At VCU, we use Turnitin through Canvas to help prevent plagiarism. Turnitin scans the students’ submissions, matches them against papers in the Turnitin databases, then issues a similarity report. Below are a few misconceptions about Turnitin
- Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. The Similarity Report shows what percentage of content matches other papers. This could include cited and quoted materials. It’s up to the you to determine whether or not the paper is plagiarized.
- You cannot tell if a paper is plagiarized by looking at the percentage on the Similarity Report.
- There is no threshold similarity score that is either good or bad.
- Turnitin doesn’t grade your students’ submissions.
Additionally, the video below walks you through how to use Turnitin in Canvas.
In addition to Turnitin, an easy way to ensure students are not sharing notes for quizzes and tests in Canvas is to randomize test questions. The following video details how to set up the randomization of questions in Canvas:
A proactive way to prevent plagiarism, and challenge students to apply the learning they have done over the course of a semester is to perform an authentic assessment.
Watch the following video to learn more about authentic assessment and its implications:
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