What do students’ sources suggest about their approach to online research?
Turnitin's annual study examines the sources students use in their written work and the implications of their choices. This study was conducted for both Higher Ed and Secondary Education.
The higher ed study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 112 million content matches from more than 28 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.
The secondary education study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 44 million content matches from more than 9 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.
Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin worldwide in 2012. But how much is 80 million papers anyway? The average length of each paper submission is three pages, which is 240 million sheets of paper. So to help put things in perspective, here's how things stack up:
Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin in 2012... Enough to save 3,000 trees if we went paperless.
Common Core Rubrics
Preloaded writing rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now available to U.S. GradeMark users in K-12 schools and community colleges. Instructors can attach a rubric to any assignment to better convey their expectations to students, grade submitted work against the CCSS, provide critical feedback to support student success, and track student progress. The six rubrics were developed in conjunction with the English Professional Learning Council and include informative, argumentative, and narrative rubrics for grades 9/10 and 11/12.
Add a Voice Comment (Beta)
The ability for an instructor to leave a personal voice comment is a powerful tool for providing feedback to a student. With just a few clicks, instructors can quickly record a detailed message of up to 3 minutes in length and attach it to a paper. This new GradeMark feature is especially useful in disciplines with written assignments that are graded primarily on content vs. writing skills, such as science lab reports. Additionally, those who teach ELL students can more fully explain their feedback in more understandable terms.
Students hear the content of the message, and, more importantly, the context of the feedback and tone of the instructor's voice.
Every December, millions of children around the world write letters to Santa, explaining how they've been good boys and girls and letting him know what they want to see under their trees come December 25th.
Over the years, the number of kids sending him letters skyrocket. His mailbox was flooded and he found himself buried in letters, unable to respond to all of them.
One day, a little elf told Santa about Turnitin—how he could use it to accept submissions from the children, check the letters for originality, give immediate feedback, and even use rubrics to help determine if they've been naughty or nice. So he gave it a shot.
Watch How Santa Grades Millions of Letters with Turnitin on Vimeo or on YouTube
Share this video with your colleagues, especially the ones that look like they've been in an avalanche of essays.
Happy Holidays from Turnitin.
Our team has recently re-launched Plagiarism.org, an educational and informative resource on plagiarism and best practices for ensuring originality in written work.
This site, geared toward students and writers in general, offers a wealth of information specifically about plagiarism, as well as information on how to properly attribute and cite sources. On Plagiarism.org, you'll also find an "Ask the Experts" feature, FAQs, and a resource section with downloadable handouts for students.
Visit Plagiarism.org and share this resource with your students.
Keeping students honest in and outside of class time is a challenge for most educators. Add in the movement toward online classes, and the challenge is only compounded. A recent story in U.S. News and World Report discusses the variety of ways that educators are dealing with academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
"In every single class, we have information on what plagiarism is, and a major piece is that we hold our students accountable if they're caught," says Diane Johnson, assistant director of faculty services at St. Leo University in Florida. She goes on to say that students have been disciplined in the past for copying others' work. "If you hear that one of your classmates has been reported for plagiarism, it gives you an impetus to not do it too."
- Develop an awareness of student study practices
- Discuss essay banks and custom essay writing services with students
- Engender a deep understanding of plagiarism
- Encourage an individualized approach to learning
- Make innovative use of technology
- Assess real life situations
- Use detection tools to encourage learning
In a blog posting by Dan Ariely (professor at Duke University and the author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty" and "Predictably Irrational") entitled "Plagiarism and essay mills," he explains the results of an experiment in which he purchased custom essays to check out their quality. After receiving the absurdly poor quality essays produced by these services, he concludes, "...the day is not here where students can submit papers from essay mills and get good grades for them. Moreover, we concluded that if students did try to buy a paper from an essay mill, just like us, they would feel that they have wasted their money and won’t try it again."
Instructors and students are most familiar with Turnitin as a plagiarism prevention tool. Many miss the opportunity to use Turnitin as a teaching tool to really engage students and provide them with meaningful feedback.
OriginalityCheck is an opportunity for instructors to connect with students to show them proper citation, to identify motivations for improper citation, and to address academic integrity. In other words, it gives instructors a teaching moment.
At this time of year, we hear a lot of chatter from students via Twitter (follow us: @turnitin) saying, "turnitin says my essay was 23% plagiarized," or "just submitted my paper to turnitin... 4% plagiarism is good right?," or "my Turnitin plagiarism percentage is only 18%."
There is a very distinct difference between what Turnitin flags as matching text (aka: similarity index) and plagiarism. Turnitin will highlight ANY matching material in a paper—even if it is properly quoted and cited. Just because it appears as unoriginal does not mean it is plagiarized; it just means that the material matches something in the Turnitin databases.
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