On September 4th, 2010 Turnitin will receive a major upgrade which looks to be very promising. If you use Turnitin, I STRONGLY recommend that you review this information.
SNHU has been using Turnitin for several years and its utilization continues to grow but we have only ever used the plagiarism checker. On September 4th, iParadigms is launching their new product Turnitin2 which bundles the Turnitin OriginalityCheck (with which you are familiar) with its peer review and grading tools called PeerMark and GradeMark respectively.
This is an exciting upgrade because it automatically adds PeerMark and GradeMark to our license and enhances the usability of Turnitin. This opens up new avenues for us with regards to peer review assignments and grading of papers. In addition, as an instructor you can review the originality report, peer reviews, and grading comments all in one place. You will also now have the ability to add comments to an originality report that the student will see.
Before the change occurs I recommend that you review the new product overview. This is a detailed overview and walk-through video so rather than repeating things in this post, I encourage you to check it out.
Once Turnitin2 is live on September 4th and we (Instructional Support, that is) have had a couple days to test it, we will be available to provide training. I plan to use it for all of my Term One assignments so hope to have some good feedback.
If you have any questions about Turnitin or this upgrade, please feel free to contact me or post a comment here.