Turnitin in Blackboard: 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 Turnitin Assignments

Creating a Paper Assignment

  • In a course, open the Content Area where you want students to access the assignment (i.e., Course Content, Assignments, etc.)
  • Click on Assessments from the menu underneath the title of the Content Area

  • Choose Turnitin Assignment from the drop down menu
  • The Turnitin assignment page will open
  • Choose Paper Assignment. 
  • Click Next Step
  • 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).
  • 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 (see below) an Originality Report will be created for the file. If the submitted file does not meet the requirements for generating an Originality Report (see below) an Originality Report will be not created for the file.

Originality Report Generation Requirements:

  1. The file must be less than 400 pages in length
  2. The file must be less than 20 MB
  3. The file must contain more than 20 words of text
  4. The file must be in one of these file formats: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files
  • Expand the Optional settings (see descriptions of Optional Settings in the Creating a Turnitin Assignment - Optional Settings section below) menu to choose the options that best suit your needs.
  • Click the Submit button
  • 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.

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.

  • Choose Turnitin Assignment from the drop down menu
  • The Turnitin assignment page will open
  • Choose Revision Assignment from the menu
  • Click on the Next Step button
  • From the pull down menu labeled based on paper assignment, select the assignment this revision should be based on
  • (Optional) Enter a point value for the revision assignment
  • Select the start date, due date, and post date for the assignment. 
  • (Optional) Enter any special assignment instructions
  • Select an option from the "Generate Originality Reports for student submissions:" drop down menu
  • Two other options can be adjusted: the generate Originality Reports for student submissions and the allow students to see Originality Reports?
  • 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.

  • Choose Turnitin Assignment from the drop down menu
  • The Turnitin assignment page will open
  • Choose PeerMark Assignment from the menu
  • Click on the Next Step button
  • Watch the step-by-step video for futher instruction

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.

Orginality 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  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 Origniality 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 possbile 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.