Success Story: Eastern Michigan University, Michigan
Why Implement Turnitin?
Dr. Bruya integrated Turnitin into his introductory philosophy course four years ago. "Turnitin allowed me to assign and manage lots of short papers and not have to worry about trying to track down whether every paper is original work," he explains. "This is important because I think writing papers is a better way for students to learn philosophy than having to take a lot of tests."
Provides an Efficient, Paperless System for Instructional Support
Turnitin is a complete set of web-based tools for managing writing assignments from beginning to end. This allows Bruya to handle hundreds of papers every week; he has to grade over 200 pages a week for just one class. "Using Turnitin enables me to have my students write short weekly assignments that I grade in batches," Bruya says. "Without Turnitin, I wouldn't be able to manage all that paper."
For an online course he teaches, Bruya evaluates students' essays using GradeMark®, the paperless mark-up and grading tool that is an element of the Turnitin solution. "I can easily revise and readily reuse my comments," Bruya says. "It's much better than pen and paper."
Gives Faculty More Time to Provide Students with Feedback They Need
GradeMark also helps instructors give students more meaningful feedback, so student learning doesn't end when the final paper is graded and returned. "When I teach philosophy," Bruya says, "I encourage students to think, as opposed to absorb information. The more they write, the better they think." Turnitin allows Bruya more time to respond to students more quickly, helping them to become better writers and thinkers.
Turnitin Beats the Alternatives
"The originality checking capabilities of Turnitin are much more thorough and comprehensive than other programs," Bruya explains. "Turnitin found major matches on a 100%-plagiarized paper that had been cleverly spliced together from a variety of samples from a paper mill website. Multiple submissions through another service failed to find any of these matches. The other service seems to stop searching for text matches in a paragraph as soon as any match is found — even if it's just a commonly-used phrase — and, as a result, may fail to highlight a completely plagiarized paragraph and make it appear to be OK."
Using Turnitin supports what this philosophy professor is trying to teach: rigorous thinking, not just processing and spitting back information. Bruya has been able to replace tests with lots of writing assignments. And the paperless process made possible by Turnitin clears clutter and lets him more easily and efficiently manage student work. "Turnitin has become part of how I conduct my classes and how my students learn," says Bruya.