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Set up Turnitin within an assignment

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service which can be used in a number of ways either to assist educators in identifying similarities to existing sources or to help students learning how to avoid plagiarism and improve their written work.

  1. Go to your Moodle space and click 'Turn editing on'
  2. Click on 'Add an activity or resource' in the section where you want to add the Assignment
  3. Click Assignment AssignmentAssignment icon and click Add
  4. Scroll down to 'Submission Types' section
  • Select the 'File submissions' box for the type of Assignment.

File submission

Please note: the default is 'File submission' you can however also allow your students to insert text directly into an editor field for submission by selecting ‘Online text’. Next, choose how many files you wish students to upload (different parts to an assignment for example) and the maximum submission size (100mb by default).

  1. Scroll down to 'Submission settings'
  • If you would like your students to see originality reports, see settings to apply at the bottom of this guidance based on your requirements. If you are not allowing students to see originality reports then the default setting is ‘No’, unless you want to prevent students from being able to replace their uploaded file until the final date of submission.

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  1. Scroll down to 'Turnitin plugin settings' and enable 'Turnitin'
  • turn turnitin ON
  1. If you desire to make to make the originality report available to students, select 'Yes' for ‘Display Originality Reports to Students’.

originality report

  1. Under 'Report generation speed' select the appropriate for your requirements. See below for a description of three report generation speeds.

Report generation speed

  • Report Generation Speed:
    The three options for generating Originality Reports for student submissions are outlined here:
  • Generate reports immediately (Resubmissions are not allowed) – Originality Reports will be generated immediately, but only once the student clicks ‘Submit assignment’. Students cannot resubmit papers.
  • Generate reports immediately (Resubmissions are allowed until cut-off date) - Originality Reports will be generated immediately on upload. Students may resubmit as often as they wish by clicking ‘Edit submission’. Only the latest submission and originality report is available to the instructor or student. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. PLEASE NOTE: Students may still re-submit work AFTER due date, unless you set a cut-off date the same as due date, which is advised and if you want to allow late submissions, simply set up a second assignment submission with appropriate settings.
  • Generate reports on the due date (Resubmissions are allowed until cut-off date) - Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date. Students may resubmit by clicking ‘Edit submission’ as many times as they wish, until the due date without receiving reports. PLEASE NOTE: Students may still re-submit work AFTER due date (a second Originality Report will not be created though). It is advised that you set a cut-off date, the same as the due date and if you want to allow late submissions, simply set up a second assignment submission with appropriate settings.
  1. Select when the file should be submitted to Turnitin. If not allowing students to see originality reports, the default is ‘Submit file when first uploaded’. If allowing students to see originality reports see settings to apply at the bottom of this document based on your requirements.

Submit file when first uploaded

  1. ‘Store student papers’ is a question of whether you would like submissions to be stored in the main Turnitin repository to be checked against in future. For final submissions, this is recommended, however, there may be some cases, for example where you would like students to submit a draft that you may wish to choose ‘No repository’.

Store student papers

  1. The final step in setting up your Turnitin assignment is to choose which sources you would like student submissions checked against within the Turnitin repository.

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  1. Set any additional assignment options. For other Assignment options, see 'Assignment settings'
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Save and return to course'.

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The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated August 2018.

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