Turnitin Software Integration
Turnitin (Tii) does this 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 Tii for Assignments folders.
In all cases, to access feedback from Turnitin Originality Reports and GradeMark annotations, users access Turnitin's Feedback Studio area.
Create and/or edit an Assignment folder.
Enable use of Turnitin by bringing the Turnitin tab forward and then selecting "Enable GradeMark for this folder."
Selecting a save function makes Turnitin active for the folder.
After "GradeMark" is enabled in a folder, select "Enable Originality Check® for this folder" checkbox and select a save function. Submitted files will be processed through Turnitin.
Instructors must first 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.
During setup of an Assignments folder in Brightspace, users select the Turnitin tab to control variables associated with the tool. By default, Turnitin is NOT enabled in an Assignment folder, users must enable it to use it.
The tab contains GradeMark and Originality Check sections, as well as a "More Options in Turnitin" button.
Save and Close, Save and New, Save, and Cancel buttons are arrayed across the bottom of the tab.
Selecting the "More Options in Turnitin" button connects to the Turnitin site.
A dialogue box appears and users can access additional settings by selecting the "Optional Settings" button.
Note that some optional settings are only changeable in Brightspace (the learning management system).
The "Optional Settings" page shows Submission, Compare against, Similarity Report, and Additional settings available to the user.
Select the "Submit" button at the bottom to enact any changes.
Instructors choose to allow learner access to Turnitin similarity scores in Assignments folders by enabling Turnitin for the folder, enabling "Originality Check" and selecting the "Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder" checkbox and select a 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, then 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 select the link from the "Completion Status" column in the table.
After the submission has processed the learner is able to select the Turnitin Similarity icon from the "Submission History" area which gives access to Feedback Studio - which in turn allows access to reports on similarity specific to the submitted paper.
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) 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 when accessing the submissions/evaluation area of the 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, the originality "Turnitin Similarity" icon and the GradeMark pencil icon are visible and can be selected which gives access to Feedback Studio.
Instructors can also select the "Evaluate" link specific to a learner submission. This will give access to the Brightspace feedback area. Instructors can access the Tii Feedback Studio from that area 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.
To release the Tii Feedback Studio GradeMark work to learners, instructors enter the Brightspace feedback area by selecting the "Evaluate" link specific to a learner submission.
When in the Brightspace feedback 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 "Transfer" area of the Turnitin tab.
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.
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.
Note that 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 from the lower left to update the score from the GradeMark area.
If transferred - the "GradeMark" derived score will now show in the Evaluation box on the D2L submission evaluation page specific to the 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.
The combination of entering feedback (like a quickmark 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 in the "Inline Feedback" column of the feedback page to a learner when they access the submissions/evaluation area of the Assignments folder.
GradeMark in-line comments made via Tii feedback studio can only be viewed by learners
if there is actual commentary offered via QuickMarks, Summary, or Rubric in the GradeMark
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.
If the "Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores..." is not selected and GradeMark is not utilized, learners will not see any icons in the submissions/evaluation area of a Turnitin enabled Assignments folder.
For learners to access Feedback Studio, Turnitin must be enabled (either "Allow learners..." and/or GradeMark is actively being used). Dependent on what the instructor has selected when enabling Turnitin for an Assignments folder, learners will see different looks.*
In this case, the learner goes into the Tii enabled Assignment folder and can select either the "Submitted" link or the "Feedback:" link ("Unread" or "Read") to access Feedback Studio.
The "Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores..." IS selected during folder set-up, GradeMark is being used, and feedback has been published. Two icons display to the learner.
Learners select either the "View Turnitin Similarity" icon or the "View Turnitin GradeMark" in the "Inline Feedback" column to get to the Feedback Studio area.
Various permutations occur.
Permutations are dependent on what combination of Originality and/or GradeMark tasks are enabled as well as the status of the Brightspace feedback area.
When first accessing the Turnitin Feedback Studio area, users are presented with a Turnitin User Agreement. 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 dialogue box windows look like and how dialogue 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.