Configuring Feedback Studio with Moodle Plagiarism Plugin

In this guide:

Installing the plugin

The plagiarism plugin is installed in the standard Moodle way. Instructions on how to install a plugin in Moodle can be found in Moodle's Installing plugins guidance.

  1. Download the plagiarism plugin.
  2. In Moodle, navigate to Site Administration > Plugins > Install Plugins and follow the on-screen instructions.

The Turnitin plugin was not developed with support for third party plugins, therefore it cannot be guaranteed to function fully in conjunction with other assessment plugins.

Configuring the plugin in Turnitin

  1. If you are part of a global institution, log in into your Turnitin account via turnitin.com. Alternatively, log in to turnitinuk.com if you are part of a UK institution.
  2. Ensure that Administrator view is enabled from the dropdown menu at the top of the screen. If Instructor or Student is selected, please change to Administrator.
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  3. The Unconfigured or Configured button will appear in the Integrations column on the administrator homepage.
    • If an integration has already been configured, select the Configured button and check that all integration details are correct. Continue with the section Configuring the plugin in Moodle.
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    • If the integration has not been configured, select the Unconfigured button and continue to step 4.
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Unconfigured integrations will have an unlit status button. A yellow status button indicates a partially configured integration. A green status button indicates a fully configured integration.

  1. Select Moodle Direct to open the configuration page.
  2. Fill out the required fields:
    • Shared Key: Create a shared key containing 8 alphanumerical characters. It is recommended to contain at least one number and one letter.

    The Shared Key is used during the configuration process in your LMS or VLE. You can always return to Turnitin to find your shared key if you happen to forget it.

    1. IP Address of Institution: Your institution’s IP Address or default IP address: 255.255.255.255

    2. Error Callback URL: An error callback URL or the default URL:

      • If you are in the US: https://www.turnitin.com/api_error.asp

      • If you are in the UK: https://www.turnitinuk.com/api_error.asp

  3. To enable Turnitin to provide your institution with optimal support, enter the name and email address of a technical contact who is responsible for maintaining your integration.
  4. Check the box to agree that you understand that providing any phone number, URL, or test login information is optional but may be requested by Turnitin.
  5. Finalize the configuration by selecting the Save button.

Configuring the plugin in Moodle

  1. Log in to Moodle as the Moodle administrator.
  2. After you've installed the Plagiarism Plugin, navigate to Site Administration > Plugins > Plugins overview.
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  3. Use CTRL+F to locate the Turnitin plagiarism plugin from the list. Then, select the Settings link next to the Turnitin Plagiarism plugin.
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  4. On the Configuration tab, enable Turnitin for Assignments, Forums, Quizzes and Workshops.
  5. Under Turnitin Account Configuration, fill out the following:
    • Turnitin Account ID: This is your Turnitin Account ID. You'll find it in your initial account creation emails from Turnitin or you can also log in to turnitin.com (or turnitinuk.com) and see it on the Administrator Homepage.
    • Turnitin Shared Key: In Turnitin this is called the Shared Key. You create this when you configure your account in Turnitin.
    • Turnitin API URL: Use the dropdown to select either https://api.turnitin.com (US) or https://api.turnitinuk.com (UK) depending on your location.
  6. Under Debugging and Logins, you can enable Diagnostic Mode.
    Under Turnitin Account Settings, you can enable or disable features that are available to your instructors.
  7. Under Miscellaneous Plugin Settings, you can enter a disclaimer/agreement in the text box. Students will have to check a box agreeing to this statement before submitting a paper. However, if you leave the box completely blank, then there won't be any agreement confirmation required during submission.
  8. You can enable Student Data Privacy Settings which will ensure that students’ data is not transmitted to Turnitin via the API if this is a requirement at your institution. If the option is enabled, student email addresses will be transformed into a pseudo equivalent for Turnitin API calls. This option cannot be changed if any Moodle user data has already been synched with Turnitin. The default is No.

This process is irreversible and cannot be changed once students have started to enroll and submit to the class.

  1. Select the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen to save all the entered information.
  2. On the Default Settings tab, you can set the defaults for all Turnitin enabled assignments.  You can also lock these to prevent instructors from changing them if required
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  3. Select the Save Changes button at the bottom of the screen to save all the entered information.
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