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 "Create Assessment" button:

4. 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:

5. Click Submit, and OK.

Click here for a video that demonstrates the entire process of creating a Turnitin Assignment in your course.

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 "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: MS Word (.doc, .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), PostScript (.eps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), HTML (.htm, .html), Rich Text (.rtf) and Plain Text (.txt).

All files submitted to Turnitin must contain actual text (not just a picture of text, for example). Papers which have been scanned must be sent through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software before they can be submitted to Turnitin.

The file size may not exceed 20 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.

.zip files are not included in the list of file types that are accepted by Turnitin. Please uncompress .zip files to one of the above listed formats before uploading to Turnitin. Turnitin does not accept PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) files. To accept PowerPoint files, have the students convert them to PDF files before submission to Turnitin, or use a regular Blackboard Assignment instead of a Turnitin Assignment.

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:


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