Creating a Turnitin Assignment

This guide explains how you can create Turnitin assignments for summative assessment within your modules. Students can then upload their work to the module assignment allowing you to easily collate assignments and view Turnitin originality reports.

About Turnitin

Turnitin works by checking through a database of previously submitted assignments, Web sites and other sources. If a match between a submitted assignment and another work is found, Turnitin will highlight the matching text in an originality report accessible through the Control Panel of the module. By adding a Turnitin assignment to your module students can upload work themselves. Alternatively you can upload work yourself.

Turnitin for Summative Assessment (Student Submission)

The following are suggested options for setting up a final summative assessment, where the student is expected to submit their own work. These options will generate originality reports for viewing by module leaders only. Work will also be added to the Turnitin database.

AddTurnitinToolMenuTo create a TurnitinUK Assignment:
  1. Enter the module in which you want to add the assignment.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is turned ON.
  3. Enter the content area in which you want to add the assignment, for example ‘Assessment’.
  4. Click the Assessments tab and from the drop-down menu click on Turnitin Assignment.
  5. You will now be asked what kind of assignment you want to create. Paper Assignment should already be selected.
  6. Click the button labelled Next Step.
  7. Enter an Assignment title.
  8. Enter a Point value if you intend to use the Grade Centre e.g. 100.
  9. Choose the Start, Due and Post dates.
    • Start Date: The date your assignment will be available to students to submit their work.
    • Due Date: Is the deadline for submission of the assignment.
    • Post Date: Is the date and time students can begin to viewing feedback comments that
      instructors have left on their papers in GradeMark (the Turnitin based facility for adding feedback).
  10. Click the + icon next to Optional Settings to check that the default settings suits your requirements.
Optional Settings

It is recommended that you select all of these options to get the maximum benefit from the originality report. You are free to customise any of the options as you see fit:

Enter special instructions: Enter any instructions here to ensure students are clear on the submission requirements.

Allow submissions after the due date?: If No is selected, Turnitin will not accept submissions after the due date. Select Yes if you have students with extraneous circumstances.

Generate Originality Reports for student submissions?: Select On due date to see all the originality reports only on the due date. If you want to see the originality reports when assignments are submitted, select Immediately first report is final.

Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?: Select Yes if you want to exclude the text in the bibliography / references section of the document from being checked for matches.

Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?: You can opt to exclude any text in quotations from being checked by selecting Yes.

Allow students to see Originality Reports?: Select No.  If you want students to see the originality report for summative assessment choose Yes.

Reveal grades to students only on post date?: This is only applicable when anonymous marking is enabled within Turnitin and does not apply to My Grades normally. If you wish to hide grades from students you will need to do so in the Grade Centre in the assignment column information settings.

Enable anonymous marking?: Select Yes if you want to hide students’ names when marking submitted assignments. Please note, if students add their name to the document it will no longer be anonymous.

Submit papers to: It is recommended that you leave Standard Paper Repository selected here. The benefit of doing so is that all work is checked against previously submitted assignments within the University and across all other Universities. This will help to find possible cases of collusion. If you do not wish other universities to access work then select No respository.

Search options: This lets you specify which Turnitin repositories students’ submissions will be checked against when processing Originality Reports for submitted work. Note that de-selecting repository options will reduce the amount of material against which work is checked and is therefore likely to decrease the similarity index percentage.

GradeMark – Attach a rubric/form to this assignment
You can opt to create a rubric for the assignment which can be used for marking purposes and to provide students with a guideline for the assessment criteria. Select an existing rubric from the drop-down box or click the link labelled Launch Rubric/Form Manager to open the Rubric Manager and create a new one.

Note that students will be able to view the attached rubric/form and its content prior to submitting.

Save Settings
If you intend to create further Turnitin assignments with the same settings, tick the box to save your options as default for future assignments.

Upload work to Turnitin (non-student submission)

You can also upload students work to see originality reports without students submitting work to a Turnitin assignment. For instance, in cases where you have a Blackboard assignment and also want to see originality reports for submitted work. To do this:

  1. Create a new Folder inside a content area in your Blackboard module (Create > Content Folder).
  2. Make the folder unavailable – this will hide the assignment from students.
  3. EvaluationMenuTurnitinAssignmentsClick on the title of the folder to enter it and then create a new Turnitin Assignment as explained earlier in this user guide.
  4. On the Control Panel, click Evaluation and then click Turnitin Assignments. This will show you a list of all Turnitin Assignments in the module. Click on the assignment you just created to go to the assignment inbox.
  5. Open the assignment and within the Assignment Inbox click on the Submit button.
  6. Next, select a submission method from the options next to Submit. The default option will be Single File Upload but you can also choose Multiple File Upload, Cut & Paste Upload, and Zip File Upload.
  7. The Author should be set to Non-enrolled student. You can leave this and enter the student’s name in the First name and Last name fields or you can select the student from the drop-down box to automatically populate these fields.
  8. Enter a title in the Submission title box.
  9. Select the file you want to submit either from your computer, Dropbox or Google Drive and then click Upload to complete the paper submission.