Turnitin Assignments in Canvas
In light of a number of support calls reporting issues relating to the use of Turnitin assignments within Canvas, this post calls out important settings that must be reviewed within your assignment to avoid your students encountering problems when submitting.
1. Submissions made directly to Turnitin won’t appear in Canvas Gradebook
If students submit assignments directly to the Turnitin website, rather than through Canvas these submissions or similarity reports cannot be viewed or marked in the Canvas Gradebook.
2. ‘Feedback Release Date’
If you have turned on anonymity within Turnitin, or you’re using Turnitin Feedback Studio to provide feedback for students, you must also check the ‘Feedback Release Date’ setting within the Turnitin assignment.
This date will release feedback to students and will turn off anonymity (anonymity can’t be turned on within Turnitin after this point).
To change the ‘Feedback Release Date’ to an appropriate date/time, go to the ‘Settings’ button on your Assignment page , then enter your preferred feedback release date  and click ‘Submit’  to save your changes.
3. Turnitin does not support multiple due dates set in Canvas
If you set multiple due dates for an assignment within Canvas this will not feed through to Turnitin.
4. Anonymous Grading
If you want an assignment to be marked anonymously, the anonymity settings will have to be set in both Canvas and Turnitin.
For Canvas, select ‘Graders cannot view student names’ when setting up the assignment.
For Turnitin, set up the assignment first (making sure to select Turnitin as the submission type). Once it is set up click on ‘Assignments’, select the assignment and go to the Turnitin settings (see below).
Select ‘Optional Settings’ and ‘Enable Anonymous Marking’.
5. Allowing Late Submissions in Turnitin
In the ‘Optional Settings’ (see above) you can also ‘Allow Late Submissions’. This will ensure that any students who miss the due date and have not already submitted an assignment can still submit.
6. Viewing Originality Reports in Anonymous Canvas Assignments
Usually, originality reports for Turnitin assignments can be accessed through the Canvas Gradebook. However, when a Canvas assignment is anonymous, originality reports can only be viewed through the assignmnent inbox. Once the anonymity has been released the originality reports can be viewed in the Gradebook and Speedgrader.
7. One-way Grade Pass
If you have used the Turnitin Feedback Studio to grade and provide feedback for students, the grades will transfer to the Canvas Gradebook but the feedback will not.
Grades will pass from Turnitin to Canvas but do not pass from Canvas back to Turnitin.
We recommend using Speedgrader and Gradebook for marking and feedback where possible to avoid confusion and ensure students can see all marks and feedback.
For further information please see Turnitin within Canvas Staff Guide