Instructors can use Turnitin in Canvas to receive originality reports, provide in-line comments and grade student submissions.

There are two Turnitin options available in Canvas: 

  • Plagiarism Review (Plagiarism Framework) 
    • This option is only available in Canvas when using an assignment to collect online submissions.
    • It ONLY provides an Similarity Report (Originality Check), and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-rater is enabled).
    • It does support group assignment submissions.
    • It does NOT support ​GradeMarks, QuickMarks, Turnitin Rubrics, and PeerMark.
      • Grading and in-line comments can be done through the Canvas SpeedGrader.

  • Turnitin External Tool 
    • This option is available in Canvas when an external tool is selected as the assignment submission type. 
    • It does NOT support group assignment submissions.
    • It does provide instructors with an Originality Check (Similarity Report) AND all other Turnitin features, such as:
      • GradeMark (which will sync with the Canvas gradebook), QuickMarks (in-line comments), Turnitin Rubrics, PeerMark, and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-rater is enabled).


Please see the Turnitin guide on EXTERNAL TOOL  VS.  PLAGIARISM REVIEW (PLAGIARISM FRAMEWORK) for differences and similarities between the two options.  





Plagiarism Review (Plagiarism Framework) guides

  • This option is only available in Canvas when using an assignment to collect online submissions.
  • It ONLY provides an Similarity Report (Originality Check), and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-rater is enabled).
  • It does support group assignment submissions.
  • It does NOT support ​GradeMarks, QuickMarks, Turnitin Rubrics, and PeerMark.
    • Grading and in-line comments can be done through the Canvas SpeedGrader (LINK?).

Instructor Guide

Student Guide
    





Turnitin External Tool guides 

  • This option is available in Canvas when an external tool is selected as the assignment submission type. 
  • It does NOT support group assignment submissions.
  • It does provide instructors with an Originality Check (Similarity Report) AND all other Turnitin features, such as:
    • GradeMark (which will sync with the Canvas gradebook), QuickMarks (in-line comments), Turnitin Rubrics, PeerMark, and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-rater is enabled).
 

How to create a Turnitin Assignment

 

How to provide feedback using Turnitin Feedback Studio

 

How to read the originality report in Feedback Studio

 

How Students submit a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas



Create a Turnitin assignment in Canvas

Edit a Turnitin assignment settings 

Convert a Canvas assignment into a Turnitin assignment

Create a Turnitin draft assignment

Set a Turnitin assignment to be graded anonymously

How to use Turnitin Feedback Studio tools




Create a Turnitin (External Tool) assignment in your Canvas course 

  1. Access your course site in Canvas


  2. Click on Assignments


  3. Click on +Assignment


  4. Enter Assignment Name [1], Instructions [2], Points [3], Select the Assignment Group [4], Select the Grading Type from the Display Grade as [5]


  5. Set “Submission Type” to External Tool


  6. Click on the “Find” button


  7. In the “Configure External Tool” pop-up window, scroll down the list and click on “Turnitin External Tool” and then click on Select.


  8. In the "Assign" box Canvas by default will create the assignment for Everyone in your course [1],  set a Due Date [2], set an Available from/Until Date [3]

    Note:
    Setting an Until Date will prevent students from accessing the assignment and viewing any in-line feedback after the date entered. 


  9. Click on Save. Now the Turnitin assignment will be created and you will see the Assignment Inbox.

    Note: Don't forget to Publish the Turnitin assignment in Canvas, otherwise students will not be able to submit their work. 




Edit a Turnitin (External Tool) assignment in Canvas

  1. Access your course site in Canvas


  2. Click on Assignments


  3. Locate the Turnitin assignment and click to open 


  4. Click on the Turnitin “Settings” gear icon (located on the right side of the Turnitin “Assignment Inbox”)


    Note: If you do NOT see the "Settings" gear icon, click on the "three-lined icon" to reveal the "Settings" gear icon.

  5. Under the Turnitin "Settings" menu you can change some assignment settings. To allow late submissions and reveal other Turnitin Assignment customization settings, click on Optional Settings.


  6. Scroll down and click Submit to save settings.




Convert a Canvas Assignment into a Turnitin assignment 

  1. Access your course site in Canvas


  2. Click on Assignments in the course menu


  3. Click on the name of the assignment that you want to convert into a TII assignment


  4. Click on the Edit button (on the right side of the assignment name)


  5. Set the assignment “Submission Type” to External Tool


  6. Click on the “Find” button


  7. In the “Configure External Tool” pop-up window, scroll down the list and click on “Turnitin External Tool” and then click on Select.


  8. In the "Assign" box Canvas by default will create the assignment for Everyone in your course [1],  set a Due Date [2], set an Available from/Until Date [3]

    Note: 
    Setting an Until Date will prevent students from accessing the assignment and viewing any in-line feedback after the date entered. 


  9. Click on Save. Now the Turnitin assignment will be created and you will see the Assignment Inbox.




Create a Turnitin draft assignment 


  • OPTION 1:  Create a new Turnitin assignment and title it "Draft of Paper 1" for example.  As long as the "Draft" and the "Final" Turnitin assignments are within the same course, and submitted by the same student, Turnitin will not return a match based on a previous submission of the same paper:

Please read the information provided by Turnitin:

Similarity Report - Causes for submission self-match - Instructor

If a student submits the same paper to multiple assignments (including revision assignments) in the same class they will not match each other. This is to allow students and instructors to use the Turnitin Similarity Reports as part of a review/resubmit process without generating a "false positive". 
Note:  Similar papers submitted to a different class or via different accounts will match each other, even if they are submitted to the same instructor. Also, if the instructor submits the same paper as a "non-enrolled student" to the assignment, then it will match the student's paper.


  • OPTION 2:  Create a new Turnitin assignment and title it "Draft of Paper 1" for example. In the Turnitin assignment settings select the "Do not store the submitted papers" option (located under "Submissions to this assignment will be stored in...").  Not saving the submitted assignment drafts in the Turnitin database will ensure that the final submissions will not return a match.




Set a Turnitin assignment to be graded anonymously

What is anonymous marking in Turnitin?


To enable Anonymous Marking on a Turnitin assignment in Canvas:

  1. Create a Turnitin assignment in Canvas


  2. Click on Settings on the Turnitin assignment (not "Edit assignment settings" for the same assignment, which is for the Canvas shell of the assignment)


  3. Click on Optional Settings


  4. Select Yes for Enable Anonymous Marking


  5. Click Submit

   





Known Issues

How to use Canvas rubrics with a Turnitin External Tool assignment: 

Currently, there is not a way to add a Canvas rubric after creating a Turnitin External Tool assignment. 

The work-around for this is to create a Canvas assignment the normal way (i.e. not selecting External Tool as the Submission Type), which will allow you to add a Canvas rubric. After the Canvas rubric is added, edit the assignment, change the Submission Type to External Tool and select Turnitin External Tool.  You can then access the Canvas rubric through the SpeedGrader when grading students. 


Submissions that have been resubmitted are not showing in SpeedGrader:

There is a known issue (fix in progress) with resubmissions where documents that are resubmitted are not rendering in SpeedGrader.  SpeedGrader will show a duplicate copy of the original submission, instead of showing the resubmission.  The workaround for this is for instructors to create multiple assignments in cases where multiple drafts are necessary, or, they can just use the grading tools in Turnitin instead, allowing them to view the resubmission.  Turnitin hopes to have this issue fixed by the end of this summer (2017), as Turnitin and Canvas work together to address this.

A note about PDF files submitted to Turnitin:

Copy/Print-protected PDFs: when a copy/print-protected PDF gets submitted into Turnitin, the protection is removed and the downloaded file can be printed. The text on the page, however, is not selectable. 

Password-protected PDFs: the student will get the following error message upon submitting the file if the file is password protected: 

Sorry, we could not process your request.
Your submission does not contain valid text.
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