Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin assignments through Blackboard are created in Content Areas (areas that allow the creation of items, assignments, interactive tools, etc.).

Create a Turnitin Assignment:

  • Access a Content Area in your course.
  • Click the Assessment button and the Turnitin Assignment link.
  • In the Create Turnitin Assignment page fill in the Name (at least 3 characters long) of the assignment, optionally add a description and attach file(s).
    ATTENTION: In the Description area, avoid to add line breaks (that is to press the “enter” key or to change the line) because it produces an error of wrong credentials given when one tries to access the assignment. This is a known issue for Blackboard Learn and it will not be fixed.
  • In the Grading section select Enable Evaluation to be Yes and add the Points Possible. If you don’t wish to grade the assignment put 0 as your point’s value. If you wish, also add a Due Date.
    ATTENTION: In this way, the assignment column will appear in the Grade Center. Keep in mind that if you edit the assignment and disable the evaluation (set the Enable Evaluation to No), the Turnitin assignment column will be deleted from the Grade Center. This is a known issue for Blackboard Learn and will be fixed with Service Pack April 2015 Release.

Grading

  • Continue by defining the Options of the assignment. In the Options Field select Permit Users to View this Content if you want to them to be able to view this assignment. Select Track Number of Views to be able to see how many time this assignment was opened.
  • Click Submit. The Turnitin assignment is added at the end of the page.
  • Click on the Turnitin assignment link to activate the assignment and set its settings.
  • If accessing Turnitin through Blackboard for the first time, you will be displayed with the License Agreement page. Choose the option that says you are above 13 years of age.
  • Click on the Settings button. You will see the assignment Title and add optionally Instructions.

 

Assignments

  • In the Allow submission of any file type? Select No.
  • Set the Optional Settings for the assignment.
  • Set again the Max Grade, the Start date and Due Date of the Turnitin assignment. Also add the Feedback release date to be a day after the Due date. In all three fields add the date, time and minutes so as to create the assignment.
  • Click on the gear button to reveal the Optional Settings for the Turnitin assignment.
  • Allow late submissions? (yes/no)
  • Compare submitted papers against the following sources (Recommended to leave the default checked as shown in the picture below.)

  • Select an option from the Originality Report generation and resubmissions drop down list.
    • Generate Reports immediately (Resubmissions are not allowed)
    • Generate Reports immediately (Resubmissions are allowed until due date). (Suggested)
    • Generate Reports on due date (Resubmissions are allowed until due date)
  • Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? (yes/no) (Yes Suggested)
  • Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? (yes/no)
    (No Suggested)
  • Exclude small matches? (yes/no)
    (No Suggested)
  • Allow students to see Originality Reports? (yes/no).
    (Yes Suggested)
  • Submissions to this assignment will be stored in:
  1. Standard paper repository.(Suggested)
  2. Do not store the submitted papers
  • Optionally Add a rubric to this assignment.
    (No Suggested)
  • Select Add PeerMark assignments if you want to allow students to view and evaluate each other’s work.
  • Select Yes in the Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? question in order to save this options and have them as default every time you create a Turnitin assignment.
  • Click the Submit button.
  • You are now led back in the Assignment Inbox. Click the content area i.e. Assignments from the path to go back to your Bb course.

 

Turnitin AssignmentsYou have now created a Turnitin Assignment that will appear at the bottom of the Content Area (i.e. Assignments) you had originally selected. It looks like the picture to the right:

 

 

 

TurnitinAs with every item in Blackboard Learn, you are able to Edit the Turnitn assignment. To do this:

  • Roll over the contextual menu next to the assignment’s name
  • Click on the downwards arrow that comes up
  • Click Edit

 

 

 

 

 

Once the Turnitin assignment is created and is available for the students, they are able to access it via the content area you have specified i.e. Assignments. The students will click on the assignment’s name and will upload their assignment. Keep in mind that students need to submit and re-submit their assignments themselves. After re-submission the student will have to wait 24 hours for the originality report to be generated.

 

Students need to submit their assignments themselves. The instructor has the option to re-submit a student assignment, by accessing the Turnitin Assignment Inbox and clicking the upload (arrow) icon.

The re-submission replaces the original submission by the student and all marks and comments are deleted.

Once file submission is over, Turnitin will generate originality reports for each one of the submitted papers.

Instructors are able to view the submitted files of the students, online. That is, view the submissions in the web browser without the need of other applications or plug-ins. The supported document types for assignment submission are MS Word (.doc, .docx), MS Powerpoint (.ppt, .pptx), MS Excel (.xls,.xlsx), and PDF (.pdf).

 

To see all submitted assignments and grade them visit the Turnitin environment by clicking the assignment from within your Bb course or visit the Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center of your course.

 

Grade Assignments via the Turnitin Environment

You are able to grade Turnitin assignments directly from the Turnitin environment using the following steps:

  • Access the Turnitin assignment you want to grade within a Bb course.

  • Via the Turnitin environment, you can view the submissions of the students. Click the Grade icon to be redirected to the Assignment Grading page and grade the assignment.

 

  • From the Assignment Grading page you can comment on the student’s assignment and grade it.
  • The grade you insert into the Assignment Grading page, is immediately updated in Blackboard’s Grade Center.

 

 

Grade Turnitin Assignments via Blackboard’s Grade Center

 

To grade a Turnitin assignment via the Grade Center of your Bb course, visit Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center. Locate the Turnitin Assignment column and click the contextual menu next to the student’s name you wish to view and grade. Then, click the Grade User Activity option. You will be redirected in the Turnitin environment.

There, you are able to add grades to the assignments and then the Turnitin environment will synchronize with Blackboard’s Grade Center and will update it with the grades. Any change you perform in the grades within the Turnitin environment will be automatically updated in Blackboard’s Grade Center. Note, that the synchronization takes place only from Turnitin to Blackboard and not vice versa.
Important Notice:

Do NOT copy Turnitin assignments from another Bb course, as this practice might cause issues with your Bb courses functionality. Instead, create a new Turnitin assignment with a unique name.

Do NOT use the same names for Blackboard and Turnitin assignments for this practice might create corruption issues with your content areas.

 

 

For additional information, you can download the Turnitin Instructor Interface manual by clicking the link below:

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