OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that it is rapidly approaching 20 million graded papers in its award-winning GradeMark tool. To celebrate this historic milestone, Turnitin will award the instructor that grades the 20 millionth paper with a $2,000 cash prize, and donate an additional $2,000 to a non-profit of the winner's choice.
For more information, please visit: http://turnitin.com/en_us/products/grademark/20m.
"For the last three years, we've seen the number of papers being graded online with GradeMark nearly double each year," said Turnitin's CEO Chris Caren. "The 20 million mark is a tipping point after which we'll see most student papers being evaluated with GradeMark."
According to a study by Turnitin of 350 users, GradeMark's drag-and-drop QuickMark comments, combined with voice comments and interactive rubrics, reduces instructors' grading time, improves their feedback and increases student engagement compared to traditional methods of grading. Overall, instructors reported that GradeMark led to:
- 31 percent decrease in grading time
- 52 percent increase in quality of feedback
- 46 percent increase in student engagement
"Most people think of Turnitin as plagiarism prevention, but Grademark has reduced my grading time by almost 50 percent and at the same time improved the quality of my feedback to students," said Sarah O'Hara, a composition instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. "Grademark is amazing!"
For more information about Turnitin's approach to 20 million graded papers, visit: http://turnitin.com/en_us/products/grademark/20m.About Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. 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 papers 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 http://turnitin.com.
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