How do I create a TurnItIn Assignment and what do the settings mean?

TurnItIn assignments are great for tutors who want to:

  • Confirm that students aren’t colluding
  • Help students to understand academic integrity and plagiarism
  • Ensure that students stick to academic integrity policy
  • Mark work / provide feedback online
  • Use the mobile app to mark work on the go.

This guide covers our recommended settings including:

  • What to put in your assignment description
  • What students will be able to see
  • What all of the settings do.

To get started:

1. Log in to MyBeckett with your staff username and password.

2a. Go into the Module in which you wish to create the assignment and navigate to the content area you would like to place it within, for example, Assignment. You might want to create a new content area for the assignment so that students can easily find / submit to it. To create a content area, check out our guide.

2b. Once you’ve created your content area, please provide a web link to our TurnItIn guides for students as this will help them to understand what Turnitin is, how it can help them improve their referencing and citation, and how to submit their work.

3. Go into your content area and hover your mouse over Assessments at the top of the page. From the drop-down menu, select Turnitin Direct Assignment.

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4. You’ll see some more options, below is a detailed explanation of what each option does, what the recommended settings are and what altering the settings will do.

5. Assignment Details – recommended settings.

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5a) Assignment Name – Please type in the title of the assignment.

We recommend you use the format – (Assignment Title) Submit Here, to make it easier for students to locate the assignment and to understand what the assignment is for.

5b) Assignment Description – Please provide additional instructions for your students, e.g. will the assignment be anonymously marked? (and if it will, not to write their names on the file they submit), when marks and feedback will be released, what you want them to submit etc.

5c) Submission Method – This setting will be set to File Upload as default. This means that students have to upload a file e.g. a Word or PowerPoint document in order to submit.

Note: The other option – text submission – is not recommended as it loses all text formatting and introduces the possibility that a student may accidentally submit without attaching anything.

5d) Overall Grade – This is the overall grade students can earn for the assignment, it is recommended you always set this to 100 and calculate any weighting of assignments in the Grade Centre.

5e) Number of Parts – We recommend this is set to 1 part. This prevents students from uploading the wrong file to the wrong part. If multiple submissions are required we recommend that you create separate assignment dropboxes for each submission and label them clearly. This allows you more flexibility in terms of resubmissions and mitigation should the need arise.

5f) Start Date – Determines when students can start uploading work to the assignment.

5g) Due Date – Determines when assignments are due. Assignments can no longer be submitted after the due date unless late submissions are enabled.

5h) Post Date –  The date marks and feedback will be released for all submissions.

We recommend you set this to the date outlined in the Module Handbook to ensure that you are following the policy of work being marked within 4 weeks of the due date.

If there are any mitigating circumstances which mean work will not be marked by this date, you should edit the post date before it has passed and inform your students of the new post date by sending a module announcement / email.

6. Section 2. – Advanced Assignment Options

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6a) Exclusions- There are four settings under the exclusions heading and they determine whether or not Turnitin will ignore certain types of text matches.

We recommend that you leave these set to their defaults. This gives you the control and power to use the full scope of your academic judgement when assessing an originality report.

6b) Use Anonymous Marking – If set to Yes, student submissions will be anonymised in the TurnItIn submissions inbox. You can only identify them by the paper submission ID.

Submissions will be unanonymised on the post date, or you can reveal individual names as long as you provide a reason, which is logged to ensure a proper audit trail.

Once you’ve unanonymised a student, you can’t then reanonymise them.

Some Schools and Course Teams have their own policy around anonymous marking, so we recommend that you check with colleagues within your School / Course Team to ensure that you’re being consistent.

Important Note: If marking anonymously, please inform students that their assignment file should not contain any information which might indicate who they are.

6c) Paper Repository – If set to no repository the paper will be compared against the TurnItIn database but will not be stored itself. If set to standard repository, the assignment will be compared against and stored in the repository.

If the assignment is formative i.e. you’re only giving feedback, we recommend you select no repository, this stops the paper being stored in the repository and a future summative assignment being flagged as a possible case of self plagiarism.

If the assignment is summative then select standard repository so that it is stored on the database and can be compared against in the future.

6d) Check Stored Student Papers – Do you want the assignment to be compared against student papers stored in the repository?

We recommend this is set to yes.

6e) Check Internet – Do you want the assignment to be compared against Turnitin’s internet database?

We recommend this is set to yes.

6f) Check Journals and Publications – Do you want the assignment to be compared against the database of journals, periodicals and publications?

We recommend this is set to yes.

6g) Reveal Grades Immediately – Is set to No by default. If set to Yes, this overrides the post date and students will be able to access their grades as soon as their assignment has been marked i.e. some grades will be released earlier than others, which is not desirable.

We strongly recommend that you leave this set to No.

6h) Ignore Turnitin Grades – Determines whether grades will be sent to the Grade Centre.

We recommend this is set to No as this will ensure grades are fed through to Grade Centre, giving you additional flexibility.

6i) Use GradeMark – GradeMark gives you access to the marking and feedback features.

If marking online, we recommend you set this to Yes so that students can access their feedback and grades quickly and easily.

6j) Report Generation Speed – Determines how many times students can submit an assignment and when the originality report is generated. This is what the options do:

Generate reports immediately, first report is final – Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated within 48 hours. Students can only submit once. They cannot resubmit unless their paper is deleted by an instructor. Students get one originality report.

Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due date

We strongly recommend that you use this setting as it provides the most flexibility for tutors and students, as well as giving students the opportunity to understand Turnitin and Academic Integrity.

Originality Reports for the first submission by each student to this assignment will be generated within 48 hours.

Students may resubmit as often as they want until the assignment due date, although Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will experience a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report is returned.

Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed.

Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on the due date and time, which may result in a change in the Originality Report similarity index and results at the due date and time. You should only view the Originality Report as final after the due date has passed. This is the best time to check for possible collusion.

This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date.

Generate reports On Due Date – Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until 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.

6k) Grading Schema – This determines the schema in which the assignments will be graded, with options such as score (50/100), Percentage(50%), Letter(B) etc. We recommend that you use the Score option for formative assessments if you are only providing feedback, and score the assignment 1 for Complete and 0 for Incomplete.

6l) Students View Originality Report – This option defaults to Yes which allows students to see their originality report.

We strongly recommend leaving this setting as Yes as they can then make improvements to their assignment until the Due Date.

6m) Allow Late Submissions – We recommend setting this to Yes. This will allow one late submission after the due date and before the post date, as long as the student hasn’t submitted prior to the due date. If a student submits a draft before the due date and tries to submit again after the due date, the second submission won’t be accepted and the student’s draft will be considered their final submission.

Late submissions are clearly visible from the TurnItIn submissions inbox as they are marked in red.

6n) Save Instructor Defaults- This setting allows you to save the TurnItIn assignment settings that you have chosen so that when you create future assignments it will automatically default to your preferred settings.

7. Click Create Assignment.

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