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2017 September 5th


What we've been working on...




Syllabus Display Bug - When viewing a syllabus via the class calendar some issues occurred when trying to switch between formatted and unformatted views. The transition between views should now be seamless.


TA Class copy icon removal - When added to a master class a TA was shown the icon that allows primary instructors to use the class copy feature. TAs are restricted to the master classes they have been added to so when they clicked on the copy class icon they were presented with an error. This icon has been removed for TAs and they will now only see a blank column.  




LTI Reveal Author’s Identity button - There had been an issue where, when using anonymous marking, the ‘Reveal Author’s identity’ button didn’t work the first time you clicked it but would work subsequent tries. We’ve given this button a liberal spray of oil to make sure it doesn’t get stuck and it will now work the first time.

Blackboard Basic class statistics tab removal -  Class statistics were retired in Turnitin in a previous release. However, the page was still accessible in our Blackboard Basic integration which would show an error when trying to access it. This tab has now been removed to avoid any confusion.




2017 August 30th


What we've been working on...


We’ve made some improvements to the submission inbox in our LTI integration.



Deciding that the previous layout was a bit too cluttered, we moved the download buttons to the right of the screen to make them stand out more. And now if you select more than one submission using the checkboxes to their right, a counter will show you how many you have selected in the Download Selected button.


The column headers are clearer. The Viewed column now contains iconography that will allow instructors to distinctly see whether a student has viewed their feedback, and the Options column now contains a smart sub-menu containing the Upload, Download, and Delete options.  The color indicators of the Similarity column are now in line with the style of our native application.


Check out this quick video walkthrough for a visual guide to the new changes.



One more thing…

We’ve taken this opportunity to squash some bugs!  We’ve resolved a pesky grade callback problem in our LTI integration, and an issue affecting active student list downloads.  



2017 August 16th


What we've been working on...

‘Active’ students are now ‘Enrolled’ students - The user interface in the Account Status page has been updated so that ‘Active’ Students are now ‘Enrolled’ Students. This better reflects what the number represents. Turnitin records students as enrolled if they are joined to a non-expired class. There is no functional change to how student numbers are calculated. 


QuickMark report bug - When attempting to download a QuickMark report that contained an equals sign (=) in its title, this resulted in a 500 error, preventing you from successfully downloading the report. This has now been resolved.


Empty grade can’t be saved - In trying to completely remove a grade from a submission, the change would fail to save. You can now change the grade without issue.

Misaligned text when downloading current view - When downloading the current view of an opened submission, some elements of the downloaded report would be misaligned or overlap. The report will now download with correct formatting.



2017 August 9th


What we've been working on...


Improvements to submissions in Turnitin LTI Turnitin LTI submissions have had a makeover! We've been brushing up on workflows and upcycling the user interface; submissions are now easier to follow and so much more pleasing on the eye!


To bring some clarity to the submission process, you can now see the stage you’re at with our new progress bar. This will guide you through the three stages of submission, ‘Upload’, ‘Review’, and ‘Complete’.


Make sure you don’t leave the submission process until the bar has reached ‘Complete’, otherwise we cannot guarantee your submission was successful!









Once your submission is complete you will see a green tick. 



Check out this quick video walkthrough for a visual guide to the new changes.



We’ve also made cloud submission clearer; using the Cloud Submission drop-down, you can choose the drive that you’d like to upload from.



For extra help on how to submit through an LTI integration, please see our guidance on the topic.



2017 August 3rd

What we've been working on...


Administrator Statistics Improvement - You can now view account statistics By Master Class. Previously, downloading the full report By Class would not include any master classes. There is now the option to download the statistical report by Master Class. 

The file will contain every master class active on the primary account during the period chosen, and show any relevant usage statistics.




2017 July 25th

What we've been working on...



Transitioned users from Classic to Feedback Studio - Control your excitement, everyone! We've been making huge efforts to move our users into Turnitin Feedback Studio, following our 1st August deadline (you might've seen the notification in Turnitin). We're pleased to announce that the transition has been successful. Not to worry if you were added to our exception list, as you will certainly not be affected by this change.


Class list pagination issue resolved - Some users noticed an issue when accessing a list of students in a class. After dropping all students from the class, a large number of empty pages remained available. This didn't seem right! It sounded like a pesky bug! So we popped on our extermination suits and got to work.


Implementation of the Turnitin time zone on digital receipts - Turnitin LTI and Canvas don't share the same time zone. In Canvas, you can set your own time zone preference, but Turnitin uses a time zone, usually set during your institution's signup with Turnitin. This confused some of our users.


To ensure that you're aware of the time zone that your Turnitin account is set to, we've added a UTC hour offset alongside the date and time of your submission in your digital receipt, submission info, and when downloading the current view of your paper. We hope this clears things up!





2017 July 25th

What we've been working on...



Grade book preference values bug - A bug was causing customized grade display preferences to not save on creation. The feature now works as intended.


PeerMark comment deletion bug - In a small number of cases, when deleting a comment in PeerMark, comments would return after deletion. Comments will now delete and not return.


500 Error when an instructor isn't a member of any class - When an instructor who has a Turnitin account but was not a member of any institutional accounts it resulted in a 500 error when they navigated to the Instructor Homepage. One reason this could happen is if an instructor was dropped from an account by an administrator without being a member of any other accounts. A 500 error will now not appear. 



Multiple markers rubric improvement - When a secondary marker accessed an LTI assignment it was possible for them to accidentally remove an attached rubric. Now, when a secondary marker navigates to the rubric section of the LTI interface they will see Other Instructor's Rubric to indicate that a rubric is already attached. 



2017 July 18th

The Summer of Love has been about listening to users and improving areas of Turnitin that might have needed a little love. Included in this release are changes to Turnitin Feedback Studio, ETS Grammar check, and making PeerMark easier to use. 

What we've been working on...




You can see clearly now - We’ve improved the resolution of documents opened in Turnitin Feedback Studio. Text will now appear crisper and clearer than before, even after you zoom in closely.


Instantaneous grammar feedback - e-rater® grammar and spellcheck comments are now  automatically available for students immediately after submission.

Instructors are still able to view e-rater® feedback, but they are no longer required to view a submission to allow students to access their feedback.


PeerMark simplification - We believe that feedback is at the heart of the writing process. We’ve simplified the process for creating a PeerMark assignment, making it easier than ever for students to review each other's work.

Simpler Distribution Options - The biggest change is the way that papers are distributed between students. You can opt for Turnitin to draw names from a hat (it’s an electronic one with flashing lights, we swear), and automatically assign papers to students. As an instructor, you can set the number of papers you’d like a student to review; we’ll do the rest.

Alternatively, you can allow students to select the paper they’d like to review from those that have already been submitted to the assignment.

Immediate Feedback - When creating a PeerMark assignment, you are now only required to enter a start date and an end date. Student can perform reviews at any time between these two dates. Peer feedback will immediately be released without having to wait for a post date.


Although this update is only available in Turnitin Feedback Studio via or for now, we hope to extend the changes to our integrations in the future.

Full report Administrator stat options - Admins now have the ability downland the full report of administartor stats broken down either by account, class, instructor, or integration. 

Bug Fixes

Non-admins can set their default user as admin - There had been a bug where non-administrator users were able to set their default user type as admin. We've squished it so users should only see relevant options.


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