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Evidence show that Turnitin reports provide a valuable form of feedback, particularly for students at the earliest stages of their degree [1, 2]. New undergraduates often struggle to understand academic skills around topics such as the overuse of some sources, referencing, and appropriate paraphrasing, that are not encountered in pre-university education. Tutorial discussions based around Turnitin reports from formative assignments provide an effective way to stimulate reflection on, and understanding of, these skills. These interactions also provide tutors opportunities to discuss how they apply academic integrity in their own work. Acknowledging that academic integrity applies to all members of the community, and that these are skills we appreciate take some time master, helps to set the positive climate around academic integrity that is known to foster the best student appreciation and learning of academic integrity values.   

  1. Davis M, Carroll J. Formative feedback within plagiarism education: Is there a role for text-matching software?. International Journal for Educational Integrity. 2009 Dec 12;5(2). https://ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/article/view/614 
  2. Graham-Matheson L, Starr S. Is it cheating–or learning the craft of writing? Using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism. Research in Learning Technology. 2013 Apr 29;21. https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/1273

Ideas around the use of Turnitin as a form of student feedback can be found in the MDS Showcasing the Art of the Possible Video Series.

Davis M, Carroll J. Formative feedback within plagiarism education: Is there a role for text-matching software?. International Journal for Educational Integrity. 2009 Dec 12;5(2). https://ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/IJEI/article/view/614 

Graham-Matheson L, Starr S. Is it cheating–or learning the craft of writing? Using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism. Research in Learning Technology. 2013 Apr 29;21. https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/1273