To create a Turnitin assignment in your Canvas course, please follow the steps outlined below:
- Access your course site in Canvas
- Click on Assignments
- Click on +Assignment
- Enter Assignment Name, Instructions, Points
- Set “Submission Type” to External Tool
- Click on the phrase “External Tool URL” OR the “FIND” button
- In the “Configure External Tool” pop-up window, scroll down and click on “Turnitin”.
- Click on Select. The URL will get populated in the URL field.
- Set Due Date as needed
- Click on Save & Publish
Once the Turnitin assignment has been created, you can edit the SETTINGS as needed for certain features:
- Click on the “Settings” box (on the Right side of the Turnitin “Assignment Inbox”)
- Under the "Settings" tab you can revise the Instructions, Start Date, Feedback release date, and Optional Settings
- Click on Submit (please be certain to publish the newly-created assignment; otherwise, students will not be able to access it)
- To reveal additional Turnitin Assignment customization options, click on Optional Settings:
Click on Submit after making the deisred changes
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:
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: