Turnitin & Canvas

 

I.  CREATE A TURNITIN ASSIGNMENT IN CANVAS
II. CONVERT A CANVAS ASSIGNMENT INTO A TURNITIN ASSIGNMENT
III. CREATE A TURNITIN DRAFT ASSIGNMENT IN CANVAS
IV. ANONYMOUS GRADING OF TURNITIN ASSIGNMENTS IN CANVAS
V. USING TURNITIN RUBRICS AND GRADEMARK TOOLS: GRADING AND COMMENTING
VI. RUBRICS AND GRADING FORMS
VII. HOW DO I GRADE TURNITIN ASSIGNMENTS IN SPEEDGRADER?

How to use Canvas rubrics with Turnitin assignments: 
When creating an Assignment in a course that uses the Submission Type of External Tool (Example: Turnitin LTI app), there isn't a way to add a Canvas rubric after the Assignment settings are saved. 

The work-around for this is to create an Assignment the normal way (i.e. not selecting External Tool as the Submission Type), which will allow you to add a rubric.  Next, go back into the editing screen of the Assignment and change the Submission Type to External Tool.  You can then access the rubric via the SpeedGrader for grading students. 

Documents that are resubmitted are not rendering 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.


To create a Turnitin assignment in your Canvas course, please follow the steps outlined below: 


 

I.  CREATE A TURNITIN ASSIGNMENT:

  • Access your course site in Canvas
  • Click on Assignments

     
  • Click on +Assignment

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

     
  • Set “Submission Type” to External Tool

     
  • Click on the “FIND” button

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

     
  • In the "Assign" box Canvas by default will create the assignment for Everyone in your course [1],  set a Due Date [2], however we do NOT recommend setting an Available from/Until Date [3] on this page; If you set an Until date for the assignment, students will not be able to access the assignment to view their feedback. You can enter Available from and Feedback Dates in the Turnitin Settings Page.


     

  • Click on Save

​Now the Turnitin assignment will be created and you will see the Assignment Inbox. From here you can edit the Turnitin SETTINGS to confirm the Due Date and configure additional features:

  • Click on the Turnitin “Settings” tab (on the Right side of the Turnitin “Assignment Inbox”)
    • In case you do NOT see the Settings button, click on the "three-lined icon" to reveal the "Settings" button
       
  • Under the Turnitin "Settings" tab you can set the Start Date and Feedback Release Date; and also confirm the Due Date is set correctly. If the due date is incorrect, click on the Canvas "Edit Assignment Settings" button located on the upper right side of the page and scroll down to enter in a new due date. To allow late submissions and to reveal other Turnitin Assignment customization options, click on Optional Settings.


     

  • Click on Submit to save settings.


     

  • To Publish the Turitin assignment click on Assignments

     
  • Locate the Turnitin assignment and click on the Gray Cloud to Publish. Be certain to Publish; otherwise students will not be able to submit their work. 

     

 

  • Turnitin Assignment Optional Settings:

     

  • Click on Submit after making the deisred changes

 


III.  CREATE A TURNITIN DRAFT ASSIGNMENT IN CANVAS: 

OPTION 1:  To create a "Draft" Turnitin assignment, you can create a separate TII assignment and name it "Draft of Paper 1."  As long as the draft and the final 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:  Another option for creating a Draft TII assignment would be for the instructor to create two separate TII assignments and, for the draft, the instructor can select "Do not store the submitted papers" (under "Submissions to this assignment will be stored in...).  Not saving the submitted drafts in the Turnitin database will ensure that the final submissions will not return a match.


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.
Please try again.


You can also access the following two links for documentation provided by Canvas pertaining to creating and modifying a Turnitin assignment in Canvas:

1.  How do I create a Turnitin assignment?
2. How do I change Turnitin settings for an assignment?


IV.  ANONYMOUS GRADING of Turnitin assignments in Canvas:

What is anonymous marking in Turnitin?

How do I grade Turnitin assignments in SpeedGrader?

To enable Anonymous Marking on a Turnitin assignment in Canvas:

  • Create a Turnitin assignment in Canvas
  • Click on Settings on the Turnitin assignment (not "Edit assignment settings" for the same assignment, which is for the Canvas shell of the assignment)
  • Click on Optional Settings
  • Select Yes for Enable Anonymous Marking
  • Click Submit

Before you begin grading the Turnitin assignment anonymously, you must also enable anonymous grading for the Turnitin assignment in SpeedGrader as in the link below:

How do I enable anonymous grading for an assignment in SpeedGrader?
 


 

II. CONVERT A CANVAS ASSIGNMENT INTO A TURNITIN ASSIGNMENT

  • Access your course site in Canvas
  • Click on Assignments in the course menu

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

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

     
  • Set “Submission Type” to External Tool

     
  • Click on the “FIND” button

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

     
  • In the "Assign" box confirm the "Assign to" feild is correct (Canvas by default will create the assignment for Everyone [1]),  confirm or set a Due Date [2], however we do NOT recommend setting an Available from/Until Date [3] on this page; If you set an Until date for the assignment, students will not be able to access the assignment to view their feedback. You can enter the Available and Feedback Dates in the Turnitin Settings Page.

  • Click on Save ​

  • ​​Now the assignment will be updated and you will see the Turnitin Assignment Inbox. From here you can edit the Turnitin SETTINGS to confirm the Due Date and configure additional features:

  • In case you do NOT see the Turnitin Settings button, click on the "three-lined icon" to reveal the "Settings" button

     

  • Under the Turnitin "Settings" tab you can set the Start Date and Feedback Release Date; and also confirm the Due Date is set correctly. If the due date is incorrect, click on the Canvas"Edit Assignment Settings" button located on the upper right side of the page and scroll down to enter in a new due date. To allow late submissions and to reveal other Turnitin Assignment customization options, click on Optional Settings.

  • Click on Submit to save settings.

  • Be certain that the assignment is Published; otherwise students will not be able to submit their work. Click here for info on how to Publish an assignment.

  • Turnitin Assignment Optional Settings:

  • Click on Submit after making the deisred changes