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Turnitin's Moodle Direct Integration (Instructor Guide)

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Creating a Turnitin Assignment

To create a Turnitin Assignment open the course home page, after logging in as a tutor click the 'Turn editing on' button. Select 'Turnitin Assignment' from the 'Add an activity...' drop down menu.

General Turnitin Assignment settings:

  1. Enter a title for the Turnitin Assignment
  2. Enter a description for the assignment
  3. Select the 'Submission Type' for this assignment, the first option is 'File Upload' (default) which will take doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt and html. The second option is 'Text Submission' and the third is 'Any Submission Type' allowing submissions to be uploaded in either format.
  4. Select the number of parts to be created as part of this assignment, the start date, due date and post date are given arbitary dates of one week from the time of creation. These dates should be altered as desired on the summary screen after creation.
  5. Select the 'Maximum File Size' for submissions. Turnitin will allow up to 2MB for text only submissions and for text and graphic files 20MB is allowed.
  6. Select 'Overall Grade' from the drop down menu. This is the final grade for the overall assignment. E.g. The assignment is to be graded as a maximum of 16 marks in total, each part can be marked out of 100 but the overall grade will be represented out of 16.
  7. (Optional) Select whether or not to use Anonymous marking for this assignment (UK Only)
  8. Select whether students can view Originality Reports

Advanced Turnitin Assignment settings:

  1. Allow Late Submissions allows students to submit work after the due date is passed. Submissions made after the due date will be shown in the tutor in-box with the date submission in red to indicate a late submission.
  2. Report Generation Speed determines how and when originaliy reports are generated. The options are:
    1. Generate reports immediately, first report is final - Originality reports are created immediately and students may not resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.
    2. Generate reports immediately, reports can be written until due date - The orgininality report is generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes up until the due date. Originality reports form the second and subsequent resubmissions will require a 24 hour delay before originality report is regenerated. Only the latest submission is available to the student and instructor. When the due date passes the originality report is regenerated and student submissions within the same assignment are included in the comparison which may result in a change to the originality report similarity index. Resubmissions are not allowed after the due date.
    3. Generate reports on due date - Originality reports for submissions are generated on the due date. Resubmissions are allowed up until the due date.
  3. Store Student Papers determines where the submission will be stored. Options are No Repository, Standard Repository and Institutional Repository.
  4. Check against stored student papers determines whether submissions are checked against other student papers.
  5. Check against internet determines whether submissions are checked against internet sources.
  6. Check against journals, periodicals and publications determines whether submissions are checked against journal, periodical and publication sources.
  7. Moodle Groups are not currently supported in the integration but are noted for inclusion in the development roadmap.

Once you have selected all of the required options click 'Save and Display' to be directed to the Summary screen where you will see options to configure each assignment part in more detail.

Assignment Submission Dates

After completion of the assignment settings the 'Summary' page gives you the opportunity update the assignment parts and balance the grades awarded for each part as a proportion of the overall grade. The edit the dates and grades awarded for each part click the pencil icon. The default dates for each assignment part are initially set to be one week from the date the assignment was created.

  • The Start Date determines the earliest time a student can make a submission to that assignment part.
  • The Due Date determines the date by which time the student must submit their work. If allowing late submissions submissions made after this date will be marked in red to show a late submission.
  • The Post Date determines when marks/grades will be released to students. If anonymous marking is switched on (UK only) this also represents the date when student names are revealed to the instructor.

Turnitin Class Owner

Currently within Turnitin each class is managed by a single instructor. Moodle maps all enrolled Tutors to this one Turnitin Owner in order to facilitate multiple instructor access. An instructor on the Moodle course may change this 'owner' by clicking the pencil and changing the owner. This does not effect Moodle in any way but it does allow the Owner to log in to Turnitin and see the class natively within the Turnitin web site. Multiple instructors will be supported in Turnitin in a future release at that point this feature will be removed from the integration.

Submit Paper on behalf of a Student

To submit a paper as a tutor on behalf of a student first click on the tab 'Submit Paper' then follow these steps:

  1. Select the student's name from the drop down list
  2. Enter a submission title
  3. Select the submission part from the drop down list, if only one part is available then this defaults to the single part.
  4. Enter the submission source:
    1. For a file upload, click on the Browse... button and select the file you wish to upload. Acceptable file types are doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt and html.
    2. For a text submission, enter the text into the 'Text Submission' text area.
  5. Click on the 'Add Submission' button to submit the file

Viewing the Turnitin Submission Inbox

When you are logged in as a Tutor you can access the student submission inbox by clicking the 'Submission Inbox' tab.

  • The submission inbox operates in two modes depending on the number of submissions and a third mode if anonymous marking is enabled (UK only)
  • For a multi part assignment each student is listed with a summary of the submissions they have made. More information and full details of their submissions can be viewed by clicking the [+] icon to the left of their name.
  • By clicking the headings of the Student Submission, Submitted, Similarity or Grade columns you can change the submission order. By default submissions are listed in the order of Similarity Index from high to low.
  • Refresh Submissions is used to check Turnitin for any changes and updates Moodle with the latest Turnitin submission data for that assignment.
  • Enrol All Student is used to enroll all students currently enrolled on the Moodle course onto the Turnin class associated with that course. As a part of this process students will have a Turnitin account created if they do not already have one associated with their Moodle email address. If you do not want students to receive emails with log in details you must disable the 'Send Student Emails' option in the main configuration for the integration.
  • Clicking the students name in the list will open that student's Moodle profile
  • By clicking the submission title you will see the submission. If the submission has not yet been submitted to Turnitin then it will reference the uplaoded file on the Moodle server, if the file has been submitted to Turnitin it will be referenced from the Turnitin server.
  • When the submission has been uploaded to Turnitin an originality report will be generated. The Similarity Index percentage will be displayed in the 'Similarity' column when it becomes available, until the Report is available the Similarity column will display 'Pending'.
  • The Grade column will display the grade in one of two ways:
    • If Use GradeMark is enabled and set to 'Yes, use GradeMark to grade submissions' then the grade for the paper will be displayed with a GradeMark apple beside it. Clicking this apple will open GradeMark for this submission.
    • If Use GradeMark is not enabled or set to 'No, use Moodle to grade submissions' then the grade for the paper will be displayed with a pencil icon beside it. Clicking this icon will allow you to enter a numeric grade for this submission.
  • The Feedback column allows the tutor to give feedback to the student in relation to the submission. The student's inbox also provides the opportunity for the student to reply to feedback or leave their own comments.
  • The Download icon allows you to download a copy of the submission.
  • The Delete icon allows you to delete this submission.

Options Tab

  1. Auto Submit can be set to 'Submit to Turnitin immediately on Upload' to upload the submission to Turnitin immediately or can be set to 'Review Upload before Submitting to Turnitin' which requires the student to click the 'Submit to Turnitin' to finalise the submission.
  2. Use GradeMark can set to 'Yes, use GradeMark to grade submissions' or 'No, use Moodle to grade submissions'
  3. Grade Display allows you to set whether the Grade will be displayed in the inbox as a percentage (default) or as a fraction of maximum marks e.g. 76/100.
  4. Auto Refresh Grade / Scores determines whether the Grades / Originality Scores are generated automatically when you enter / re-enter the inbox or if you want to disable the auto refresh function and manually refresh submissions by clicking the 'Refresh Submissions' link.
  5. Submission List lets you determine if the inbox displays only students that have made submissions or all students regardless.
  6. Comments Remain Editable lets you set the window of time within which a student may edit the comments left in the feedback screen.
  7. Maximum Comment Length allows you to limit the number of characters allowed in a feedback comment.