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Turnitin in Blackboard for Faculty

  • Turnitin Overview

    Turnitin should be used as one element in a broader effort to deter plagiarism; including classroom instruction in scholarly integrity and academic skills like proper research, analysis, writing and citation.

    All papers submitted to Turnitin are checked in a matter of minutes against three constantly growing databases of content:
    • A current archive of all publicly accessible Internet content (more than 5 billion pages updated at a rate of 40 million pages per day);
    • Millions of published works, including the ProQuest library research databases and tens of thousands of electronic books;
    • Millions of student papers from around the world submitted to Turnitin for other courses - including those submitted by Iona students.
    Aside from integrating with BlackBoard's Grade Center, allowing students to submit papers online, and creating the Originality Report which is Turnitin's main function, the tool offers online grading (GradeMark) and peer review (PeerMark) which help instructors provide better feedback and engage students in the writing process.
  • Creating a Paper Assignment

    1. In a Blackboard course, open the Content Area where you want students to access the assignment (i.e., Course Content, Assignments, etc.).
    2. Click on 'Assessments' from the menu underneath the title of the Content Area.
    3. Choose 'Turnitin Assignment'' from the drop down menu. The Turnitin assignment page will open.
    4. Choose 'Paper Assignment'.
    5. Click 'Next Step'
    6. You will now see a menu for creating a new assignment. Type in an Assignment title. Fill in a Start date, Due date and Post date (the date when students will be able see their GradeMarks in My Grades in Blackboard).
    7. Select 'Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality' or 'Allow any file type'.
      Note: Students can now submit any file type to Turnitin for grading online or distributing work for peer review if Allow any file type is selected. Submission file types may include PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, images, html code, etc. This option is most useful for instructors who use the GradeMark function, want students to submit assignments other than papers, and do not need to generate originality reports.

      If Allow any file type is selected, any file that is less than 20 MB and that is less than 400 pages in length will be allowed to be submitted. If the submitted file meets the requirements for generating an Originality Report an Originality Report will be created for the file. If the submitted file does not meet the requirements for generating an Originality Report an Originality Report will be not created for the file.
    8. Expand the Optional settings menu to choose the options that best suit your needs.
    9. Click the 'Submit' button.
    10. Go into the Grade Center and check that there is now a column for the Turnitin assignment you just created.
    Note: Remember to tell your students in which Content Area you created the assignment link. This is where they will submit their paper.
    We highly recommend you utilize the choices available to you in Optional Settings
  • Creating a Revision Assignment

    If you would like students to submit multiple drafts without overwriting the previous drafts/submissions, you 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.
    1. In a Blackboard course, open the Content Area where you want students to access the assignment (i.e., Course Content, Assignments, etc.).
    2. Click on 'Assessments' from the menu underneath the title of the Content Area.
    3. Choose 'Turnitin Assignment' from the drop down menu. The Turnitin assignment page will open.
    4. Choose 'Revision Assignment' from the menu.
    5. Click on the 'Next Step' button.
    6. From the pull down menu labeled 'based on paper assignment', select the assignment this revision should be based on.
    7. Optional: Enter a point value for the revision assignment.
    8. Select the start date, due date, and post date for the assignment.
    9. Optional: Enter any special assignment instructions.
    10. Select an option from the 'Generate Originality Reports for student submissions' drop down menu.
    11. Two other options can be adjusted:
      1. The generate Originality Reports for student submissions
      2. The allow students to see Originality Reports?
    12. Click on 'Submit' to save this revision assignment.
  • Creating a PeerMark Assignment

    PeerMark is a peer review assignment tool. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.

    PeerMark assignments can only be created if a class has at least one paper assignment. A PeerMark assignment requires a paper or review assignment to be ‘based on.’ This allows the PeerMark assignment to have a pool of papers to use as the basis for the peer review. Watch the PeerMark overview video for more information.

    To create a PeerMark Assignment:
    1. In a Blackboard course, open the Content Area where you want students to access the assignment (i.e., Course Content, Assignments, etc.).
    2. Click on 'Assessments' from the menu underneath the title of the Content Area.
    3. Choose 'Turnitin Assignment' from the drop down menu. The Turnitin assignment page will open.
    4. Choose 'PeerMark Assignment' from the menu.
    5. Click on the 'Next Step' button.
    Watch the step-by-step video for further instruction.
  • Optional Settings for Creating Turnitin Assignments

    Expand the 'Optional Settings' menu to view options. We recommend selecting the settings that best fit your needs.

    Enter Special Instructions
    Enables you to include instructions for the assignment.

    Allow Submissions After Due Date
    An instructor can enable submissions after the due date and time. To enable late submissions, use the Allow submissions after the due date option 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.

    Note: We recommend that you change the first option, Allow submission after the due date? from No to Yes. The system tracks the date and time of submissions, so you will still know when/if a student turns in his/her paper late.

    Reveal grades to students only on post date?
    Provides instructors with the ability to control when grades are revealed to students. Select yes to reveal grades to students on the post date of the assignment. This means that the Grade Center column will be hidden for students until the post date. If no is selected, grades will be revealed to students
    once an instructor grades their paper.

    Originality Report Options
    Generate Originality Reports for student submissions options:

    • 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): Generates Originality Reports immediately and allows students to continuously resubmit papers before the due date. It may take up to 24 hours to process Originality Reports for resubmissions.
    • On due date: only generates Originality Reports on 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. This setting will make it so all papers submitted will be compared against each other when the Original Reports are created.

    Exclude bibliographic material from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?
    Instructors can choose whether or not bibliographic material will automatically be excluded from Originality Reports. The default is no. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted, but can be overriden in individual Originality Reports by clicking on the tab funnel icon   located on the bottom right corner of the Document Viewer.

    Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?
    Instructors can choose whether or not quoted material will automatically be excluded from Originality Reports. The default is no. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted, but can be overriden in individual Originality Reports by clicking on the tab funnel icon   located on the bottom right corner of the Document Viewer.

    Exclude small matches?
    Instructors can exclude small matches from all Originality Reports generated within the 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 the assignment.

    Instructors can adjust the exclude small matches assignment setting at any time by clicking on the options button (down arrow) to the right of the assignment name. The excluding small matches feature can also be adjusted by clicking on the tab funnel icon   located on the bottom right corner of the Document Viewer.

    Allow students to see Originality Reports?
    Enables instructors to choose whether students can view Originality Reports for their assignments (they can view the report under the assignment title in My Grades in Blackboard). The default is set to no.

    Note: If you choose Yes for this option and the Grade Center column for the assignment is set to Show this Column to Students, students can see Originality Reports in My Grades as soon as the reports are generated. If you do not want the students to see the reports until a certain time, select No for the Show this Column to Students option in the assignment's Grade Center column and change it to Yes when you would like them to view the reports.

    If you do not want students to view Originality Reports at all, select 'no' for the 'Allow students to see Originality Report' option in Turnitin.

    GradeMark Options
    We recommend you keep all the repository settings checked off and and keep the Submit papers to: option set to standard paper repository. This ensures student submissions are checked against all possible repositories.

    Attach a rubric to the assignment
    If you would like to use a rubric to grade the papers submitted to the assignment, you can import a rubric (must be in Turnitin's rubric format - view instructions here), create a new rubric by clicking on the Launch Rubric/Form Manager link, or find an already-created rubric that best suits your needs for the assignment by clicking on the Find a rubric that's right for your assignment in Turnitin Teaching Tools link.

    Enable e-rater® grammar check?
    Provides instructors with the option to enable the e-rater grammar and spelling check for all submissions to the assignment. When enabled, student submissions receive detailed grammar feedback in GradeMark automatically through the e-rater technology. Select yes to enable the e-rater engine for the assignment.

    Optional: Select the ETS handbook level from the drop down menu. The ETS handbooks provide students with in depth information about the grammar errors the e-rater technology finds in their paper.

    The Categories enabled by default option allows instructors to choose which categories of feedback are enabled when viewing assignment submissions in
    GradeMark. The default is to show the feedback for every category.

  • The Assignment Inbox

    To Access the Assignment Inbox:

    1. Go to the Control Panel on the course page in Blackboard.
    2. Click on Course Tools to expand the Course Tools menu.
    3. Choose Turnitin Assignments.
    4. Click on the title of the Turnitin Assignment where you want to view submissions.

    Assignment Inbox Column Descriptions

    • Author: Name of  the student who wrote the submission. Clicking on the name of the author will bring you to the portfolio page for the student.
    • Title: Title of the submission. If there is no submission for a user, this field will list -- no submission --. Clicking on the title of the submission will bring you to the GradeMark tab in the Document Viewer.
    • Similarity: The Originality Report icon. This icon contains a percentage indicating the overall similarity of the paper to information in the Turnitin repositories, 100% being ‘fully similar’, 0% indicating ‘no similarity’. The icon is rectangular and contains the percentage number and the corresponding color. If only a grayed out icon is available, the report is not ready. A "--" in the report column indicates no submission or that no Originality Report is generated based on assignment settings. Clicking on the percentage in the Similarity column will bring you to the Originality tab in the Document Viewer.
    • Grade: Indicates GradeMark image availability. A pencil icon shows what papers have not yet been graded in GradeMark. No icon indicates that no submission was made. Clicking on the pencil icon in this column will bring you to the GradeMark tab in the Document Viewer. Enter the grade for the submission by clicking on the grade box  in the upper right corner of the Document Viewer (delete the dashes before you enter the grade).
      Note: The grade will also appear in the Grade Center Column for the assignment.
    • Response: The response column provides instructors with insight on which students have viewed their graded papers. An icon of a person with a check mark notifies the instructor that the student has viewed their graded paper in GradeMark for over 30 seconds.
    • File: A page icon and indicator of the file type of a submission that was uploaded to Turnitin, or "--" in the event no submission was made. Click on the page icon to download a copy of the submission as originally uploaded by the student to the assignment or in the PDF form.
    • Paper ID: The unique numeric ID number assigned to every submission made to Turnitin. This column contains "--" if no submission was made. The paper ID is also provided to students or instructors when submitting by file upload or copy and paste as part of the digital receipt.
    • Date- the date of a submission. Any dates shown in red indicate a late submission made after the due date and time of an assignment. The format is day-month-year. If no submission was made after the due date/time for a student, this column shows "(late)" in red. If the due date has not passed, students in the class with no submissions have a "--" in this column.
  • Originality Reports

    A typical submission made to an assignment on Turnitin generates an Originality Report. The Originality Report is the result of comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment which may include billions of pages of active and archived internet information, a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of tens of thousands of periodicals, journals, & publications. Any matching or highly similar text discovered is detailed in the Originality Report that is available in the assignment inbox.
  • GradeMark

    With GradeMark® an instructor is able to edit and grade student work online. Instructors can use GradeMark to grade student's written work (i.e. papers, essays, thesis, powerpoint files), non-written work (including images, videos, music files) or work not submitted to a Turnitin assignment (i.e. speeches, presentations, performances, or works of art).
  • Rubrics

    Rubric scorecards can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. Grading forms can be used to provide free form feedback and scores to evaluate student work based on defined criteria. The rubric scorecards and grading forms can be created by the account administrator and shared to all instructors on an account. Instructors can also create and share rubric scorecards and grading forms, allowing other instructors to upload the rubric scorecard to their classes.