Creating a TurnitinUK Assignment

How to add a TurnitinUK Assignment to your Blackboard course.  Any filetype can be submitted to Turnitin, but only text based files will be checked for originality.

Edit Mode

Edit Mode

1.  Check that Edit Mode is turned ON. This can be switched by clicking ON or OFF.

Choose a Content Area

Choose a Content Area

2.  Choose the Content Area to which you want to add a TurnitinUK assignment link.  All the content areas work in the same way, if you have renamed or added content areas to your Blackboard course the screenshot above may vary from what you see.

Add TurnitinUK Assignment

Add TurnitinUK Assignment

3. Hover your mouse pointer over over Create Assessment and then click on TurnitinUK Assignment

Choose an Assignment Type

Choose an Assignment Type

4. Choose the type of assignment you wish to create and click on Next Step. You will usually want to choose Paper Assignment.

Enter Basic Assignment Details

Enter Basic Assignment Details

5. Enter an Assignment Title

6. Enter a Point Value (the maximum points which will be awarded for this assignment). If you do not wish to add a points value, you do not have to, simply leave this blank.

7. Select Start, Due, and Post dates and times for the assignment. The post date is the date on which comments entered using Grademark become available for students to view. If you do not plan to use Grademark, you do not need to worry too much about this setting, although it must be a date AFTER the due date. Note that changing the Post Date once you have entered marks and feedback may result in marks being temporarily hidden. In order to avoid this, make sure you only change the post date to at least THREE HOURS from the current date and time (from the point at which you are changing the post date). For more information, see ‘Editing the Post Date in Turnitin

8. Choose whether you wish to restrict submissions to filetypes that can be checked for originality (text based files such as .pdf, .doc, .rtf, .txt, etc). Alternatively you can choose to allow students to submit any filetype.

9. Click on Submit.

Choose Advanced Assignment Options

Choose Advanced Assignment Options

10. Enter any Special Instructions for the assignment. For instance you may wish to specify the maximum length of the assignment, or a special format for the title of the assignment.

11. Choose whether or not to allow submissions after the due date by selecting Yes or No in the appropriate dropdown. If you select Yes, students will be able to submit their work to the assignment link even after the due date has passed. Any submissions made after the due date will be highlighted accordingly.

12. If you wish to generate originality reports (these reports identify any sections of text which may have been copied from online sources) select Yes for the ‘Generate Originality Report for Submissions’ field.

13. If you have chosen to generate originality reports, you also need to decide when they should be generated:
Immediately (First report is final) – Originality reports will be generated upon the student’s first submission. No further submissions will be permitted, and this originality report will be the definitive report used.
Immediately (Can overwrite reports until due date) – Originality reports will be created immediately each time a student submits. However, students are permitted to re-submit work up until the due date, and upon doing so will overwrite the existing Originality Report.
On due date – Originality reports will be created once the due date has passed.

14. Choose whether you wish to exclude bibliographic materials when generating the originality report. Generally, you should leave this as No.

15. Choose whether you wish to exclude any text which appears in quotation marks when generating the originality report. Generally, you should leave this as No.

16. Choose whether you wish to exclude small matches from the Originality Report. Generally you should leave this as No.

17. Choose whether or not to allow students to see their Originality Reports by selecting Yes or No in the appropriate dropdown.

18. Choose whether you wish to reveal grades to students only on the post date. If you select Yes then grades entered in Grademark will only be pushed into the Blackboard Grade Centre on the post date, and will be unavailable to students until this point.  If you choose No then any grades entered in Grademark will be pushed immediately to the Grade Centre in Blackboard, and will be available to students unless otherwise hidden manually through the Grade Centre.  It is recommended that you select Yes.

19. Choose whether you wish to use anonymous marking. Note that you should only select yes if you intend to use Turnitin for the whole end-to-end assignment process, including online marking. If you wish to be able to view student details at any time during the assignment process, be able to download submissions at any time, and mark on paper rather than only online, then you should choose No for this setting.

20. Choose whether or not to allow other papers to be checked against submissions made to this assignment by selecting Yes or No in the appropriate dropdown. If you select Yes, any submissions made will be added to the Turnitin student paper database, and will therefore grow the system.

21. Choose which sources to check when comparing submissions. You can check against existing papers which have been submitted to the system, as well as a number of Internet sources.

22. You can ignore any GradeMark references unless you are specifically using Rubrics within GradeMark to mark work online.

23. Click Submit.