Blackboard 9: Collecting Turnitin Assignments
What is this?
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students.
Turnitin.com is now available through Blackboard. This integration allows Blackboard users to check papers for originality without leaving the Blackboard environment. It is important to note:
- Profiles for student and faculty will be created automatically when
they use Turnitin through Blackboard.
- No separate Turnitin registration is required for faculty and students.
- Single login for both Blackboard and Turnitin.
- Classes and assignments created in Blackboard are mirrored in Turnitin.
Faculty and students accustomed to using Turnitin may still access the system through the Turnitin website.
Why would I use this?
Institutions license Turnitin on an annual basis. The institutions are encouraged to communicate with students about their use of Turnitin and how their academic integrity policies work. An instructor sets up a class and an assignment in the Turnitin service. Students or instructors then submit papers to Turnitin via file upload or cut-and-paste. Turnitin consists of three core tools: OriginalityCheck®, GradeMark® and PeerMark®.
OriginalityCheck compares the paper's text to a vast database of 24+ billion pages of digital content (including archived Internet content that is no longer available), over 250 million papers in the student archive, and 120,000+ professional, academic and commercial journals and publications. The software is regularly updated with new content acquired through new partnerships. For example, Turnitin partner CrossRef boasts 500‐plus members that include publishers such as Elsevier and the IEEE, and has already added hundreds of millions of pages of new content to our database. Turnitin offers institutions a wide variety of flexible options for handling students' submissions including options that let students choose to keep their papers in an institution-only private zone.
Once assured of the paper’s originality, instructors use GradeMark to provide rich feedback using drag-and-drop marks, voice comments, and rubrics. ETS® e-rater® technology is integrated with GradeMark to identify spelling, grammar, mechanics, usage and style errors so instructors can focus on providing more substantive feedback. Instructors can track student views of the graded paper, customize and share comments and rubrics, track grades using a grade book, and assess students over time.
PeerMark facilitates the management of peer review exercises so students can evaluate and learn from one another’s work. It automates paper distribution, allows for anonymous reviews, and provides standard or customizable assessment questions.
Simultaneously layering the feedback from these three tools onto the student paper provides both the instructor and student with a comprehensive view and deeper insight into the student’s writing.
Who is using this?
One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online.
It is used by several of our faculty here at Hofstra University.
How do I use this?
Below are detailed steps on how you can create, review and grade Turnitin assignments.
An Improvement to Similarity Scoring
At Turnitin, we appreciate the importance of the Originality Report, and we are constantly seeking to deliver more reliable matches and a comprehensive Originality Report to our users.
- What’s changing?
Starting in March, when bibliographic material is excluded from an Originality Report, we will recalculate the Similarity Score based on the remaining content only. This update will provide you with a more accurate score.
- What does this mean?
As an example, this means that by opting to exclude a bibliography that constitutes 10% of a paper, we will now generate a report according to 90% of that paper, rather than calculating reports out of 100%.
- How will this affect my assignments?
For assignments that have not yet passed their due date, all reports will automatically regenerate in line with the improvement. Rest assured that reports for closed assignments will not be updated. If you have open assignments, we advise logging in to check regenerated reports, as this update may cause a slight increase to a paper’s Similarity Score.
- How can I ensure that all Originality Reports are aligned with this improvement?
If you’d prefer that all existing reports are aligned with our update (specifically for papers submitted to current assignments), you can simply opt to regenerate reports from the Document Viewer.
- If I extend the due date for a closed assignment, will this affect current Originality Reports?
By extending a closed assignment’s due date - therefore reopening the assignment - all reports in the assignment will regenerate to align with our update.
- If you have any questions concerning the Turnitin changes that have not been satisfactorily answered by Turnitin support, please contact Professor Alan Bailin (Hofstra Turnitin contact person) in the Axinn Library. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 516-463-5973.
Creating a Turnitin Assignment
- Make sure the Edit Mode is ON
- Click into any Content Area (Course Documents, Assignments, etc.)
- Select Create Assessment and then click on Turnitin Assignment
Create a Turnitin Assignment
- Give the assignment a title, and instructions.
- Make sure that it is available.
- You must check Display Until and choose a date
less than six months in the future.
- We do not use the Post Date feature, but it must be set for 24 hours after the Due date.
- Click Submit.
More Turnitin Options
|The More Options link opens up some important choices.
Submitting a Turnitin Assignment
Submitting a Turnitin Assignment 2
|Inside the Turnitin Assignment the student will click the Plus Sign icon under Submit.|
Submitting a Turnitin Assignment 3
Submitting a Turnitin Assignment 4
| This step shows the student a preview of the paper she or he is submitting.
If this is the paper, he or she wants to submit, the student clicks "Submit Paper."
Turnitin Digital Reciept
Turnitin Assignment Inbox with Paper Submitted
| After submitting the paper, the student will see the Title of the paper and the submission date in the Turnitin Assignment Inbox.
Reviewing Turnitin Reports
| To retrieve the Turnitin Reports, the instructor goes to the Course Tools section of the Control Panel and Clicks Turnitin Assignments.
View Turnitin Reports for an Assignment
| The list of Turnitin Assignments gives you the option to "View" each one. Click on the title of the assignment to go to the set of reports for that assignment.
View Turnitin Reports for an Assignment
Download Original Submissions from a Turnitin Assignment
Starting in the Blackboard course and logged in as an instructor int the course, the steps are:
Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments > Select Assignment >
There are Check boxes to the left of each assignment and to the left of the column heading. You can select individual assignments or Select All by choosing the box next to author.
When you select a box, Turnitin opens a dialog that allows you to select “Download” and then choose “Original File.”
Another dialog opens asking if you want to compress [zip] the files. Choose Ok.
Another Dialog opens asking you to choose Originally submitted format(s) or PDF format. Click Either.
And Another dialog opens asking you to Click here to begin the download.
The zip file will be saved with your downloads.
Where can I find additional resources?
Turnitin.com help center [ http://turnitin.com/en_us/support/help-center TurnitIn Help]
Where can I get help?
Hofstra University Library and Faculty Computing Services are here to help you. Please contact:
Alan Bailin Turnitin Administrator
- Email: [Alan.Bailin@Hofstra.edu]
- Phone: 516-463-5973
- Email: [FCSHelp@Hofstra.edu]
- Phone: 516-463-6894
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