Turnitin: An Online Commercial Tool for Prevention of Cheating and Plagiarism

Turnitin an online assignment delivery system that allows the teachers to check their students submitted assignments against a large database so that they can allocated any cheating or plagiarism incidents within their classes.

Turnitin, http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/overview, the company that started on 2009 offers its services since then. The system has already 1.6 million insturctor, 10000 educational institures, etc. The whole thing started by few graduate students at UC Berkeley who were just trying to build a system for papers peer review, then it grows to become what it is right now.

Turnitin currently hosting and sponsoring a virtual conference named “Plagiarism Education Week”. Check the conference official webpage for more details, http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/plagiarism-education-week.

The call for papers (CFP) has been announced earlier this year, http://turnitin.com/en_us/about-us/press/turnitin-issues-call-for-papers-for-2014-plagiarism-education-week, so that teachers, professors, and graduate students can propose during the conference days over a webcast. This is actually the second year for Turnitin to host this conference. This kind of virtual conferences is actually a very interesting conference model — we were just trying to get used to webinar technical seminars — that is a great benefit of new technologies. I will write separately about the virtual conferences later, maybe.

Here is Megan O’ Neil from Chronicle of Higher Education giving a snapshot on the conference and the Turnitin tool, Megan O’Neil on Turnitin