Present: Bozak, Clendinning, Fiorini, Jalife, Murphy, Nichols, Pretzat,
Guests: Decker, Ketcham, Moreau
Joe Moreau, Nicole Decker and Greg Ketcham were present to talk about the
technology side of implementing any decision to acquire a plagiarism detection
service (Turnitin.com, Mydropbox.com, etc.).
* CTS/SLN/etc. would have to be responsible for reviewing possible
technology solutions while CII would be in the position to be recommend
policy for its use to APC.
* Policy issues: undergraduate v. graduate students; faculty and
student training issues; use of tool as "fishing expedition" (all papers
processed) v. suspicious papers only submitted to service; inclusion in
syllabus; opt out option for students (based on particular technology solution
chosen, if appropriate).
* Turnitin.com suite includes additional tools that can be integrated with
Angel. Two tools of particular interest are the peer review tool and the
grademark tool (similar to but simpler to use than tracking in Word).
* Turnitin.com (or other tool) v. Google? Likely similar hit rates in
terms of finding copying but since use different sources will have different
results for any given paper. In either event, no copying found doesn't mean no
plagiarism, just not found within database. Otherwise, advantage to tool is
ease of use for faculty member.
* Even integrated within Angel, Turnitin.com's plagiarism tool can be used
* Costs aren't clear. Turnitin.com's pricing from a year ago would range
upwards of $14,000 for the suite and Angel integration. Mydropbox.com quotes
$2880 for 7200 FTE. While Mydropbox.com is unlimited use, Turnitin.com has
levels of use up to unlimited, so cost will vary with choice of coverage. We
could start simple and ramp up use as needed. We have offer for use of
Turnitin.com for this semester. Mydropbox.com appears to offer a 150 day free
* Joe et. al. will evaluate these products (and others, especially as
identified in a recent EDUCAUSE paper) for the technology, costs, features,
etc. Joe will also ask his former school to pass along materials they've used
(policies, training material, etc.) for our consideration. CII will
consider policy issues. We will meet again on
APRIL 16, 2008 at 9am in 711 Culkin
to share information and then, if appropriate, make a formal recommendation
on these tools/policies.
* It is possible that in the meantime we can identify who is using either of
these products on campus so as to include them in the evaluation process, and
perhaps involve others in its evaluation.