With the rise of ChatGPT and other AI-driven writing services, educators now have a new tool to detect plagiarism.

Turnitin, an internet-based plagiarism detector, has developed an AI writing detector that, in a lab, has identified 97 percent of ChatGPT and GPT3 authored writing. In a press release, Turninit said it plans to add this functionality to its core writing integrity products as early as next month. 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 currently have.

“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. “Equally important to our confidence in the technology is making the information usable and helpful and in a format that educators can use.”

In a press release, Turnitin said that, in a lab, the new detection tool has a less than 1/100 false positive rate.

“We are being very deliberate in releasing a detector that is highly accurate and trained on the largest dataset of academic writing,” said Chechitelli. “It is essential that our detector and any others limit false positives that may impact student engagement or motivation.”

In addition to the new AI-writing detection tool, Turnitin has also published an AI writing resource page to support educators with teaching resources, as well as to report its progress in developing AI writing detection features.

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