Like many Higher Education Institutions, Durham University users Turnitin as a technology to support teachers and students. It provides tools in the online environment to detect plagiarism, provide a grammar check and offers grading tools.
At the moment Turnitin are working on changes to their systems that will replace their classic interface for the Similarity (originality) report and the GradeMark toolset with a new interface now called the Turnitin Feedback Studio. Here at Durham University we are planning on activating this over summer 2017.
Testing by the Learning Technologies Team has shown no significant change in the functionality that can be used to provide feedback and grades. There are however significant changes in the interface to access those tools. Durham staff are encouraged to take time and explore Turnitin’s Feedback Studio interactive demo.
Turnitin are working to improve and add features to Feedback Studio. Currently they are investigating improving the style of rubric they provide, which may look something like the wireframe below:
As the sketch of the new style of rubric shows, this gives both the traditional table (with optional scores) and a free text comment area for more personalised feedback. Staff feedback on this is being requested via the IT Servicedesk.