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).
Navigate to the NILE course in which you wish to set the assignment and ensure that the edit mode is turned on.
Select Submit your work from the navigation menu.
From the menu bar, select Assessments, Turnitin Assignment.
In the new assignment form, enter a title, point value, start date, due date, and post date.
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.
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|
|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.
Use the Submit button at the bottom of the form to save the settings.
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 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.
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 Grade Centre is a table, with students displayed along the rows and assignments down the columns.
Locate the Primary Display option and select either UnderGrad or PostGrad letter depending on the academic level of the module.
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.
Use the Submit button to commit all changes.
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 Turnitin submission point is now ready to accept student submissions.
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