• Turnitin
  • Respondus
  • VTC
  • Podcasting

    Turn It In

    Turnitin is a proprietary internet-based plagiarism detection system developed by iParadigms, LLC. Turnitin provides a faster way of electronically checking documents and encourages correct citation of other people’s material. Turnitin is mainly designed to make comparisons between texts contained within a document against three standard paper repositories. These are:

    When the text is compared, a percentage similarity index which is also matched to a colour code is generated. The colour codes and indices are:

                    Blue                        no matching text

                    Green                     one to 24% matching text

                    Yellow                    25 to 49% matching text

                    Orange                   50 to 74% matching text

                    Red                         75 to 100% matching text


    Take note that this is only an indication that plagiarism might have occurred. The text which matches other documents is highlighted and numbered. The numbering will correspond to the original sites and documents where the material was extracted.

    The level of sensitivity and method of extracting text is not well suited to mathematical formula or code. Mathematical formula can be added to a document using a variety of different methods and as a resuly is difficult to compare. Code in its raw text form is able to be compared but because of the nature of code and the way that it contains many repeating terms the originality may point out matches that are not relevant.  But generally code in .txt format can be submitted and compared prior to being compiled.

    • Student paper repository
    • Current and archived internet and periodicals
    • Journals and publications


    Respondus allows for lecturers and instructors to develop and augment online learning via the development of assessment applications. It is integrated into the Ignite (Blackboard/WebCT) providing the tools required for easier management and creation of materials, most notably assessments. You can dowloand respondus from the CNS software dowload page and contact us for the authentication/license details. Download Respondus.



    VTC (Virtual Training Centre) offers staff and students the opportunity to access tutorials for a wide variety of computer software programmes and applications. This ranges from graphic design to project management software. The tutorials are aimed at providing users with the opportunity to learn and engage at their own pace. In addition, should a user wish to be certified on particular software package/s, examinations for certification can be written at a nominal cost to the user.



    Podcasting is an initiative started by the eLSI unit the beginning of the year 2011. The aim is to have a podcast server where all podcasts of events happening around the university environment will be kept and users will be able to access them for later use.

    There are three types of podcast supported by eLSI:

    1. Occasional public podcasts events (Inaugural lectures, conference presentations, graduation addresses etc.

    2. Semeterised course “profcasts” (audio) designed to support teaching & learning  within a course (lecture, readings, discussions

    3.  Regular ed tech podcasts around education and technology in a radio show format.


    Occasional public podcasts are open to the general public. There is no authentication required to access these podcasts and their related episodes.

    Course Profcasts are accessible to the students that are registered for that course. Students will access the course podcast using their username and password on the LMS. If the podcaster elects to leave his/her podcasts open and unrestricted, then authentication is not required for these podcasts and they can be accessible to anyone. Profcasters may, at their discussion, elect to limit access to specific people.


    Procedure for Requesting an occasional public podcast:

    A full-time employee from WITS (contact person) will be required to complete a podcast application form. The individual will be contacted by eLSI podcast administrator with the necessary information within two business days.

    The following steps are followed when a request is made for an occasional public access podcast:

    1. Submit public podcast application form.

    2.  Upon approval to podcast, eLSI will create a public podcast folder on the server

    3. eLSI personnel will meet with contact person to review podcasting process

    4. Podcast is recorded and edited by eLSI

    5.  eLSI personnel uploads files for event.

    6. The contact person reviews and approves the podcast and related information.

    7.  Upon approval, eLSI makes podcast available to the general public.


    Procedure for Requesting a Course Profcast:

    A full time faculty member will be required to complete a podcast application form. The individual will be contacted by eLSI podcast administrator with the necessary information within two business days.

    The following steps are followed when a faculty member requests a course-related profcast:

    1.  Submit a Course Profcast application form

    2. Upon approval, eLSI will create a course podcast folder associated with the course on the podcast server.

    3. eLSI personnel will be available to meet with instructor to inform and instruct the faculty member about podcasts costs, equipment and the process.

    4. The initial course Profcast is recorded by faculty member with eLSI personal support.

    5. Faculty member uploads podcast files for course.

    6. Faculty member reviews podcast and related content.

    7. Registered students are informed of the additions to the Course podcast folder.



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Last modified on 2015-03-02 by Nkaba Senne