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Creating and Editing a Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin assignments are added from the Content page. The instructor can open the course’s Content page by clicking the Content link from within the course web page.


From the Content page, click on the Create Assessment pulldown menu and then to add a Turnitin assignment to a course click on the Add Turnitin Assignments link. The Turnitin assignment creation page will open within the Blackboard interface.

Creating a Turnitin Assignment

 

1. After logging into Blackboard, select the Courses tab from the menu at the top of the page and switch Edit Mode on. This toggle can be found in the top right-hand corner.

 


2.  Select a course from the Course List.

 

 

3. From the left-hand navigation, select Content under your course title.

 

 

4. The Content page allows you to build content, create assessments or different tools to a module. To add a Turnitin assignment, select the Assessments drop-down menu, then select Turnitin Assignment.

 

 

 

5. On the assignment creation page, enter an assignment title and an optional point value for the assignment.

 

 

Note: Only alpha-numeric characters should be used when creating an assignment title. We do not support special characters and punctuation.

 

6. Select 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 unless late submissions are enabled. In Blackboard, the post date relates to the availability of GradeMark papers only and has no bearing on when grades are posted to the Blackboard grade book.

 

 

7. Select whether the assignment will require Originality 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 originality.

 

For assignments that do not require Originality Reports instructors can select Allow any file type which allows instructors to leave feedback on every file type

 

 

8. To see more options for the assignment, click on the Optional settings link

 

9. Modify any other assignment options

 

10. Click submit to add the Turnitin assignment to the course

 

Editing a Turnitin Assignment

 

1. After logging into Blackboard, select the Courses tab from the menu at the top of the page and switch Edit Mode on. This toggle can be found in the top right-hand corner.

 


2.  Select a course from the Course List.

 

 

3. From the left-hand navigation, select Content under your course title.

 

 

4. Alongside the assignment you wish to edit, select the arrow icon, then select Edit.

 

 

5. Edit the assignment via the same method in which it was created.

 

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 on the Optional settings link at the bottom of the assignment creation or assignment update page.

 

 

Advanced assignment options are listed and described below. When an advanced assignment option is changed the user may also select whether or not this change should be the future default for any new assignments created. This allows the user to automatically create all new assignments with their preference of advanced options rather than manually selecting the advanced options for every new assignment.

Late Submission

 

An instructor can enable submissions after the due date and time. To enable late submissions, use the Allow submissions after the due date? option and select yes. The default setting is no. When enabled, students will be able to submit papers after the due date and time has passed as long as that student has not already submitted a paper to the assignment.

 

 

Student submissions after the due date and time will be marked with red text in the date column of the submission in the assignment inbox. A student cannot overwrite a submission past the assignment due date and time, even if the late submission option is enabled.

Available Assignment Options

 

Generate Originality Reports for student submissions -

 

  • immediately (first report is final) - Originality 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) - Originality Reports for the initial submission by each student user to this assignment will be generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes until the assignment due date. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing. Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed. Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on the due date and time, which may result in a change in the Originality Report similarity index and results at the due date and time. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. No resubmissions after the due date and time of the assignment.

 

  • on due date - Originality 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. 

Exclude bibliographic material from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?

 

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to control the option whether bibliographic material will automatically be excluded from Originality Reports. The default is no. Bibliographic materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Originality Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted.

 

Exclude quoted material from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?

 

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to control the option whether quoted material will automatically be excluded from Originality Reports. The default is no. Quoted materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Originality Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted.

 

Exclude small matches?

 

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to automatically exclude small matches from all Originality Reports generated within this assignment. To exclude small matches click yes.

 

 

Once yes has been clicked the Exclude matches by: option window will open. Enter into either the Word Count: or Percentage: fields the numerical value for small matches that will be excluded from Originality Reports in this assignment. 

 

 

Instructors can adjust the exclude small matches assignment setting at any time by clicking on the edit icon to the right of the assignment name. The excluding small matches feature can be adjusted within each Originality Report as well.

Allow Students to see Originality Reports

 

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to control the option to allow students to see Originality Reports within each created assignment. This option gives instructors more flexibility and control when creating assignments. Select yes to allow students to see the Originality Report for the assignment. The default setting is no.

 

Reveal grades to students only on post date

 

This feature of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to control when grades are revealed to students. Select yes to reveal grades to students on the post date of the assignment. This means that the gradebook column will be hidden for students until the post date. If no is selected, grades will be revealed to students once an instructor grades their paper.


Repository Options

 

If the repository options are enabled for an instructor 2 or 4 options will appear within the Submit papers to: pull-down menu. Instructors will be able to set the Submit papers to: assignment option to store student papers in the standard paper repository, in the institution paper repository, no repository, or to allow students to choose between the standard paper repository or the institution paper repository

 

Repository Sources for Similarity Reports

 

The instructor is able to select the available repository sources to compare submissions to the assignment against. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed.

 

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 check box to remove the mark. 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 Originality Reports or Overall Similarity Index scores.

 

Search Targets

 

Currently available search targets are:

 

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

 

  • institution paper repository - works previously submitted to the institution’s repository

 

  • 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

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.

 

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 the Turnitin account administrator to enable the e-rater grammar check for the account.

 

(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 save these advanced assignment options as the default for all future assignments created within this course. These default advanced assignment options will not apply to new assignments created in any other course on the Blackboard 
Learning System, but will be applied to all assignments created in the current course by any instructor.


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

 

 

Note: Legacy API/Legacy Blackboard Basic assignment Limits:

  • 1500 papers per assignment
  • 100 assignments per class

 

 

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