Access Product Roadmap and Release Notes

The "Roadmap" button was formerly known as the feedback button and was previously only available from the instructor or administrator pages within the class management interface of Turnitin. We have renamed the link to "Roadmap" and added the button to the top of the document viewer for instructors. The roadmap button in the document viewer will take instructors to Turnitin's UserVoice forum where they can give feedback, vote on suggestions, view the Turnitin roadmap, and view the release notes for past, current, and upcoming trains.

What will the Roadmap button look like?

The "Roadmap" button is a black button that appears at the top of the document viewer.

View Roadmap

Clicking on the roadmap button will take the instructor into UserVoice.

Import Rubrics from Excel

Import rubrics from Excel is the ability to upload a .xls or .xslx file to the Turnitin rubric/form manager in order to create a new rubric.  

What rules must the imported rubric follow?

The Excel file must follow these rules:

  • The file must be a .xls or .xlsx file
  • Only one rubric can be uploaded per Excel file  
  • The rubric in the spreadsheet must have the scales of the rubric as its first row
  • The rubric in the spreadsheet must have the criteria of the rubric as its first column
  • If included, criteria descriptions should be in the same cells as the criteria titles separated by a line break
  • Descriptors for the body of the rubric can be included
  • Criteria titles must be 13 characters or less
  • Grading formulas will not be imported with the Excel file
  • Numerical values cannot be imported.  If you would like to use numerical values, add them to the rubric after import using the rubric/form manager.

An example template for constructing your rubric in Excel is available from the import rubric screen.

Class Tagging

Class tagging is the addition of fields to indicate the level and subject area for the class when creating or editing classes in Turnitin. Class tagging will allow the service to begin to compile useful data about classes in anticipation of a future addition of Turnitin analytics.

Turnitin. A Love Story

We love our Turnitin educators. We're fortunate to have such passionate people using Turnitin. Instructors that do whatever it takes to help their students become successful. Teachers that share their knowledge, share their experience, and share their passion. Educators that give, and give, and give.

We love our Turnitin educators. We're passionate about helping you excel. So if we can help you help your students become successful, we will. If we can help you share your knowledge, share your experience, and share your passion, we will. If we can help you give (faster feedback), and give (consistent feedback), and give (richer feedback), we will. We do.

Happy Valentines Day from Turnitin.


Survey Finds Turnitin Saves Time and Improves Feedback

A survey of instructors was conducted by Turnitin to determine the tangible impact of the benefits experienced using Turnitin for online grading and feedback. 350 Turnitin instructor-users took the survey which touched on three core tenets of Turnitin's grading platform.

The survey ultimately found that instructors who grade with Turnitin:

  • reduce grading time by 31.4%;
  • improve the quality of feedback by 52%;
  • increase the level of student engagement by 46%.

Respondents found 2 aspects of Turnitin's online grading most beneficial:

  • 39% said it "Saves me time compared to pen and paper methods of grading"
  • 31% said it "Helps me provide richer feedback to students o their writing assignments"

Among instructors that said saving time was the greatest benefit of grading with Turnitin, we found that on average, they reduced their time spent grading by 31.4%. To calculate this, we asked each instructor, "In one hour, how many typical student papers could you grade" using traditional pen-and-paper methods as well as using Turnitin. Of course answers varied depending on the instructors' class, level, and assignment types, but was controlled for since instructors essentially offered comparative rates for their own papers. We converted these papers-per-hour rates into minutes-per-paper rates, and calculated the difference between these rates for each instructor.

New Mark-Criterion Association in Turnitin

Mark-criterion association is the ability to associate marks (bubble comments or QuickMark® comments) on the document with criteria in the rubric or grading form in Turnitin. The association will appear both on the mark and on the criterion in the rubric or grading form.

Both instructors an students will see the association between marks and criteria.

The criteria selection list on the mark

If a rubric or grading form is attached to the assignment, every bubble comment and QuickMark comment added to a submission will include an option to associate the mark with a criterion from the assignment's rubric or grading form.

Criteria Selection List

The collapsed view of a mark with an associated criterion

An indication that the mark is associated with a criterion will also appear on the collapsed view of the mark on the document.

Collapsed View of a Mark with an Associated Criterion

New Grading Forms in Turnitin

Grading FormRubrics are a great way to consistently and objectively evaluate student work—but lets face it, rubrics can be time-consuming when what you really want to do is quickly evaluate student work based on a set of predefined criteria or learning goals.

Turnitin’s new Grading Forms are simple rubrics that allow an instructor to give free-form feedback and scores for students broken out across a list of criteria.

Instructors can create grading forms from the Rubric/Form Manager in GradeMark or in their Turnitin class libraries. To create a grading form the simply select "create new grading form" from the menu in their Rubric/Form Manager. The instructor will then be able to create a list of criteria and enter an optional description for each criterion. The instructor can set whether to use scoring in the grading form. If scoring is used, a score field will appear for each criterion in the scorecard view of the grading form. After a grading form is created it can be attached to an assignment in the same manner as a rubric.

Educational Technologist Wins Grade Anywhere Contest

When we first released the Turnitin for iPad® app back in August, we asked our educators to share essays and photos of how they were using Turnitin for iPad to Grade Anywhere™—the best would win a $1,000 cash prize. After combing through hundreds of entries, the winning submission was selected.

Pam Jimison grades while relaxing in wine country

“My husband and I are cycling junkies. We love taking off for the weekend and finding new places to ride and explore. Recently we stayed in Yountville, California, just outside of Napa. We spent the days cycling through the vineyards and around the gorgeous mountainsides and lakes. In the evening and morning I was able to easily grab a cup of coffee and my iPad and grade papers. Wow! The new Turnitin for iPad app is a wonderful tool. It makes grading easy, convenient, and I can use it anytime and anywhere. Not only that, but it integrates with our Moodle LMS. Thank you, Turnitin!”

About the Winner

Pam Jimison is an Educational Technologist at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. She works with training faculty in technology integration as well as teaching in the Education Department. She has worked in education for over 23 years.

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Pam Jimison
Sipping coffee and grading at Maison Fleurie in Yountville, CA
A little coffee, my iPad with Turnitin App,
and a beautiful porch make grading
papers enjoyable!
Pam Jimison, Educational Technologist at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA

Going Google [Infographic]

Growing Up GoogleMore and more schools are adopting Google Apps for Education in large part because, like many cloud-based software, its easy to deploy and administer, and makes work accessible from just about anywhere. Students and instructors who are often already familiar with the Google ecosystem, can more easily collaborate on school work and keep it stored safely in the cloud.

The Growth of Google Apps for Education Infographic (by Backupify) infographic gives us a visual interpretation of how schools are adopting Google.

Turnitin, one of the first cloud-based educational technologies, recently released a new feature coined, "Cloud Submit" that allows for submission of documents from Google Drive™ as well as Dropbox.

Learn About Cloud Submit   View Infographic

Support for Internet Explorer 8 Ends in July

Internet Explorer 8 iconMany companies and services, including Microsoft and Google, have or will be dropping support of older browsers and operating systems in 2014 so they can focus on modern user experiences including HTML 5, touch and offline capabilities.

At Turnitin, we are continually improving the experience of providing rich feedback on student work. As the internet, web browsers, devices, and Turnitin all evolve, Turnitin will follow the industry by ending support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) browser starting in July 2014.

Turnitin for iPad: New Update Available

Turnitin for iPad PasscodeThere’s a new update to the Turnitin for iPad app (version 1.2.2) that will be available in the App Store today—Thursday, December 12, 2013. What’s new in this release:

  • Added mandatory four-digit passcode feature to securely manage access to grading.
  • Added welcome workflow to facilitate access for new users, depending on whether they typically access Turnitin via an integrated LMS and/or via Turnitin UK.
  • Made general bug fixes and performance improvements.

We want to specifically point out the new mandatory four-digit passcode feature. While we recommend everyone to use iPad’s native passcode function, this additional app-specific passcode was implemented to better protect the sensitive student information that is accessible via Turnitin for iPad.

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