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Turnitin’s New AI Detection Tool

If you use Turnitin to grade assignments in Moodle, you may have noticed its new feature. Earlier this month, Turnitin released its AI writing detection tool designed to help determine whether AI writing tools such as ChatGPT have been used in students’ writing assignments.

How to Use Turnitin’s AI Detection Tool

The AI detection tool appears once you click on the student’s submission and open the Similarity Report. You can read more about Turnitin’s AI writing detection capabilities on their website. In addition, take a look at the video our colleagues at Cairn University made to see how to use Turnitin’s AI writing detection tool in Moodle.

Not 100% Accurate

We’d like to note, this new feature does not provide 100% accurate results. There are many workarounds to outsmart AI detection tools. When using the new AI feature, Turnitin displays a note that reads, Caution: Percentage may not indicate academic misconduct. Review required. They also provide a disclaimer.

At this time, these technologies are so new it’s hard to tell whether the results would yield definitive measures of misconduct or plagiarism.

Because of this, Turnitin provides several resources for faculty to consider when it comes to AI and writing.

If you have questions or need help with Turnitin’s new AI detection tool, please reach out to Academic Technology by using our support portal at support.swarthmore.edu to enter a support request.