Turnitin

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This manual concerns the new version of a Turnitin activity that has been updated during the summer 2016. If you use Turnitin acitivities that were added during the academic year 2015-16, see instructions of the previous version.

 

Add a Turnitin Assignment activity  

Log in to mycourses.aalto.fi and go to your course workspace.

Add a Turnitin Assignment as follows (see the same steps numbered 1-10 in screenshots below) :

  • Click Turn editing on and Add an activity (Note: do not add Turnitin assignment activity by copying an existing activity. More information about "Duplicate copies..." notification)
  • Choose T urnitin Assignment from the list, and Add it.
  • Add a name and a summary and click Save and display in the bottom of the page.
  • Edit dates by clicking the pencil icon. 
    • Start date = Submission box is availabe for students. 
    • Due date =  Submission box is closed. 
    • From the Post date on students can see feedback and grades given by the teacher.
  • To set a grade scale or change the default settings, click Update this Turnitin Assignment. It is recommended, that you inform students about the chosen settings in Summary.

Please read also the chapter "Arrange students a possibility to practice" after screenshots.

Picture series. Creating a Turnitin submission box

File types for Turnitin originality check

File types that are that are accepted for Turnitin originality check are listed in students' instructions.

Turnitin Assignment settings explained

Note! If you change default settings, inform students about chosen settings in the Turnitin Assignment Summary.

The following settings are spesific for a Turnitin assignment. There are also settings under titles Grade, Common Module Settings and Restrict Access that are common for all Moodle activities. Remember to set the "Grade" (the default value is "100" which means the grading scale 1-100).

Settings of Turnitin AssignmentDefault value Some cases when settings need editing (chosen value bolded)
 Submission TypeFile uploadText submission: if a file type is not accepted by Turnitin, plain texts can be copied into the editing box (online text)
Any Submission Type, if both files and online texts are allowed
Number of Parts1 part2 or 3 Parts: if file size can is bigger than 20 MB, it has to be splitted into two or more files
Student Originality ReportsYes 
Allow Late SubmissionsNo Yes, if the due date is only a recommendation but not strict
Report Generation SpeedGenerate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due dateGenerate reports on due date, resubmissions are allowed until due date for the final version, if there has been another submission box for drafts.
Store Student PapersNo RepositoryStandard Repository (= global repository), if submitted papers should be compared against each other and protected against plagiarism globally. Standard Repository is recommended instead of Institutional Repository. After Due Date submissions are compared to each other and all originality check reports are updated if they were formed right after submitting.
Institutional Repository (= Aalto repository), if submitted papers should be compared against each other and
protected against plagiarism inside Aalto University. After Due Date submissions are compared to each other and all originality check reports are updated if they were formed right after submitting.
Check against stored student papersYes 
Check against stored internetYesNo, if papers submitted are compared only against each other
Check against journals, periodicals and publicationsYesNo, if papers submitted are compared only against each other
Exclude BibliographyNo**Yes, if the following three conditions are valid at the same time: a big file size (= it would take too long time to change this setting while viewing the originality report), a bibliography will result a significant part of overall similarity percentage, you want to see the percentage concerning only the rest of the paper
Exclude Quoted Material
No** 
Exclude Small Matches
No**Yes, if you know from experience that typical phrases or definitions of the field cause "useless" matches in the originality check report. For example, matches up to 3 words are excluded or matches under 1% of the paper are excluded.

** These settings can be changed also on the fly while viewing the originality report.

Arrange students a possibility to practice

There are alternative ways to arrange students a possibility to practice originality check before the final submission (which is graded).

1) Create only one Turnitin submission box with default settings.

Only one due date for an assignment can be set, but a student can submit a draft well before the due date. A student sees the originality report, interprets it, edits the draft if needed and resubmits a final version before the due date. The latter version overwrites the earlier version and its originality report. Students can consult the teacher in interpreting the report if needed. Remember to write about this possibility in Summary of the submission box

2) Create only one Turnitin submission box with altered settings.

Choose "Number of Parts = 2" in the settings. The first part is for a draft and the other one for the final version. Separate due dates can be set for the parts. Teacher can give feedback about drafts and possible issues found in the originality report. 

If papers need to be compared against each other, choose the setting "Store student papers = Standard repository".  Drafts (saved in part 1) are not compared against final versions (saved in part 2).

3) Create two Turnitin submission boxes with default settings.

Separate due dates for a draft and a final version can be set. Teacher can give feedback about drafts and possible issues found in the originality report.

If papers need to be compared against each other, choose this feature only for final versions (choose the setting "Store student papers = Standard repository"). 

See pedagogical tips for supporting writing of an assignment by dividing it to subtasks