Turnitin Integration in Portal Courses to be Discontinued May 9, 2014
The Turnitin Direct Assignment tool that is integrated in Portal courses will be discontinued as of Friday, May 9, 2014.
We have encountered a technical difficulty with the tool that is causing interference with the overall functionality of the Portal. The largest impact was felt earlier this month when this technical issue caused the Portal to remain unresponsive for a period of about two hours. In light of this and to avoid further disruptions to the smooth functioning of the learning management system, we are disabling the tool until the issue can be addressed by Turnitin. The tool will remain unavailable until further notice.
While the tool is disabled in Portal, instructors and TAs can still access the plagiarism detection tool via the Turnitin website: http://www.turnitin.com.
Instructors who have never before used the website to access the tool will need to create an account. To create an account, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A CTSI staff member will then contact you to take you through the steps to set up an account.
Please note that instructor accounts created prior to June 2013 should still be active. You should be able to login via the Turnitin website with your email address and password.
Teaching Assistants, please review the Guide for Teaching Assistants for information on accessing and viewing student assignment submissions and Originality Reports.
- Information and training materials for students on submitting files to Turnitin are posted on the CTSI website and at Turnitin.com.
To date, Turnitin has given no indication of when this issue might be resolved. However, a new version of the integrated tool is slated to be released over the summer. Our staff will vigorously test this updated version once it is received and will maintain regular contact with Turnitin regarding this matter. Please check this page regularly through the summer for updates on the status of the Turnitin Direct Assignment Tool.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with Turnitin to resolve this issue.
CONDITIONS OF USE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
The use of Turnitin.com by our instructors is completely voluntary. Those wishing to use Turnitin.com in their courses must adhere to the following conditions of use:
Turnitin.com is a tool that will assist in detecting textual similarities between compared works. Instructors must exercise their independent professional judgment in, and assume responsibility for, determining whether a text has been plagiarized or not.
Students must be informed at the start of the course that the instructor will be using Turnitin.com.
The course syllabus must include the following statement:
“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site”.
Please note: this statement cannot be altered in any way.
- Turnitin.com is most effective when it is used by all students in a particular course; however, if and when students object to its use on principle, a reasonable offline alternative must be offered. There is a wide variety of non-electronic methods that can be used to deter and detect plagiarism; for example, to require that all rough work is handed in with the paper or that the student include an annotated bibliography with the paper. Instructors may wish to consult with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation when establishing these alternatives.