Turnitin is a tool that helps instructors evaluate the originality of students’ work by comparing electronic documents to online sources and the Turnitin database. The software returns an Originality Report which rates submitted assignments and highlights text that appears elsewhere. Faculty can add a Turnitin assignment to their course or they can enable it in an existing assignment to assess suspect submissions.
In addition to originality reports, Turnitin includes a set of robust tools for grading and delivering feedback to students:
- Grademark provides a rubric tool and voice annotation tools for recording comments for students.
- Peermark is a peer review assignment tool. Instructors can create and manage assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates.
Adding a Turnitin assignment in the CLE is a two-step process. First, you add the Turnitin assignment to your CLE course page and edit the settings from within Moodle. Second, you open the assignment and edit additional settings within Turnitin.
Watch the video below or click the tabs below to learn how to use Turnitin in your course.
To add a Turnitin assignment to your CLE course:
- Log in to the CLE (ucsf.edu)
- Go to the course home page and click to add a peer review assignment turn editing on.
- Click Add an Activity or Resource in the section where you want to add the Turnitin activity.
- Select the Turnitin Assignment 2 and click Add.
- Configure basic settings for the Turnitin assignment. (additional information is available in the settings tab)
- At the bottom of the page, click Save and return to course.
Turnitin Instructor Guide: https://help.turnitin.com/feedback-studio/moodle/direct-v2/instructor/instructor-category.htm
Rubric Library: https://www.turnitin.com/resources/rubrics
- Enter your Turnitin Assignment Name and an optional assignment summary.
- Select the submission type for the assignment. The default is Any Submission Type. There are two student submission options: File Upload and Text Submission.
Text Submission requires students to copy and paste their assignment in a text box in order to submit. Alternatively, you can allow your students to choose their submission type by selecting Any Submission Type.
- Select the number of parts you would like the assignment to have from the Number of Parts drop-down menu. Each Turnitin assignment in Moodle Direct V2 can have multiple parts associated with it. The student must submit a file to each part to complete the assignment. By default, Moodle will create a one part assignment.
- Select the Maximum File Size for submissions. Turnitin allows up to 2mb for a text-only submission and 40mb for a text and graphic submission. The maximum file size can be adjusted in this setting in line with your requirements.
- Opt to allow or disallow any file type. By selecting Yes, submissions will be checked for originality where possible, submissions will be available for download and GradeMark feedback tools will be available where possible. By selectingNo, only file types that allow originality reports to be generated will be accepted.
- The option to Display Originality Reports to Student provides instructors with the ability to control whether students are allowed to view Originality Reports within each created assignment. Select Yes to allow students to see the Originality Report for the assignment. The default setting is No.
- Opt to show student grades as fractions or percentages.
- To maintain synchronized data between Turnitin and Moodle, select Yes, automatically refresh originality scores and grades. Alternatively, select No, I will refresh originality scores and grades manually.
We advise you check Set these values as assignment defaults to save time when creating a Turnitin Assignment 2 in the future.
Entering grade information
- Select the type of grading for this activity.
• If selecting point grading, enter the maximum points for this assignment. The default maximum points is 100.
• Alternatively, if you opt for scale grading, select the scale from the drop-down list. Click here for guidance on setting up a Moodle grading scale.
- If available, enter a grade category; this setting controls the category in which this assignment's grades are placed in the grade book.
- Enter the minimum grade required, which should be less than the maximum point value.
Creating an assignment part
Enter the information for part one of your assignment: your assignment's name, start date, due date, post date, and the maximum marks available for this assignment part. The default maximum point is 100.
Similarity Report options
The Similarity Report Options have a significant impact on the score generated in each report. We, therefore, advise that you ensure all report settings are reviewed before completing the setup of this assignment.
- Allow Late submissions after the Due Date: Students have the option to submit work after the assignment due date. Late submissions are always marked as being late and the actual submission date is recorded.
- Select one of the following three options for Similarity Report Generation Speed:
Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed):
- Similarity Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately.
- Students cannot resubmit papers.
- Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.
Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date):
- Similarity Reports will be generated immediately for each student's initial submission to the assignment. Similarity Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24-hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing.
- Students may resubmit as often as they wish until the assignment due date. However, only the latest submission is available to both the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed.
- Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on only the due date and time, which may result in a change in the similarity score and results at the due date and time. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions.
- Resubmissions after the due date and time of the assignment are not permitted.
Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date):
- Similarity Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment.
- Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports.
- Resubmissions after the due date and time of the assignment are not permitted.
Similarity Report generation for resubmissions is subject to a 24-hour delay.
- Option to store student papers in the standard repository or no repository. By storing papers in the standard repository, this will allow these papers to be checked against in the future.
By selecting No repository, submitted papers will not be saved in the Turnitin repository. However, this means that if two students submit the same paper to the same assignment, Turnitin will not find a match.
- There are three repository source options available for you to select. Turnitin can check against stored student papers, the Internet, and journals, periodicals, and publications. Select Yes or No for each source you would or would not like us to check against. For any source that you do not wish to check against, the similarity score may decrease.
If you do not select Yes for at least one of the Check against... options, a Similarity Report will not be generated.
- Turnitin can exclude certain elements of a paper from an Originality Report to provide a more accurate similarity score. You can opt to exclude the following from a Similarity Report:
• Bibliography: Text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, and references sections can be excluded.
• Quoted Material: Text appearing in the quotes of student papers can be excluded.
• Small Matches: Matches that are not of sufficient length can be excluded. The number of words or a paper percentage to be excluded is determined by yourself and entered into the text box.
This setting can be overridden in individual Similarity Reports.
GradeMark options allow you to attach a rubric to an assignment. You can do this by selecting a rubric from the dropdown list.
Alternatively, select Launch Rubric Manager to edit or create a rubric.
Select Save and return to course or Save and display to complete your assignment.
- Go to the course home page and click Turn editing on.
- Select the activity where you want to add the Turnitin activity.
- Click edit, edit settings.
- Enter an Activity name and Description.
- Scroll down to and click Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings (see image below).
- Set Enable Turnitin to Yes.
- Verify the Turnitin settings, then click Save and display or Save and return to course.
- DO NOT ENABLE Turnitin for an assignment AFTER students have already submitted. If students have already submitted an assignment before you enable Turnitin, they will have to return to the assignment and re-submit it. Turnitin status: Pending will appear immediately but it takes a little longer for the Turnitin ID to appear.