Moodle Direct V2 to LTI 1.3 migration FAQ for Feedback Studio administrators

In this guide:

Why does our institution need to migrate from Direct V2 to LTI 1.3?

As part of Turnitin’s commitment to providing the best customer experience and helping you get the most out of our solutions, we are encouraging our customers who have the Direct V2 plugin integrated in Moodle to move to LTI 1.3. This move provides additional security improvements as well as additional enhancements such as easier assignment copy from course to course, easier assignment creation, and better grade passback service. 

It is important to remember that there is not a hard deadline to move to LTI 1.3 and the Direct V2 plugin will still be supported by both Moodle and Turnitin in the near future. In addition, this move does not affect users of the other Turnitin integration options available in Moodle. View our Turnitin Feedback Studio & LTI 1.3 integrations article to learn more.

What are the end of support dates?

There are no current end of support dates for the Direct V2 plugin by either Turnitin or Moodle in the near future. As such, you can change your integration when it works best for your school and academic schedule.

What do I need to do first as an LMS administrator?

  1. Login to turnitin.com (or turnitinuk.com) as the Turnitin administrator and select the green plus sign to create a new account ID that will be linked to your Moodle LTI 1.3 integration. Once you name the sub-account, confirm the account settings and save.
  2. Set up the LTI 1.3 integration using our Configuring Feedback Studio in Moodle LTI 1.3 guide. If you are setting up the LTI 1.3 integration in test or staging, we do not recommend using the same Turnitin account id for both test or staging and production environments. Create another Turnitin sub-account as needed for that environment.
  3. If you are ready to turn off the Direct V2 integration access entirely, log in to your Moodle environment as an administrator. Navigate to Site Administration > Plugins > Plugins Overview. Search for the Turnitin Assignment 2 plugin then select Uninstall. However, if you would like to run the LTI 1.3 integration at the same time as the Direct V2 integration for a span of time as your instructors move over, please feel free to do so. At that point, when you are ready, you will uninstall the Direct V2 plugin.

As we communicate information to the Turnitin admins over the next year, our Moodle Direct V2 migration recommendations for Turnitin administrators may be useful in assisting in the transition from the Direct V2 plugin to LTI 1.3. It includes advice on vetting the integration with your Cybersecurity or IT Department as needed, testing the integration before launching it in production, and communicating to stakeholders what changes they can expect in their classes.

Is it possible to run both the Direct V2 plugin and the LTI 1.3 integration at the same time while we transition?

You can run both the Direct V2 integration and the LTI 1.3 integration at the same time while encouraging your users to migrate. We do recommend letting users know of the institutional timeline you have in mind for removing access to the Direct V2 integration so that they are aware.

How does this change affect Direct V2 plugin assignments in past courses?

Once the Direct V2 integration is uninstalled, those assignments in past courses cannot be accessed in your Moodle environment anymore. If you need access to these past assignments, that can be done via turnitin.com or through the Paper Lookup Tool available in Q1 of 2024.

How does this affect new Turnitin LTI 1.3 assignments created in current courses?

Because the LTI 1.3 integration is deep linking, creating the assignment via the add activity or resource workflow is a more streamlined process (resulting in less clicking and duplication of assignment information in both Turnitin and Moodle). For more information, view our guidance on how to create a Moodle LTI 1.3 assignment.

What are enhancements that instructors will gain with LTI 1.3?

  • Overall improved user interface for you (and your students) including seeing at a glance which students have submitted or not to the assignment via the Assignment Inbox
  • Easier assignment creation workflow
  • Paper deletion request workflow
  • Access to the Assignment Copy tool
  • Access to additional LTI 1.3 assessment types when they become available
  • Ability to resync grades to the LMS gradebook as needed
  • Access to assignment level insights within the LTI inbox including robust assignment analytics and Flags

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What changes to existing workflows do my instructors need to be aware of?

It is recommended that you choose to show the integration in activity chooser and as a pre-configured tool. That way it would be easier for instructors to find and use the LTI 1.3 assignment option without “extra clicks”.

In addition, while the assignment creation process is more streamlined for LTI 1.3 and the same information that needed to be provided for the Direct V2 assignment is also needed for the LTI 1.3 assignment, where the instructor would provide that information in the new interface has changed.

Lastly, instructors will lose the ability to create Parts to the assignment. However, this is a feature that we are looking to add in the future.

Please note that dropped or deactivated students will be removed from the Turnitin assignment inbox. They will also be dropped from the course via turnitin.com. If you or an instructor needs to see a submission made by students that have been dropped from a course, please contact Turnitin Support.

How does this affect Direct V2 plugin assignments that have been copied from past courses into current courses?

Once the Direct V2 plugin is deleted, those assignments will no longer work. However, there is no need for instructors to have to recreate all their Direct V2 assignments. Instead, they will launch LTI 1.3 to create an assignment and choose the Assignment Copy tool option from the modal. This will provide a complete list of their past Turnitin enabled assignments in all their classes including all their Direct V2 assignments.

From there, they can choose which assignments they want copied into their new course and those assignments will be “converted” to LTI 1.3 assignments. Once the Direct V2 plugin assignment has been converted to an LTI 1.3 assignment, they have the choice to continue using Turnitin Assignment Copy for future courses or they can use the supported LMS course copy recommendations.

What happens to instructor QuickMarks, rubrics, and PeerMark questions that they have created?

Instructor QuickMarks, rubrics and grading forms, and PeerMark questions that have been saved will be available to you for your new LTI 1.3 assignments. Instructors can also export QuickMarks and rubrics and grading forms and import them as needed. See our guidance below.

If there is an issue with accessing them, please contact Turnitin support for assistance.

 

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