Educate Administrators, Leaders & Key Personnel
Identify this group of administrators, leaders and key personnel. Typically this group consists of trainers, librarians, technologists, department heads, academic integrity officers, influential instructors and other folks responsible for Turnitin's success.
Inform these leaders that they've been selected and offer offer links to learn more about Turnitin.
Meet with these leaders to share a firm understanding of Turnitin and brainstorm how each person play's a role in a successful roll out.
Explore Turnitin by creating a demo account. Get a hands on learning experience to how instructors and students will be using Turnitin.
Step 1: Identify Key Personnel
While Turnitin allows for only one primary administrator per account, it is important to involve other key personnel at the institution for a successful and holistic implementation.
Identify administrators, leaders, and key personnel group of administrators, leaders and key personnel. Typically this group consists of trainers, librarians, technologists, department heads, academic integrity officers, influential instructors and other folks responsible for Turnitin's success.
Recommended Personnel Types
The following roles are typically included as key personnel to involve in discussions and planning for implementation. Of course each institution has different titles and roles, so please use the following as a guide:
- Curriculum Developers
- Department Heads
- Academic Integrity Personnel
- Influential Instructors
- Support Personnel
Step 2: Inform Key Personnel
Inform the key personnel that they've been nominated or selected to help with Turnitin implementation and offer links to learn more about Turnitin.
Use the text below as a template for your email to key personnel. Don't worry about plagiarism, you're welcome to use the text below and edit it and personalize it as needed for this purpose.
As you may know, XYZ School has recently purchased Turnitin as an online solution to improve student's written work. This will be achieved through Turnitin's three core components:
- OriginalityCheck for preventing plagiarism and checking student papers for originality.
- PeerMark for conducting online peer reviews and student-to-student feedback.
- GradeMark for fast online mark-up, feedback and grading.
We thought you would be a good person to join our committee for planning and implementation of this new program which will benefit most of our instructors and students.
Would you please join us on Wednesday at 2pm to talk more about what we can do to properly roll out Turnitin at our school?
In the meantime, please go to their website and watch a demo overview of what Turnitin is and how it works.
Step 3: Leadership Planning Session
It is now time to plan the leadership planning session with your key personnel. This session should be a two-hour meeting but may be longer (or span follow-up meetings) to get everything in place to plan out the implementation process.
The following topics should be covered in this meeting. Use the accompanying slides, videos and handouts to guide your team through the planning process.
Reinforce the basic functionality and benefits of the entire Turnitin suite to the leadership team.
Administration and Organizational Considerations
Discuss and determine who will fulfill key roles and functions.
- Administration - Turnitin Administrator and sub-administrators
- Training - Technology or Curriculum Trainers
- Evangelism - Product Champions
- Help and Support
- Communications and Outreach
Discuss and determine objectives for the use of Turnitin, both in the short-term and long-term, and how these objectives support the institution's overal goals.
Example long-term objectives:
- Establish or reinforce high standards of academic integrity.
- Protect the value of degrees granted.
- Improve student performance on written assignments.
- Enable instructors to utilize more written assignments across the curriculum without dramatically increasing their workload.
- Improve overall academic effectiveness.
Example short-term objectives:
- 40% of instructors will use Turnitin 2-4 times per semester.
- Instructors will require one student assignment submitted online each semester.
- Use Turnitin once-a-month to teach students how and why to document sources.
- Reduce percentage of papers with high matches by 20%.
Step 4: Explore Turnitin
Often times the best way to learn is by doing. So we'll show you how to create an instructor account that you can use for testing or demonstrations. Play the following video and pause as necessary to follow along. We'll take you through creating an account, a class, an assignment, and adding students. Then we'll show you how to set up a basic rubric and manage QuickMarks.
The administrator of the account should have been emailed their Turnitin account credentials. In that email, there are two important numbers, an Account ID and an Account Join Password. You'll need these to create a new instructor account.
Follow this checklist to make sure you explore key features of Turnitin:
- Create an Instructor Account and join your institutional account.
- Create a class.
- Create an assignment.
- Submit a sample paper. Use a paper with some known unoriginal text.
- Open and view a paper in OriginalityCheck and explore functionality.
- Switch to view a paper in GradeMark and add various comments (general comments, comment bubbles, QuickMark comments, in-line comments).
There are a lot more features you can explore on your own at your own pace. As colleagues create demo accounts, you can add each other into classes and test PeerMark functionality.