Overview: Turnitin for Faculty

Turnitin is a tool that helps instructors evaluate the originality of students’ work by comparing electronic documents to online sources and the Turnitin database. The software returns an Originality Report which rates submitted assignments and highlights text that appears elsewhere. Faculty can add a Turnitin assignment to their course or they can enable it in an existing assignment to assess the originality of students’ work. 

In addition to originality reports, Turnitin includes a set of robust tools for grading and delivering feedback to students:

Adding a Turnitin assignment in the CLE is a two-step process. First, you add the Turnitin assignment to your CLE course page and edit the settings from within the CLE. Second, you open the assignment and edit additional settings within Turnitin.

Watch this training video or review this article  to learn how to use Turnitin in your course.

Add Turnitin Assignment Configure Settings Enable Turnitin for an assignment

Adding a Turnitin assignment in the CLE is a two-step process. First, you add the Turnitin assignment to your CLE course page and edit the settings from within the CLE. Second, you open the assignment and edit additional settings within Turnitin.

To add a Turnitin assignment to your CLE course:

  1. Log in to the CLE (ucsf.edu). On your course page, click Turn editing on (top right). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. In the Section where you will add a Turnitin assignment, click +Add an activity or resource (at lower-right of section). The Activity chooser will open.
  3. In the Activity chooser, select Turnitin assignment. A description of the Turnitin assignment activity appears at right with links to help pages. Click Add to display the Adding a new Turnitin assignmentpage.
  4. To configure basic settings for the Turnitin assignment, see Configure Settings  in the second tab of this article.

    Add a Turnitin Assignment
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save and return to course, or Save and display to open the assignment in Turnitin.

For more information, check the Turnitin Instructor Guide.

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