The Impact of Turnitin to the Student-Teacher Relationship

  • Abigail G. Scheg Elizabeth City State


The relationship between student and teacher in the college composition classroom is directly effected by the implementation of a plagiarism detection service such as Turnitin. With more colleges and universities asking or mandating instructors to utilize these programs, instructors must be aware of both the pros and cons of Turnitin. The tensions of such a system come from the binaries that are created and the reliance on the stereotype that all college students would cheat, if given the opportunity. Utilizing my own experience as both a student and a faculty member required to use Turnitin, this article unpacks the Turnitin system from both perspectives. This article distinguishes the uses of the word plagiarism and the educational implications of both the term itself and its connotations. Using Frieres baking model and Foucaults concept of the panopticon, I analyze the positions of authority of both student and teacher in order to assess the effects of plagiarism to the composition classroom.

Author Biography

Abigail G. Scheg, Elizabeth City State

Dr. Scheg is an Assistant Professor of English at Elizabeth City State University. She publishes in the areas of online pedagogy, first-year composition, social media, and popular culture.

How to Cite
SCHEG, Abigail G.. The Impact of Turnitin to the Student-Teacher Relationship. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, dec. 2013. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 jan. 2021.


Plagiarism, Turnitin, Authority, Language, Student-teacher relationship