My high school students are using this website and others like it to "cheat" the system.  I have had more than a few papers that were clearly taken directly from other sources, and turnitin shows no similarity.  It is spreading like the plague in our school.  Will turnitin have a fix? Do any other teachers know of a way around this?  HELP!!

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  • Rosemary Staropoli Clearly contract cheating is a very real threat to our global education systems. Whilst Turnitin is developing software to help educators to determine the authorship of students work, the problem requires a coordinated and holistic response. A range of resources and research can be found via our Authorship site

    However one of the best approaches is to educate students about the very real risks to their immediate learning and also their future career that they run by using a third party to complete their work. On 17 October the International Center for Academic Integrity will run their 3rd Day of Action Against Contract Cheating where educators and students can make a stand against contract cheating. We would encourage educators to engage students in discussions about this and sign our pledge page or initiate some activities on campus on the day, such as making whiteboard declarations and then posting them on social media.

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    • Gill Rowell I understand this holistic approach, and agree. However, needs to address (and quickly) the ways that kids are able to use entirely plagiarized papers and turn them in using easy to access tricks to avoid similarity on your site. My district pays for this service. I shouldn't have to double-check and print out documents to then type into a search engine to see the origins. This is why we purchased turnitin.

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  • I agree with Rosemary. I just faced the same issue. Several students recently chose the same research topic without my knowledge. When I began reading, they looked oddly similar. In fact, seven started with the same five words. It wasn't until a student turned in the wrong paper that this issue was exposed. There had been file sharing. Lots of file sharing. It wasn't Turn It In that exposed a cheating ring, it was us searching Google Docs on their school issued IPads. I understand there will always be someone, somewhere that will find a way to circumvent the system. However, when the list of how to cheat is posted on the internet, I would think this would be a high priority to overcome. 

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  • I stumbled across this "How To" get past Turnitin's similarity check:  
    Is Turnitin aware of it and working to thwart this hack?

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      • Gill Rowell
      • Education Manager, Turnitin
      • Gill_Rowell
      • 1 mth ago
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      ROBERTO ALVELAIS Thanks for contacting us, although I have removed the video from your post. Suffice to say we are aware of this technique and would be happy to discuss with any teachers on an individual basis who are concerned that their student may have used this approach.

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