How do I set up a Turnitin Assignment for students to submit to?

You can set up a Turnitin Assignment which allows students to upload their work and see their own Originality Report. The main value of Turnitin lies in its use as a formative educational tool to help raise awareness and educate students about plagiarism, and to provide a source of formative feedback on their writing. Where Turnitin is used for text-matching of summative work this MUST be in addition to submission of the same work to Blackboard. For summative work, you may require students to upload their papers to both the Blackboard submission point and Turnitin, or you may choose to upload student papers to Turnitin yourself after students have submitted them to Blackboard. Further guidance on using Turnitin for both formative and summative work can be found in Section 7.11 in the Principles and Procedures for Summative Assessment.

Step 1: Ensure that Edit Mode is 'ON'. (Look for 'ON' in the upper right-hand corner of the page).

Step 2: Access the Content Area (e.g. Assessment) where you would like to locate the Turnitin Assignment submission point. (If you are creating a Turnitin Assignment for uploading student papers to Turnitin yourself after students have submitted them to Blackboard, it should be created in a hidden folder).

Step 3: From the Create Assessment menu, select TurnitinUK Assignment. You will be taken to a new webpage inside the portal frame.

Step 4: Choose Paper Assignment and click on the Next Step button to proceed.

Step 5: Enter/select the following information for the New Assignment:

  • Assignment title - enter the name for the Turnitin Assignment that will be displayed to students. This MUST be distinct from any Blackboard submission point.
  • Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality - leave this as selected so that all papers uploaded will be checked for originality
  • Start date - set the date and time from when students can first upload work to this Turnitin Assignment
  • Due date - set the date and time after which students are not permitted to upload work to this Turnitin Assignment

Step 6: At the bottom of the New Assignment webpage, expand the Optional Settings by clicking the '+' button. A list of additional options will appear:

  1. Enter any special instructions – this is the description that appears on Blackboard next to the Turnitin Assignment. You should inform students of the dates between which they are permitted to submit their work, how many times they are permitted to submit and when they will see their Originality Report (as choosen at number 4 below), and who they should contact if they have any difficulties uploading their work or understanding their Originality Reports. There are a series of  of support videos available about Turnitin for students that you might also link to to assist your students in uploading their work and working with their Originality Reports.
  2. If you wish to allow submissions after the due date, leave this option as Yes. If not, change to No.
  3. You should ensure that generate Originality Reports for submissions is left as Yes.
  4. There are a number of different options available for generating Originality Reports for student submissions:
    1. If you only would like students to have one attempt to receive a report on their work once they upload their paper, choose immediately first report is final
    2. If you would like students to have multiple attempts to receive reports on their work, choose immediately (can overwrite reports until due date). Students should be reminded to wait until they receive an Originality Report before reuploading as this can delay the time it takes the generate the report (up to 24 hours).
    3. If you would like all students to receive their Originality Reports at the same time, choose on due date.
  5. Exclusions for biblographic and quoted materials from Similiarity Indices and small matches should all be set to No. Exclusions can be later applied by both staff and students when working with Originality Reports.
  6. As students are expected to use their Originality Reports as a form of feedback, it is important that you allow students to see Originality Reports. Therefore ensure this option is set to Yes.
  7. You can ignore the reveal grades to students only on post date option.
  8. Depending on the use of the Turnitin Assignment, the submit papers to option:
    1. Must be set to no repository where the Turnitin Assignment will be used for formative uploads by students, and a further Turnitin Assignment will be used for the upload of summative student work anonymously by the Module Leader or marker. This will prevent any unitended matching between a student's formative and summative paper in that module.
    2. Can be set to standard paper repository where the Turnitin Assignment will be used for formative uploads by students, and a further Turnitin Assignment will be used for the upload of summative student work by the Module Leader or marker as long as the student files are associated with students enrolled on the module.
    3. Can be set to standard paper repository where all formative and summative uploads to Turnitin Assignments in the same module are made by students.
    4. Should be set to standard paper repository for all summative Turnitin Assignments.
  9. Search options can be left as default.

Step 7: Click Submit at the bottom of the page to save your changes. You will see a 'TurnitinUK Assignment successfully added.' message. Click OK to return to Blackboard.

Once students have uploaded their work they will be able to review the Orignality Reports for their work, depending on when you set them to be generated. You can review these reports as well by checking the students' Originality Reports.

 

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