Lecturer Guide: How to Set Up a Turnitin Assignment

System: Turnitin »

This guide explains how to set up a Turnitin assignment in Wattle. Unlike the regular Wattle assignment, Turnitin allows staff and students to see which elements of a student's assignment match resources found in publications and on the internet. The instructions below describe how to set up and customise your Turnitin assignment to meet your teaching needs, however the default settings are recommended by the university.


Step 1

Turn Editing on
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Go to your Wattle course.

Click on the cog on the top right corner, and select Turn editing on.

Step 2

+ Add an activity or Resource
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Click Add an activity or resource.

Step 3

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Select Turnitin Assignment on the list.

Click Add.

Step 4

Adding a new Turnitin Assignment to Topic
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Enter the Turnitin Assignment Name and Summary.

It's helpful to include information such as the due dates, word limit, referencing requirements, or topics for the assessment in the summary.

The default settings are those recommended by the university to work most effectively, but each of the settings is discussed in detail below in case you need to customise your assignment.

Step 5

Display description on course page
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General and Advanced Options for Turnitin Assignment.

General Options

Display description on course page.

Check this option to display the text you entered in the Summary box on the course page.

Step 6

Turnitin Submission Type
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Submission Type

Student submissions can either be an uploaded file or a text submission.

File upload - enables students to upload files in the following formats: doc, docx, pdf, rtf and txt.

Text submission - enables students to type in their answers into a text area for submission to Turnitin.

Any Submission Type - both options will be available to the students.

Step 7

Turnitin Number of Parts
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Number of Parts

This option creates a multi-part assignment. If your assignment requires 2 or more submissions, select the number of papers to be submitted from the Number of Parts drop-down menu.

Students will be able to upload a file into each part.

Step 8

Maximum File Size
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Maximum File Size

This option sets the file size limit of your students' submissions.

Note: Although the site upload limit for Wattle is 2 GB, Turnitin has a separate limit of 40 MB. The file size is capped at 40 MB which is the maximum allowed file size for file uploads to Turnitin.

Step 9

Turnitin Allow submission of any file type
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Allow submission of any file type

This option changes the file types students can upload to the Turnitin assignment.

If set to:

No - it allows writing file types that Turnitin can check for originality report, such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, WordPerfect, PDF, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT) and plain text files.

Yes - it allows non-writing file types, such as image files. Submissions will be checked for originality where possible, and GradeMark feedback tools will be available where possible.

Step 10

Turnitin Display Originality Reports to Students
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Display Originality Reports to Students.

This option controls the availability of the originality report to the student.

If set to:

Yes - the student may view the originality report generated by Turnitin when they submit their assignment. This is strongly recommended so that students may improve their referencing and paraphrasing skills.

No - the originality report is not available for the student to view and only available for lecturers to view.

Step 11

Turnitin Displayed User Fields
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Displayed user fields

This allows you to change the user fields displayed in the Turnitin Submission Inbox, where you see the students' assignments.

If set to:

Full name - it shows only the students' first and last name.

ID Number - it shows only the students' Uni IDs.

All - it shows both the names and Uni IDs.

None - it shows no identifications.

Step 12

Turnitin Assignment
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Assignment Parts

Assignment Part 1

You can update the name of the part and the relevant dates for the assignment.

Name - the default is Part 1. It can be changed to a more meaningful name.

Start date - it determines the earliest time a student can make a submission to that assignment part.

Due date - it determines the date by which time the student must submit their work. If allowing late submissions, submissions made after this date will be marked in red to show a late submission.

Post date - it determines when marks / grades will be released to students. The Post Date must be after the Start Date but can be set before the Due Date.

Max Marks - numeric points can be entered. It must be between 0 and 100. It does not allow decimal points.


Step 13

Turnitin Originality Report Options Allow Late submissions
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Originality Report Options

Allow Late Submissions

If set to:

Yes - Students may still submit the assignment after the due date set by the teacher.

No - Student will not be able to make any submissions anymore after the assignment due date.

Step 14

Report generation speed
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Report Generation Speed

There are 3 options in generating Originality Reports for student submissions:

1. Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit) - The Originality Report is generated immediately after the student submits the assignment. It does not allow resubmission of the assignment.

2. Generate reports immediately (studens can resubmit until due date) - The student can resubmit the assignment until the due date. The Originality Report for the first submission is generated immediately. Originality reports for the second and subsequent submissions are generated after 24 hours. (Recommended setting)

3. Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date) - The student can resubmit the assignment until the due date but no Originality Report will be created for any submission until the assignment's due date.

Step 15

Turnitin Store Student Papers
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Store Student Papers

This setting gives the option to store or not to store a student's paper in the Standard (Turnitin) Repository.

Step 16

Turnitin Check against stored student papers
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Check against stored student papers

Default to Yes. The submission will be checked against other papers that are in the Standard (Turnitin) Repository.

Step 17

Turnitin Check against internet
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Check against internet.

Default to Yes. The submission will be checked against internet resources.

Step 18

Turnitin Check journals, periodicals and publications
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Check against journals, periodicals and publications.

Default to Yes. The submission will be checked against existing journals, periodicals and publications in the Turnitin database.

Step 19

Turnitin Save and return to course
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Click Save and return to course.