Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin is an integrated service in AsULearn for faculty and students that provides a number of writing-related tools:

  • OriginalityCheck: Identifies similarities between student writing submissions with a database of billions of webpages, journal articles, periodicals, publications, and stored student papers, in order to address uncited quotations and facilitate a discussion about integrity in academic writing.
  • GradeMark: A tool specifically designed for providing feedback for an evaluation of writing, with drag/drop custom comments, voice feedback, and rubric/grading form support.
  • PeerMark: A tool to set up peer review of existing Turnitin assignment submissions.

For an overview of the product and services, see the company-provided tutorials immediately below.  Please note: Turnitin provides other tutorials than those listed, addressing how to use their service through their .com portal. The information in the tutorials below, however, pertains to the AsULearn-based use of Turnitin, via out integration.  Students and faculty are NOT able to log in at turnitin.com; our only access is via the "Turnitin Assignment" tool in AsULearn (Moodle).  

Status, Outages, & Maintenance: Turnitin does maintenance every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 10am - 2pm ET.  Teachers are encouraged not to make assignments due during those windows.  You can check the status of Turnitin's services by following @TurnitinStatus on Twitter, or checking http://www.turnitin.com/self-service/system-status.html

Adding a Turnitin Assignment in AsULearn 

  • From your course homepage, click the Gear icon at the top right and select 'Turn editing on.'
  • Click the "Add an activity or resource" in any topic block.
  • Under Activities, click the radio button by Turnitin Assignment, and click ADD at the bottom of the page.

    Turnitin Assignment

  • Under the General section: Enter the name of the assignment, a summary, and select the submission type. You may allow students to upload a file, submit online text, or both.  Most faculty elect to use the File Upload option.  You should also set Display Originality Reports to Students to 'Yes' if you wish students to be able to access the originality report after they make their submission.  This is a great way to open as dialogue with students about proper citations in academic writing.  Set to 'No,' students will not be able to see their originality report, only the instructor can.  If you configure all the settings in the General section to your liking, you can tick the box to Set these values as assignment defaults.  Then, when you add another assignment anywhere in AsULearn, the selected values will autofill.
  • Under the Grade section:  Make any required changes to the grade type and/or maximum grade.  You can also place the assignment in any existing gradebook category with the Grade Category setting.
  • Under the Assignment Part 1 section:  Make sure the start date, end date, and post date (the day the grade and any provided feedback will be made visible to the student) match what you want.

    post date

  • Under the Originality Report Options section: Adjust the assignment to your preference.

    Select Originality Report Options

    Report Generation Speed

    The option 'Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed)' generates the Originality Report immediately when a student makes a submission. With this option selected, your students will not be able to resubmit to their assignment.  Once and done.

    The option 'Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date)' generates the Originality Report immediately when a student makes a submission.  With this option selected, your students may continuously resubmit papers to the assignment until the due date.   Though the original submission's report  will process immediately (within ~5 min.), note that it may take up to 24 hours to process Originality Reports for resubmissions.

    The option 'Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date)' will only generate an Originality Report on the assignment's due date. This setting will make it so all papers submitted to the assignment will be compared against each other when the Originality Reports are created.

    Also in this section, you can choose to store/exclude papers in the repositry or not, and which sources the are used to generate the originality report (the internet, periodicals, journals, publications, etc.

  • In the Grademark Options section:  Here, you can create and attach either a rubric or a grading form to your Turnitin assignment by clicking Launch Rubric Manager.  If you need help moving rubrics or grading guides from AsULearn assignments to Turnitin, please contact your LTS college consultant.  Also in this seciton, you can turn on ETS e-Rater feedback for several categories, like spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, and style.  This feedback displays on the GradeMark page when students view their feedback.
  • Finally, click Save and return to course OR Save and display at the bottom of the page.


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