Turnitin Software Integration
Turnitin checks for similarity by comparing submitted content to a database containing previously submitted content specific to MSU-Bozeman. Turnitin also makes comparisons to content found on the Internet.
Turnitin includes GradeMark® functionality which allows for annotation of documents which can then be viewed by learners.
Use of Turnitin software is available to all instructors associated with the MSU system (Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Northern) via an integration with the Brightspace system. Instructors use Turnitin inside of the learning environment by enabling Turnitin for an Assignments area folder.
In all cases, to access options related to Turnitin Originality Check® reports and GradeMark® annotations, users access Turnitin's Feedback Studio area.
Create an Assignment folder as necessary.
To access the Edit area of an existing Assignment folder:
- When in a course, select "Assignments" from the course nav bar.
- Select the action caret next to the assignment to be edited and then select "Edit Assignment" from the contextual menu.
When in the edit assignment area, select to expand the "Evaluation & Feedback" area.
Select the "Manage Turnitin" button.
The "Turnitin Integration" page displays.
- To enable Turnitin for an assignment folder, the checkbox associated with "Enable GradeMark®" for this folder" must be checked.
- To enable "Originality Check®" for an assignment folder, the checkbox associated with
"Enable Originality Check® for this folder" must also be checked.
- Selecting "Enable Originality Check® for this folder" will ensure that submitted files will be processed through Turnitin.
"Save" must be selected for any choices made to take effect.
Selecting "Save" will close the dialog box.
To make changes to Turnitin settings, select the "Manage Turnitin" button to return to the area.
Instructors access submissions in the Turnitin enabled assignments folder by selecting the assignment link.
After originality reports have processed, instructors view the results of the originality report by selecting the Turnitin® Similarity icon related to the submission. Selecting the icon takes the user into the Feedback Studio area.
Once the instructor is in Feedback Studio, all submitted documents uploaded into a specific assignment folder can be accessed by using navigation arrows in the upper right quadrant of the Feedback Studio area.
By default, Turnitin is NOT enabled in an Assignment folder, users must enable Turnitin to use it.
During setup of an Assignments folder in Brightspace, users select "Manage Turnitin" to enable and control variables associated with the tool.
The "Turnitin® Integration" dialog box contains GradeMark® and Originality Check® sections, as well as a "More Options in Turnitin®" button.
Selecting the "More Options in Turnitin®" button connects to the Turnitin site.
A dialog box appears to allow access to additional Turnitin settings.
Selecting the "Optional Settings" button produces another dialog box with more selections.
Note that some optional settings are only changeable in Brightspace (the learning management system).
The "Optional Settings" page shows Submission settings, Compare against, Similarity Report, and Additional settings available to the user.
Select the "Submit" button at the bottom to enact any changes made.
The dialog box closes after "Submit" is selected and the "Turnitin® Integration" dialog box is again active.
To finish the process, select "Save" to apply settings and close the "Turnitin® Integration" dialog box.
Note: Save and Close, Save, Cancel, and Visibilty buttons are arrayed across the bottom of the Assignment page's main display behind the various "Turnitin® Integration" and "Optional Settings" dialog boxes. The buttons are greyed out and non-selectable when the dialog boxes are open.
After using the "Turnitin® Integration" dialog box, selecting the "Save" or "Cancel" button on the dialog box will close the box which then gives access to the main assignment setup page and makes the Save and Close, Save, Cancel, and Visibilty buttons selectable again to control Assignment parameters.
Instructors choose to allow learner access to "Turnitin® Similarity" scores in Assignments folders by enabling Turnitin for the folder via selection of the "Enable GradeMark® for this folder" and "Enable Originality Check® for this folder" checkboxes.
- Select the "Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder" checkbox.
- Select the "Save" function.
Instructors may also leave the checkbox de-selected so learners do not have access to view similarity scores.
If "Allow learners to see Turnitin® Similarity scores in their submission folder" is enabled, learners can see results of the originality report after their submission has processed.
To view the similarity reports, learners access the Assignments area of the course and then:
- Locate the "Completion Status" column in the table.
- Select the "Submission history..." link.
In the example below, Haley Student selects "Submission history for Third Assignment" located in the "Completion Status" column.
When in the "Submission History" area, learner can select the "Turnitin® Similarity" icon which gives access to Feedback Studio, which in turn allows access to a similarity report specific to the submitted paper.
In the example below, Haley Student selects the "Turnitin® Similarity" icon located in the "Turnitin® Similarity" column.
Turnitin must be enabled for the Assignment folder.
There are multiple ways instructors can access Feedback Studio which is where work in GradeMark® takes place.
Note: The combination of entering feedback (like a quickmark or coment) during the GradeMark® process in Feedback Studio and publishing the Brightspace Assignments folder feedback is what makes a "View Turnitin® GradeMark®" link appear to a learner who accesses the submissions/evaluation area of the Turnitin enabled Assignments folder.
Here is a way to access Feedback Studio:
Instructor selects to view submissions associated with an Assignments folder by selecting the folder link.
After a learner has made a submission and after the submission has processed, in the "Submissions" area of the Assignments folder, icons appear and can be selected which gives access to Feedback Studio.
- The originality "Turnitin® Similarity" icon appears with an originality score in the "Turnitin® Similarity" column.
- GradeMark® pencil icon is visible in the Turnitin® GradeMark® column.
- Instructors can also select the "Evaluate" link specific to a learner submission to access the Brightspace evaluation area. Accessing Turnitin Feedback Studio from the Brightspace evaluation area is an option as well.
Once Feedback Studio has been accessed, instructors use the area to investigate similarity scores, annotate (markup) documents, and give a score to the document as necessary.
When a score is entered and (typically) markup of the document has occurred, the score can be transferred to the Brightspace Evaluate area.
To release the Turnitin Feedback Studio GradeMark® work to learners, instructors enter the Brightspace feedback area by selecting the "Evaluate" link specific to a learner submission if not already in the area.
When in the Brightspace Evaluate area, instructors can elect to transfer the GradeMark® submission score to the Brightspace feedback "Score:" area - or not. (Set up for either "Manual" or "Automatically" "...sync grades as Draft in Brightspace" occurs via the "Turnitin® Integration" dialog box when enabling Turnitin functionality.)
In the Evaluation area of an Assignment in Brightspace:
- To transfer a score manually, if a GradeMark® score is in place from work done in
Feedback Studio and if there is a grade item associated with the assignments folder
in Brightspace, instructors can select the "Use This Score" link under the Turnitin®
GradeMark® area on the learner's evaluation page inside Brightspace and this action
will associate the GradeMark® score with the Brightspace assignment.
- If feedback is entered into a document via the GradeMark® area, the GradeMark® feedback icon indicator will display next to the GradeMark® score.
- Instructors may also enter a score in the Brightspace "Score:" area in the Evaluation box in lieu of using the GradeMark® generated Feedback Studio score.
- Overall Feedback can be added into the available textbox as needed.
- Icons and links are available for additional functionality:
- Upload file; Attach Links to Existing Activity; AttachWeblinkk; Attach from Google Drive; Attach from One Drive
- Record Audio; Record Video
- Select "Publish" or "Save Draft" as necessary.
- Some users choose to "Save Draft" and then publish all feedback to all submissions at once via the "Submissions" area of the assignment folder after all submissions have been evaluated.
If the GradeMark® score is not automatically updated in the Evaluate area, or if changes to the grade are made in Feedback Studio, instructors can select the "Refresh score" icon to update the score from the GradeMark® area.
Selecting the "Pencil" icon will take the user back into the Feedback Studio area.
If transferred, the GradeMark®" derived score will now show in the "Overall Grade" box on the D2L submission evaluation page specific to the learner/folder.
In either case (manually or automatically transferred markup score or manually entered score), user must select "Publish" to release the score for viewing by the learner.
After "Publish" is selected, the system processes the request and returns an "Update" and "Retract" button at the bottom of the area. Retract scores and/or update scores as necessary for a submission using this functionality.
When returning to the "Submissions" page, after an evaluation has been been published (or a draft has been saved) the display indicates the action that has occurred.
- "Published" or "Draft Saved" will appear followed by the date of the action.
- If a GradeMark® score has been entered, the score will appear in the Turnitin® GradeMark®
column of the "Submissions" page.
- Selecting the "Pencil" icon will take the user back into the Feedback Studio area.
The combination of entering feedback (like a quickmark, comment, or summary, or completing a rubric) during the GradeMark® process in Feedback Studio and then publishing (or updating) the Brightspace Assignments folder feedback is what makes a "View Turnitin® GradeMark®" link appear to a learner in the "Inline Feedback" column of the feedback page when they access the submissions/evaluation area of the Assignments folder.
GradeMark® in-line comments made via Turnitin Feedback Studio are viewable if there is actual commentary offered via QuickMarks, Summary, or Rubric in the GradeMark® document.
How many links show in any learner view is dependent upon what instructor selects to display when enabling GradeMark® and/or Originality reports via Turnitin.
Dependent on what an instructor has selected when enabling Turnitin for an Assignments folder, learners will see different looks when accessing assignment submission and/or evaluation information.
Learner access to Turnitin's Feedback Studio is dependent on what combination of Originality and/or GradeMark® functions are enabled in combination with status (Published or not Published) of the Brightspace feedback area.
For instance, learners will not see any Turnitin related icons in the submissions/evaluation area of a Turnitin enabled Assignments folder if an instructor is not using Turnitin, or is not using "Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder" when deploying Turnitin, and if GradeMark® is not utilized (no markup/score takes place).
Note that Turnitin can be used to check originality, but results of the report are not shown to learners in a Turnitin enabled Assignment folder via submission or evaluation area unless an instructor chooses to do so.
From the Learner perspective: Submission View when Turnitin is enabled but "Allow learners to see Turnitin® Similarity scores in their submission folder" is not selected and GradeMark® is not being used.
From the Instructor perspective: Same Submission View when Turnitin is enabled, but "Allow learners to see Turnitin® Similarity scores in their submission folder" is not selected and GradeMark® is not being used.
The instructor sees the % results of the similarity report, selecting the icon brings instructor intoTurnitin Feedback Studio. Instructors can also use the "pencil" icon to access GradeMark® in Feedback Studio.
An informational document is available for learners which includes detail related
to various permutations that may be encountered:
Select this link to go to a Learner tutorial showing various looks that learners may
Under certain conditions, after a course copy has been completed, an alert may display in the Assignments area of a course indicating that the user must re-enable Turnitin assignment folders in the course into which the copy has been made. If wishing to use the Turnitin enabled assignments in the "new" course, select the "Re-Enable" button to keep the assignments Turnitin enabled.
When first accessing the Turnitin Feedback Studio area, users are presented with a "Turnitin User Agreement" dialog box. Selecting the "I agree" button will give the user access to the area.
Turnitin System Status page - select this link for information(will open in a new window or tab dependent on browser settings)
Note also that all Turnitin services and related websites (Turnitin, Originality Check®, GradeMark®) may be unavailable for use during scheduled maintenance times. Times for these scheduled maintenance windows are available via this area.
Turnitin indicates that where applicable, no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed during announced maintenance times.
- Instructors are encouraged to set assignment due dates that avoid these scheduled maintenance windows for Turnitin services.
- Learners are encouraged to submit assignments in advance of assigned due dates.
NOTE: What dialog box windows look like and how dialog box windows and browsers interact is dependent upon the operating system and browser being used. The screenshots in this tutorial may differ from the screen that the user is viewing when performing the actions described in this tutorial.