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We are pleased to announce that the Turnitin ANGEL service will be again be available in Fall 2015.

If you are teaching in the FA15 semester and want to access the Turnitin service in ANGEL please review the information at http://turnitin.psu.edu/angel. Instructors will be asked to submit their ANGEL course codes to the ANGEL help desk to activate the service.

For instructor convenience, additional documentation on using ANGEL with Turnitin has been added to the right menu.

Any additional questions can be sent to turnitin@psu.edu.

We are pleased to announce that the Turnitin ANGEL service will be available in Summer 2015.

If you are teaching in the summer and want to access the Turnitin service in ANGEL please review the information at http://turnitin.psu.edu/angel. Instructors will be asked to submit their ANGEL course codes to the ANGEL help desk to activate the service.

Any additional questions can be sent to turnitin@psu.edu or posted here.

On April 14, 2015 Turnitin annnounced that students submitting documents to Turnitin via Google Docs may encounter a submission error.

“Turnitin is aware of a possible issue submitting documents to Turnitin via Google Drive™ online storage service. Users attempting to submit via Google Drive™ may experience an error 400, or other type of error screen. We believe this may be caused by some back-end changes made by Google which conflicts with the current integration process. Our engineering team is working to resolve the issue. Please check the following URL for updates: http://go.turnitin.com/e/45292/VNSZUT/99vbg/346785143

In the meantime, please use an alternate submission option. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

From Turnitin
“Turnitin’s 2015 Plagiarism Education Week conference examines how current global trends are affecting our values, especially those related to education, and proposes strategies on how we can address these challenges. Educational experts, passionate educators, and Turnitin All-Stars will share their perspectives, lessons, and research.”

Twitter tag #integrity2015

You can see the complete schedule at http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/resources/plagiarism-education-week.

Please note that Turnitin log on may be briefly unavailable Wed morning between 5-7AM. Details are in the announcement below:

Questions about this upgrade can be sent to the IT Service Desk (ITServiceDesk@psu.edu)


“On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.), Information Technology Services (ITS) will perform maintenance on the Shibboleth production servers.

Services using Shibboleth will not be available during the scheduled maintenance. The actual outage will be focused around 6:30 a.m. for an estimated 10 minutes. It is anticipated that this update won’t impact normal production hours.”

See http://alerts.its.psu.edu/alert-3387 for full details.

In February, 2015 Turnitin migrated to the new IT Service New Web portal at available at http://itservicedesk.psu.edu/.

This system will allow you to submit email, help forms or phone tickets and to track the progress of tickets you submitted. The goal of this system is to help different IT service desks communicate issues between themselves and Penn State customers more efficiently.

We do advise Turnitin customers to always include the word “Turnitin” in any emails or forms submitted. This will ensure that the Turnitin staff receives your input as soon as possible.

Turnitin services may be unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 11 AM to 3 PM EST. This will be at the beginning of Spring Break.

Margaret Christian, an associate professor of English, at Penn State Lehigh Valley talks about her experiences using Turnitin to facilitate paperless grading.

Christian, who has been using GradeMark since last February, said the one great thing about the tool is that it allows her students to go right to the paper feedback folder and view and respond to her feedback. With GradeMark, there is no extra clicking for uploading feedback files, Christian said. Turnitin allows the instructor to save feedback in the same place the student uploaded the writing assignment, and there is an audio record function within the tool.

According to Christian, the rubric function is great as well. “It makes it very easy to grade; you don’t have to sit there and ponder, eh, is it a C or a C+?” Christian said. “Because you’ve quantified everything, and the students have a much clearer idea of where they need to focus their efforts.”

Turnitin is again offering a series of free webinars on different teaching topics, including a session from past COIL/TLT Symposium keynote speaker Bryan Alexander. The list includes:

  1. Thursday, February 5, 2015,
    Hyperlinking QuickMarks: Extending the Reach of Instruction
  2. Thursday, February 19, 2015,
    “Prompt Up the Jam”: Strategies for Developing Effective Writing Prompts
  3. Thursday, February 26, 2015,
    “Don’t Stop Believing”: Ed Tech Trends Worth Holding On To
    Featuring Bryan Alexander
  4. Thursday, March 5, 2015
    “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”: Voice Commenting Strategies Using Turnitin

You can register at http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/resources/webcasts.

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