivate students to read your feedback, help them remember your clever comments, and incorporate your suggestions in their next drafts.

    Halloween QuickMarks

    Witch one? 🎃
    This is a commonly-confused word choice. Other examples include: their vs. there, its vs. it’s, and affect vs. effect.  

    Exorcise this possession 👿
    This is a misplaced apostrophe mark.

    Son of Frankenstein ⚡
    Like Frankenstein’s monster, this passage is made up of fragments.  Please try to make it more cohesive. 

    Walking dead 💀
    This is an error that you’ve made before, and it keeps coming back.

    What a Treat! 🍬
    This is very creative!

    Break the spell! ✨
    You’ve cast a “bad spell” here. Fix the spelling to make it right.

    Spooky! 👻
    You seem to have some information or evidence that appears out of nowhere. How do you know this?

    Bloodsucker 💋
    Don’t be an idea vampire, let your reader know where you got this information from. Please cite!

    Run-on seance 🔮
    Like a bad session with a spirit medium that never ends, this sentence is going on far too long.

    Werewolf? 🌖
    Like a werewolf before a full moon, this is a transition to watch out for. 

    Download this QuickMark set and learn more about Turnitin QuickMarks.


    Instructions on Uploading QuickMark sets
    Hyperlinking QuickMarks
    Strategies for Using QuickMarks to Capture Students' Attention

  • No Feedback Left Behind - Feedback Studio for iPad

    78% of survey students consider teacher feedback to be “just as important for their learning as studying, doing homework, and listening to instructors’ lectures.”

    At Turnitin, we’ve been working to support effective and engaging feedback by building tools that close the gap between teachers and students. With the release of Feedback Studio, our new version of Turnitin, we’ve made giving and getting feedback easier--with a new interface design that really puts feedback front and center. 

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    The Inner Workings of Plagiarism Detection Technology

    There are a number of ways that technology can be used to identify potentially plagiarized content. This post examines the different ways, and how Turnitin uses search technology and content comparison algorithms to help educators help students learn how to use source attribution appropriately.

    Plagiarism has always existed as a problem - the origins of the word date back to the 1st century. It's only of late, however, that plagiarism has become a significant concern not just for educators and researchers, but also in the public sphere. New instances of plagiarism seem to hit the news on a daily basis. Whether it's song lyrics, plagiarism by school officials, government ministers, speeches by political figures, or the plagiarism that happens in the classroom, incidents of plagiarism appear to be on the rise everywhere.

    We have the internet to thank for that. With the rise of the internet, we've seen exponential growth of content created and made readily available, almost everywhere. The growth is happening on such a large scale that we don't even have a way to grasp how huge of a change in content creation we're witnessing. In 2013, pegged the amount of total internet content at 14.3 trillion pages (article). The growth is happening so fast, that we don't have a way to accurately determine the number of new pages created each day or the total amount of content that currently exists online. The best estimates suggest there are 47 billion indexed and searchable web pages.(article) To put this number into perspective, it would take approximately 300 trillion sheets of paper to print out the entire internet, today.

  • Is Recycling Your Own Work Plagiarism?

    This article was originally published on in 2011. iThenticate is Turnitin's sister service for publishers and academic researchers.

    Writers often claim that because they are the authors, they can reuse their work, either in full or in excerpts, over and over again. How can republishing one’s own work be defined as plagiarism if the author has only used his or her own words and ideas? This white paper explores the definition of self-plagiarism, how it crosses into copyright laws and ethical issues, and the different ways an author can avoid this increasingly controversial act of scholarly misconduct.

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  • Teaching With Technology: Empowering Students to Take Control of Their Own Learning

    “I like to imagine an ideal world in which I would be able to sit side-by-side with each student in my class at the same time and make thoughtful, helpful comments to move their writing forward,” says Susan Van Doren. Van Doren, a George Whittell high school English educator, describes her experience working with students throughout the writing process in an article published in edtechdigest, titled (Not So) Rough Drafts. She speaks to the teaching challenges many educators face and how technology, namely Turnitin Revision Assistant, is aiding the process.

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  • Promptastic: Discovery and Reflection in Student Writing

    Your students are looking out the window at the beautiful sunshine that May brings. Summer vacation is on their mind and keeping their attention this time of year is rough.

    We’ve gathered some ideas to keep them intrigued and give them the chance to reflect on this past school year. As you know, reflection ensures that what students have learned will make a lasting impact. It also shows them that, through writing, they may discover more about themselves and the world around them.

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