Monday, April 23, 2007

How to Create a Turnitin Assignment

Creating a Turnitin Assignment is as easy as creating a regular Assignment in Blackboard. Turnitin Assignments have the advantage of automatic plagiarism detection. They accept a limited set of text-based file types from students (see File Types note below).

Here are the steps to add a Turnitin Assignment to your Blackboard course:

1. In your course, toggle Edit Mode at the top right to "On".

2. Click the area on the left side in the course menu into which you want to post the Turnitin Assignment (e.g. the "Assignments" section)

3. Select "Turnitin Assignment" from the "Assessments" button:

4. Select the assignment type.  The most common is "Paper Assignment", for which the students can submit a paper.

5.  Set the assignment title, point value, and start/due dates options for your assignment. The "post date" is the date that grades and comments are available to students in the "Grademark" feature and should be set for a date later than the due date. Click the Submit button at the top to post the assignment:

6. Click Submit, and OK.

Student Access

Students can access your assignment by going to the content area in which you posted the assignment and clicking the "View /Complete" link:

Instructor Access

You can collect the students submitted work and view their papers and plagiarism reports by going to the Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments link in your Control Panel. You can also access the papers via the entries in Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center

A Note About File Types:

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for submission. 

More Turnitin Resources / Tutorials for instructors:

(1) Video showing how to add a Turnitin Assignment to your course:

(2) Video Tutorial: how to check for plagiarism by viewing an Originality Report:

(3) Video Tutorial: how to use Grademark:

(4) Video Tutorial: how to use Peermark: