Turnitin Integrating AI Writing Detector into Its Products
Plagiarism detection company Turnitin announced that the AI writing detection tool it teased in January will be available as a feature of its existing products as soon as April.
According to the company, the tool detects ChatGPT- and GPT 3.0-written content 97% of the time, with a false positive rate of less than 1%. According to Turnitin: “The new functionality will operate within the existing Turnitin workflow so that educators will be able to analyze content and use feedback tools in the same user experience they have today.”
“Based on how our detection technology is performing in our lab and with a significant number of test samples, we are confident that Turnitin’s AI writing detection capabilities will give educators information to help them decide how to best handle work that may have been influenced by AI writing tools,” said Annie Chechitelli, chief product officer of Turnitin, in a prepared statement. “Equally important to our confidence in the technology is making the information usable and helpful and in a format that educators can use. We are being very deliberate in releasing a detector that is highly accurate and trained on the largest dataset of academic writing. It is essential that our detector and any others limit false positives that may impact student engagement or motivation.”
Turnitin also launched an AI writing resource page designed specifically for educators to “support educators with teaching resources and to report its progress in developing AI writing detection features. The newly launched AI writing resource page is publicly available and will be updated regularly with information about Turnitin’s progress in bringing detection features to market including how they are performing in its research and development lab. Turnitin experts in pedagogy and instruction will also contribute to an expanded library of resources to help guide K–12 teachers and higher education faculty on how to adjust to an academic environment where AI writing is used. Additionally, demo and preview videos will be regularly posted.”
David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media’s Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.
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