TurnItIn have recently announced their Grade Anything initiative, which allows the system to accept files of any type for evaluation. Obviously the text-matching will only work with files containing text. However the GradeMark online marking tool is now applicable for a much wider variety of student coursework, as is demonstrated on their video clips .
Don’t get too excited, though – there is no hint that the TurnItIn file size limit of 20 MBytes per file will be increased, so image portfolios or video clips are still likely to be too big to be submitted to TurnItIn.
However one workaround is the ability to use the marking and feedback tools without any submission being present, using a ‘submission template’ (i.e. a blank document). You might use this to comment on a multimedia submission handed in by some other means, or to assess a live performance e.g. in Drama or Sports Science.
TurnItIn is shifting its emphasis from Originality Checking towards a focus on online marking and feedback provision. The original functionality is still there and works as it always has done: the ability to handle any file type is an additional feature.