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1706

2017 February 22nd

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

  • Changes to our choice of wording in Turnitin

  • Improvements to translations

  • Extra security added to account creation forms

 

Changes to our choice of wording in Turnitin - We’ve started our spring cleaning a little early this year by improving some of the language you see when creating a new Turnitin account. You’ll notice that some of the older, clunky language we once used is now a lot clearer and easier to follow. This change will help to onboard members of your institution much more quickly than before! Watch this space for similar changes in future releases.

 

Improvements to translations - We noticed that text within the Turnitin footer was still awaiting translation, with several English words popping up where you’d least expect them. We apologize for this slip! The English we’ve identified has now been translated in all eighteen languages supported by Turnitin. Please contact us if you happen to identify any non-translated words or phrases when viewing Turnitin in your preferred language.

 

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Extra security added to account creation forms - We’ve added a reCAPTCHA to the bottom of our account creation form for added security.

 

 

We haven’t seen any problems with ‘brute force’ attacks, but we’ve added this extra security layer just in case. reCAPTCHA is, as Google puts it, ‘Tough on bots, easy on humans’, and in the vast majority of cases, is as simple as clicking on a checkbox to ensure you are not a robot. If you are a robot please get in touch as we have a tortoise that would like to meet you. reCaptcha is also fully accessible and works with major screen readers. Read more about reCAPTCHA and accessibility.

 


1705

2017 February 14th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

  • Localized helpdesk forms

 

Localized Helpdesk Forms - After great feedback about the English language versions of our new support forms we are now making localized versions available in all eighteen other languages that Turnitin supports.

 


1704

2017 February 7th

 

What we've been working on...
 
Turnitin

 

  • Fixed a bug with class sections

 
Fixed a bug with class sections - When trying to create class sections within a master class it would result in an error message telling the instructor about the requirements for creating a class section rather than creating one, despite the entered details being correct. This has now been fixed and class section are created as normal.

 


1703

2017 February 1st
 
What we've been working on...
 
Turnitin

 

  • Fixed a bug with class sections
  • Extended the character limit for class title from 100 to 300 characters
  • Changed the color scheme for error messages

 
Fixed a bug with class sections - When trying to create new class sections, some instructors found that this resulted in errors despite a valid user being added. This was limited to user accounts that had their default role set to 'admin' or 'student'. This problem has now been fixed.
 
Extended the character limit for class title from 100 to 300 characters - Some users found the 100 character limit for class titles restrictive; we've now extended it to 300 characters. The change hasn’t quite reached our integrations yet, but will be coming soon. Exactly the length of this message!

 

Changed the color scheme for error messages - Until now, our error messages and success messages all looked the same. This caused confusion, as messages that should have been positive - such as making a successful change to your user profile - would be shown in a red. Error messages remain red and 'positive' messages now appear in green. 


 

 


1702

2017 January 25th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

  • We’ve updated our login pages to create a more consistent experience

  • Changed the login page to use HTTPS

  • Removed the ‘Account is nearing its student limit’ notification for instructors

  • Russian and Polish are now out of beta

  • Fixed a bug with allow any file type

 

Updated our login pages to create a more consistent experience - We’ve updated our login, create an account, and password reset pages to be more consistent with what you might be used to with our main website. All functionality remains the same; things just look prettier now.

 

Removed the ‘Account is nearing its student limit’ notification for Instructors - Up until now, instructors would see a warning when their account was near to reaching its student limit. As this warning is more aimed at administrators, we have stopped this warning message from appearing to Instructors. Don’t worry, admins! You’ll still be notified if your account is near reaching its limits. If you ever run into this problem, we’ve put together some guidance on how you can best manage your account’s student limits.

 

Changed login page to use HTTPS - Previously all pages after logging into Turnitin would use HTTPS however the login page itself still used HTTP. Now only HTTPS login pages can be used to access Turnitin. If you had our old page bookmarked you'll automatically be redirected. You can find the login page here.

 

Russian and Polish are now out of beta  -  We sometimes keep the beta tag on a language for a while to ensure that our translations are properly localized, preventing folks using the localized site from having any problems with using Turnitin.

With this release of Turnitin, we are removing the beta tag for both Russian and Polish; however, we are always happy to hear any feedback if you find something that might read a little oddly. 

 

Fixed a bug with allow any file type - This… unintended feature would potentially result in a submission with less than 20 words trying to still generate a similarity report, causing our system to display a constant ‘Pending’ message.

 

Now, if a student submits a file with less than 20 words, we’ll show a message, letting them know that a Similarity Report won’t be generated for that submission. Student’s will also now not be stuck in a ‘pending’ limbo, and the Similarity Report column will appear blank. 

 


1701

2017 January 12th

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin
 

  • Fixed a bug where using non-integer characters for parts of account creation would result in a 500 error
  • We've made improvements to the security of our account join form


Account Creation 500 Error - If a user attempted to use non-numeric characters in the Account ID field, this resulted in a 500 error. When a user now makes this error, they will receive an error message asking them to resolve the issue and try again.

Account Join Form Security - The Password text box of the account join form was previously of the text field type. We have changed this to now be the password field type. Security of accounts remains as strong as ever; however, this change aligns the form with best industry practice and will visually obfuscate the password you have entered while using the form.
 

Integrations
 

  • Multi-file upload 403 errors
  • Fixed error callbacks in some integrations to be clearer
  • Cosmetic errors during empty text submissions

 

Multi-file upload 403 errors - Multi-file uploads would sometimes cause 403 and 500 errors when submitting. This has now been fixed. 

 

Fixed error callbacks in some integrations to be clearer - Sometimes, errors would go unnoticed as each callback was being called twice resulting in a successful state. This has now been fixed so that a correct error status is shown when a callback fails.

 

Cosmetic errors during empty text submissions - When a user tried to submit to Turnitin using the text box submission method, leaving the text field blank, this would cause some minor cosmetic errors after showing the error message. These have now been fixed.

 


1643 and 1644

2016 December 15th

 

What we’ve been working on...

 

  • General backend bug fixes and improvements
  • Made changes to how we build and release Turnitin
  • Fixed a bug with Instructor Expanded Repository Options
  • Fixed a bug with institutional source release
  • Fixed a bug with user session time outs
  • Inbox ordering now transfers to Turnitin Feedback Studio

 

Fixed a bug with Instructor Expanded Repository Options

 

When administrators would try to select 'Enable instructor expanded repository options' they would sometimes get an error message when no institutional node existed for an account. This has now been fixed. 

 

Fixed a bug with institutional source release

 

Requesting to view a paper from a class within your institution, when institutional source release is turned on, would occasionally result in an error. This has now been fixed.

 

Fixed a bug with user session time outs

 

We had received several reports of people being timed out prematurely while using Turnitin Feedback Studio, even when they were actively grading. This has now been fixed and users will only be presented with a timeout message when they are inactive for an extended period of time. 

 

Inbox ordering now transfers to Turnitin Feedback Studio

 

The order in which you sort the assignment inbox will now transfer to when you are using Turnitin Feedback Studio. This allows you to grade papers in the order that best suits you. By deault papers are ordered by highest similarity percentage. 

 

 


November 29th

2016 November 29th

 

Fixed a bug that affected Similarity Report scores 

 

A bug was introduced into our code during the course of work being done to update our report generation and storage layer on September 29th 2016. The bug affected only an extremely small subset of submissions and resulted in under-reported Similarity Scores. The engineering team fixed the issue on November 29th 2016.  All affected reports have been regenerated.

 


 

1642

2016 November 22nd

 

What we’ve been working on...

 

  • General backend bug fixes and improvements
  • LTI - Corrected bug with messaging when changing assignment settings
  • Fixed a problem with papers appearing as draft submissions
  • Fixed a bug where students would open their paper and it would load in text-only view

 

LTI - Corrected bug with messaging when changing assignment settings

 

When saving assignment settings, two success messages would be displayed. One message advised 'Submission uploaded successfully' and another stated 'Settings were saved successfully'. This has now been corrected to only show the 'Settings were saved successfully' message. 

 

Fixed a problem with papers appearing as draft submissions

 

In a small number of cases when a instructor would open a paper they would receive a message saying that it is a draft submission, despite the assignment's settings being single submission only. This has now been resolved.

 

Fixed a bug where students would open their paper and it would load in text-only view

 

Students using Moodle Direct V2 when opening their paper from the assignment inbox, by selecting the assignment title, it would load in text-only view. Now when selecting the assignment title the paper will open correctly. 

 

 


1641

2016 November 3rd

 

What we’ve been working on...

 

  • General backend bug fixes
  • General improves to how we build and release Turnitin
  • We've made an improvement to account authentication error messages

 

Improvements to Account Authentication Error Messages

 

As an improved security feature we've changed the messages you may see when trying to login to Turnitin with the wrong information. Previously you'd have been informed of which part of the details you were trying to use were incorrect. While this may have been slightly more convenient we feel that it is far better practice not to display this information. In systems where specific information is given it gives people trying to attack your account much more information in which to guess at your login details. 

 


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