What are the best practice recommendations for the summative use of Turnitin?

The main value of Turnitin (or other text-matching software) is its use as a formative educational tool to help raise awareness and educate students about plagiarism, and to provide a source of formative feedback on their writing. However, depending on the nature of the module assessment, students' work may be submitted to the service to support the marking process, in line with the University's Academic Misconduct Policy, "The University reserves the right to use any reasonable and fair means of identifying academic misconduct".

The following protocols guide the summative use of Turnitin:

  •  There are four recommended methods of using Turnitin summatively. The chosen method should be made clear to the students at the outset of the assessment process:
    1. All summative work is submitted and all Originality Reports are reviewed.
    2. All summative work is submitted and a sample (either random or banded random) of Originality Reports are reviewed.
    3. A sample (either random or banded random) of summative work is submitted and those corresponding Originality Reports are reviewed.
    4. Only suspect pieces of work are submitted purely to try to formally evidence plagiarism, as a support to subjective academic judgement.
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