Who does this affect?
This is an important message for any staff who require their students to scan handwritten work – for example Mathematical or Scientific equations – and submit this to Turnitin.
This is likely to be relevant in subject areas such as Mathematics, Economics, Meteorology and the Sciences, and possibly on some Language courses.
When setting up a Turnitin assignment, it is possible to choose the ‘Accept any file type’ option, and students should then be able to submit files which won’t generate a Similarity Report, for instance a PDF containing only scanned images.
Recently, however, issues have arisen for
- students attempting to submit files containing scanned work
- staff wishing to mark such work using Turnitin Feedback Studio.
These issues have been raised with Turnitin Support, by us and by TEL staff at other Universities, and we are awaiting their response.
What can we do to avoid problems?
If you require students to submit scanned work to Turnitin, the key thing is to tell them to include at least 20 words of typed text in their Word document or PDF.
You may wish to provide a standard coversheet as a prompt, to make sure students do this.
We have put together this page to provide guidance to students: Turnitin: Submit Scanned / Handwritten Work
If you, or your students, need additional guidance, please contact the TEL team via firstname.lastname@example.org