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Turnitin Direct Assignments

Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment


Enter a course and click the Content link in the sidebar. Then hover over the Create Assignment button and select Turnitin Direct Assignment from the list.


Note: If Edit Mode is off, you can enable it by clicking the Edit Mode button in the right corner of the page.


General Turnitin assignment settings:


1. On the assignment creation page, enter the following:


  • assignment name
  • assignment description (2,000 character limit



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


2. Select the submission type for the assignment. The default is Any submission type. File upload will require your students to submit a file to the assignment. Text submission will require your students to copy and paste their paper in a text box to submit their paper. You can let your students choose which submission type to use by selecting Any Submission Type



3. Select the number of parts you want the assignment to have from the “Number of Parts” pull down menu. Each Turnitin assignment in the Blackboard Direct Integration can have multiple parts associated with it. The student has to submit a file to each part to complete the assignment. The default is a one part assignment



4. Enter the point value of the assignment in the Overall Grade field. The default is 100



5. (Optional - assignment dates can be adjusted after assignment creation) Select the start date, due date, and post date 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 Gradebook



6. The Students view Originality Reports option of assignment creation provides instructors with the ability to control whether students are allowed to view Originality Reports within each created assignment. Select yes to allow students to see the Originality Report for the assignment. The default setting is no.


Advanced Assignment Options


When creating a Turnitin assignment you may also wish to modify some of the advanced assignment options.


Report Generation Speed


There are three options for generating Originality Reports for student submissions:


  • Generate reports 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.


  • Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten 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.


  • Generate reports 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


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


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 select either the Exclude by word count or Exclude by percentage options from the Exclude small matches by drop down menu.



Enter into the Minimum value to exclude field the numerical value for small matches that will be excluded from Originality Reports in this assignment. 


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.


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 from the drop down menu. 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.



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. 


Use anonymous marking


If anonymous marking is enabled for an account the Use Anonymous Marking option will be editable within the advanced assignment options. To enable anonymous marking for an assignment select yes from the Use Anonymous Marking drop down menu. When anonymous marking is enabled, the author’s name will be anonymous until the post date of the assignment or when an instructor chooses to reveal the author’s identity. If anonymous marking is enabled it cannot be disabled. 


Paper Repository


The Paper Repository drop down may have three options: to store papers in the Standard Repository, to store papers in the Institutional Repository, or to not store the papers in a repository. The default is to store the student papers in the standard repository. If the Institutional Repository is not available this means that your Turnitin account administrator has not selected advanced repository options for your account.


Repository Sources for Originality Reports


The instructor is able to select the available repository sources to compare submissions in the assignment against. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed. There are three database search options: Check stored student papers, Check Internet, and Check Journals and Publications. The default for each of these search options is set to Yes.


Continuous Submission


To create an assignment that allows students to submit as many times as they need select yes from the Continuous Submissions drop down menu. If set to yes the following advanced assignment options are automatically changed: grades are revealed immediately, resubmissions are unlimited and generate reports immediately, late submissions are allowed, assignment dates are not displayed to students, and the due date and post date are set to the maximum allowed by the class length.



Use GradeMark


To use GradeMark the online paperless grading tool to grade the student submissions select Yes from the drop down menu.


Reveal Grades Immediately


To reveal grades to students immediately after grading select Yes from the drop down menu.




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