Take particular care with the Report Generation Speed and Auto Submit settings, as these cannot be changed once any student has submitted an assignment.
Do not duplicate Turnitin assignments
Do not use the Moodle Duplicate feature to copy Turnitin assignments. This will create a new activity within Moodle but not on the Turnitin server, which will cause problems for assignment submissions.
If you copy or rollover a Turnitin assignment the following error will display on the assignment's Summary screen: "Duplicate copies of the same Turnitin assignments were found, duplicates occur when one or more Moodle Direct assignments is connected to the same one Turnitin assignment via the Turnitin API. This is known to cause issues, most notably submissions made to one of the duplicates will show up in the submission inbox of the others. To fix this you should either delete the duplicate assignments or reset the course where the duplicate assignments are. The following duplicates were found: [course name] [assignment name]"
If you accidentally copy or rollover a Turnitin assignment, you will need to delete the duplicate assignment to rectify the problem.
- On the course home page of the relevant course, click Turn editing on .
- In the relevant section, click Add an activity or resource, and in the pop-up list select Turnitin Assignment 2 and click Add.
- On the Adding a new Turnitin Assignment page, complete the fields using the following table as a guide:
|Turnitin Assignment Name||Enter a suitable name, as simple as possible. This name should contain no more than 40 characters.|
Enter details of the assessment item—copy and paste assessment details from your course outline.
A link to the marking criteria is also useful here. Also, remind your students that Turnitin will only accept doc, docx, rtf, txt, pdf, htm or html file types. If they are to submit Excel files, tell them to save them as PDFs first.
If you copy and paste from Word, remember to use the Paste from Word function .
|Submission Type||Select File Upload, direct Text Submission, or either (Any Submission Type).|
|Number of Parts|
Select a number of parts.
If you want members of a group to submit one part of the assignment each (max 5 parts). They will not be able to see each other's work. (If you want them to be able to, you might want to use the Workshop tool for this assignment.)
|Maximum File Size||The default, 40MB, is large enough to handle complex files.|
|Display Originality Reports to Students||For a formative, corrective approach to grading, select Yes. This will allow the students to view the Turnitin originality report for their own assignment.|
Keep marking schemes simple. If the assignment is worth 20% of the course's final mark, select 20. An item with a maximum value of 20 marks will be created in the Moodle Gradebook.
Note: You cannot enter fraction marks in Turnitin.
|Grade category||Select the Gradebook category in which you want this assignment to display.|
|Start Date||When the assignment will be available for submissions.|
|Due Date||Deadline for submissions.|
The date on which marks are released to students.
Originality Report Options
|Allow Submissions after the Due Date||Yes is recommended. Items submitted after the due date and time will be marked as late.|
|Report Generation Speed|
To allow students to review their submission before submitting it, or to allow them to re-submit before the due date, select either:
If you select Generate reports immediately, first report is final, students will receive one report as soon as they submit. They will not be able to re-submit.
If you allow students to re-submit and generate a new report each time, note that only the first three originality reports are produced immediately. Subsequent reports will be generated 24 hours after the submission. This prevents students from "gaming" the system by re-submitting every couple of minutes with small changes.
|Store Student Papers||Select Standard Repository.|
|Check against stored student papers|
Check against Internet
Check against journals, periodicals and publications
Check against Institutional Repository
|Yes is suggested for all these choices.|
Exclude Quoted Material
It is recommended that you retain the default setting of No for both these fields. This allows markers to check the accuracy of quotations and the reference list. Including these items in Originality Reports should keep the percentage match at an acceptable level.
However, keep in mind that the percentage match is only an indicator. Turnitin cannot detect plagiarism; it can only deliver a figure on how much a student's work matches other work. The marker must view and interpret the report, not take the raw percentage match as an indicator of originality.
Both of these settings can be turned on/off if required while reviewing an individual assignment.
|Exclude Small Matches||3 to 5 Words is recommended, to exclude accidental language matching—or you can enter a suitable figure and select Percent.|
|Attach a rubric to this assignment|
Lunch Rubric Manager to use a rubric for marking.
See the GradeMark page for more information about using a Rubric with Turnitin.
Common Module Settings
Turnitiin does not support group assignments as each submission can only be attributed to a single student and cannot be attributed to a group configured in Moodle.
Group mode is provided as a way of filtering submissions based on groups to facilitate marking by multiple tutors.
- Make appropriate selections in the remaining sections Click the question-mark button for assistance.
- Click Save and display.
- On the course home page, open the relevant Turnitin assignment.
- In the Submission Inbox, select the upload assignment button next to the relevant student’s name.
- Submission Type
- Submission Title
- File to Submit (if using a File Upload submission type)
- Click Add Submission
- Digital Receipt for the submission will be displayed. Click Close in the top right to return to the Submission Inbox.
Turnitin does not have functionality built in for allocating submissions to different tutors for marking however, groups can be used to filter students during the marking process.
- Create groups of students whose work you want each tutor to mark.
- When you create the Turnitin assignment or edit the settings, under Common Module Settings set the Group Mode to Separate Groups.
- Click Save and Display
Instruct your tutors to:
- Log into Moodle
- On the course homepage, click the Turnitin assignment link
- On the Submission Inbox page, select their marking group from the Separate groups drop-down list at the top of the page.
- View and mark only the submissions from their group.