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How do I create a Turnitin assignment?

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You can enable Turnitin as part of a new Canvas assignment. Turnitin is enabled on a per-assignment basis in Canvas. Turnitin uses your user role for authentication and uses your Canvas account to create and manage assignments.

 

Creating a Turnitin assignment means creating the assignment in Canvas and confirming the Turnitin Settings. You may find that the best workflow is to create the assignment, manage Turnitin settings, and then publish the assignment.

 

The Turnitin LTI currently includes a few limitations when creating assignments:

 

  • You cannot use Turnitin with group assignments.
  • Turnitin assignments cannot include more than one submission date; differentiated due dates are not supported.
  • Turnitin submissions require a minimum of 25 words, and maximum of 400 pages, and a file size maximum of 40 MB.
  • You cannot restrict student submission types. By default Turnitin always allows students to submit their assignment as a text entry or upload any supported file type: Text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), Postcript (.ps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), HyperText Markup Language (.html), WordPerfect (.wp), Hangul (.hwp), or Open Office (.odt/.ods/.odp). They can also upload an assignment from Google Drive or Dropbox. Turnitin does not allow students to submit unsupported file types.
  • Students cannot submit multiple file uploads.
  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool.
  • If you want your assignment to be moderated, you must set up the moderated assignment before setting the External Tool submission type. If you need to return to the moderate page after the External Tool is added, open the assignment and add /moderate after the assignment URL.

 

 

Note: The first time you create an assignment, you need to review and agree to the Turnitin User Agreement.

 

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

 

Add Assignment

Add Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button.

 

Add Assignment Details

Add Assignment Details

In the Assignment Name field [1], create a name for the assignment. In the Description field [2], enter the details of the assignment for your students. When students view the assignment, the description appears at the top of the page. However, the text shouldn't be significantly long in this space. If necessary, you can include additional instructions for the assignment as part of the assignment Turnitin settings.

 

Enter the number of points for the assignment [3], select the Assignment Group [4], and select the grading type from theDisplay Grade as menu [5].

 

Select External Tool

Select External Tool

In the Submission Type drop-down menu [1], select the External Tool option.

 

In the URL field [2], enter the URL for the external tool. If you do not know the URL, click the Find button [3].

 

Note: If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Additionally, if you want to apply moderated grading, you must set up moderated grading before setting the External Tool submission type.

 

Configure External Tool

Configure External Tool

Click the Turnitin LTI tool [1]. If you want the assignment to load in a new tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox [2]. Click the Select button [3].

 

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Set due or availability dates for the assignment. These dates appear throughout Canvas like regular assignments.

 

By default, Canvas will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course [1]. Create a due date for the assignment in the Due Date field [2]. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary. You also have the option to add availability date fields [3].

Save Assignment

Save Assignment

Click the Save button.

 

 

Skip navigationHow do I change Turnitin settings for an assignment?

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As part of a Turnitin assignment, you must specify the settings that are allowed for student submissions. Turnitin settings must be created or confirmed before students can view the assignment.

 

The LTI currently includes a few limitations in Turnitin settings:

 

  • You cannot restrict student submission types. By default Turnitin always allows students to submit their assignment as a text entry or upload any supported file type: Text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), Postcript (.ps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), HyperText Markup Language (.html), WordPerfect (.wp), Hangul (.hwp), or Open Office (.odt/.ods/.odp). They can also upload an assignment from Google Drive or Dropbox.
  • Assignments honor Turnitin resubmission settings; they do not automatically allow resubmissions like regular Canvas assignments.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

 

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the name of the assignment.

 

Open Settings

Open Settings

Click the Settings tab.

 

View Turnitin Settings

View Turnitin Settings

If you included a description in the assignment, the description displays at the top of the page [1]. If you want to include additional instructions, you can enter them in the Instructions field [2]. Instructions appear for students in the Assignment Summary tab.

 

You do not need to change the submission file type option [3]; this feature is not currently available in the Turnitin LTI.

 

Turnitin Start and Due dates may be synched with Canvas. If dates differ from the dates created in the assignment, you can adjust them by using the calendar icon [4]. If the assignment does not include an Available From date, Turnitin sets the date one day prior to the date the assignment was created. The feedback release date defaults to the due date. If no due date is set, the due date and the feedback release date default to one week after the date the assignment was created.

 

To view Turnitin optional settings, click the Optional settings link [5].

 

View Optional Settings

View Optional Settings

Turnitin allows you to specify additional settings in Turnitin.

 

To allow late submissions, select the Allow late submissions Yes or No radio button [1]. This option sets whether or not you allow submissions after the due date. If you select the Yes button, students can submit an assignment after the due date if they have not already made a submission. If you select the No button, students cannot submit the assignment after the due date.

 

For paper comparisons [2], select the checkboxes for the sources you want to use when comparing assignment submissions.

 

In the Originality Report generation and resubmissions menu [3], you can choose when students can view originality reports and if they can resubmit their assignment to Turnitin. Select the option you want to allow for students to submit assignments:

 

  • Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed)
  • Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date)
  • Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date)
show repository and originality reports options

If you want to exclude any resources, you can select the Yes or No radio button next to the appropriate option [1].

 

If you want to allow students to view Originality Reports [2], select the Yes or No radio button. If you select the Yesbutton, Turnitin displays the Originality Report according to the option you previously set in the Originality Report drop-down menu.

 

In the Submissions to this assignment will be stored in menu [3], select whether the submission should be stored in the standard paper repository or not stored at all.

 

Note: If you are creating a draft assignment, you may not want to have Turnitin store the submission.

 

peer mark and rubric options

If you want to add Peer Mark assignments to this assignment [1], select the Yes or No radio button. If you select Yes, once you save the assignment you cannot remove the Peer Mark assignments. For more information about Peer Mark Assignments please see the LTI Instructor User Manual on Turnitin's LTI page.

 

If you want to attach a Turnitin rubric to the assignment, select a rubric from the rubric menu [2].

 

If you want to save your Turnitin Settings options as your defaults for future assignments [3], select the Yes or No radio button.

 

Submit Settings

Submit Settings

Click the Submit button.

 

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How do I manage Turnitin assignments?

 

Turnitin Login: Canvas authenticates student and instructor roles for authentication, so you do not need to create a separate Turnitin account. However, if you choose to use the Turnitin website, you will need to use the password reset feature to create a password to the Turnitin web interface.

 

Student Submissions: Once you have created and published the assignment, students submit their assignments directly in Canvas. Please note that the Student View does not support Turnitin assignments as the Test Student. Learn how students submit Turnitin assignments.

 

Course Copies: If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have to re-enable the External Tool Submission Type for each assignment, otherwise the assignment will not be connected to Turnitin.

 

Error Messages: Turnitin may occasionally generate an error message about the status of a submission. If a submission includes an error, you can view the message by hovering over the Turnitin icon. If the file failed to resubmit to Turnitin, you can download the student submission and reupload it to Turnitin. If you have questions please contact your Canvas administrator.

 

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

 

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Turnitin Assignments appear the same as non-Turnitin assignments in the Assignment Index Page. To distinguish between assignment types, you may want to include a modifier in the assignment name, or create the assignment in a separate assignment group.

 

View Turnitin Assignment

View Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin assignments include the Assignment Inbox [1], where student submissions can be seen for the assignment, and a link to the Assignment Turnitin Settings [2].

 

The sidebar includes a button to view the Assignment Settings [3] and view the assignment in SpeedGrader [4].

 

View Assignment Inbox

View Assignment Inbox

In the Assignment Inbox, you can view all submissions that have been submitted by students. You can view the submission title and author [1], paper ID [2], the date the submission was uploaded [3], and assignment submission management tools [4].

 

Manage Inbox

Manage Inbox

In the Search field [1], you can search for an assignment submission, In the Download menu [2], you can download a Grade Report Excel spreadsheet, original files for all or select papers, standard PDFs for all or select papers, and Grademark PDFs for all or select papers.

 

Manage Assignment Submission

Manage Assignment Submission

For each assignment submission, you can grade the assignment in Turnitin [1], view the Originality Report [2], download the assignment submission [3], and delete the submission [4].

 

Deleting the submission allows the student to resubmit the assignment, even if resubmissions are not allowed.

 

Note: If you allow assignment resubmissions as part of the Turnitin Settings Originality Report drop-down menu, you may also view an upload icon.  Resubmissions are only allowed until the due date, so once the due date has passed, the upload icon will no longer be shown as part of the management tools. However, if an assignment is resubmitted, all marks and comments associated with the original submission will be deleted. Turnitin resubmissions may take up to 24 hours to process.

 

View Turnitin Settings

View Turnitin Settings

In the Settings tab, you can manage Turnitin settings directly in the assignment. Turnitin Settings must be created or confirmed before students can view the assignment. Learn more about Turnitin Settings.

 

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

In the sidebar, you can manage the Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

 

To edit settings for the assignment, click the Edit Assignment Settings button [1]. Editing an assignment allows you to change any settings for the assignment that you set when creating the Turnitin assignment. Editing the assignment also allows you to publish the assignment to students.

 

To view or grade the submission in SpeedGrader, click the SpeedGrader button [2].

 

Note: You can also publish the assignment in the Assignments Index page by clicking the publish icon next to the assignment.

 

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