Student Submits in MyCourses
Are you submitting a draft or a final version for grading?
Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity recommends that a teacher a rranges students a possibility to practice originality check before the final submission (which is graded).
Idea of practising is to prevent possible mistakes in using sources and writing in own words. If these kind of mistakes, like minor changes to the source text (which is one form of plagiarism), are found in a paper during grading, a teacher can not grade the paper before the case has been handled according to the procedure described in Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity .
A teacher can arrange practising in several different ways. If there seemed to be only one submission inbox for an assignment which will be graded, it can, however, contain a possibility to a draft submission before a final version, see more information in teacher's instructions. If you are not sure whether the submission inbox in question contains this feature, ask it from your teacher.
If a course workspace does not contain a possibility to practice Turnitin submission or your thesis supervisor has not arranged a MyCourses workspace for thesis supervision, you can also go to Independent Turnitin Originality Check which is a common workspace for all students in MyCourses.
Supported file formats and file sizeThe supported file formats for Turnitin originality check are
Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)
OpenOffice Text (.odt)
Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
Rich text format (.rtf)
Plain text (.txt)
Google Docs via Google Drive™
- Adobe® PDF
Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)
Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)
A LaTeX file should be converted into PDF-format with PdfLaTex: take a preview of .tex source code and a pdf file is created. Note, that not all converted pdfs are accepted by Turnitin. For example, according few experiences, xetex/xelatex will produce pdf version that looks fine, but is not readable by Turnitin, while luatex/lualatex seems to works ok with Turnitin.
A file should contain at least 20 words. The maximum file size per a submission box is 40MB or less than 400 pages. If the file is bigger than that, you have to split it into two separate files and submit the first one into Part 1 and the other one into Part 2. By default, there is only Part 1 in a submission box. Teacher can add parts by editing the settings.
See a full description of restrictions in submitting files in Turnitin guides.
Submission in MyCourses workspace
Follow the steps 1-16 marked on the screenshots below.
1. Turnitin submission inbox is marked with a Turnitin icon in a MyCourses workspace.
2. Assingment instructions can be seen under Description. If you hide the description by clicking the green spot (turns +), the submission function (5.) can be seen more easily.
3. A submission inbox can contain one or more tabs for submitting as it is in this screen capture: Draft and Final version. By default, tabs are named Part 1, Part 2, ..., but a teacher can rename them. Check that you are submitting on the right tab.
4. The highest grade of a grading scale can be seen under the title Maximum mark. The default scale is 1-100, which can be seen also in cases when a teacher does not give a grade, but assesses submissions in other ways. If a teacher has attached assessing criteria to the assignment, an rubric icon can be seen next to the maximum mark.
5. Start submitting.
6. Write a title of your work.
7. Start choosing a file from your computer (alternatively, drag and drop a file).
7.1. Browse and select a file
7.2. Confirm your file selection.
8. Submission is not possible without checking the agreement box. Your agreement is asked even if papers are not stored in the Turnitin Student Paper Repository. Papers saved in the repository are protected against plagiarism. Teacher has chosen in settings whether submissions are stored in the repository or not. It is recommended that she/he informs students about the choice.
9. Add the submission. If you use Turnitin for the first time ever, you are asked to agree the Turnitin User Agreement.
10. A digital receipt appear on screen if the submission was succesful. If you get any other notification, read tips from Turnitin support.
11. A receipt of a submission is also available in the submission inbox.
12. - 13. Turnitin originality report is ready as soon as a similarity percentage appears in the inbox (12.). It takes from several minutes up to 24 hours. If there is a notice Pending instead of a percentage, click Refresh Submissions (nr 13) to see the latest state. A teacher might have changed the default settings. For example, a student can not see an originality report at all or a report will be generated only after the due date.
Open the originality report and possible feedback by clicking the percentage. The view is opened on a new (browser) tab and it may take a moment, because Turnitin Feedback studio opens and MyCourses remains in the other tab.
Note! Do not pay too much attention to the similarity percentage. Similarities must always be interpreted. Some matches can be ok, like matches in a reference list, but some may not be ok. See tips for interpreting a report.
14.-15. Possible feedback and grade given by a teacher is available after the date Assessment available (14) when the pencil icon appears in the inbox (15). Click the pencil icon to enter Turnitin Feedback studio. See the next chapter Student views feedback
16. Possible resubmission is possible if Submit Paper link is available. See more information about resubmission below.
A resubmitted paper replaces the earlier file and the new report overwrites the earlier one. After 3 resubmissions a report of the fourth file will not be generated sooner than after 24 hours. Resubmission may also be disabled by the teacher (setting "Report Generation Speed = Generate reports immediately, resubmission not allowed").
If resubmission is allowed before the due date, you can submit a draft of an assignment at first, interpret the originality report of it, correct possible flaws and resubmit the corrected version for grading.
Removing a submitted file
If the file is stored in Turnitin student paper repository (comparison database), it will be stored there as long as Aalto University determines. Teachers may remove files from the inbox in MyCourses, but this action does not remove the submission from the comparison database. By default the submissions are not stored into a repository. But your teacher may have changed this setting. It is students' interest to save their submissions into the repository as they are protected against plagiarism.
If you want your submission removed from the repository, send a removal request with the paper ID to turnitin(at)aalto.fi. The work ID is on the digital receipt.
However, the paper submitted in a course submission inbox can not be removed for 8 weeks after submitting because of possible grading. A paper submitted in the workspace Independent Turnitin originality check can be deleted right away.