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Using Turnitin

Turnitin automatic check screen Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Optional settings and anonymous marking

New Turntin Feedback Studio Guidance (February 2017)

Please see the page here for more information.

GradeMark Online Feedback tool in Turnitin Find out more about GradeMark

Rubrics and grading forms
How to use rubrics or grading forms in Turnitin Feedback Studio

Student Submission

How students submit assignments to Turnitin Student access to Originality Reports

The Originality Report

About the Originality Report Viewing the Originality Report Analysing the Originality Report Matched Sources and All sources Setting filters Further Analysis Options

Instructor Submission

Instructor of Submission Papers Instructor Multiple Submission of Papers Viewing and Grading other file types uploaded in Turnitin Marking Image based Student Submissions Grading Other Student Assessment Submission

Revision Assignment and Re-submitting student papers

Create a Revision Assignment

Using Turnitin

Turnitin automatic check screen

When you login into Turnitin for the first time Turnitin will compare a user’s computer system capabilities to the minimum system requirements (e.g. operating system versions, supported browser versions, settings for cookies and enabling JavaScript), and provide information on how to address any issues to meet the requirements. This auto-check reduces user frustration and requests for support – especially for new users. Users are encouraged to proactively address issues with their system’s set-up rather than requiring them to react to problems that occur. Once you have set these settings, you can check a setting so that you do not have to set this setting again. Close this view by clicking on the ‘Continue to dashboard’button at the bottom of the window.

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Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard

Start with Blackboard making sure the edit mode is set to on, and follow the steps below, (you may want to consider having specific course menu button on Blackboard called ‘Assignments’ or ‘Turnitin Assignments’ which your students can easily locate to submit their assignments. More on how to add a course menu item is available here).

1. In your Blackboard course select the content area (this can be your newly created course menu item, in this instance ‘Turnitin Assignments’).

2.Select Assessments, and from the drop down menu choose the option Turnitin Assignment.

Select Turnitin assignmentd from the Assessment menu

The Turnitin screen will be displayed; you can now set the parameters for your Turnitin assignment

Leave the default paper assignment

Select your Assignment Type: There are three options:

Paper Assignment – this is the default setting (this is most likely to be used).

PeerMark Assignment – this setting allows students to peer review student papers based on questions set by you as the instructor. Instructors can create a PeerMark assignment based on a previously submitted assignment. For PeerMark assignments, instructors can determine the number of reviews students do and whether reviews are anonymous or not. Find out more about the PeerMark tool.

Revision Assignment – this setting allows your students to submit multiple drafts without overwriting the previous drafts/submissions. The instructor can create additional assignments using the revision assignment type. Note, revision assignments are duplicates of the ‘parent’ assignment advanced options, and standard settings; but may have new start, due, and post-dates.

3. Leave the default ‘Paper Assignment

The following steps assume you have selected the ‘Paper Assignment’ option.

4. Selecting the ‘Next Step’ button makes visible the ‘New assignment’ screen.


In the ‘New Assignment’ screen, enter the following information:

Assignment title– Add an assignment title

Point value: – If you want to assign a score for this assignment, enter the number of points possible. If you do not wish to assign points to the Turnitin assignment, leave the point value at 0.

However, when using the Gradecenter column in conjunction with the Weighted Total column in Blackboard, it is imperative that the ‘Point value’ field in Turnitin is accurately populated. If not, should you wish to include the grade in the Gradecenter Weighted Total column the Weighted Total value will not calculate correctly.

Note, that a Gradecenter column is automatically created in Blackboard for the Turnitin assignment. This allows you to enter a grade for each student assignment in Turnitin, when you view the originality report.

Choose either the radio button Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality’(the default), or ‘Allow any file type ’:

If you choose ‘Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality’: Originality reports (which display text matches) will be produced for those students assignments that meet the current file types based on Turnitin’s requirements. This information is available for students when they upload their assignments as per the below, typically:

The file must be less than 400 pages in length · The file must be less than 20 MB · The file must contain more than 20 words of text · The file must be in one of these file formats: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files The other option ‘Allow any File Type‘ basically allowsthe ability to submit and give online feedback for files that cannot receive Originality Reports and for assigment type submissions that cannot be displayed in Turnitin’s Document Viewer. However if you do wish to have an originality report produced which allows you to view any text matches, you need to choose the option ‘Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality’. You may find that the ‘Allow any File Type’ option to be beneficial in allowing to provide online feedback for an assignment submission which may not require an originality report. If under this option some student file submissions meet Turnitin’s requirement for generating an originality report, you will for such submissions receive an originality report. Choose a Start date and Time– The start date/time is the date when the link to the Turnitin link will be made visible to your students.

Choose a Due date and Time– The due date/time is the last date on which students will be able to submit.

Post Date – Set the post date, this relates to when feedback/comments and grades are available to students to view using GradeMark. GradeMark allows you to add comments and feedback to the students submitted assignment and grade student papers online. The instructor can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, as well evaluate the paper against set rubrics. This date is important if you are setting anonymous marking in Turnitin and use GradeMark to give comments and feedback. Learn more about anonymous marking and Grademark.

Optional Settings and Anonymous Marking

5. Access the Optional settings, open the plus icon. Here you will see settings that are available and need to be set appropriate to your requirements:

optional settings

Enter special instructions– enter any instructions that you want add your students to read in this text box. These instructions will be visible to your students when they submit their assignments. Based on the options that you set further below; this text box gives you an opportunity to state whether you are allowing them to view originality reports; whether they can make only one submission or multiple submissions until the due date. Having clear instructions to your students here can save problems later.

Allow submissions after the due date? Choose whether you want to allow student submissions after the assignment due date. If you select “no” then you will need to consider what to do about late submissions. Will you upload them yourself? Or amend the due date later on? Each submission will be date-stamped in Turnitin.

If you select the “yes” option you will have to consider how you close the assignment, thereby preventing further submissions. You can close the assignment by changing the due date back to an earlier date.

Note that submissions after the due date will be compared with earlier student work and this should highlight possible collusion. The work will also be flagged as late when you check the list of originality reports for an assessment.

Originality Report

Generate Originality Report for submissions – leave this to the default ‘yes’, originality reports illustrate text matches to the student submission.

Generate Originality Report for student submissions(drop down) – the following three options are available:

Immediately (first report is final) – Originality Reports will be generated immediately for all submissions (i.e. as soon as student submits and students cannot resubmit their papers).

Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date) – Originality Reports for a student’s initial submission will be generated immediately (i.e. as soon as a student submits). Students can choose to resubmit their papers and receive Originality Reports as many times as they like until the assignment’s due date. Note: Previous versions of submitted assignments are not saved and are replaced with the current submission. Please note that although reports for the first submission are generated immediately, reports for subsequent submissions are delayed for 24 hours.

The option could be viewed as a useful “formative function”, as students get to view their originality report. You may wish to adopt an approach that allows formative feedback for the first assignment, perhaps at level 1 linked to a discussion of bad academic practice; with subsequent assignments being allowed only as a final submission. Another option that will be discussed further below, and is recommended to be used to develop good academic writing skills is the ‘Revision option’. The Revision option allows the tutor to track progress to any changes to re-submitted work as previous versions of the originality report are retained.

On due dateOriginality Reports will not be generated for submissions until the assignment’s due date at which time they will be released to you (and your students if you select that option). This setting will allow you to check for collusion between students in a cohort, as all papers will be submitted together, where you also “Allow other papers to be checked against submissions?”

Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity index for all papers in this assignment (yes/no)- By default this setting is set to ‘No’, if you want bibliographic materials to be excluded from submissions then select ‘Yes’. This setting cannot be modified once a submission has made. Note however bibliographic materials can be included or excluded when viewing the originality report.

Exclude quoted materials from Similarity index for all papers in this assignment (yes/no)By default this setting is set to ‘No’, if you want quoted materials to be excluded from submissions then select ‘Yes’. This setting cannot be modified once a submission has made. Note however quoted materials can be included or excluded when viewing the originality report.

Exclude small matches As an instructor you can choose to indicate that the similarity index for every originality report for an assignment should exclude matches equal to or less than a certain percent (1% – 100%). The default setting is that ALL matches are shown (‘no’). If you wish to set a percentage for exclusion, select ‘yes’ and enter either the word count by exclusion or the percentage amount. The size of matches that have been excluded (if any) is clearly indicated on each originality report. Instructors can adjust the size of matches to exclude while viewing each originality report and those adjustments are immediately reflected in the originality report.

Allow students to see Originality Reports? (yes/no) – If you select “No” students will not receive an Originality Report. If you select “Yes” students will be able to see their own originality report. This can productively be used at Level 1 with students to show how the system works and to discuss bad academic practice, collusion and plagiarism.

Reveal grades to students only on post date? (yes/no) This is a new option, although you can set the Turnitin post date to control when the students will see their grades and feedback, this only applies if they go directly into the Turnitin assignment. Unfortunately, it will not necessarily stop them going to ‘My Grades’ (if you have this acticated on your Blackboard site) and being able to see their grade as soon as it has been entered. If you set this to yes this stops students seeing the Turnitin assignment through the tool ‘My Grades’ (which can be added to the module menu).

  • If you answer ‘No’ to this question, students will be able to see their grade through the Blackboard My Grades tool; but they will still not be able to see any lecturer feedback in Turnitin until the Post Date.
  • If your Turnitin assignment is set for Anonymous Marking, then no grades will be passed to the Blackboard Grade Centre before the post date, regardless of how you answer this question (but our advice would still be to answer Yes, just to be on the safe side). Find out more here on anonymous marking.

Enable anonymous marking? (yes/no) – Select yes/no if you want student identities hidden or displayed whilst marking and giving feedback using the Grademark tool.
Find out here about anonymous marking in Turnitin and GradeMark

Submit papers to (drop down) – There are two options available:

Student paper repository – All submissions from your students will be added to the TurnitinUK database and checked against student papers stored in the database. By so doing you will ensure that all submissions will be compared to each other thereby allowing you to identify instances of collusion both within the current cohort and also from previous cohorts.

No Repository – If you do not want to have your students’ assignments added to the database you should select this option. Note if you choose not to have papers stored in Turnitin’s student database, you will not be able to check submissions against Turnitin’s student paper database and therefore may not be able identify cross-institutional collusion. For this condition to apply you will also be required to uncheck the “student paper repository” option, under search options.

Search OptionsYou can specify the sources that submitted papers will be checked against. By default all should be checked.

Grademark – Attach a rubric to this assigment? (drop-down)- You can create rubrics to grade Turnitin assignments via GradeMark. Rubrics can be either weighted, points-based, or qualitative for offering standardised feedback on student papers. A rubric can make the marking process very easy.

next_section Find out more here on using rubrics.

Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future submissions? (checkbox) This option allows you to save the settings you have chosen whilst creating the assignment as default. If you will be regularly creating Turnitin assignments this can save you time. If you do choose to save the settings they can be modified if and when you create another Turnitin assignment.

Turnitin confirmation screen

6. If you are happy with your settings click on the Submit button to create the Turnitin assignment.

You will receive confirmation if you’re Turnitin assignment is created successfully.

7. Select the OK button located on the right.

As a result an assignment inbox is created with an assignment link. The link provides a title and instructions for students to view/complete; and will be visible to your students based on your entered ‘start date’ .

Turnitin link in content area

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Student Submission

How students submit assignments to Turnitin

Important note: Turnitin should not be used to assess narrated PowerPoint presentations; DMU Replay should be used – see: Enabling the DMU Replay Assignment Folder for students to record and upload to

The below steps briefly describe how a student submits their assignment into Turnitin using Blackboard.

1. To access the Turnitin assignment, login to Blackboard and select the relevant button in your blackboard module course menu (i.e. Assignments/assessment). 2. Click the View/Complete link next to the assignment title.

You will be provided a summary of your assignment details as displayed in the image below. If you want to find out more information about the assignment and want to read any special instructions, hover over the information icon (represented by an i).

Student submission screen

3. To submit your assignment click on the Submit (blue) button. You will be presented with the ‘Submit Paper‟ screen.

By default, your name will be populated into the ‘First name’ and ‘Last name’ fields.

important Note: It is important that you do not overwrite your name in these fields.

4. Enter a title for your submission in the ‘Submission title’ field. This will be provided in your handbook or by your tutor.


5. To upload your assignment into the Turnitin tool click the ‘Choose from this computer’ button and locate your file. Note you can choose your file from ‘Google Drive’ or ‘Drop box’ only of you have accounts set up and are using there services. We at DMU donot endorse these approaches for assignment storage but Turnitin is allowing for flexibility if you choose to use such services. If you do so, its at your own risk. Select your file, select open and then click on the upload button.

6. Select the Upload button. If this is the incorrect file you can choose to clear and select your correct file.

7.You will have an opportunity to preview and confirm the file.

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8. If this is the correct file, select the Confirm button. Below you are presented with your ‘digital receipt’. Note the message at the top where you can print a copy or view this digital receipt from the ‘Document Viewer’


9. Select the ‘Return to assignment list‘ button. You will be taken back to your ‘Class homepage’ here you can view your submission details and ‘originality report’ if your tutor has made this available for you to view. 10. The download icon in your class homepage allows you to:

– View your original submitted file – View your original submitted file in PDF – View, print or save your digital receipt


Student access to originality reports

If your students have been given access to Originality Reports and have submitted their work in TurnitinUK, they can view their submission by accessing the View/Complete link in Blackboard, Once the student selects the correct assignment link they can see the originalty bar showing a percentage. If the student clicks on the Similarity Score (%) they will see the same report as you as a tutor.

important Note: As a tutor if you have set the option to allow students to have multiple submissions up until the due date and be able to view their originality reports; previous originality reports of draft submissions are not saved.

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The Originality Report

About the Originality Report

TurnitinUK will generate an originality report for each student submission. You can view submissions as soon as students have submitted assignments, however it is wise to do this after all assignments have been submitted so that you can detect any collusion. We strongly recommend that if you are using Turnitin for the first time with your students that you consider giving an induction if they have not had one before, especially on submitting and interpreting the originality report. This helps to reduce anxieties about the tool and students need to understand how the originality report is compiled. Your induction could include a sample originality report from a past paper and show the main offences e.g. poor referencing. You could also consider creating a short task or use the first submission assignment as draft for which to provide formative feedback, this too can be most beneficial if all students can view in summary how Turnitin detects matches. Some key pointers you may consider relaying to your students can include: • TurnitinUK can identify similarities with online internet resources; work of students within a module and in the institution and is compared against other students work across other institutions. • TurnitinUK does not make blanket judgements about the submitted work and whether each submitted piece of work has been plagiarised or not. What it does do is highlight the extent (%) of matched text of your work to other resources and possible intentional plagiarism and help diagnose poor academic writing. The tutor will need to decide if plagiarism has taken place.

When interpreting the similarity report in Turnitin there is no particular percentage threshold that would indicate plagiarism has definitely taken place. It is the responsibility of the individual tutor to check the work and identify potential academic offences (plagiarism, collusion, etc) prior to reporting the work to their APO.

• Students need to bear in mind that if they read an article and use the ideas and thoughts from that article, they should make reference to the article so it is clear where these ideas came from. If a reference is not made then this can be viewed as inappropriate use of someone else’s work. The same applies if colluding or copying another student’s work to produce the assignment. TurnitinUK will not teach students how to improve their writing that is not what it is primarily intended for however this should be an outcome indicator upon analysis to improve ones writing. • If students are allowed to view the originality report, students need to be reassured that having a high percentage can indicate a number of things and not just downright plagiarism. Using TurnitinUK formatively by allowing level 1 students to view the originality report; the report can be used as an aid to improve writing and understanding the academic offence plagiarism and bad academic practice by promoting: 1. Checking that all material is properly referenced, 2. Developing and improving ones writing by simply not quoting large chunks but trying to distil the works, arguments of others 3. As appropriate develop own ideas and use others work to support your thoughts 4. Using the option of having multiple submissions before the final version as an opportunity to improve ones work 5. Use the university help available to improve your writing, more information is available online from our Library website from the Centre for Learning and Library Services

Viewing the originality report

To view the originality reports that TurnitinUK generates: 1. Click the control panel link from within your Blackboard course. 2. From the control panel page, select Course Tools and then choose Turnitin Assignments from the menu. Any Turnitin assignments that you have created in your Blackboard module will be listed here. Also you can view the Turnitin assignments submitted by groups. 3.Select the Turnitin Assignment that you wish to view the student originality reports for. The assignment inbox page for that TurnitinUK assignment will display student assignment submissions. The default view is ‘New papers’ submitted.To view other views select the drop down arrow adjacent to ‘New papers’


  • Note if a student record cannot be found in the assignment inbox this could mean the name(s) of the student(s) are waiting (e.g. depending on when the students were added to the module) to be synchronised. You can use the ‘Roster Sync’ link which can be found in the Turnitin Assignment inbox located on the top right. If this still does not resolve the issue please contact the ITMS helpdesk.

In the Assignment inbox view student names (author column) are listed on the left and each row shows details of the assignment submitted. The title column is the title that the student submitted. – An originality report for a student can be accessed by selecting the similarity score (%). This is colour coded by Turnitin. Selecting this score will open the ‘Turnitin Document Viewer’ and the ‘Originality report’ view. Note that if this is ‘greyed’ then this indicates that the originality report is still being generated. – Grade column – as part of the Turnitin suite we have the GradeMark tool which allows you to give feedback and leave comments on the student submission. So as well as having the originalty report to detect matches you can use the Grademark tool to give location specific comments and feedback on the student submission. Selecting the ‘Grade’ for a student will opne the ‘Turnitin Document Viewer’ and the ‘GradeMark’ view which allows you leave comments, give feedback and grades. Note that in this viewer you can still toggle these views within the ‘Viewer’ in the top left hand corner. If you have set up a peer assignment you can view peer reviews here too. Find out more about the GradeMark tool. – The Response column relates to GradeMark and indicates if and when student have collected their feedback. – You can download the original student paper by selecting the ‘File’ paper icon. – Each student submission has a paper ID and date as to when the student uploaded their assignment. 4. Select the similiarity score to view a students originality report.The report generate will be displayed in the ‘Turnitin Document Viewer’, below is a sample originality report (source Turnitin).


About the Similarity Score (%)

This score reflects the percentage of words in a paper that matches sources in the TurnitinUK database. • The score is a measure of the percentage of the paper that the system was able to find matching text for, regardless of whether or not the text was properly cited. • The score is an overall percentage. It is an indicator of the sum of the percentages within the ‘Match Overview’ default view (highest matches found) which are listed in the right panel of the originality report. In addition to the overall similarity index, each originality report will display the percentage of the paper’s content that matches each of the following: (1) other student papers, (2) the web, and (3) periodicals, journals and publications by expanding the ’view detail’ link. Please note the guidance we have in place in ‘Analysing the Originality Report’ if you receive a request to view a DMU student paper for which a match has been found by another university or agent.

Analysing the Originality Report

Viewing the originality report in the document viewer, information about the student assignment is displayed at the top of the report which includes the paper title and the student author.To help you analyse the report, there are different viewing modes; ‘matched overview’ and ‘all sources’. You can toggle between these modes using the icons at the top of the right panel.

The report is structured with the student paper in its original format displayed on the left, and the list of matched sources that Turnitin has found displayed on the right. By default the ‘Match Overview’ mode is the cumulative view of the report.

Matched Sources and All Sources

  • In the ‘Match Overview’ sources are listed with the highest matches first. These primary sources have the closest match to the student assignment text. These sources will indicate where they have come from i.e internet or a student paper.
  • These matches found within the student originality report are colour coded and hyperlinked and matched to those listed to the sources found on the right panel and are numbered based on the colour code within the student assignment itself so you can see where the text matches are to a source.
  • It is possibe to select any highlighted colour text in the student submission and view in some detail in a pop-up window to the matched source text is displayed. You also have the option to view the full matched text by selecting the ‘Full Souce View’ link in this window. This opens the matched text for the source in the right panel.

Text match source view in ponel

Pop up window ‘ on selecting highlighted text in the student submission where a match has been found.

Full source view of matched text in the right panel

Matched text open in right panel upon selecting ‘Full Source Viewgiving a side by side comparison. To close this full source matched source, click ‘X’.

All Sources

When a matched source is selected from the listed panel on the right, the ‘Match Breakdown’ opens and illustrates further sources that matched the student submission text, these are listed and show the percentage match. This match breakdown is available for all sources by changing this to the ‘All sources’ view. By viewing all sources you will be able to view additional overlapping sources.


Selecting the ‘four bar chart icon’ (‘All Sources’) allows you to view further matches to the text in the right panel.

Excluding Sources

You can also exclude matched sources in the ‘All Sources’ view; when additional sources are displayed the button is visible. When you select this button checkboxes will appear against matched sources for you to exclude. Once checked, select the ‘Exclude’ button to confirm and the originality report will be recalculated. If you wish to restore excluded sources, select the ‘View edit/excluded sources’ icon to restore excluded matches.


If Internet sources are found in these additional sources you can further view the internet source by selecting the internet match which will open the match in a new window.

Guidance for staff on ‘Request to view a DMU student paper’ based on match found by another university or agent.

There can be occasions where matches found to our student papers in Turnitin are found. If you do wish to view the match to the external student paper you will need to follow the request instructions on screen and provide your email address. In most cases these are very small matches and can be matched to common phrases/ sentences and /or quotes and bibliography.If a match to one of our student papers is very high as considered by another university for example, you may receive a request by the other university tutor to view the student paper. It is worthwhile mentioning here that the tutor from the other institution can view the matched content in the originality report. If you do receive a request to view ‘our’ student paper, please note the following guidance:

1. Best practice is to contact (email, phone) to discuss with the tutor about the student papers; do they consider ‘our’ student paper to be the main matching source? Turnitin does not indicate what the ‘true’ source can be. Could it be that the students have used a third source? However, if the other tutor has ascertained that their originality report shows a direct match to unreferenced/non-cited material then you should consider cooperating with the tutor. 2. Consider examining the matched DMU student originality report. This may not mean anything or could help detecting any other matched sources.3. Note: By responding to the TurnitinUK email generated request and agreeing to send the student original paper, the full student paper with their details (name etc) will be sent.You should remove student details that identify the student (i.e. Name, P number) from the paper before you send it. Also check carefully that the body of the text does not contain any information which identifies the student, either directly or indirectly, as without the student’s explicit consent, a failure to delete this data would be a breach of the Data Protection Act.

Further Guidance should be sought from your Academic Practice Officer as appropriate.

Note: Every assignment submission in Turnitin will be stored in their database. Whether you use Turnitin formatively or summatively or even if a student inadvertently submits the wrong assignment, these will be stored in the Turnitin database. Many HE/FE institutions use Turnitin so matches across institutions intentional or unintentional can and do occur.

Further Resources: General Regulations and Procedures Affecting Students 2010/2011

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Setting Filters

You can further set filters for the originality report by selecting the ‘View Edit filter and settings’ icon..

Filter settings

In this view you can exclude matches to quotes and bibliography that are found as matches in the assignment. You can also choose to exclude small matches by words or percentage.

This can be useful if you find limited value in seeing large numbers of small percentage matches for an assignment. This feature gives you the flexibility to choose what level matches should be included in the computation of the similarity index and highlighted in the originality report.

When you apply the changes are new report is generated.

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Further Analysis Options

Further options are available for the submitted student assignment in the panel of functions below the text:

Document panel of functions

Selecting the ‘i’ (information icon) will give you further information about the submitted student paper which includes the paper ID, the date the student paper was processed, word count, character count, and the number of submissions (attempts by student). A further summary of the originality report is given, indicating the similarity score (%), matches to internet sources (%), matches to publications (%) and matched to student papers (%). The ‘print’ icom allows you to print the originality report. The ‘Download’ icon allows you to save the originality report.

Instructor Submission of Papers

Instructors can submit papers to an assignment from the relevant Content Area. Click the link on the course homepage. A list of assignments will open

important Note: If you are submitting on behalf of a student, ensure that you select the students name from the author drop-down list. The first name and last name fields are then populated. Do NOT type in the student’s name. This could result in an error where the student may not be able to view the Originality Report if you have set it to do so.

important Note: You can also submit papers from the control panel assignments page. The process for submitting from this page is identical to the steps provided below

To submit a paper to an assignment:

1. Click the view/complete link next to the assignment you want to submit a paper to.

2. The submission form will open. 3. If you are submitting on behalf of a student:

  • Locate the students name from the author drop down list
  • The first and last name fields will be populated. Do not type into these fields.

Enter a submission title

OR If you are submitting a document that you wish to send through Turnitin for your purpose follow step 1 above and for step 2, leave the author drop-down as the default ‘non- enrolled student’ and enter details for first name and last name. Continue to follow the step 4 and 5 below.

4. Click the browse button to locate the file you want to submit. 5. Click Submit to upload the selected file to Blackboard.

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Instructor Multiple Submission of Papers

Instructors can submit multiple papers using the bulk upload option; you can upload many files at once and associate each paper with a student. To submit multiple papers:

Turnitin multiple file upload

1. Click the view/complete link next to the assignment you want to submit a paper to. The submission form will open. 2. Select the Multiple Upload option from the ‘Submit a paper by’ drop down list. The multiple upload screen will be displayed

Upload multiple papers 3. Click the ‘Browse’ button to locate the file you want to submit. Your file will be uploaded. The following fields ‘student’, ‘last name’, ‘first name’ and ‘title’ in the table will become enabled 4. If you are submitting assignments for students, locate the students name from the student drop-down list. The last and first name will be populated. 5. Enter a title. 6. To continue uploading other assignments, select the browse button and repeat steps 4 and 5. If the uploaded files are accepted there will be a’ Yes’ under the ‘accepted?’ column. 7. When you have added all the files. Click the Submit all button. If you are presented with a screen which indicates that a file(s) has been rejected and a message stating that the ‘file was not included’, click on the ‘go back’ link and check that you have entered data in all the fields in the table. 8. Click the Submit button 9. A confirmation message will appear. Click Ok Note in multiple uploads you do not get text preview of uploading assignments. 10.To view the originality of the reports of the files submitted, select the Turnitin assignment via the control panel and the option Turnitin Assignments.

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Viewing and Grading other File Types uploaded in Turnitin

Files that cannot generate Originality Reports also cannot be viewed directly in the Document Viewer. If the file cannot be viewed directly in the Document Viewer a blank grading template will be provided. This will appear directly above the grading template in the document viewer. The file will be ‘made’ downloadable to view with further details of the file extension and size. Please note, you will need to on setting up the Turnitin assignment set the file type to ‘Allow any File Type’. Find out more on setting this option ‘Allow any File Type‘.

You can leave marks on the grading template and use rubrics, grading forms, voice comments, and general comments to leave feedback about the file for the student.Find out more about the GradeMark tool. The file will appear in the document viewer, much as it always has, if the file is one of the following types: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, plain text, JP, GIF,PNG, TIFF, BMP, PIC. This is true regardless of the amount of text in the files. Return to top Marking Image based Student Submissions Turnitin permits image based student submissions to be marked and be given online feedback. It is important to note here that images are not checked for matches and hence do not produce originality reports. Instructors can leave marks on the image and use rubrics, grading forms, voice comments, and general comments to leave feedback about the image for the student. In order for an image file to be accepted as a submission and be marked directly in GradeMark:

  • The assignment must be set to “Allow any file type” on setting up the Turnitin assignment. Find out more on setting this option ‘Allow any File Type‘.
  • The image file must be less than 20 MB
  • The image file must be in one of the following formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, or PICT
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs that have little or no text also qualify as image files
  • Image files that are not one of file formats listed above will be accepted an submissions under “Accept Any File Type”
  • Find out more about the GradeMark tool.

Return to top Grading Other Student Assessment Submission Grading without submissions is the ability for instructors to give a student feedback for an assignment in Turnitin for which student has not submitted a file. This feature can be used to give feedback for assignments that do not have uploadable files (like speeches, presentations, performances or works of art). Essentially you can use the online feedback tool in GradeMark to provide feedback. A Turnitin assignment will still need to be set up, and you will need to access the ‘Assignment inbox’ as per usual as you do when you need to view an originalty report and leave feedback as appropraite for each student. The standard settings will still apply re the start date, due date and post date (when students can view their feedback. This option just gives you further flexibilty to use GradeMark feedback tool. gwsnewtt In the assignment inbox, Instructors will see a gray pen icon in the rows of students who have not submitted. Clicking the gray pen will create a ‘grading template’ for the student that will take the place of a submission. Clicking the blue pen icon that appears will open GradeMark where the instructor can use GradeMark to give their feedback. Find out more about the GradeMark tool.

  • Students will receive feedback left on a grading template on the assignment’s post date (the same way they do for standard submissions). Students can access their feedback by either selecting the Turnitin link that you set up or through ‘My Grades’ Blackboard tool link.
  • A grading template will take the place of a submission. If the assignment is set to not allow resubmissions, the student will not be able to submit to the assignment if a grading template is created for them.
  • If the assignment is set to allow resubmissions, a student’s submission will replace the grading template and remove all the grading (just as a resubmission would for a standard submission).
  • Grading templates cannot be used to replace existing submissions. If the student has already submitted to an assignment, the instructor will need to delete the submission before the grading template option will become available for that student.
  • Using the general text comment will allow up to 5000 characters.

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Revision Assignment and Re-submitting student papers

Students can only submit one paper per assignment. If you would like your students to submit a second (or more) paper(s) to a Turnitin assignment previously created, you can create a revision assignment. This option allows you and the student to retain the originality report from revision assignment submissions; not have submissions compared to previous submissions and originality reports are not overwritten but can be retained to track changes and progress.

The revision (draft) assignment allows the tutor to set the number of times that they would like the students to submit based on the original Turnitin assignment (paper). So if the tutor only wishes to allow the student one draft submission he would need to create the original paper assignment and then the ‘revision’ assignment based on the original. In practice, the student would first submit their draft assignment, view the originality report and learn from any bad practice if highlighted, and then amend their assignment to be submitted finally through the paper assignment. In this method the tutor has a version history of submitted draft assignments and can see where the changes (originality report of the draft submission) have been made. This also ensures that a student’s work is not checked against her/his first submission

Draft submissions using the revision option or simply allowing students to see their originality reports for initial written submissions can be a useful exercise in the short term for level 1 students, especially as part of an induction exercise so that students can understand how TurnitinUK works and have the opportunity to view the originality report and discuss the findings with their tutor. This option can be used with other levels who have not been fully inducted TurnitinUK.

This approach has the benefit that the student can take ownership of their work and engage with reflection in the knowledge that the tutor can view the changes made.

To create a revision assignment You need to ensure that you have created a Turnitin assignment for which the Revision assignment is to be based upon, simply follow the steps for creating a Turnitin (paper) assignment 1. Login to Blackboard and select your Blackboard course to create the Turnitin Assignment in.

2. With Edit Mode On. Select your content area in Blackboard that you would like to create your Turnitin assignment in. From the ‘Add Interactive Tool’ drop down menu select the option Turnitin Assignment. 3. In the ‘Select your assignment type’ screen page:

  • Select Revision Assignment
  • Select the TurnitinUK assignment from the „based on paper assignment‟ drop down, for which this revision assignment is to be based.
  • Enter the point value, start and due date as well as any special assignment instructions.
  • Select from one of the three options as to how you want the originality reports to be generated (immediately (first report is final); immediately (can overwrite reports up until due date); on due date)
  • Select Yes or No to make the originality reports available to students

4. Click Submit.

The revision TurnitinUK assignment will be created which will have the added text „Revision‟ followed by a numeric (1 indicates that this is the first revision). Students can then submit their papers. The student‟s final paper can then be submitted to the created TurnitinUK paper assignment created. It is important that your instructions to students are if you are using this method so that they know how many drafts can be submitted and how they should submit their final paper to the TurnitinUK paper assignment

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GradeMark- Online Feedback in Turnitin

The GradeMark tool has been activated on Blackboard, Grademark allows you to mark online on student submissions and mark anonymously online through using Turnitin. next_sectionClick here for more information on Anonymous Marking and using Turnitin and GradeMark next_sectionClick here for more information on GradeMark and its features next_sectionClick here for Turnitin’s online resource on how to annotate a student script next_sectionClick here for Turnitin’s online resource for creating your own set of comments in Grademark

next_sectionClick here for Turnitin’s online resources for adding a voice comment in Grademark

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