Turnitin now tries to detect AI-generated text – Spring 23

Hello, MiraCosta faculty –

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Turnitin, which is integrated into Canvas and available to all MiraCosta faculty, has just begun providing an additional evaluation of the likelihood of submitted text having been generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). You can learn more about Turnitin through MiraCosta’s guide for faculty, and you can read more about this new AI detection capability, from Turnitin. At this time, Turnitin has automatically made this function available at no additional cost, although they have said that institutions will need to pay for this capability starting in 2024.

This release has been somewhat controversial; you may wish to read an article summarizing concerns with false positives that this technology may generate. In fact, Turnitin themselves provides guides for both faculty and students for dealing with false positives. It’s important to note that the AI detection results are available ONLY to instructors, not to students, if you enable students to do a Turnitin self-check on an assignment. As ever, we recommend that if you choose to use Turnitin with your students, you do so in a positive, formative, process-oriented manner. Please also keep in mind that our AP on Intellectual Property requires certain instructor disclosures and options for students when using software such as Turnitin.

If you have questions about Turnitin, AI, or anything else after reviewing the links above, please don’t hesitate to connect with me.

– Jim

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

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