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Creating a Paper Assignment

Creating an Assignment


All submissions by students are made to assignments in a Turnitin class. Assignments for a given class are created, displayed, and modified from the class homepage.


1. To reach the class homepage, you must firstly access the main homepage by clicking the All Classes tab from the top of any page


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2. From the main homepage, the instructor must click on the name of the class to view the class portfolio


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Note: An instructor with GradeMark or grade book available, will be required to set a post date on an assignment. This post date and time must be after the start date, but can be set before the due date of the assignment.


3. In the class portfolio, click on the Add Assignment button 



4. Select Paper Assignment by clicking on the radio button next to Paper Assignment



The paper assignment type is the base assignment for all other assignments types (PeerMark, Revision, and Reflection). When creating a paper assignment, there are three dates that instructors will need to set: the start date, the due date, and the post date.


5. Click on the Next Step button

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6. On the next page, enter the Assignment title.


If you are a grade book user, you may also enter an option point value. This is the maximum number of points a student can receive from an assignment. E.g. 100. By setting a point value, this allows the grade to be set by rubrics (if used) and be sent to the grade book


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7. Select the start and due dates for the assignment. Specific times are also selected. Students are only able to submit once the start date and time has passed. After the due date and time, students will be blocked from submitting papers, unless late submissions are enabled


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7a. GradeMark and Grade book users must select a post date for the assignment. The post date is the date and time that students can begin viewing the comments and grades that you have left on their papers in GradeMark. The post date can be set before the due date


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8. Select whether the assignment will require Similarity Reports for submissions or whether any file type can be uploaded. The default option is to Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity. For assignments that do not require Similarity Reports, you can select Allow any file type. This allows instructors to leave feedback on every file type.


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Training Video: Creating an Assignment




Advanced Assignment Options


When creating a paper assignment, the user may select to view and change any of the advanced assignment options. The advanced assignment options are viewed by clicking the + Optional Settings link.


1Enter special instructions to your students about the assignment


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2. Select whether you wish to allow submissions after the due date of the assignment. If set to Yes, students will be able to submit to the assignment after the due date, providing they have not previously made a submission. If set to No, students will not be able to submit after the due date of the assignment.


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Similarity Report Settings


Select whether you would like Similarity Reports to be generated for submissions to the assignment. 


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If the assignment is set to accept any file type Turnitin will only generate Similarity Reports for the following file types:


Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files.

Report Generation and Resubmission Options


Select from the dropdown list when, after student submission, that you would like Similarity Reports to be generated. There are three options for this assignment setting:


  • Immediately (first report is final) - Similarity Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.


  • Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date) - Students may resubmit as often they need to until the due date. Similarity Reports for the initial submission, and the next three resubmissions, will generate immediately. 

    The first three resubmissions will generate a new Similarity Report straight away. After three attempts, a 24-hour wait is enforced to generate Similarity Reports for all subsequent resubmissions. 

    Resubmission attempts are shared between you and your students. If you attempt to resubmit on their behalf, one of their attempts will be used.

    Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are overwritten. 

    Similarity Reports will regenerate within an hour of the due date and time to allow student submissions to compare against one another within the assignment. A change in the Similarity Report similarity index may result from the regeneration of the reports. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Similarity Report. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment.


  • On due date - Similarity Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Resubmissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.


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Note: If an instructor chooses to grade without a student submission and the Immediately first report is final is selected, students will not be able to submit to the assignment once the Grading Template is created. 


Excluding the Bibliography


Select whether you would like text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of assignments to be excluded from being checked for matches in the Similarity Index when generating Similarity Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual Similarity Reports.


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Excluding Quotes


Select whether you would like text appearing in the quotes of an assignment to be excluded from being checked for matches in the Similarity Index when generating Similarity Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual Similarity Reports.


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Excluding Small Sources


The exclude small sources feature works by excluding sources in the source list that are below a set word count or percentage threshold. For example, if the threshold is set to 3%, any 1% or 2% match would be removed from the current report's source list (Match Overview or All Sources). With this feature, you have greater control over sifting out smaller sources, allowing you to focus on larger, more problematic and suspect sources within Similarity Reports.


Once yes has been selected, a yellow box will appear allowing you to set the source exclusion threshold.


This setting can be overridden or adjusted in individual Similarity Reports via the document viewer. You can adjust the exclude small sources assignment setting at any time by clicking the edit icon to the right of the assignment name.



Allowing Access to Similarity Reports


Choose whether you would like your students to view the Similarity Reports for their submissions to this assignment. This option gives instructors more flexibility and control when creating assignments.


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Repository Options


If the repository options are enabled for an instructor by the administrator, two or four options will appear within the Submit papers to the dropdown list. Select from the dropdown list where you would like papers to be submitted to. The settings provide you with the ability to select whether papers are stored in a Turnitin standard paper repository, your institution's paper repository, the student's choice of paper repository, or no repository at all.


The benefit of submitting papers to the standard paper repository is that student papers submitted to the assignment are checked against other institutions' student submissions. However, by selecting to submit papers to the institution's paper repository, this means that the assignment will only be checked against other students' submissions within the institution. If you select no repository, your students' papers will not be stored in the Turnitin standard paper repository or the institution's paper repository, therefore meaning that the papers will not be checked for collusion between students of the same or different institutions.


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The search options setting allows you to select which Turnitin repositories students' submissions will be checked against when processing Similarity Reports for papers. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed. The similarity index percentage may decrease if a repository option is deselected.

The available search targets are listed under Search options. The targets with a check mark are those that will be searched. To remove a search target repository, click on the checkbox to remove the checkmark. Clicking on an empty selection box next to the repository will re-add the repository as a search target. This selection will not alter any currently generated Similarity Reports or Overall Similarity Index scores.

The currently available search targets are:


  • Student paper repository - works previously submitted in classes and assignments on Turnitin.

  • Institution paper repository - a private repository of student papers unique to your institution.

  • Current and archived internet - a repository of archived and live publicly available internet pages containing billions of pages of existing content and tens of thousands of new pages added daily.

  • Periodicals, journals, & publications - third party periodical, journal, and publication content including many major professional journals, periodicals, and business publications.



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GradeMark Settings

Attach a rubric to the assignment


If you would like to use a rubric to grade the papers submitted to the assignment, you may use the rubric list drop-down menu to select a previously created or imported rubric, or you can launch the rubric manager by clicking on the Launch Rubric Manager link and create a new rubric to attach to the assignment.


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Enable e-rater® grammar check?

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the option to enable the e-rater grammar and spelling check for all submissions to the assignment. When enabled student submissions receive detailed grammar feedback in GradeMark automatically through the e-rater technology. Select yes to enable the e-rater engine for the assignment. If this assignment option is not available then the e-rater grammar check is disabled for the account. Contact your Turnitin account administrator to enable the e-rater grammar check for the account.



Note: e-rater grammar and spelling check comments are shown immediately to your students. 


Optional: Select the ETS handbook level from the drop-down menu. The ETS handbooks provide students with in-depth information about the grammar errors the e-rater technology finds in their paper. 



Select the dictionary used for the spelling check



The Categories enabled by default option allows instructors to choose which categories of feedback are enabled when viewing assignment submissions in GradeMark. The default is to show the feedback for every category.


Changing Advanced Assignment Option Defaults

If any changes have been made to the advanced assignment options, an additional option will be available at the bottom of the options panel. The instructor is asked Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? Select yes to have all future assignment creations use the advanced assignment options that have been selected as the default setting. Select no to continue with the previous default advanced assignment option settings. 


The default settings can be changed at any time when creating a new assignment or updating an existing assignment. 


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