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Enable Turnitin Feedback Studio® for assignments

New updates on Turnitin as of August 1, 2017

FAQ for Turnitin

If I allow an unlimited number of submissions for my assignment folder, will the originality be checked against previous submissions?

If a student uploads a new submission after previously submitting a file to the assignment, the new submission will not be checked against any previous submission. This means the new submission will not receive an originality report score of 100%. This is true whether or not the file name is different, or if the assignment is submitted before or after the due date.

 

How do students view any Feedback Studio comments in Turnitin?

Students can access their markup document from the Progress or Assignments tools in D2L. Full instructions for students on accessing Feedback Studio comments are available here.

 

Why are students able to see their Feedback Studio comments before the post date for release?

If you have enabled Grademark® for your assignment submission folder, students will be able to view their submission in Turnitin by clicking on the Originality Score. From there, they can click on Feedback Studio in Turnitin and potentially see your comments prematurely. To avoid this, uncheck "Enable Grademark® for this folder" until you are ready to release feedback. 

 

Can I use Turnitin for text submission assignments?

At this time, we do not recommend using Turnitin for a text submission assignment. The assignment submissions will not display as expected in Turnitin Feedback Studio. If you wish to use Turnitin, please use a file-based submission instead.

Enable Turnitin® Feedback Studio for assignments

You can enable Turnitin Feedback Studio while creating a new (or editing an existing) assignment.

All Turnitin settings can be found in Assessment > Assignments. Click on the downward-facing arrow beside your assignment name, and choose Edit Submission Folder. Then, click on the Turnitin tab.

  1. Select Enable GradeMark® for this folder if you will be using Turnitin Feedback Studio to mark up students' submissions, and you want students to be able to see your markup.

    While you are in the process of grading assignment submissions, you may wish to uncheck this box, and then select it again once you are done grading, so that students will not see your markup until you are finished.

  2. If it is not already selected, please choose Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace, to ensure that when you score an assignment submission in Turnitin Feedback Studio, the grade is automatically transferred into Brightspace.

    The score will be saved as draft in Brightspace, so you will still need to publish grades once you are finished grading all submissions.

  3. Select Enable Originality Check® for this folder, to allow Turnitin to compare student submissions to the Turnitin database, and provide a similarity score for use in screening potential issues with plagiarism or improper citation.

  4. Select Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder if you want students to see their score. We recommend this, as it can be a teaching moment, if students are aware of potential issues with plagiarism or improper citation. If you allow multiple submissions before the deadline, this can provide students with an opportunity to fix their mistakes before the assignment is due.

  5. Under Frequency, we recommend selecting Automatic originality checking on all submissions.

  6. Most of the time, the settings on this page are all you need, but for a little more control over items such as what the similarity report is based on, click on the More Options in Turnitin® button to open a popup window, where you can adjust more settings.

  7. Click on Save and Close to save your settings.

More options in Turnitin

  1. You cannot edit Title or Max Grade. You can control this information in your assignment, under the Properties tab.

  2. Select Allow submission of any file type to allow the upload of any file type. Whenever possible, submissions will be checked for originality and available for markup in Turnitin Feedback Studio, but not all file types are supported.

  3. Select items as desired to adjust Submission settings. Roll your mouse over the ? icon to learn more about each setting.

  4. Select items as desired under Compare against to adjust the sources that are used for the originality report.

  5. Under Similarity Report, we recommend selecting Generate reports immediately in the dropdown to ensure that similarity reports are generated automatically. If you select one of the other options, you may need to manually generate similarity reports.

    To learn about the other settings in this section, roll your mouse over the ? icon.

  6. If you have made unique choices on this page that you wish to use for future assignments, select Save these settings for future use.

  7. Click on the blue Submit button to save your changes to More Options in Turnitin.

View originality report in Turnitin Feedback Studio®

  1. When viewing submissions within an assignment, click on the name of the assignment to open the file in the document viewer.

    Click Markup Document. This will open the file in Turnitin.
  1. Here, you can view the originality report and score.

 


Note: As long as you have set Transfer to Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace in your Turnitin settings, the editable grade box in the top right corner of Turnitin connected back to the assignment. When you initially grade the student's submission the grade will be transferred to the score field on the Evaluate screen in Brightspace, but will still need to be published to appear in Grades.

However, if you return to Turnitin and change the score in the top right corner of the screen, you will need to transfer the grade.


 

If you change a score in Turnitin...

If your Turnitin settings are set to Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace, when you grade assignments in the Turnitin interface, the marks uploaded in the Markup area will automatically associate to the grades in the assignment submission and will be saved in Draft mode.

However, if you return to Turnitin Feedback Studio and change a grade, you will need to use this workaround to update the Turnitin grades in the assignment.

Note: This only applies to grades entered in Markup, not any comments or annotations. Students will still be able to see comments in Turnitin Feedback Studio.

  1. From the assignment, click on the name of the first submission.

 

  1. Click on Back to User Submissions.
  1. Under Turnitin Feedback Studio, click Use this score.
  2. The score will adjust in the Evaluation section of the assignment.
  3. Click either Publish to post the grades for students to see or click Save as Draft to work and publish later.
  4. Click Next Student and repeat.

Occasionally, there may be a technical issue where the connection between Brightspace and Turnitin cannot be established. When this happens, Turnitin does not receive the request to process an assignment submission file, and you will not see the similarity score next to a student's submission.

Most of the time, you can just click on the icon beside each submission to resubmit the file to Turnitin. If you have numerous students that are missing their Similarity Score, you will need to scroll down and click on each one.

You do not need to stay on the page while these process. They may take a while, depending on how busy the Turnitin servers are and if it's a busy time in the term. It may take as little as a few minutes, or as long as overnight. Just reload the page to see the scores, once they have been processed.

If you still don't see Similarity Scores...

1. Go to Assessment > Assignments. Click on the downward-facing arrow beside the assignment name, and choose Edit Submission Folder. Click on the Turnitin tab. Click on the More Options in Turnitin button.

2. Click on Optional Settings to view more Turnitin settings.

3. Scroll down, and under the Similarity Report dropdown, choose Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date): After 3 resubmissions, reports generate after 24 hours.

4. Click on the blue Submit button at the bottom of the screen, and then the blue Save and Close button to save your edits to the Assignment Submission Folder.

If you have marked up student submissions using Turnitin Feedback Studio, and students tell you they can't see this, please confirm the Enable GradeMark® for this folder checkbox is selected.

If students can't see their Turnitin Similarity Score or Similarity Report, ensure that the Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder checkbox is selected.

 

If your students cannot see their grade for a Turnitin-enabled assignment that you have already marked, there are a number of settings that could cause a problem. Please methodically check the following:

  • In your Assignment settings, under the Turnitin tab, confirm that under Transfer, you have selected Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace. This setting ensures that when you score a submission in Turnitin, the grade is transferred to the Assignment score in Brightspace, and saved as a draft.
  • To confirm that you entered the grade correctly in Turnitin Feedback Studio:
    When you view a student's submission in Turnitin Feedback Studio, can you see the grade in the score field, in the upper-right of the screen?
  • After grading in Turnitin, if your settings are correct, the grades from Turnitin will have automatically transferred to Brightspace. You can confirm this:
    • In your course, go to Assessment > Assignments.
    • Click on the downward-facing arrow beside the assignment name, and choose View Submissions.
    • To the right of the student's name/submission, you should see Draft Saved. Click on this link.
    • Scroll down on the right side of the screen to see the grade in the Score field. Right below the score, you can also confirm that this assignment is tied to a grade item.
    • To publish just this student's grade to Grades, at the bottom of the screen, click on the blue Publish button.

      If you need to publish grades for all students' submissions for this assignment to Grades, please see the instructions below, under "Bulk publish grades from Assignment to Grades".

 

Did you update a score in Turnitin?
If you initially graded an assignment submission in Turnitin, and then made a change to the score in Turnitin, the updated score will not be automatically updated in Brightspace. Please follow the instructions in the If you change a score in Turnitin tab on this page, to update the score in Brightspace.

You can also follow this process if your Turnitin settings were inadvertently not set to automatically transfer grades from Turnitin to Brightspace when you graded the submissions.

  • You can also confirm whether the scores were successfully published to Grades. In your course, go to Grades > Enter Grades. If necessary, use the arrows to navigate to the appropriate grade column, and scroll to see if there are grades entered for your students.

    If you do not see grades, here are some settings to check:
    • In your course, go to Assessment > Assignments.
    • Click on the downward-facing arrow beside the assignment name, and click on Edit Submission Folder.
    • On the Properties tab, confirm that the Grade Item is set to the appropriate grade item from your gradebook. If you need to update this (or create a new grade item), make sure to save when you are done.

Bulk publish grades from Assignment to Grades

  • If you have made changes to how the assignment is tied to a grade item, and you are confident that you have marked all submissions (and transferred from Turnitin to Brightspace, as noted earlier), you may need to publish or republish all of the scores to the gradebook. Here's how:
    • In your course, go to Assessment > Assignments.
    • Click on the downward-facing arrow beside the assignment name, and click on View Submissions.
    • In the upper-left corner of the table that contains all of the submissions, check the box to select all submissions, and then click on Publish Feedback, to publish all marks to Grades.
    • Check Grades again, to confirm that marks have transferred to the gradebook.

Confirm the grade item is visible

It is also worthwhile to confirm that your grade item is set to be visible to students.

In your course, go to Grades > Manage Grades.

If a grade item is set as hidden, you will see a closed eye icon to the right of the grade item name. If the grade item is visible, you will not see this icon.

If you need to make a grade item visible:

  • Click on the downward-facing arrow to the right of the grade item name, and choose Edit Grade Item
  • Click on the Restrictions tab.
  • Select Grade item is always visible, or if you only wish the grade item to be visible during a particular date/time range, set the start and end dates.
  • Click on the blue Save and Close button.

At this time, we do not recommend using Turnitin for a text submission assignment. The assignment submissions will not display as expected in Turnitin Feedback Studio. If you wish to use Turnitin, please use a file-based submission instead.

If you accepted text submissions for a Turnitin-enabled assignment without heeding this warning, you will notice that when you view the assignments in Turnitin Feedback Studio, they appear with a lot of XHTML code around and throughout the document. There is no way to change this once assignments have been submitted. You may also notice that the similarity scores are a little higher than usual, because this code will be very similar in all submissions.

You can either grade the assignments while ignoring the XHTML code, or you can create a new assignment submission folder that requires students to upload a file, and then ask students to resubmit their assignments.