LEO Guides

How to create a Turnitin Assignment

NOTE: You must be an Editing Lecturer in order to create a Turnitin assignment in your unit.

The Learning & Teaching Centre (LTC) advised all academic staff to a Turnitin issue that has arisen in LEO as a result of a recent upgrade by Turnitin.

Previously the Editing Lecturer was not automatically enrolled in new Semester 2 unit.

This occurred when an editing lecturer tried to roll over an existing Semester 1 unit that contained one or more Turnitin assignments. LEO returned the following error message “Exception - Using $this when not in object context” (see image below). The LTC worked with Turnitin and LEO support to resolve this issue urgently. W

displays error message displayed when rolling over unit with Turnitin assignment

NOTE: The Turnitin issue with regards to 'Editing lecturers is now resolved. Editing lecturers are now automatically enrolled in Semester 2 units. However note that, when rolling over your previous unit into a new unit, the Editing Lecturer must create a new Turnitin assignment from scratch.

Adding a Turnitin Assignment to your LEO unit.

  1. Add TII assignmentNavigate to unit from within LEO.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'.
  3. Scroll down to the section where you want to add your activity then click ‘Add an activity or resource’. From the options given under the ‘Activities’ heading select ‘Turnitin Assignment’ and then click on ‘Add’. In the new page that opens up you will be able to edit the settings for your Turnitin Assignment activity.

NOTE: if this is the first time you have used Turnitin in LEO, you may receive a terms and conditions page. Click 'I Agree - Continue'.

  1. Under the General section the minimum requirement is to give your Turnitin Assignment a title. It is also useful to add instructions in 'Summary’ text box, so that your students know what the Assignment is about. Click on the box next to ‘Display description on unit page’ if you would like the description to be visible from the main page of your LEO unit.
    Also under general is the number of parts in your Turnitin Assignment, the default is 1.
  2. Open the Grade section and set the maximum number of points allocated to this assignment.
  3. Under Assignment part add the start date and due date of the Assignment and the post date when grades will be released to students. If there is more than 1 part you will need to set dates for each.

TII assignment dates

  1. Retain all other defaults settings in the unit and click on "Save and return to unit' to return to the main page of your LEO unit.

NOTE: More information about the advanced settings of the Turnitin Assignment activity are available under the ‘Other Settings’ dropdown section of this LEO Guide.

Turnitin is helpful when used as an educational tool, allowing students to submit early, receive information about text-matching via the originality report, make corrections based on similarity index and resubmit before the due date.

Turnitin works less well where resubmissions are required. As the submission on the due date becomes locked as a final submission and students will not be able to resubmit

Turnitin can accept any file type if 'allow any file type' is selected in the Turnitin assignment settings. If this option is selected Turnitin assignment will accept Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and image files with a size limit of 20mb. The files must include selectable text to generate a originality report or display a similarity index.

Even if a student does not submit a file to a Turnitin Assignment, a blank template can be used to provide feedback and a mark given for the activity. For more information about this option, refer to thinking outside the assignment submission box with Turnitin

There are three types of assignments that can be created using Turnitin:

  • assignment submission drop box
  • extension submission
  • peer review feedback

Extension: Turnitin assignment settings include an option to allow late submissions, however this is only possible if the student has never submitted to Turnitin. To manage late submissions you may prefer to create an additional extension Turnitin assignment where students granted approval to submit after the due date can submit. This option can assist academics identify students given permission to submit late and mark their work accordingly.

  • To learn more about how to allow students to peer review, refer to LEO Guide: How to allow students to peer review.

1. Under the 'General' section it identifies what type of files students can submit and how many parts an assignment includes. Under submission type select 'File upload' if you want to restrict students to uploading files or retain the default 'Any Submission Type" to provide the students with the option of copying and pasting into a text box or submitting a file.

NOTE: A student submits 1 file to each part. The maximum number of parts in a Turnitin Assignment is 5. Each part can have its own start, due and post dates and grade.

Even if a student does not submit a file, a grading form can be generated with feedback and a mark provided for the student in the submission inbox.

  • To learn more about providing feedback to student submissions, refer to LEO Guide: How to provide Feedback.

2. The Grade section 'maximum number of points' is set to 100. Please note, 'Scale' options do not display correctly in the Turnitin assignment submission area and it not recommended this option is used in Turnitin assignment. The Grade is the overall grade for the Turnitin assignment including all or any parts.

NOTE: If there is only 1 part in the Turnitin Assignment, ensure the Grade and the Part marks correlate.

  • To learn more about Gradebook and how grades are calculated and displayed refer to LEO Guide: Gradebook.

3. Under the Availability' section, set the 'Start date'; 'Due date' and Post date' and marks.

  • Start date: sets the earliest date/time students can make a submission
  • Due date: final date/time the student can submit their assignment
  • Post date: date/time when marks/grades are released to students in the Turnitin submission inbox and Gradebook

NOTE: Before the due date the assignment submission is in a draft format and on the final date/time the assignment is locked and indexed in Turnitin as their final version. Late submissions is ticked by default (see Originality Report options) and will allow students who have never submitted to submit late and be marked in red.

4. Originality report options are set by default and based on 'standard settings for Turnitin'. These defaults must be retained as part of Academic Integrity at ACU.

  • To learn more about GradeMark options and how to create or attach an existing rubric to a Turnitin assignment refer to LEO Guide: How to create a rubric or grading form.

Graham-Matterson, L. and Starr, S, (2013) Is it cheating or learning the craft of writing? Using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism in Research in Learning Technology, v.21, sourced http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/17218

Third-Party academic research, sourced http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/research Includes a range of articles on the effectiveness of Turnitin in preventing plagiarism and promoting student learning. The summaries included on the site present key findings from peer-reviewed scholarly articles on plagiarism and prevention technologies such as Turnitin.

Davis, M. (2007) The role of Turnitin within the formative process of academic writing in Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, sourced http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/paper/the_role_of_turnitin_within_the_formative_process_of_academic_writing-2/