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Creating a Turnitin Assignment

Creating an Assignment


Turnitin assignments are added from the course’s home page. To open the course home page, click on the course from the Moodle start page.

From the course home page, click on the Turn editing on link in the Administration menu to allow assignments to be added to the course.


1. First click the turn editing on link. Then select Turnitin from the Add an activity... pull-down menu



2. Select Paper Assignment by clicking on the radio button next to it and then click on the Next Step button



3. On the assignment creation page, enter the following: the assignment title and point value for the assignment 



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


4. 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. GradeMark and Peer Review users must select a post date for the assignment. The post date comes after the due date and determines when marked papers or grades will be available for student view



5. If applicable, view and agree to the disclaimer set by the institution’s Turnitin administrator. If no disclaimer is set click Continue to the Turnitin assignment options



6. 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



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



8. Modify any other assignment options


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


Advanced Assignment Options


When creating a paper assignment the user may select to view and change any of the advanced assignment options. Some of the advanced assignment options are automatically shown on the Turnitin assignment options page. To see more advanced assignment options click on the more options link from the new assignment page within Turnitin.

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.


Late Submission


An instructor can disable submissions after the due date and time. The default is to allow late submissions. To prevent late submissions use the drop down menu next to prevent late submissions 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.

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 in 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

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 Moodle 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. 



Revision Assignments


Student users can only submit one paper per assignment. If the instructor wishes students to submit multiple drafts without overwriting the previous drafts, the instructor can create additional assignments using the revision assignment type. Revision assignments are duplicates of the ‘parent’ assignment’s advanced options and standard settings, but may have new start, due, and post dates. The revision assignment may have a different Generate Originality Reports for student submissions setting. The instructor may also select a different set of optional special instructions, or assign a different point value.


1. Once editing is turned on, select the Turnitin type of assignment from the Add an activity... pull-down menu



2. Select Revision Assignment by clicking in the radio button next to the Revision Assignment type and then click on the Next Step button



3. From the pull-down menu labeled based on paper assignment select the assignment this revision should be based on



4. Although this screen shows start date, due date and post date, entering new dates will not alter the previously entered dates from the assignment creation page



5. Modify any other assignment options


6. Click submit to add the Turnitin revision assignment to the course





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