Turnitin Adapts to Support Educators and Students as Need for Online Learning Services Increases
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
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ALPHARETTA, GA - While countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, worldwide there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic. With the sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist, and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market. Even before COVID-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology, and Oakland, CA-based Turnitin has been on the cusp of this upward trend.
Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research, streamlining grading, feedback, and assessment practices, and supporting the development of original thinking skills. They have helped over 34 million students at all educational levels in 15,000 institutions across 140 countries do their best, original work.
Compared to March and April of 2019, their text similarity checking services have shown an increase of 3 times more papers being submitted for similarity scoring compared to the historic average across the globe. Sign-ups for Gradescope, their assessment platform that streamlines grading workflows, have increased by 10x compared to this time last year.
Turnitin has grown domestically and internationally by responding to the market's need to ensure authenticity in education. As more and more institutions shift to 100% online learning and hybrid instructional models, Turnitin provides robust assessment tools that address every part of the assessment process. These tools will support both in-person and online assessments, handwritten or typed, across all subject areas and grade levels while ensuring integrity throughout the process. During this period of increased usage, they have adapted their services to better serve educators and students in the following ways:
1 – They have modernized their infrastructure and enhanced production monitoring systems so that they can detect and respond to issues before impacting customers negatively. The company also uses multiple test case regression frameworks to discover software defects early in their development cycles.
2 – Through both in-house product development and acquisitions, they are broadening their services to offer institutions further flexibility when delivering remote assignments and assessments at all educational and professional levels.
3. They use cutting-edge technology, such as machine intelligence, to automate the more tedious aspects of the educator workload. Thanks to these technologies, educators can spend more time engaging, mentoring, and teaching students.
“We recognize that this is an unprecedented and uncertain time as institutions rapidly adapt to remote instructional needs,” said Wes Chester, Senior Quality Engineer. “We are committed to delivering reliable and consistent service to our customers across the globe and providing supportive tools for their new online learning environments. While we haven’t changed our overall business strategy, we have moved to expedite the delivery of some capabilities that our customers told us they needed to author and deliver assessments that ensure academic integrity” he added.
Members of the Turnitin team are part of one of the fastest growing technology hubs in Alpharetta – Digital Ignition. As the official blockchain, AI and IoT business incubator of Forward Forsyth, Digital Ignition provides a creative environment for new service solutions and ground-breaking technologies to accelerate. Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and trail-blazing startups form the unique membership that collaborates to explore new innovations that have a global impact.
To learn more about Digital Ignition, please visit our website at digitalignition.com. To schedule an interview with Turnitin, please contact Joanne Sanders at 404.644.2779 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.