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  • You are going to want to do this under the Groups tool. Here's how to get to the correct screen to make these group forums/topics:

    1. In the course you want to work in, click on the Communications drop-down menu in the navigation bar and select the Groups link.
    2. Click on the name of the group you would like to edit.
      Note: You might have to use the "View Categories" dropdown menu to find the group you want to work on.
    3. Click on the "Edit Discussions Restrictions" link in the Additional Options area.
    4. Click on the "Automatically create restricted topics" link.

    To create new topics in an existing forum, click on the "Add Another" button for the forum listed on the dropdown menu. If you have several topics that you want each group to post messages to within that forum, you will need to click the "Add Another" button for each one you want to create. I recommend changing the titles for each set as you make them to avoid mixing the group topics up. Go to the Discussions area, click on the drop-down menu to the right of the topic name and select the Edit Topic link. Add a more descriptive title, but keep the "Group 1" or "Group 2" in the title as well so you will know which group is which (ex. Project Brainstorming Group 1, Project Brainstorming Group 2 or Case Study Group 1, Case Study Group 2, etc.).

    If you need to create multiple forums as well as group topics (ex. week 1, week 2, week 3, etc.), click on the New Forum link next to the Forums dropdown menu. Once you have named the new forum, save it and then click the "Add Another" button for this forum. Keep doing this until you have the number of forums and group topics you need.









  • Turnitin abides by a strict privacy policy to protect sensitive data. Student information and papers are secured digitally through industry-standard SSL encryption and physi­cally through stringent security mea­sures at Turnitin's server facilities. Turnitin does not require student names to be associated with submitted papers. Upon request from the institution, a specific paper can be removed from the database.

    The Turnitin service complies with FERPA, COPPA and copyright laws and requirements.

  • Since July 2006, UW-Superior has used Turnitin to help instructors improve their students' critical thinking and composition skills as well as check for improper citation or potential plagiarism. It also protects our students' original work from being used without citation by another person, and serves as a learning tool to help instructors and students better identify and correct unintentional plagiarism.

  • Instructors can submit students' papers electronically to Turnitin or create a Dropbox folder in Learn@ UWSuperior that allows the students to submit the papers. The papers are checked against the database to determine the originality of the work. A report comes back with a score indicating how likely the paper is to be original work, including the sources of matches found. If the matching source is determined to be from a paper authored by another student, the instructor may then request a copy of the original paper to review. The instructor who is reviewing the paper would seek permission from the instructor whose student's work was listed as a source. Permission must be granted before the paper is released. The Turnitin service does not govern the release of the student's work; it just facilitates the connection between the instructors.

  • Turnitin is a web based service that creates unique digital "fingerprints" of each document submitted to the system. These fingerprints are compared with others in the database for originality. The system also uses information from academic resources, online encyclopedias, news agencies, and other sources likely to be used for plagiarism.