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  • Fall 2011 Release Highlights

    Smarter, Faster Grading with ETS® e-rater®

    Turnitin has partnered with Educational Testing Service to integrate its e-rater grammar analysis tool within GradeMark, our online markup tool.

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    ETS e-rater
     

    The e-rater technology automatically flags grammar, style, usage, mechanics and spelling errors so instructors can spend less time correcting and more time teaching. Instructors can easily edit or remove individual marks on the student paper or choose to expose or hide entire categories of feedback. Using this tool, instructors across the curriculum who do not typically focus on writing mechanics can still provide students with guidance and reinforcement on how to improve their writing skills.

    Students can view their marks and access writer's handbooks that offer feedback in ten languages.* Additionally, students can view the marks from the ETS e-rater engine simultaneously with feedback from OriginalityCheck, GradeMark and PeerMark for deeper insight into their written work.

    * ETS e-rater is only available for U.S. customers and select markets.
    e-rater, ETS and the ETS logo are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS), and used under license.


    Class Copy

    Save Time with 'Class Copy'

    Have a Turnitin class you want to reuse this term? The new Class Copy feature allows you to copy a class from one term to the next. This new feature saves you time by copying all assignments, associated rubrics as well as instructor-created discussion topics into your new class.

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  • Improved Content Matching

    20110824 matchingI recently came across a BBC news article, "When algorithms control the world." The author, Jane Wakefield, suggests that algorithms have gotten so sophisticated and are relied on so heavily in how we interact with our electronic world, that they are bound to fail or takeover if we don't tame them. She's not envisioning a future where machines actually takeover the world like Blade Runner, Terminator, or The Matrix.

    Wakefield posits, "Algorithms may be cleverer than humans but they don't necessarily have our sense of perspective."

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  • From Feedback to Features

    20100820 feedbackAs part of the Turnitin2 changes that will be launched on September 4th, 2010, we included many feature changes that were requested by users through our Feedback Forum. These requests included:

    A way to see the formatted paper in the Originality Report
    This is one of the key changes to the Originality Report for Turnitin2, all of the formatting from the student's paper will be preserved in the new report.

    A way to see the matches from the Originality Report in GradeMark
    This gets to the heart of the changes made in Turnitin2. The user can now see the services layered on top of one another. This allows users to see the Originality Report highlights while marking the paper in GradeMark.

    An easy way to see other potential sources for the matches in the Originality Report
    In the new Originality Report in Turnitin2, users will have the ability to select to "view additional sources" when they hover on a source in the Primary Source list (the list of sources in the default view of the report). This option will show all of the sources from the Turnitin databases that were found to match the highlighted section of text.

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