The Learning Design and Development team at CFL conducted an awareness session for the teaching staff of the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) on the effective use of Turnitin. The session, held on 11 May at the FBE Postgraduate lecture theatre, focused on some of the common misconceptions of Turnitin and how staff can properly interpret Turnitin scores using the filters within the tool. The session also highlighted some strategies used by students to try to bypass Turnitin. Reference was made to the recently developed Turnitin Staff Guide by CFL.
The FBE staff in attendance found the presentation engaging and were eager to share their experiences and raise their concerns during the question and answer session afterwards. CFL hopes to provide more of these awareness sessions for the faculties. Turnitin is a text-matching software that the USP subscribes to and makes available to students and staff via Moodle. It can be used to teach proper citation and teachers can check the originality and citations in student work. Students can also check their own assignments before their final submission. This can help prevent or reduce students submitting plagiarised work. The TurnItIn service compares all submitted work against a vast digital collection of submitted student work, Internet pages, books, journals, and periodicals.