Traversing the Landscape of Plagiarism-Detecting Software Tools: A Faculty-Driven Comparison Review
Concurrent Session 6
Explore features of two plagiarism-detecting tools, SafeAssign and Turnitin, from a faculty user’s perspective. What key factors did faculty identify when using both tools, and how/why/when did they use plagiarism-detecting tools? This session will use active engagement using technology tools, discussion, and group sharing as well as slides.
“If you plagiarize others' techniques, you steal their emotions and tell your spectators a lie with your work. Works as such equal zero.” -- Wu Guan-Zhong
The University of Northern Iowa utilizes two plagiarism-checking programs, Turnitin and SafeAssign (integrated within Blackboard’s Assignment tool). A team of five faculty, an Educational Technologist, and an Instructional Support Services Manager recently conducted a comparison review of these two programs. In this session, two members from this team will share details of the review, relevant observations, and what they learned. Their review included a literature review, a feature comparison, usage data for both programs, surveys of users, and a direct comparison of plagiarism reports for fifteen actual student papers.
Attendees of this Emerging Ideas Session will:
Review a study conducted to learn more about Turnitin and SafeAssign with Blackboard at the University of Northern Iowa.
Examine differences the comparison study identified between features of Turnitin and SafeAssign, including both plagiarism and grading markup features.
Discuss the importance of teaching students how to properly interpret and use a plagiarism report.
Assess the limitations of plagiarism detecting software and reports generated by such tools.
Throughout the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions as well as share their thoughts and ideas concerning plagiarism and how instructors can best address it. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a real-time online survey about plagiarism-detection software. Handouts will be available. These will include a feature comparison of Turnitin and SafeAssign, works consulted in the literature review, and a PDF copy of the slide presentation.