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Turnitin is a helpful plugin that lets instructors check for originality in assignments. When students submit an assignment, instructors are given an easy-to-use user interface to check for plagiarism, grade, and annotate students’ assignments. This tutorial will guide you through the creation and management of a Turnitin assignment.

Tutorial Items:

Creating a Turnitin assignment

Submitting for a student

Reviewing and grading

Peer reviews

Student reviewing

Instructor reviewing

To create a Turnitin Assignment:

  1.  Click the “Turn editing on” button in your Moodle course.  
    Click the
  2. At the bottom of the section you would like to add the Turnitin assignment to, click add an activity or resource.  
  3.  From the activity list, select “Turnitin Assignment 2”. Then, click the “Add” button.  
    Find Turnitin Assignment 2 and then click Add
  4. Set the assignment name, summary, and submission type, along with any optional settings you would like to use. When finished, click “Save and display” at the bottom of the page.
    Give the assignment a name and set other settings as desired.

    NOTE: After you’ve created the assignment, you may receive an email from Turnitin telling you to log into their site. This is not necessary. Any activity you wish to use Turnitin for can be accessed through Moodle and Moodle alone.
  5. From the assignment’s home page you have many options.
    1. Clicking “Update this Turnitin Assignment 2” will allow you to change any settings you set when creating the assignment.
    2. You can change the name of a part by clicking the pencil next to it and then typing its new name.
    3. To change any of the dates associated with the assignment, you can click the pencil to the right of the date.
      1. The start date is the date students can start submitting assignments.
      2. The due date is the last day students will be able to submit.
      3. The post date is the day the students’ marked papers or grades will be available for viewing.
    4. You can also click the cloud with an up arrow icon to the right of a student to upload a submission for them.
      From the assignment home you can update and access all of the options of the Turnitin Assignment.

Submitting for a Student

  1.     To submit for a student click the cloud with an up arrow icon to the right of their name.  
    The cloud with an upward arrow allows you to upload submissions.
  2.     After clicking the icon, you will be presented with a window asking for you to give the submission a title and upload a file. After uploading and giving it a name, click “Add Submission”
    When uploading an assignment you will need to give the submission a title and upload a file or the text of the assignment.
  3.     After clicking “Add Submission” you will see an upload screen while it sends the submission to Turnitin.
    Turnitin has a upload screen, while you wait for the submission.
  4.     You will see a receipt confirming a successful upload if Turnitin received the submission.
    After submission, Turnitin gives a receipt.

Reviewing and Grading

After students have uploaded their submissions, you will see the name they gave their submission, their submission date, the similarity score, and options to download and delete the submission.

  1.     In the list you can start to review and grade the assignment by either clicking on the student’s submission or their similarity score.
    The submission title and similarity score are shown next to the students name and allow the instructor access to the submission.
  2.     In the review you can select the Originality and GradeMark tools to start grading, or select the dashes in the top right to assign the submission a grade.  
    Originality and Grademark are two of the common tools in Turnitin. The score of the submission can be seen in the top right.
    1.     If you select the Originality tool you will see a listing of plagiarized parts along with their sources.
      Matches to other papers are shown in the plagiarism tool.
    2.     If you click GradeMark you will see the grading and commenting tools.  
      Grademark gives tools for commenting and correction.

Peer Reviews in Turnitin

With Turnitin Assignment 2, we now have the option for peer reviewing using Turnitin’s assignment type. This gives instructors another way to conduct peer reviews while also checking for plagiarism.

  1.     To start adding a Peermark assignment to a Turnitin assignment, click the green gear to the right of where it says “Peermark Assignments”.
    The green gear allows access to PeerMark tools.
  2.     After the window comes up click the add button.
    The green plus icon allows for adding new PeerMark assignments
  3.     This will then show you the settings for the Peermark assignment. Set the start, due, and feedback dates by clicking the calendar icons next to those dates. You can also select additional settings to see allocation settings and privacy settings. After setting this click save and continue.
    Set the date and options for the PeerMark Assignment.
  4.     The additional settings option will give you a window that allows you to select allocation and privacy options.
    Additional settings gives options for privaty and allocation.
  5.     After finishing setting the dates and additional options, you will want to add questions for the reviewers to answer this is in addition to them reviewing and marking the paper. Click the “Add Question” button.
     You can add questions for students to answer while reviewing.
  6.     Set the question the students should answer and then select a question type (free response or scale). For free response you must also set a minimum word count. For scales you must set the scale size and the highest and lowest values.
    Questions can either have scales or free response aspects.
  7.     After adding the question you will see the options to edit and delete it.
    Questions that have been added are shown in the tab.
  8.     After you have added the questions you need, you can go into the distribution tab. If you click the blue plus you can force a pairing for review. Clicking the red minus button will exclude the student from reviewing.
    The Distribution tab gives explicit options for allocating student reviews.
  9.     After setting up the reviews you will see the sheet icon to the right of the gear.
    After setting up the PeerMark assignment, there is a new icon to the right of the gear
  10.     If you click the sheet you will be able to review the student yourself by clicking the blue pencil button and you will be able to see how many submissions each student has reviewed.
    The PeerMark screen allows the instructor to see how many students have performed their reviews and gives the instructor an option to give a review.

Student Reviewing

  1.     For a student to start a review, they will need to click the sheet icon to the right of where it says “Peermark Assignments”.  
    The sheet icon is also on student's assignment page if there is a Peermark Assignment available.
  2.     After clicking the sheet they will need to click “Write Reviews” and then “Start Review”.
    The Write Reviews button should be hit to start reviewing.
  3.     For a student or instructor reviewing an assignment in Peermark, they will be shown options to print, use tools (such as grammar tools, commenting, etc), and review questions will be shown on the right hand side.  
    The Peermark screen is different from the normal document view, but gives students tools to review the paper and shows any questions set up.

Instructor Review

  1.     For an instructor to view peer review progress or submit their own review, you will need to click the sheet icon.
    The sheet icon to the right of the gear opens the PeerMark options.
  2.     The number of reviews the student has completed as a fraction of the number of reviews assigned will be shown. When students have completed their reviews, there will be a gray background behind the number. This will also show how many each student has received and give the instructor the option to review the student.
    The review count and option to review is shown in the window after clicking the sheet icon.