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Workflow 1: Turnitin

Information for Staff

Overview of the anonymous submission and marking process in Turnitin

  1. Set up the Turnitin submission point with anonymous submission set to ‘yes’.
  2. Ensure that students know how to prepare work for anonymous submission (see Student Guide to Anonymous Submission).
  3. Students submit work for assessment.
  4. First marking.
  5. Internal moderation.
  6. Grades and feedback finalised (i.e., agreed between the first marker and internal moderator).
  7. Internal moderation document(s) uploaded/added to 'External examiner' area in NILE.
  8. All submissions made after the due date de-anonymised by first marker.
  9. Grades for late submissions capped by first marker in line with University policy.
  10. Feedback and grades released to students.
  11. Grade details downloaded from Grade Centre and sent to Student Records.
  12. Sample selected for External Examiner and corresponding Smart View created in Grade Centre.

UON policies and official guidance related to anonymous marking

Introduction to setting up an anonymous Turnitin submission point

This section of the guide explains how to set up an anonymous Turnitin submission point. It covers all of the recommended settings and steps to ensure that the assignment runs smoothly for both staff and students throughout the submission and grading electronically process.


Two Turnitin submission points are usually required per assignment. The first is for the submissions expected on the due date. This submission point will collect the assignments submitted on time, those submitted after the due date from students who have an agreed extension, and those unauthorised late submissions.

A second submission point also needs creating for resits. This is to collect any assignments from students who are allowed to resit the assignment, such as students with mitigating circumstances, for example.

All Turnitin assignments should be placed within the 'Submit your work' area on NILE module courses so that students know where to find them.

It should be made clear to your students that the assignment will be marked anonymously and that they should not include their name or student number anywhere in the document, the file name or the submission title.

A guide for students is also available which explains how to submit an assignment to Turnitin (see link below).

Creating a Turnitin submission point

Navigate to the NILE course in which you wish to set the assignment and ensure that the edit mode is turned on.

edit mode switch

Select Submit your work from the navigation menu.

navigation menu in a NILE module

From the menu bar, select Assessments, Turnitin Assignment.

assignment dropdown menu

In the new assignment form, enter a title, point value, start date, due date, and post date.

main options when adding a new assignment

The title should include the assignment code and title as it is recorded in the module guide. If it is a resit assignment, this should also be clearly marked in the title, e.g. AS1 Resit.

The point value is always out of 100. This allows for the correct recording of grades when using a grading schema.

The start date is the date you wish to start accepting submissions from. This can usually be left as the date the submission point is created.

In line with policy, the due date should be set to 23.59 on the cutoff date.

The post date is the date and time grades and feedback will be released to students. University policy indicates this should be four working weeks after the due date.

After entering the details above, expand the optional settings section.

optional settings location

These settings are particularly important to ensure that the assignment is set up correctly. Please use the information in the table below to complete this section. At the end of the options, there is a checkbox which allows you to save the settings as your default options for the next time you set up a Turnitin assignment.

Enter special instructions Use this space to enter additional information that you want your students to see before they submit their assignment
Allow submissions after the due date? Yes for first-sit assignments. No for re-sit assignments.
Generate Similarity Reports for submissions? Yes
Generate Similarity Reports for student submission Immediately (students can overwrite until due date)
Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? Yes
Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? Yes
Exclude small sources? Yes
Set source exclusion threshold: 5 words
Allow students to see Similarity Reports? Yes
Reveal grades to students only on post date? Yes
Enable anonymous marking? Yes
Submit papers to: Standard repository
Search options:  
Student paper repository Check
Current and archived internet Check
Periodicals, journals, & publications Check
Attach a rubric/form to this assignment Select rubric name from dropdown list if using one
Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? Optionally check to save these options for next time

If you would like to know more about what each of the individual settings do, focus on the contextual help icons, which are represented as question marks.

Contextual menu icon as a question mark next to each option

Use the Submit button at the bottom of the form to save the settings.

Location of Turnitin Submit button

Turnitin will present a warning if a post date is more than two weeks after the due date. However, University policy is to allow up to four working weeks between the due date and the post date. Continue by selecting the OK button.

A pop-up box with a message regarding post dates on Turnitin

A success message will be displayed to let you know that the Turnitin assignment has been created. Return to the Submit your work area to view the newly created assignment.

Setting up the grade centre

The final step in the process is to set up your Turnitin assignment column in the Grade Centre. The column will have been automatically created for you when you created the assignment, you just need to check the settings, and alter one or two of them. This stage of the process is important as it ensures that your students will see a letter grade, rather than a score between 0 and 100. It also ensures that the grades will not be released to students until you are ready.

Navigate to Course management, Control panel, Grade centre, Full grade centre.

The gull grade centre link is available when expanding the Grade Centre heading

The Grade Centre is a table, with students displayed along the rows and assignments down the columns.

Select the contextual menu next to assignment title in the column header and choose Edit column information.

Location of the edit column information option, which is the fourth option in the menu

Locate the Primary Display option and select either UnderGrad or PostGrad letter depending on the academic level of the module.

Dropdown list for primary display with UnderGrad Letter selected as an example

If the post date and optional settings were set correctly when creating the Turnitin assignment, the option listed as 'Show this column to students' should already have 'No' selected. If not, change it now. Students should not be able to see their grades and feedback in the column until you are ready to release the grades to all students.

The option to hide the column from students is the second one listed under the Options heading on the page

Use the Submit button to commit all changes.

The Blackboard Learn Submit button next to the Cancel button

You can verify the grade centre column is not visible to students from the main grade centre view.

Return to Course management, Control panel, Grade centre, Full grade centre.

If the column is hidden, there will be an icon next to the column heading which has a cross through it.

The icon is described as "column is not visible to students" within the alt text

The Turnitin submission point is now ready to accept student submissions.

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