Turnitin Upgrade

Turnitin Upgrade

29.07.2016

Turnitin is changing.  The new version of the service, called Turnitin Feedback Studio, offers the functionality of Turnitin and GradeMark, but with a simplified, more intuitive interface.

We plan to upgrade our version of Turnitin to Feedback Studio in September 2016. This upgrade also requires us to upgrade the Plug-in tool which integrates Moodle and Turnitin.

Turnitin Feedback Studio and the V2 Plug-in for Moodle will make it faster and easier than ever to promote academic integrity;  and to provide timely, legible, and actionable feedback to students at Royal Holloway.

You can watch a video to find out more about Turnitin Feedback Studio.

You can try out an interactive demo to gain some hands-on experience with Turnitin Feedback Studio.

FAQs: All you need to know about Turnitin Feedback Studio and the V2 Plug-in for Moodle

Why do we need to upgrade?

There are a number of issues associated with the service, particularly the design and performance of the user interface, the Document Viewer (DV).  These include relatively sluggish performance, limited future browser support, and non-support for screen-reading technology.

These issues – due in part to the software approaching end-of-life - present challenges for both staff and students, and serve to negate many of the benefits paperless marking can deliver.

What are the benefits of Turnitin Feedback Studio?

  • The responsive design is compatible with a wider range of platforms and browsers
  • The lightweight interface loads and responds to user actions much more quickly than its predecessor
  • Staff and students who use the WWW with the aid of screen-reading technology can now access the Turnitin interface
  • Improvements in workflow and usability allow the provision of rich feedback with fewer mouse-clicks
  • Access via Moodle to the peer-marking tool (PeerMark) which is paid for but remains unused
  • Multiple markers (e.g., second markers, moderators) will be supported, thereby meeting the marking practices of many departments (coming later)

What are the benefits of the V2 Plug-in for Moodle?

  • Improved integration of Moodle and Turnitin for faster, stable service
  • Single page set-up of assignments with fewer 'mouse clicks'
  • Administrators can prevent students from submitting non-supported formats
  • Quick updating of marks in Moodle
  • Activity logs for submissions are now more informative
  • Departmental administrators can contact non-submitters via Moodle without compromising anonymity, both of which are required by academic departments and College respectively.
  • Provision of warning messages on the impact on anonymity of moving the post-date
  • Students can view digital receipt from inbox
  • Added support form to contact Turnitin support directly from the plugin (coming later)
  • Rubrics can be attached to Assignmnents at the point of creation
  • Students can view rubrics before submitting work

Which web browsers support Feedback Studio?

Feedback Studio will work on any modern browser, including:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Edge

How accessible is the Feedback Studio?

Turnitin aims to make its products as accessible as possible based on WCAG 2.0 AA standards. Feedback Studio now supports the following:
  • Keyboard navigation in the interface
  • WCAG 2.0 accessible colors and contrast ratios
  • A screen reader accessible Similarity Report (coming later)