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Creating an Assignment

A Turnitin Moodle Direct assignment links an activity in Moodle to an assignment or assignments on Turnitin. Once linked, the activity allows instructors to assess and provide feedback to student's written work, using the assessment tools available within Turnitin's Document Viewer.


Note: If the administrator did not enable course migration, a course was not migrated, and/or a Moodle course does not exist, instructors will need to contact their Moodle administrator.



1. Select the relevant course from your Moodle homepage.



2. Click the Turn editing on button to the right of your course homepage.



3. Once you have turned editing on, click the Add an activity or resource link for the current time period, or a time period in the future.



4. From the Add an activity or resource box, select Turnitin Assignment 2, then click the Add button.


General Assignment Options




1.  Enter your Turnitin Assignment Name and an optional assignment summary. 


2. Select the submission type for the assignment. The default is Any Submission Type. There are two student submission options: File Upload and Text Submission. Text Submission will require your students to copy and paste their paper in a text box to submit their paper. Alternatively, you can allow your students to choose their submission type by selecting Any Submission Type.


3. Select the number of parts you would like the assignment to have from the Number of Parts drop down menu. Each Turnitin assignment in Moodle Direct V2 can have multiple parts associated with it. The student must submit a file to each part to complete the assignment. As default, Moodle will create a one part assignment.


4. Select the Maximum File Size for submissions. Turnitin allows up to 2mb for a text only submission and 40mb for a text and graphic submission. The maximum file size can be adjusted in this setting in line with your requirements.


5. Opt to allow or disallow any file type. By selecting Yes, submissions will be checked for originality where possible, submissions will be available for download and GradeMark feedback tools will be available where possible. By selecting  No, only file types that allow originality reports to be generated will be accepted. 


6. The option to Display Originality Reports to Student 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.


7. Opt to show student grades as fractions or percentages. 


8. To maintain synchronized data between Turnitin and Moodle, select Yes, automatically refresh originality scores and grades. Alternatively, select No, I will refresh originality scores and grades manually.


Note: We advise you check the Set these values as assignment defaults to save time when creating a Turnitin Assignment 2 in the future.

Entering Grade Information




1. Select the type of grading for this activity.


1a. If selecting point grading, enter the maximum points for this assignment. The default maximum points is 100.


1b. Alternatively, if you opt for scale grading, select the scale from the drop-down list. Click here for guidance on setting up a Moodle grading scale.


2.  If available, enter a grade category; this setting controls the category in which this assignment's grades are placed in the grade book.


3. Enter the minimum grade required, which should be less that your maximum point value.

Creating an Assignment Part


Enter the information for part one of your assignment; this includes your assignment's name, start date, due date, post date, and maximum marks available for this assignment part. The default maximum point is 100. 


Originality Report Options


The Originality Report Options have a significant impact on the score generated in each report. We, therefore, advise that you ensure all report settings are reviewed before completing the setup of this assignment.


1.   The Allow Late submissions after the Due Date gives students the option to submit work after the assignment due date; late submissions are always marked as being late and the actual submission date is recorded. You can click Yes to allow late submissions, or alternatively, leave this setting at its No default.


2. Select one of the following three options for Originality Report Generation Speed:


  • Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed) - 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 (resubmissions are allowed 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 (resubmissions are allowed until 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.


Note: Originality Report generation for resubmissions is subject to a 24-hour delay.


3. Opt to either store student papers in the standard repository or no repository. By storing papers in the standard repository, this will allow these papers to be checked against in this future. By selecting No repository, submitted papers will not be saved in the Turnitin repository. However this means that if two students submit the same paper to the same assignment, Turnitin will not find any match.


4. There are three repository source options available for you to select. Turnitin can check against stored student papers, the Internet, and journals, periodicals, and publications. Select Yes or No for each source you would or would not like us to check against. For any source that you do not wish to check against, the similarity score may decrease.


Note: If you do not select 'Yes' for at least one of the 'Check against...' options, then an Originality Report will not be generated.


5. Turnitin can exclude certain elements of a paper from an Originality Report to provide a more accurate similarity score. You can opt to exclude the following from an Originality Report:

  • Bibliography - Text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, and references sections can be excluded.
  • Quoted Material - Text appearing in the quotes of student papers can be excluded.
  • Small Matches - Matches that are not of sufficient length can be excluded. The number of words or paper percentage to be excluded is determined by yourself, and entered into the text box.


Note: This setting can be overridden in individual Originality Reports.

GradeMark Options




1a. Attach a rubric to the assignment by selecting a rubric from the dropdown list.



1b. Alternatively, click Launch Rubric Manager to edit or create a rubric.



Moodle Groups


The Moodle functionality for managing groups and groupings of students within Moodle courses / activities is fully supported in Moodle Direct.


Click Save and return to course or Save and display to complete your assignment.


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