Overview: Turnitin for Faculty

Turnitin is a powerful tool designed to aid instructors in assessing the authenticity of students' work by cross-referencing electronic documents with online sources and its extensive database. The software generates an Originality Report, providing a rating for submitted assignments and highlighting any instances of text found elsewhere. Faculty members can seamlessly integrate Turnitin assignments into their courses or activate it for existing assignments to ensure academic integrity and evaluate the originality of students' submissions. Moreover, Turnitin offers an array of robust features, enabling educators to efficiently grade assignments and deliver valuable feedback to their students, fostering a more effective learning experience.

To incorporate Turnitin into the CLE, instructors follow a straightforward two-step process. Firstly, they add the Turnitin assignment to their CLE course page and adjust the necessary settings directly within the CLE interface. Secondly, instructors proceed to open the assignment and fine-tune additional configurations using Turnitin's dedicated tools. For comprehensive guidance on utilizing Turnitin effectively, educators can access a training video or review a comprehensive article, providing them with essential insights to maximize the tool's potential in their courses.

Please take note that the AI detector provided by Turnitin is not currently in use on our campus. This is due to the unproven accuracy of such detectors and ongoing discussions among our leadership regarding the use of generative AI tools in education. Similar decisions have been made by other UCs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Review this article to learn how to use Turnitin in your course.

Add Turnitin Assignment Configure Settings Enable Turnitin for an assignment

Adding a Turnitin assignment in the CLE is a two-step process. First, you add the Turnitin assignment to your CLE course page and edit the settings from within the CLE. Second, you open the assignment and edit additional settings within Turnitin.

To add a Turnitin assignment to your CLE course:

  1. Log in to the CLE (ucsf.edu).
  2. In the course, turn Edit mode on in the top-right corner. This will enable you to edit and add activities to the course.

  3. In the Section where you will add a Turnitin assignment, click +Add an activity or resource (at the lower-right of the section). The Activity chooser will open.
  4. In the Activity chooser, select Turnitin assignment 2. A description of the Turnitin assignment activity appears at right with links to help pages. Click Add to display the Adding a new Turnitin assignment page.
  5. To configure basic settings for the Turnitin assignment, see Configure Settings in the second tab of this article.

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  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save and return to course, or Save and display to open the assignment in Turnitin.

For more information, check the Turnitin Instructor Guide.

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