Use Turnitin with Assignments

NOTE: Text submission inn WYSIWYG editor is NOT recommended as it may not generate a similarity report.

Enabling Turnitin Feedback Studio on Assignment Settings

From the Edit Folder page, expand Evaluation & Feedback panel to do the following:

  • Enable detailed Originality Reports for assignment submissions
  • Control end-user visibility
  • Set the Originality Report's frequency
  • Select the sources to check the submission against
  • Determine if the current submission is added to the file index for new submissions to be checked against

Viewing the GradeMark® Options in the Turnitin Feedback Studio

  1. From the Evaluation & Feedback panel, click Manage Turnitin.

    Identifies the Manage Turnitin link on the Evaluation & Feedback panel.
  2. In the Turnitin Integration popup window, select Enable Grademark®.
  3. From the Transfer area, select the appropriate radio button.
    • Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace - Allows Grademark® to push grades to D2L automatically, but they will be in draft mode.
    • Manually sync grades as Draft in Brightspace - Requires you to push grades to D2L manually.

      Identifies transfer options; indicates Turnitin tab and Enable Grademark for this folder checkbox

Viewing Originality Check® Options

  1. When you enable GradeMark®, the Enable Originality Check® for this folder checkbox is automatically selected. Therefore, Turnitin® generates an Originality Report automatically. If it is not enabled, check the box.

    Indicates Enable Originality Check for this folder check box

    NOTE: If you do not enable these options for this folder before students submit any papers, GradeMark® will not generate the originality reports for any submissions, even if you select the checkbox at a later date.

    You may clear the Originality Check® option and use only the Grademark®, but you cannot use only the Originality Check® option without selecting Grademark®.

  2. From the Display area, select the Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder, if needed.

    Indicates Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder
  3. From the Frequency area, change the frequency of your Originality Reports.
    • Automatic originality checking on all submissions, which will put all student submissions through Turnitin®.
    • Identify individual submissions for originality checking, which will allow you to choose which students’ papers are sent through Turnitin®.

      Shows Screenshot of Originality Checking Frequency options
  4. Click the More Options in Turnitin® button. A window displays additional Turnitin® options. D2L displays the Title and Max Grade automatically, based on the information you entered for the assignment settings.

  5. Select the Allow submission of any file type checkbox to allow files that Turnitin® can’t read to be turned in. In this case, the files would be available for download, but would not be evaluated for originality.

    Shows More Options screen

Viewing Optional Settings

From the additional Turnitin® options window, click the Optional Settings link to display additional settings.

Setting Name
Setting Description
Submission Settings
Paper Repository
(Drop-Down List)

Allows students to submit papers to the standard paper repository. Leave this set to Standard paper repository unless you do not want Turnitin® to save the submissions to the repository.

Allow Submission of Any File Type
Allows students to submit any file type. With this option set to Yes, Turnitin® will check submissions for originality where possible. Submissions will also be available for download, and Grademark® feedback tools will be available where possible.

Allow Late Submissions

Defaults to Yes and you cannot change it. Please note, this setting will not change the dates you have set in your D2L assignment, and won’t change the acceptance of papers if you have put in both a due date and an end date to allow late papers.

Enable Grammar Checking Using ETS®e-rater®  Technology
Allow Turnitin®to check the grammar automatically. If you select this option, options display.

Attach a Rubric
If you have built rubrics inside Turnitin®, you can attach one to the assignment. These rubrics are totally separate from D2L rubrics.
Compare Against
  • Student Paper Repository
  • Current and Archived Web Site Content
  • Periodicals, Journals, and Publications
Select the options to compare assignments against.
Similarity Report
  • Originality Report Generation and Resubmissions
    (Drop-Down List)
  • Allow Students to View Originality Reports
  • Exclude Bibliographic Materials; Exclude Quoted Materials; Exclude Small Sources
  • Select an option from the drop-down list that determines how Turnitin® handles the Originality Report for multiple submissions.
  • Select this option to allow students to view their submissions.
  • Select the options to exclude from the Originality Report.
Additional Settings

Save These Settings for Future Use

Enables the settings you have made, so you do not have to go through and reset them for each assignment.

Manually Submitting Files for Originality Checking

If your assignment folder has Identify individual submissions for originality checking enabled, you need to submit file submissions for originality checking manually. 

This option is useful if you do not want to check every file submission for plagiarism but still want the ability to do so on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Expand the Evaluation & Feedback panel, under the subheading Frequency, select the Identify individual submissions for originality checking option.
  2. From the Folder Submissions page, click thedecorationSubmit file for originality checking icon to the far right.
    Indicates Submit file icon

Originality Reports

From the Folder Submissions page, you can view Originality Reports. When a report is available, the status changes from In-Progress to a percentage rating, which indicates the level of matching content.

  • A lower percentage rating indicates the content is likely original and has not been copied.
  • A higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.

Colors are associated with percentage:

Blue >= 0 and < 20%
Green >= 20 and < 40%
Yellow >= 40 and < 60%
Orange >= 60 and < 80%
Red >= 80 and <= 100%

If the Originality Report Fails to Generate

When the instructor activates Turnitin after some submissions have been made to the assignment folder, this workaround can force the generation of the reports.

To trigger reports:

  1. Go into the Assignment editor. Click to expand the Evaluation & Feedback panel.
  2. Click the Manage Turnitin button
    Identifies the Manage Turnitin button.
  3. Click the More Option in Turnitin button.
    Identifies the More Options in Turnitin button.
  4. Change the Turnitin report generation setting to "generate immediately (resubmissions allowed until the due date)."
    Identifies the  selector to generate immediately (resubmissions allowed until the due date).
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Click Save.
  7. On the assignment editor page, make sure the due date is in the future.
    If the due date has already passed when this change occurs, it won't generate the reports.
    Identifies the Due Date field.

  8. On the newly selected due date, all reports will be re-run (which triggers the generation of the reports that are missing).

Viewing an Originality Report for a Submission

To view the associated Originality Report, click the colored section beside the percentage rating. To access the Feedback Studio, click the pencil icon.

Indicates color-coded section or originality report

Opening Originality Reports

Two panes make up the Originality Report. 

  1. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. 
  2. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.
NOTE: For more detailed help with Originality Reports, click the help link in the top-right corner of the report page within Turnitin®.

Indicates Originality Report Help icon

The following file types are compatible with Originality Check®:

MS Word (.doc, .docx)
PostScript (.eps)
HTML (.htm, .html)
Plain text (.txt)

OpenOffice Text (.odt)
WordPerfect (.wpd)
Acrobat (.pdf)
Rich text (.rtf)

A .pdf file must be a single file with highlightable text; Turnitin® will not accept .pdf image files, forms, portfolios, or documents containing multiple files.

If a file type is incompatible with Originality Check®, the Information icon displays instead of the percentage rating.

If you would like to use Turnitin from the website rather than through the integration with D2L, please contact VTAC.

Insights Panel

In the Insight panel, you'll find a quick overview of any integrity insights we've found in a document. Depending on your Turnitin license, it can include Similarity, Flags, and Document Details. Viewing more information is as easy as selecting the one you're interested in learning more about.

See Flags Insight Panel from Turnitin for more information.
Shows items flagged for review in the student submission.

Template Exclusion

Occasionally students are provided with templates that are submitted alongside their assignments. If all students within the class submit the same template, it will influence their Similarity Report. Templates can be uploaded to the assignment settings so that they can be automatically excluded from all students' Similarity Report in that class.

See Template Exclusion from Turnitin for more information.