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How do I create a Turnitin Assignment?

Updated Jul 16, 2021

  • Go to Course Tools in the navigation bar of your course
  • Click on Assignments
  • Click on New Assignment.

Basic Properties of the Turnitin Assignment

  1. Provide the assignment with a title. This is displayed on the Assignments homepage. 
  2. You can indicate the maximum points within the assignment by filling in the Score Out Of amount. When using Turnitin and the Turnitin Feedback Studio, always fill in 100. When clicking the Score Out Of box, a grade item with the same name is created automatically. If you do not wish to create a new Grade Item, click the In Grades box that has now appeared.  You can now select an already created Grade Item (Choose from Grades), to continue without a Grade Item but with a Score Out Of amount (Remove from Grades), or to unset the Score Out Of box (Reset to Ungraded).  Make sure that the max. score you fill in here, matches the max. score of the grade item. For more information see here.
  3. Indicate a deadline at Has Due Date. Important: if you select Now as the due date this renders the Properties Assignment type and Submission type unchangeable. By clicking Now, you will set the actual deadline in motion. Make sure to communicate this deadline in advance with your students.  For more information see here.
  4. You can give Instructions on the assignment by typing them in the HTML-editor box of Instructions.
  5. Include any additional information. You can:
    • Click File upload to upload a File.
    • Click Attach Link to Existing Activity to connect the assignment to an Existing Activity in Brightspace.
    • Click Attach Weblink to place an external Link.
    • Click Record Audio to upload or record an audio message.
    • Click Record Video to upload or record a video message.
  6. Hidden from users is turned on by default when you create an assignment. This means that students cannot see the assignment. Deselect the option Hidden from users to make the assignment visible to students.

Did you know that Feedback Studio does not accept decimal numbers? That is why you need to enter a score of 100 instead of 10. Doing so you are able to grade submission with e.g. 85 out of 100 what will be transformed to an 8.5 in the Brightspace Gradebook by the attached grade scheme. Students will just see a grade on a scale from 0-10. 

Submission settings for the Turnitin Assignment

Go to the Submission & Completion tab. With the settings below originality reports on submission will be automatically generated, so you can immediately see a plagiarism score and start evaluation upon submission.

  1. Make sure File submission is selected
  2. Select one file under Files Allowed per Submission
  3. Select only one submission allowed under Submissions

Of course there might be some cases where you might want to allow more submissions per student, but this implies you need to some work yourself before you can start evaluating feedback. At this moment we are working on the documentation for these specific cases. See All About Turnitin manual to see which manuals / cases are already available.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the Helpsdeskportal, in case you have questions on these matters.

Enter a Due Date

To ensure the Turnitin similarity scores are accountable we advise you to always enter a Due Date. Moreover,  setting a due date helps setting clear deadlines for your students. Due Dates will automatically appear in the Course Calendar. 

Please note, that students are still able to upload a submission after the Due Date has passed. Of course, you will see in the submissions overview which students were late. You can use this information (e.g., # of hours late) to determine if/how you want to apply a late submission policy. 

One of the perks of allowing submissions after the deadline, is that you are still able to check their work on plagiarism and assess/archive their submission. This is also less cumbersome than the steps you would need to take if you need to submit a file on behalf of a student in Turnitin.com

Important: if you select Now as the due date this renders the Properties Assignment type and Submission type unchangeable. By clicking Now, you will set the actual deadline in motion. Make sure to communicate this deadline in advance with your students.

In case you really do not want students to submit after the deadline, please see here about Restricting Access to your Turnitin Assignment.

What about the Availability

The availability controls when students can access the assignment and the published feedback on that assignment. Please see here about more information on the Availability and restricting access to your Turnitin Assignment.

Finally, enable Turnitin

  1. Navigate to the Evaluation & Feedback tab and click Manage Turnitin.
  2. Check the box Enable GradeMark for this folder.
  3. Leave Transfer on Automatically sync, otherwise grades will not be transferred to the Brightspace Gradebook. 
  4.  Check the box Enable Originality Check for this folder.
  5. Optional: Check the Display box in case you want students to be able to see their plagiarism score as well, after you have published the feedback.
  6. Click on More Options in Turnitin to set make sure your settings are set as stated in this article: Check your Turnitin Settings.
    • Please see this extensive manual on More Options in Turnitin if you want to know more about the possible impact and the why. 

In most cases you just need to check the first box and you're done. We highly recommend not to change the Transfer or Frequency settings, unless you want to manually submit each submission into Turnitin yourself. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the Helpsdeskportal, in case you have questions on these matters.

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