Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Turnitin Pilot

Starting September 2017, Turnitin will be widely available across Queen’s. In anticipation of that, the Turnitin Transition working group, reporting to the Provost Advisory Committee of Teaching and Learning, will oversee the pilot and resultant recommendations.

Turnitin is primarily used for originality and plagiarism checks. It can be used in a number of ways to identify potential integrity issues and can be used for prevention, skills development and protection of student and faculty work.

It is important to note that ensuring work submitted is original is critical to the mission of learning and research at Queen’s and takes many approaches (e.g. checking references). Turnitin is a tool that can further enable this mission.

The Turnitin Pilot: January 2017

The overriding goal of the Turnitin pilot is to enable the smooth integration of Turnitin at Queen’s to further develop a culture of integrity.

Specific questions: 

  • What is the value in different class sizes in different disciplines?
  • What is the value of student draft checks and/or educator-only checks?
  • What resources and supports will be needed to sustain use and encourage recommended practices?
  • What is the value of Turnitin use outside as a resource for graduate students and/or faculty?


Turnitin can be used in a variety of contexts in a variety of ways, as represented through the current group of pilot participants. For example, in our pilot, there are those who

  • want to use Turnitin to help students develop writing and referencing skills by allowing them to submit their work in advance of it being due and checked by the instructor
  • are interested in determining how best to work with Turnitin across multiple sections and multiple TAs
  • are already using a local version of Turnitin and through their involvement we can determine what the implications are going to a university-wide system
  • are teaching undergraduate courses of differing sizes and years
  • are teaching graduate courses
  • are teaching online courses

The diversity of uses of Turnitin in the pilot will help us to gain deeper understanding in how to support its various uses at Queen’s. We are really pleased with the mix of courses for the pilot.


The pilot will be supported through the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Student Academic Success Services (SASS) may support students directly through integrated classroom instruction, for those courses allowing for student draft checks.

Pilot participants have agreed to the following:

  • agree to a) training and b) participation in assessment, which may include student feedback
  • indicate that Turnitin.com will be used via course outline and within assignment details
  • indicate to students that Turnitin use is part of a pilot and that (voluntary) feedback will be sought
  • have tolerance for what may arise during the pilot and work with the subcommittee to explore implications of enabling Turnitin use across Queen’s

Provost Advisory Committee of Teaching and Learning

The Turnitin Transition working group will be responsible for the pilot project, reporting to the Provost Advisory Committee of Teaching and Learning. Membership includes:

Jill Scott (Chair), Office of the Provost (Academic)
Susan Korba, SASS
Brian Frank, FEAS
Nancy Owen, ITS
Scott Whetstone, Smith
J. Hugh Horton, FAS
Andrea Phillipson, CTL
Atul Jaiswal, Graduate Student
Leah Brockie, AMS
Mary Claire Vandenburg, Library