OAKLAND, Calif., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced new functionality that allows instructors across the curriculum to check student submissions for originality and provide rich, meaningful feedback on virtually any type of assignment. Students and instructors using Turnitin can now submit any file type—or no file at all—to allow instructors to literally Grade AnythingTM.
The groundbreaking functionality appeals to instructors across the curriculum who increasingly are assigning student projects beyond the traditional written paper, such as presentations, spreadsheets, visual designs and calculations. In addition, instructors who need to evaluate student work that does not require a file submission, such as a live dance performance or musical recital, can use Turnitin's new grading template to provide timely and meaningful feedback to students.
A series of videos showcasing how instructors customize the new Grade Anything and grading template features are available at: http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/features/grade-anything
"Grade Anything will be an instrumental teaching tool for me," says Rebecca Hewett, lecturer at Cal State University, Bakersfield. "For example, in one assignment, my students create public service announcements in a poster format. It is incredibly helpful to upload the posters to Turnitin so I can give them quick, specific, high-quality feedback."
"In the last five years, Turnitin has moved from being used primarily as a plagiarism prevention service to one that is an integral part of the submission, feedback and grading process," says Chris Caren, chairman and CEO of Turnitin. "Turnitin's 'Grade Anything' features extend the capabilities of our online grading platform to help instructors manage any type of assignment in any subject area."
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Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student work online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K. For more information, please visit www.turnitin.com.
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