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Turnitin is a suite of tools for improving student writing that includes ways of checking the originality of the writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor and peer feedback for each student.

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Getting started How do I get started?

UPDATE: Currently, the Canvas integration with Turnitin is not FIPPA compliant. For the latest guidelines, please refer to:

Through the Turnitin integration with Canvas, you can create and manage Turnitin assignments, receive originality reports, and assign grades which automatically get populated into the Canvas grades area for your course.

To Set Up a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas

  1. Navigate into your Canvas course, click Assignments in the course navigation menu, then create a new assignment (or edit an existing assignment).
  2. Under Submission Type, select External Tool, then click Find.
  3. Click Turnitin in the resulting list, then "Select".
  4. Click "Save" at the bottom of the assignment screen.

Once set up, the Turnitin assignment can be viewed by selecting it from the Assignments page (or anywhere it's linked to in the course). After you've published the assignment, student submissions will show up in this view, and you can review originality reports and assign grades.

To Change Assignment Settings

There are two places to edit assignment settings for a Turnitin assignment in Canvas. One is updating the Canvas properties, and the other is updating the Turnitin assignment properties.

  • To update Canvas assignment properties: access the assignment, then click "Edit Assignment Settings" in the very top right of the screen. This allows you to update the assignment's point value, title/description, and set availability.
  • To update Turnitin assignment properties: access the assignment, then click the three line menu icon in the grey bar at the top of the screen just under the assignment title, then click Settings. This allows you to set Turnitin settings for the assignment, like due date/feedback date, what submissions to allow, and originality report settings.

Reviewing and Grading Submissions

To view submissions to an assignment, access the assignment (from the Assignments page in the course menu). Student submissions will be displayed here, and you can download them using the "Download All" button at the top, or view the reports and grade them directly in Canvas using the Feedback Studio. To do this:

  • Click the submission title, grade, or similarity score of an assignment to enter the Feedback Studio.
  • The toolbar on the right allows you to mark up the assignment using notes, or a rubric. It also lets you view the originality report and peruse the associated content matches.
  • The header at the top allows you to navigate between students/submissions using the arrows, and enter a final grade.

There is no need to manually save - just click outside of the grade entry box, and close the window once finished. The grade will appear in the Canvas assignment next to the student's submission, and will also appear in the associated grade column in Canvas.

Note: Only the student's grade is passed back from Turnitin to Canvas - instructor comments in Turnitin are not sent to the instructor feedback field in Canvas.

Available support What support is available?

Contact with questions. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.