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1723

2017 April 27th

 

What we've been working on…

 

  • We've moved the 'Upload Submissions' button in LTI

 

Upload Submissions button - We've moved the Upload Submission in the LTI Assignment Dashboard from beneath the graphic to being above the graphic. It's a subtle change but will allow you to still see the button while using smaller iframes making things much more usable. It also looks a little prettier but we're biased.  

 

1720

2017 April 27th

 

What we've been working on…

 

  • ‘Join passwords’ are now 'Join keys'

  • ‘Roadmap’ is now 'Suggestions'

  • Fix released for Admin Stats in IE11 and Chrome 38

  • Warning message for attaching a new rubric has changed

  • Fixed a bug with resubmissions in Canvas

  • Fixed a bug preventing the creation of PeerMark assignments in Blackboard Basic

 

Turnitin


‘Join passwords’ are now 'Join keys' - We’ve been doing some spring cleaning and changing some of the words we use in Turnitin. During discussions with users, we found that there was confusion with the multiple uses of the term ‘password’ in the system, despite them not actually being passwords, due to them being designed to be shared with other members of your institution for class or account access.

Join passwords are now known as Join keys.
Enrollment passwords are now known as Enrollment keys.

 

‘Roadmap’ is now 'Suggestions' - We love to hear your feedback and ideas on how we can improve Turnitin. We had found that ‘Roadmap’ didn’t really make much sense for a lot of users. We’ve changed this to ‘Suggestions’, and we welcome any and all that you may have!

 

 

If you are an admin or an instructor clicking on the ‘Suggestions’ link, this will log you into our UserVoice portal. In UserVoice, you can view other suggestions that instructors around the world have already made, vote on the suggestions you agree with, and make your own.

 

Released a fix for Admin Stats in IE11 and Chrome 38 - We recently launched the new and improved Admin Account Statistics and we’ve already received a lot of great feedback! Unfortunately, a bug prevented those using IE11 or Chrome 38 from accessing the statistics page. This bug has now been squished, and IE11 and Chrome 38 users shouldn’t have any more problems.

 

Warning message for attaching a new rubric has changed - We've changed the messaging displayed when a new rubric is attached to an assignment or when detaching a rubric from an assignment. When a rubric is detached or changed, any feedback left using this rubric is lost. Although we already told users that this data loss would happen, our message wasn’t as clear as it could have been, leading to unintentional data loss.

We’ve updated the message that is shown when removing or attaching a new assignment to be much clearer.

 

 

Integrations

 

Fixed a bug with resubmissions in Canvas - If a user tried to download their originally submitted file while resubmissions were enabled for the assignment, a bug presented only the first version of the file for download, rather than the final, resumitted file. This has now been fixed; the user will only be able to download the last file submitted to the assignment.

 

Fixed a bug preventing the creation of PeerMark assignments in Blackboard Basic - When trying to create a PeerMark assignment in Blackboard Basic it would result in an error message being shown. A fix for this bug has now been applied and PeerMark assignments are able to be created. 

 



1719

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

  • New feature release of administrator account statistics
  • Resolved a bug detaching the rubric from an assignment
  • Removed the top-level account delete icon from sub-administrator view

 

Feature release of administrator account statistics - A high-level overview of your account statistics is now available for specific date ranges. Administrators can download detailed usage data in the form of a .CSV file, as well as view graph summaries of the following:
 

  • Submissions
  • High Similarity Reports
  • Submissions with Feedback

 

Common Core rubric reports are also available for .CSV download, providing the date range selected is anywhere up to six months.

 

For guidance on using and interpreting account data, click here.

Removed the top-level account delete icon from sub-administrator view - Sub-administrators who were not the main account administrators appeared to have the option to delete their top-level account. However, during bug testing, it was found that, although the delete icon was visible, the action would not process and an error message would display (phew). We’ve removed the delete icon for top-level accounts from appearing to sub-administrators to avoid any future confusion.

 

Integrations

 

Resolved a bug which detached the rubric from an assignment - After an integrations instructor created an assignment with a rubric attached to it, we noticed that a second instructor accessing the assignment saw no rubric attached in the assignment settings, but could still use the rubric for grading. If the second instructor edited and saved over the original assignment settings, this would clear it from the assignment entirely, causing the rubric to disappear from submissions that had already been graded using this rubric. Now, rest assured that rubrics will stay with the assignment when a setting amendment is made by any instructor.

 


1716

2017 April 4th
 
What we've been working on...
 
Turnitin
 

The long since deprecated listserv management admin option still had UI elements within the service indicating that it could still be used. This has now been removed from the Administrator user info page.
 

 


1715

2017 March 30th

 

What we've been working on...
 

LTI Integrations

 

Microsoft OneDrive Submissions - We’ve added the ability to upload submissions to Turnitin via Microsoft OneDrive when using LTI. You can find substantial guidance about how to use our LTI integrations by following this link. 

 

 


1714

 

2017 March 24th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

Administrator Homepage Bug - When an administrator user set the Administrator Homepage to be the default page for their account they would lose access to that page when they changed the view to the Instructor Homepage. This has been fixed. 

 

Improved Security Questions - We've changed our password reset security questions to better reflect industry standards. When creating a new account we now ask questions with answers that are less readily available on social media, yet are still memorable. Current users can still reset their passwords using their old password and question. 

 


1712

2017 March 21st

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

Access QuickMark breakdown from class homepage - Instructors can now access a list of the different QuickMarks used across their class, as well as how frequently these QuickMarks have been used on student papers. The QuickMark breakdown can be found beneath the class title.

 

 

LTI Integrations

 

PeerMark reviews now launch in PeerMark document viewer - As we will soon be transitioning our users to Turnitin Feedback Studio, we thought it wise to move peer reviews out of the Turnitin Classic document viewer. Students can now view their peer reviews within the PeerMark interface. Nothing to worry about; students will still see all of the same information as before! In fact, this is a more consistent experience!

 


 


1711

2017 March 16th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

Localized date formats - We have updated how we display dates for the localized versions of Turnitin. Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, and Korean localizations have been updated to reflect this change.

Previously the dates used the following format:

 

Chinese Simplified: ‘12日-03月’

Chinese Traditional: ‘12日-03月’

Japanese: ‘12日-03月’

Korean: ‘12일-03월

 

Now, the dates for these localizations have been changed to the following:

Chinese Simplified: ‘03月12日’

Chinese Traditional: ‘03月12日’

Japanese: ‘03月12日’

Korean: ‘03월 12일’

 


1710

2017 March 14th

 

What we've been working on...


Turnitin

 

Exclude sources by word count reinstated - In assignment settings, the ability to exclude sources by word count has been reactivated.

 


1709

2017 March 9th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin
 

  • Several security improvements
  • Exclude by small matches is now Exclude by small sources

 

Exclude by small matches - We felt that 'Exclude by small matches' didn't fully reflect how this feature works so we have changed the wording. When creating a new assignment, or editing an old one, you will be now be given the option to choose if you would like to exclude small sources. Exclusion is by percentage of the source.

 


1708

2017 March 7th

 

What we've been working on...

 

LTI

 

Re-submitting on behalf of a student - Some users had reported that they were unable to re-submit on behalf of a student in some LTI implementations. This has now been fixed.
 


1707

2017 February 28th

 

What we've been working on...

 

Turnitin

 

Password reset error messages - After entering incorrect data during the password reset process (such as an incorrect email address), you might have noticed that the resulting error message would remain on the screen after successfully resetting your password. Sorry about that; we really didn't mean to worry you. Error messages will now clear after being addressed, just as you'd expect them to.

 

Integrations

 

  • 502 bad gateway message

  • Switching between Turnitin Classic viewer and Turnitin Feedback Studio
     

502 Errors - Some users using our Blackboard integrations had difficulty accessing Turnitin and would be presented with a ‘502 Bad Gateway’ error. Our engineers have resolved this.

 

Switching between Turnitin Classic viewer and Turnitin Feedback Studio - Users may have experienced difficulty switching from the Turnitin Classic viewer to Turnitin Feedback Studio. The ‘Try the New Feedback Studio’ link wouldn’t respond and appeared to be ‘Saving…’, yet failed to update. We’ve fixed this! The switch should now happen seamlessly, so you can go right back to enjoying the Turnitin Feedback Studio.

 


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 nineteen non-English 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 - After great feedback about the English language versions of our new support forms we are now making localized versions available in all nineteen non-English languages that Turnitin supports.

 


1704

2017 February 7th

 

What we've been working on...
 
Turnitin

 
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 sections are created as normal.

 


1703

2017 February 1st1st
 
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.

 


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