Turnitin is an assignment type you can add to your course that checks student's submissions for originality. Because of this scanning functionality, submissions must contain at least 20 words, and this assignment type is better geared for long-form written assignments, such as essays.
Note: For other assignment types such as presentations, videos, or other student work that is mainly images or multimedia, use an iLearn Assignment instead.
There are many settings available for instructors to choose from when creating a Turnitin Assignment. The following guide will go over the most frequently used settings with an additional description of other advanced settings. If you are new to using Turnitin for your course, we recommend leaving most of the settings at the default for your first couple assignments. After you become comfortable with the Turnitin interface, you may want to start experimenting with the advanced features or consult an iLearn support representative for a tutorial.
- From the course page, in the upper right corner, select the Edit icon (⚙) and select Turn editing on.
- In the week/section you want to add the forum, select the +Add an activity button.
- In the menu list, under Activities, select Turnitin Assignment and the Add button.
- In the Name field, enter a name for the assignment. This will be the name of the assignment on your course page and in the gradebook.
- In the Summary field, enter a description for your assignment. This should include any instructions or information your students need to complete the assignment.
- In the Assignment Part 1 section, enter:
- the Start Date for when students can begin making submissions to this assignment
- the Due Date for when students can no longer make submissions to this assignment
- the Post Date for when students will be able to see the grade and feedback for this assignment
- Select the Save and return to course button.
Additional Turnitin Assignment Settings
|Turnitin Assignment Name||The name of the assignment as shown on your course page. Cannot be longer than 40 characters|
|Summary||A brief description of the assignment. May also contain the assignment prompt.|
|Display description on course page||Whether the description is shown on the main course page directly beneath the link to the assignment or not|
Note: It is highly recommended to leave this at the default of File Submission
|Number of parts||The number of parts this assignment has. This is useful, for example, if you have a paper that has both a draft and a final version with different due dates. Having multiple parts instead of multiple assignments prevents Turnitin from checking for plagiarism within the same assignment, preventing situations where a student is flagged for plagiarism against themselves because they had previously submitted a draft|
|Maximum file size||The maximum size of files submitted to turnitin|
|Allow submission of any file type?||This setting will allow any file type to be submitted. The default and recommended setting is No. This will restrict students to submit file types (ex: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt) that Turnitin can check for originality. Changing this to Yes would allow students to submit files that Turnitin cannot render and thus not be able to display in the Turnitin interface.|
|Display Originality Reports to Students||Whether to display the Originality Report to students. The default and recommended setting is Yes.|
|Grade Display||Sets how the grade will be displayed to students. The default and recommend setting is Show grades as Fraction.|
|Auto Refresh Grades / Score||Sets whether Turnitin will update the Originality Report score when a students submits a new assignment and whether an entered grade will push from Turnitin to the iLearn gradebook. The default and recommended setting is Yes, automatically refresh originality scores and grades.|
For additional assistance, contact the iLearn Help Desk: (415) 405-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org, LIB 220