Turnitin Software Used to Protect Academic Integrity at Laurel Springs
Laurel Springs School has been using Turnitin software (an anti-plagiarism program) for several years, and ensures that our online high school students understand what this software does, why our school uses it, and how they should use the program.
Turnitin is the most widely-used anti-plagiarism software in the world. When students submit their writing to Turnitin for review, they receive a report that scores their writing against an immense database of essays, papers, articles, and primary source material. Students are able to see how original their writing is, and learn how to properly cite the sources and quotations included in their essays. With the rise of online research, it is essential for students to learn how to appropriately integrate external source material into their writing.
Laurel Springs uses Turnitin software for several reasons. It is critical for our distance learning model of education to include safeguards to protect the academic integrity of student work. High school is a time when many students are developing their research and essay writing skills. Rebecca Chandler, Student Services Manager, says that the program “helps students understand where and how to use quotes as a base, and weave those quotes in with their own thoughts. Turnitin is a tool they can use to help them prepare for college. Learning how to properly cite sources is a skill that we want our students to develop so that they can expand on source material in an individual way.”
According to a Financial Times article, the use of Turnitin is on the rise. “More than 70% of universities in North America and 95% of those in the UK use Turnitin.” And Turnitin may be adopted in 2013 by the Common Application, which is used by more than 450 college admissions offices (source: LA Times).
Laurel Springs began using Turnitin software as a pilot program during the 2010-2011 school year for some high school English classes. Currently, it is used for high school classes in English, History, and Science.
Here are a few tips for Laurel Springs students as they begin using Turnitin:
- Every student enrolled in a course that requires Turnitin receives an email from Turnitin with instructions; students should check spam folders if they cannot find this email.
- Turnitin instructions are also provided in the high school orientation course and all four of the College & Life Seminar courses, in addition to the email sent to students directly from Turnitin.
- Turnitin account passwords can be reset only through the Turnitin website. Laurel Springs does not have the ability to retrieve or reset student’s Turnitin passwords.
Laurel Springs students who use Turnitin during high school will be well-prepared for the writing that is required by the college admissions process and university level coursework.