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Turnitin within Canvas – Staff Guide

A Central University Turnitin Account has been created for Turnitin assignments created and submitted through Canvas. This allows classes, assignments and both staff and student user accounts to be created automatically in Turnitin without the need for any additional effort required by teaching/support staff. The integration also allows staff and students to create, submit and grade assignments as well as viewing plagiarism reports, grades and feedback without ever having to leave Canvas or login to Turnitin.

Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas

To create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas follow the normal process you would when creating an assignment in Canvas, populating all fields and settings as required.

Select Submission type as External tool and select Find (See Fig. 1).

Scroll down and select Turnitin UK, selecting this will populate the URL field, now select the Select button to continue (See Fig 2).

Figure 2 – Canvas Assignment Settings – External Tool – Turnitin UK

Amend the assignment’s Due and Available from dates (these dates will transfer into the Turnitin assignment). Please set an appropriate Until date students will not be able to access the Turnitin assignment in Canvas once the date has passed.

Note: Turnitin does not support differentiated due dates.

Select Save & publish to publish this assignment or Save to save the assignment without publishing. The Turnitin LTI Tool will be launched in Canvas (See Fig.3).

Select the Settings tab within the Turnitin LTI Tool to adjust the assignment dates and assignment’s maximum grade, as well as customise the assignment further through the Basic and Optional LTI Settings.

To help you to understand the settings available and correctly customise the assignment it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the comprehensive Canvas Turnitin LTI Instructor guides which are available on the Turnitin Website .

Viewing and Downloading Similarity Reports and Student Submissions

A Similarity Report can be accessed from the Assignment Inbox. Select the similarity score from the % column to open the document viewer (See Fig. 4). The score sits alongside its responding colour.

Figure 4 – Turnitin Submission – Assignment

The Similarity Report is the result of comparison between the test of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment; this 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, and publications. Any matching or highly similar text discovered is detailed in the Similarity Report available in the Assignment Inbox. To find out more access the Similarity Report Guide available on the Turnitin Website.

Student submissions will be listed within the Assignment Inbox. Instructors are not able to upload files on behalf of students but can resubmit on behalf of students if this assignment setting has been enabled.

To download assignment papers submitted or reports associated with the assignment, select Download all. Alternatively, you can select the users whose papers or reports you would like to download and select Download Selected. A dropdown menu will display allowing you to select the format in which you would like the papers to download (See Fig. 5).

Figure 5 – Turnitin – Download Papers & Reports

You can also view Similarity Reports through the Gradebook and Speedgrader in Canvas by selecting the coloured icon in the assignment column (See Fig. 6).

Grading and Providing Feedback on Turnitin Assignment Submissions

There are two options which you can use to provide grades and provide feedback on Turnitin assignment submissions. It is recommended that grading and feedback is provided through the Canvas Gradebook/Speedgrader.

Canvas Gradebook/Speedgrader

Use as you would normally to add grades and provide comments. In the Canvas Gradebook and Speedgrader the only difference between a Turnitin assignment and a normal assignment is that an icon will appear which links to the similarity report and when selected opens up Turnitin in a separate window.

Turnitin Grading Tools

Student submissions will be listed within the Assignment Inbox in Canvas. To access the assignment’s grading tools to begin grading a student’s paper, click the blue pencil icon (See Fig. 7). Alternatively, click the grade you have assigned to the paper to make any changes. For further detail on the Turnitin Grading Tools and how these can be used is available on the Turnitin Website.

Figure 7 – Turnitin Grading – Assignment

Note: No feedback is passed to Canvas Speedgrader from Turnitin, therefore if a staff member has given feedback in Turnitin the student will need to go to the assignment and view their feedback in the Turnitin LTI. This will be visible up to the Until Date that has been set, if any, in the Canvas Assignment.

Also, Grades will only pass to the Canvas Speedgrader from Turnitin when the student has submitted to Turnitin through Canvas.

Further Considerations when using the Turnitin LTI Integration in Canvas

Anonymous Marking

If you wish an assignment to be marked anonymously, the anonymity setting will have to be set in Canvas.

By default if an assignment is set to be graded anonymously in Canvas it will have a manual posting policy in place, i.e. students will not be able to view any grades or feedback given in the Canvas Speedgrader until the grades have been posted (which will also remove the anonymity in Canvas speedgrader and gradebook). Students will be able to view any grades or feedback given in Turnitin when the Feedback release date has been reached which will also turn off the anonymity, therefore an appropriate date should be selected.

When an assignment has been set up to be marked anonymously originality reports can only be viewed through the assignment inbox and in speedgrader. Once the anonymity has been released the Similarity Reports can also be viewed in the Gradebook.

One Way Grade Pass

Grades pass from Turnitin to Canvas but do not pass from Canvas to Turnitin (See Fig.8).

Figure 8 – Turnitin grades pass to Canvas

Assignments with Canvas Rubrics

If you wish to use a rubric created in Canvas the assignment will first need to be created and saved without a rubric attached. Once the assignment has been created and saved, the assignment settings can be amended to associate a Canvas rubric.

Turnitin Does Not Allow Late Resubmissions

Turnitin does not allow resubmissions to be made once the assignment due date has been reached i.e. if a student has already made a submission, they will not be able to make another submission after the due date has passed

Direct Submission to Turnitin

If a student submits directly through Turnitin, their submission and similarity report will not pass to Canvas and it will not be possible to provide feedback on the submission using the Speedgrader.

Cloud Submissions

Cloud submissions allow students to directly load a file from OneDrive/Google Drive/Dropbox. Students can use their University O365 OneDrive to submit an assignment to Turnitin in Canvas.

Further Limitations

There are some limitations you will need to consider when using the Turnitin LTI in Canvas to create assignments:

  • Turnitin cannot be used for group assignments.
  • Turnitin assignments cannot include more than one submission date; differentiated due dates are not supported.
  • Turnitin submissions require a minimum of 20 words, a maximum of 400 pages, and a maximum file size of 40 MB.
  • Students should submit in Canvas using a desktop or laptop computer only and not the Canvas Student App or mobile browers due to limited functionality in these platforms.
  • As Mobile browsers and Canvas Apps have limited functionality it is recommended that these platforms are not used to access Turnitin Assignments in Canvas.
  • You cannot restrict student submission types. By default Turnitin always allows students to submit their assignment as a text entry or upload any supported file type. See the full list of supported documents on the Turnitin website.
  • Turnitin does not allow students to submit unsupported file types.
  • Students cannot submit multiple file uploads.
  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool. Students can only view Canvas rubrics for Turnitin assignments on the Submission Details page for that assignment (at any time) or their Grades page (after the rubric has been scored).
  • If you want your assignment to be moderated, you must set up the moderated assignment before setting the External Tool submission type.
  • Instructors are not able to upload files on behalf of students but can resubmit on behalf of students if this assignment setting has been enabled.

A series of comprehensive guides are available for staff  on the Turnitin website (See Fig.9). These guides give detailed guidance on how to use the Canvas Turnitin LTI integration.

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Figure 9 – Turnitin Guides for Staff

To facilitate upgrades and perform system maintenance Turnitin will occasionally be taken offline, you can view the system status and both scheduled and unplanned downtime on the Turnitin Status Page. Please consider any impacts that planned maintenance may have on students submissions when setting your assignment due dates (See Fig.10).

Figure 10 – Turnitin Status Page

**Note – If you or your students are experiencing issues with the Turnitin in Canvas It is critical that these issues are reported immediately through the Help Menu in Canvas.**

Student Guide – How to Use Turnitin in Canvas