TurnItIn UK User group meeting
Cranfield have issues with the removal of student submissions, some of which are sensitive material. If you want a submission deleted, the request has to be passed back to the iParadigms folk in Sacramento.
York use an Epigeum module on plagiarism, and students have to attain a pass mark in this course in order to pass their first year.
Cardiff flagged up that international trade in essays over the internet was a potential problem. Foreign users can’t see our essays and we can’t see theirs. So if a Hong Kong-based student passes their cousin (@ Lboro) an essay, the UK-based detection system won’t find the HK essay.
The Moodle Deep Integration plug-in is now ready.
Keele use TII extensively, but have not had much take-up of the GradeMark online marking tool (which we will introduce with the Moodle plug-in, probably at Easter).
Barriers to adoption included:
- Tutors like to mark in short bursts, wherever they can. GradeMark requires that you be online throughout the process.
- The general comments box has a limit of 9000 characters. Some academics want to write more than this on a student’s essay (!)
- Small screen size on older PCs makes use awkward. The new interface, due to be introduced in January 2011, works best with a widescreen monitor.
- Editing the text doesn’t work exactly like Track Changes in Word
- You must use numeric grading – no letter grades
- There is no audio commentary tool, though one is planned.
- There is no provision for a second marker.
- If you want to print out the marked-up essay with the tutor’s comments, you need to save it to PDF and print that out, otherwise only the student’s original text is printed.