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Creating a Turnitin Submission Point (AY21/22)

Turnitin is an online tool for students to submit their assignments. Turnitin includes a number of powerful features including plagiarism detection and online marking tools.

From the start of the 21/22 academic year, we will be using a newer, modern, version of Turnitin within our Blackboard Module sites. You might notice some differences compared to the older version of Turnitin that you are used to.

This will bring benefits, most notably, a more guided and clearer submission process for students, aiding them to correctly submit their assignments successfully, and on time. As well as a better integration within Blackboard for teaching staff.

A screenshot of a Turnitin Submission point, created by the new Turnitin LTI, displayed as a content link on the Blackboard assessments page. The title and description of the submission are shown, and the title is hyperlinked to the assignment inbox.

Process for Creating your Turnitin Assignment

  1. Login into Blackboard and navigate to the module site you wish to create a Turnitin Submission point in.
  2. Locate the Assessments tab of your module, and (if required) open the folder relevant to your assessment.
  3. Next, place your mouse cursor over the ‘Build Content’ button at the top of screen, and then select the ‘Turnitin Feedback Studio (New)’.
A screenshot of the Build Content menu within the Blackboard Assessments tab. The menu is expanded and shows the new Turnitin Feedback Studio link highlighted in grey.

You can now begin completing your assignment details.

  1. Enter a clear title, and descriptive instructions, for your students about the assignment.
  2. Then, the maximum grade available (100 points).
A screenshot of the Turnitin Assignment set-up page. The title, description and maximum grade fields are shown, as well as the, start, due, and feedback release dates.
  1. The start date will control when students can begin submitting to Turnitin. To adjust the date and time, click on the calendar icon and select the relevant start date, then select the clock icon, to adjust the hours and minutes.
A screenshot of the Turnitin LTI Start Date configuration windows. The left menu shows a calendar and the date August 2nd 2021 selected. The right image shows the time 9AM displayed as hours and minutes that can be increased or decreased using up and down arrows.
  1. The Due Date, will indicate when a submission should be completed by, and when it will be considered late.
  2. You will notice the Post Date, is now labelled the Feedback Release Date. Unlike in the older version of Turnitin, you no longer need to explicitly state whether or not grades are revealed to students on this date.

Adjusting the Optional Settings for your Assignment

When you are happy with the assignment details, you can expand the ‘Optional Settings’ menu, to further customise your assignment. You can hover the mouse cursor over the blue circle icon at the end of each section for a full description on that option.

There are a range of optional settings for your assignment, these include:

  • Submitting papers to the standard paper repository, or to not store them.
  • Allowing submission of any file type.
  • Allowing late submissions.
  • Enabling anonymous marking.
  • Attaching a rubric.
  • And selecting which sources a paper should be compared against.
A screenshot of the first half of the Turnitin Assignment Optional Settings page. The options shown include: allow submissions of any file type, allow submissions about the due date, whether submissions are marked anonymous and or with a rubric, and which sources the submission should be compared against.

As well as further customisation referring to the similarity reports and plagiarism detection, these include:

  • Options for generating similarity reports for student submissions.
  • Allowing or preventing students accessing similarity reports.
  • Excluding bibliographic materials.
  • Excluding quoted materials.
  • Excluding small sources.
A screenshot of the second half of the Turnitin Assignment Optional Settings page. The options shown include: customising similarity report generation and access, as well as to what extent bibliographic and quited materials, as well as small sources, should be excluded.

Note: Rubrics from the current version of Turnitin will be available in the new version.

Click Submit when you are happy with all the options.

You have now successfully created a Turnitin submission point.

Accessing the Assignment Inbox and Amending Assignment Settings

A screenshot of a Turnitin Submission point, created by the new Turnitin LTI, displayed as a content link on the Blackboard assessments page. The title and description of the submission are shown, and the title is hyperlinked to the assignment inbox.
  1. To access the Assignment Inbox, you can simply click the title of the assignment.
  2. From this inbox, you can upload on behalf of a student, and begin marking and providing feedback.
  3. To edit the Turnitin Assignment settings, you can click the cog icon in the top right of the screen.
A screenshot of the Turnitin Assignment inbox, a settings cog is located in the top right of the screen, located next to a help icon, and notifications icon.

This is a small change to the previously used Turnitin tool, so be sure to look out for the ‘Turnitin Feedback Studio’ button inside ‘Build Content’ whenever you’re setting up a new Turnitin submission.

Please note: As part of the setup process, as with all assessments in Blackboard, you should access the Full Grade Centre and use the ‘Hide from students (on/off)’ function, to prevent students from accessing grades earlier than intended through the Grade Centre.

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