Turnitin/Moodle Integration

Creating a Turnitin Activity in Moodle:
  • Open the course page in Moodle
  • Turn editing on
  • Choose the week and click "+Add an activity or resource"
  • Choose "Turnitin Assignment 2" and "Add"

Now the Turnitin Assignment page with setting options will appear:

  • General
    • *Turnitin Assignment Name: This field must be filled.
    • *Summary: This field must be filled. You have access to editing tools here.
    • Display description on course page: check if you want this to appear on the course page. [The question mark provides a concise description.]
    • *Submission Type: This field must be filled. I recommend using "Any Submission Type" unless your assignment calls for a specific type.
    • Number of Parts: only change this if you have more than one part to this assignment
    • Maximum File Size: Default is set at the maximum limit of 20 MB
    • Overall Grade: Grade point value of assignment
    • Student Originality Reports: Yes, if you are using this to check for originality (plagiarism)
    • Auto Refresh Grades: Choose either to have the grades refreshed manually or automatically.
    • Assignment Parts:
      • Add name for assignment
      • Set the start, due, and post dates
      • Set the mas marks value

Important: The post date must be set for the student to view the Turnitin results. Start date: This date/time must pass before the students can begin the assignment. Due date: This is the date/time that the assignment is due. Post date: When this date/time has passed, the students will be able to view the GradeMark and GradeBook information. However, this date does not affect the Originality Reports, which will appear as show as soon as possible. Note: the post date must fall after both the start and due dates.

  • Originality Report Options:
    • Allow Late Submission: yes or no
    • Report Generation Speed: By using “Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due date,” allows Turnitin to be a teaching tool. This way, a student is able to view the originality report and ETS rater (if set), and is then able to make corrections. However, you will only see the latest student submission.
    • Store Student Papers: “Standard Repository” will store the papers in Turnitin’s repository. “No Repository” will not store the papers, and this will not aid in reducing student paper sharing.
    • Check against stored student papers: yes or no
    • Check against Internet: yes or no
    • Check against journals, periodicals and publications: yes or no
    • Exclude Bibliography: Choosing “Yes” will provide the most accurate originality reports. If the bibliography is correct, it will probably show up as being plagiarized and will skew the results.
    • Exclude Quoted Material: Choosing “Yes” will provide the most accurate originality reports. Properly quoted material will most likely show up as plagiarized and will skew the results.
    • Exclude Small Matches: I recommend setting this anywhere from three to five words; otherwise, coincidental matches in common language phrases will skew the originality results.
  • GradeMark Options:
    • Attach a rubric to this assignment: You may create a rubric here or use a previously saved rubric.
      • To add a rubric, click on “launch rubric manager.” Click the upper right icon to create a new rubric. Set the scales and criteria. Make sure to save by clicking “save” at the bottom of the rubric. After the rubric has been saved, you may reuse it for it any Turnitin assignment.
    • Enable e-rater grammar check: yes or no. This is similar to Word’s grammar and spell checker but more thorough. It also provides students access to an electronic handbook that explains that grammar issue. This can be a valuable teaching tool.
    • ETS Handbook: “High School” option works well
    • e-rater Dictionary: “US English Dictionary”
    • e-rater Categories: Choose the categories you want checked
    • Grade: Enter the point value of the assignment
  • Restrict Access: set restricted dates and conditions here
  • Activity Completion: set further conditions here

Click either “Save and return to course” or “Save and display”
Your assignment is now created.

Adding Peer Review to an Assignment:
  • On the assignment summary page, click on the PeerMark icon: PeerMark
  • Click on “create a new PeerMark assignment.”
  • You will see three tabs: PeerMark Assignment, PeerMark Questions, and Distribution.
  • Fill out the information on the PeerMark Assignment tab; you have an option of “additional settings” at the bottom of the window.
    • Additional settings: You can set the amount of papers each student will review. [close this window]
  • PeerMark Questions tab: Click on “Add Question” to add questions; you may reorder these at any time by choosing “Reorder Questions.”
  • Distribution tab: You may pair students in this tab.
  • Ensure that you have saved the PeerMark assignment by going back to the “PeerMark Assignment” tab and clicking “Save and Continue.”


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