Yorku Turnitin Assignments

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment


 

The main focus of Turnitin, is to compare student submissions work with global repositories, internet sources, journals, and publication to assess the authenticity of the submitted work. You can easily distinguish a Moodle Turnitin assignment from other assignments in your Moodle course by the Turnitin icon  that appears to the left of the assignment title.

Preview the latest release 'Turnitin Feedback Studio' to become familiar with the interface: http://www.turnitin.com/demo/feedback

Before submitting your Turnitin assignments, it is important that you ensure your computer meet the system requirements: http://www.turnitin.com/self-service/system-requirements.html

 

To successfully submit a Turnitin assignment, please note the following requirements:

    1. Assignment file(s) must contain more than 20 words. A scanned file which is a picture of text is not accepted.
    2. The file size has to be less than 40MB.
    3. Maximum of 400 pages for an assignment submission.
    4. No spaces between every letter (e.g. l i k e t h i s)

The following Word processing software and file types will be accepted by Turnitin. Please note the exceptions for each of the software to avoid problems when preparing your assignments.

    • Microsoft Word ® (.doc / .docx)
      • Except Microsoft Office 365 files created with Microsoft Online / OneDrive
        • Editing and re-saving the file on a desktop computer with MS-Office is an alternative solution
      • Please Omit macros in your assignment file
    • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
      • ".doc" files created in OpenOffice is not accepted. They are not Microsoft Word equivalent
    • Google Docs via Google Drive
      • ".odt' files created in Google Drive is not accepted.
    • WordPerfect ® (.wpd)
    • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
    • Adobe ® PDF
    • Microsoft PowerPoint ® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)
      • Text with visual effects is not accepted
      • Other visual effects e.g.: Shadows, 3-D should be removed
    • Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx)
    • HTML
    • Rich text format (.rtf)
    • Plain text (.txt)
    • Hangul Word Processor file ( .hwp)

Below, are some word processing software in the marketplace that are not supported by Turnitin. If you choose to use any of these tools to create your assignment, you must save your files as a Text file (.txt) or a Rich Text Format (.rtf)

    • Microsoft ® Works (.wps) file types
    • Apple Pages file types
    • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)

 

 

    1. Click theTurnitin assignment title on your Moodle course home page.
    2. Click the My Submissions tab located in the top row.
    3. You may be given the option by your instructor to choose the submission type as File Upload or Text Submission. If available, click the Submission Type drop-down list and select the appropriate option.
    4. Enter the title of your submission in the Submission Title field.
    5. You may upload the following file types for your assignment: MS-Word (.doc/.docx), Portable Document Format (.pdf),  Rich Text Format (.rtf), Plain text (.txt).File Upload:
      1. Click the Add icon, the File picker window appears
      2. In the left side pane, click Upload a file
      3. Click the Choose File button for the attached field
      4. Navigate to your assignment file, select it and click open
      5. Click upload this file
      6. Click the confirmation checkbox, accepting responsibility for the assignment you are uploading.
      7. Click the Add Submission button. The upload is successful once you receive messaging, a digital receipt, and the Turnitin submission id
      8. Click close in the upper right corner to return to the My Submission page.
    6. Text Submission:
    1. Click the Submit Paper icon, the submit paper window appears
    2. For the Submission Type field: click the drop-down menu and select Text submission
    3. For the Submission title field: enter your firstname_lastname_ass#
    4. For the Text to submit field: copy and paste your response
    5. Click the checkbox, accepting responsibility for the assignment you are uploading.
    6. Click the Add Submission button. The upload is successful once you receive messaging, a digital receipt, and the Turnitin submission id
    7. Click close in the upper right corner to return to the My Submission page.

 

 

The Similarity report reviews match between your submission and databases indexed by Turnitin.  Depending on the options enabled by your instructor, you as a student may be able to review the information generated.

Under the ‘Similarity column,’ the icons indicate the percentage of the similarity score and the corresponding color on a blue(0%)  to red scale(100%).  The initial report is usually generated within ten (10) minutes, and subsequent reports every 24 hours until the due date.

    1. Click the Turnitin assignment title on your Moodle course home page.
    2. Click the My Submissions tab located in the top row.
    3. Under the Similarity column, click on the score to view the report generated.

 

 

Your instructor can choose to enter your mark and add comments to your assignment directly within Turnitin. To view this information, follow the instructions below.

The grade that is displayed within Turnitin assignment is also listed in the Moodle Gradebook.

    1. Click the  Turnitin assignment title on your Moodle course home page.
    2. Click the My Submissions tab located in the top row.
    3. Your grade will appear under the Grade column.
    4. Click on the grade or the similarity report to view feedback from your instructor.

 

Grading Turnitin Assignments Using Turnitin Feedback Studio


 

Moodle is integrated with Feedback Studio’s Similarity Report Check and GradeMark tools, which are both accessed from the same interface.

  • Similarity Check is Turnitin’s text-matching service that produces a Similarity Report for instructors (and students when enabled by instructors) on any matches from the Turnitin repositories, which include the Internet, periodicals, journals, and assignments submitted to universities across the world using the Turnitin service.
  • GradeMark is Turnitin’s grading tool, which enables instructors to grade and mark up papers using a set of standard and custom comments.

 

Instructors can access student submissions through the Submission title link of the student’s paper, GradeMark tool, and the Similarity Reports from the Turnitin Submission Inbox in Moodle.

To access the Submission Inbox:

  1. Click the assignment title on the course main page.
  2. Click the Submissions Inbox tab. A list of students enrolled in the course and a summary of Similarity Indices associated with each submission will be displayed. The Similarity Index is the percentage of text that is an exact match to sources checked in the Similarity Check.

 

 

Turnitin's new interface called Turnitin Feedback Studio retains all features of Turnitin to grade students, provide feedback fast and interpret similarity scores with a focus on ease-of-use, accessibility, and new mobile features to support instruction in your classroom. You can access Turnitin Feedback Studio from the Turnitin assignment inbox in Moodle. Note that there must be at least one submission to open the interface.

To open the Turnitin Feedback Studio from the Submission Inbox:

    • Click on the title of any student’s submission to open the document viewer in Feedback studio or

or

    • Click the Similarity Index of any student's submission to open the document viewer to display in Feedback studio

or

  • Click in the associated row of the student for whom you would like to open the subission in the document viewer to GradeMark the paper Once Turnitin Feedback studio interface open, your are able to navigate through different submitted papers, view the red numerical similarity score in the similarity toolbar, add comments, and grade papers.

 

 

Layers are located at the right side of the document viewer in Feedback studio. Users can view more than one service at the same time by using Layers in Feedback studio. For example, the similarity report and bubble comments can be viewed at the same time by turning on the layers. Clicking on the toolbar or the Active Layers side panel can activate layers.

 

Using the service toolbar to toggle between different layers can activate a Layer, achieved by clicking on the top of each service section. The service layers are black in color when inactive.

  1. The first service section is the Instructor feedback layer made up of QuickMark, Feedback Summary, and Rubric. The service layer is blue when active.
  2. The second service section is the Similarity layer, which comprises of the Match overview layer, All sources, Filters and settings, and excluded sources. The service layer is red when active
  3. The third service section is the Submission toolslayer with options to download the paper, and to view more information about the submission.

 

 

  1. At the very top of the toolbar, click on the layer icon  to open the Active Layers side panel
  2. The services available will be displayed with a check box to either activate or deactivate a service. There will be a color change of the layer icon to indicate if the service is active or inactive.

In the example below, Grading is active and displays a blue color, but Similarity is not active and has a black color in the service toolbar.

 

 

A user can navigate through all the papers submitted to an assignment by using the arrows found at the top right corner of the navigation frame. A drop-down arrow also provides a dropdown list of all the papers submitted.

Using the Navigation Arrows

  1. On the top right corner of the document viewer, find the left and right navigation arrows
  2. Click on the right arrow to move to the next paper, and click on the left arrow to go to the previous paper.

Using the Drop Down Arrow

  1. At the top right corner of the document viewer, find the paper count in between the left and right arrows.
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow to view all the submitted papers to the assignment.  The list has the title of the paper and the names of the students.
  3. The list displays the student’s name and the title of the paper. Clicking on any submission to change the document viewer to that paper.

The Thumbnail Bar

The thumbnail bar gives a quick overview of the paper being graded. It shows a thumbnail of all pages in the paper

  1. Click on the icon  at the left side of the document viewer to access the thumbnail bar.
  2. Clicking on a page in the thumbnail bar to make it the current page in the document viewer.
  3. The thumbnail bar can be locked  or unlocked  with the padlock in the top left corner. This will resize the paper to fit the current view of the document viewer. The thumbnail bar can’t close if it is locked.
  4. The thumbnail bar can be closed by clicking the locked padlock icon to unlock, and then by clicking the black tab that was used to open the thumbnail bar.

 

 

In-Context Marking Tool

 

The in-context marking tool provides access to all the different marking types that Feedback studio has to offer. By clicking anywhere on the paper, the in-text marking tool is revealed.

The tool comprises of:

Inline Comments

You can use inline comments to leave texts directly on a student’s paper by choosing the  icon from the in-context marking tool. Comments are automatically saved and can be moved by clicking and dragging it to a different place.

Deleting an Inline Comment
  1. Delete an inline comment by hovering over the comment with your mouse and clicking on the trashcan icon that appears above the comment.
  2. Clicking on the Undo notification can restore a deleted inline comment. The notification appears immediately after an inline comment is deleted.

 

 

  1. There are two ways to leave a bubble comment - by clicking anywhere on the page or by selecting texts.
    1. Click anywhere on the paper, and from the in-context marking tool, select the speech bubble icon in the middle to leave a bubble comment.
    2. Highlight a portion of text, and from the in-context marking tool, select the speech bubble icon in the middle. The selected text will be connected to the bubble comment.
  2. In the bubble comment window, texts can be added, formatted, or converted to hyperlinks. To apply the simple formatting, select the text and choose the formatting tool to bold, italicize, underline, or hyperlink.
Converting Bubble Comments into QuicMark

Bubble comments can be converted into QuickMark for reuse in the current assignment or other assignments in the same or different course. To convert them into QuickMark:

  1. Click the Bubble comment icon to open the comment box
  2. Click Convert to QuickMark at the bottom right of the bubble comment box
  3. Provide a title in the title box that appears, and assign the QuickMark to a specific set from the dropdown list.
  4. To finalize the conversion, click the Save button to convert the bubble comment to a QuickMark.
  5. The converted QuickMark title will now appear on the document

Note: The QuickMark manager found in the toolbar layer is used to edit the description of the QuickMark.

Deleting Bubble Comments
  1. Click on the blue bubble comment and click on the trashcan icon found on the bottom left of the bubble comment box to remove a bubble comment from the paper.
  2. If you want to restore a delete bubble comment, simply click on the Undo notification. The notification appears immediately after a bubble comment is deleted.

 

 

QuickMark is a library of feedback that could be used multiple times on a paper, across multiple classes and assignments for different students. The QuickMark appears as a tick inside the rectangular box.

Adding a QuickMark

  1. QuickMark can be added to the full paper or by highlighting a text
    1. Click anywhere on the paper, and from the in-context marking tool, select the QuickMark icon.
    2. Highlight a portion of text in the paper to associate with QuickMark, and from the in-context marking tool, select the QuickMark icon. The selected text will be connected to the QuickMark comment.
  2. Click any of the QuickMarks from the library to display on the paper.
  3. To change the active library, click the QuickMark set title at the top of the window to reveal a dropdown list of other QuickMark Sets.
  4. Click on the QuickMark title on the paper to add comment to the QuickMark. Scroll to the bottom of the QuickMark box and click in the Add comment field.
  5. Save and close the QuickMark box along with comments by clicking anywhere outside of the comment field.
  6. A QuickMark that has a comment has a speech bubble in the QuickMark title.
Deleting a QuickMark
  1. Open the QuickMark by clicking on the QuickMark title on the paper
  2. Click the trashcan icon found on the bottom left of the QuickMark box.
  3. Clicking on the Undo notification can restore a deleted bubble comment. The notification banner appears immediately after a QuickMark title is deleted.

 

 

The online grading toolbar features a feedback summary side panel for providing overall feedback on a paper as a text or voice comments. Click on the feedback summary icon to open the Feedback Summary side panel.

Adding Voice Comments

  1. In the Feedback Summary panel, click the record button to start recording. Voice comment is up to three minutes long.Note: Authorize the use of your computer’s microphone before you begin recording when prompted
  2. The record button changes to a pause button while recording. Click pause to pause the recording.
  3. Click the record button to resume the recording.
    Warning: If you change the active paper, or close the page, partially recorded voice comment will not be saved.
  4. Click the stop button to finalize the voice comment recording.
  5. If you want to delete the recorded voice comment, click the trashcan icon.
  6. After recording, the voice comment can be saved by clicking the Save icon.
  7. To play back the recorded voice comment, simply click on the Play button.

 

 

Follow the instruction in the Turnitin Feedback Studio section to open Similarity report for an assignment

The Similarity Index

The Similarity Index is a percentage score that represents how much of the submission matches against other sources checked in the Turnitin repositories. The Similarity Index appears in the Similarity Column of the Submission Inbox with a coloured icon.The icon's colour indicates a range as follows:

  • blue: no matching text
  • green: between one word and 24%of matching text
  • orange: between 25-49% of matching text
  • yellow: between 50-74% of matching text
  • red: between 75-100% of matching text

Never rely solely on the Similarity Index to judge a paper’s originality. “Turnitin is a tool to more easily locate matching or similar text of a submitted work.” (Source: About OriginalityCheck, Turnitin.com). Instructors must open the Similarity Report and examine it and make a conclusion based on the information available, or investigate further when appropriate.

Tips for Interpreting the Originality Report
  • High Similarity indices do not necessarily mean plagiarism. For example, an index of 28% could be 28 instances of 1% matches (or another large number of instances of small percentages). These 1% matches could be just a few words depending on the length of the paper, and they could be commonly-used phrases in the field of study or properly quoted and/or referenced materials, including the bibliography.
  • Low or nil Similarity indices do not necessarily mean that a paper is the student’s original work. Some plagiarized sources may not be included in the Turnitin repositories, and it cannot detect original papers that were purchased or given to the student.

Where instructors are concerned about the originality of the submission, they should investigate further. For example, instructors can ask comprehensive questions about the topic, and request drafts and a list of sources. For more information, visit York University’s Academic Integrity information for faculty.(http://www.yorku.ca/academicintegrity/faculty/index.htm)

 

 

The similarity toolbar provides you with tools to allow you to view matches, sources, full source content as well as excluding/including sources in the similarity indices calculation. The similarity toolbar consists of the following:

  • Match Overview
  • All Sources
  • Filters & Settings
  • Excluded Sources

 

 

You can find the list of matches in the Match Overview side panel in descending order.

Each match in the Match Overview side panel is matched to the highlighted text in the paper via number and color making it easy to identify each match.

View Match Detail

  1. Click the arrow to the right of similarity percentage to view the match breakdown displaying all sources identified for each match.
  2. Click the source in the Match Breakdown to see full content in the matching breakdown.
  3. A box will appear on the paper indicating where the text has been identified in the source. Click on the arrows on to Source box to navigate between sources.
  4. Click the Book icon on the Source box to read the full source content.
  5. The full source will be displayed in the Full Source Text side panel.

 

 

You may wish to exclude any of the matched sources from the similarity report. The Match Overview side panel allows you to exclude sources.

Follow the steps below to exclude sources using the Match Overview side panel:

  1. Click on the Match Overview icon from the similarity toolbar.
  2. A list of all matches will be displayed within the Match Overview side panel.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of the relevant similarity percentage to view more details or exclude the source.
  4. Click the Exclude Sources button to exclude any of the sources.
  5. Select the sources you wish to exclude and click on the exclude button. The similarity indices will be recalculated to reflect the excluded source(s).
All Sources

All Sources side panel displays a list of all matching sources in a descending order.

Follow the steps below to view the All Sources side panel:

  1. Click on the All Sources icon.
  2. All matching sources are displayed in the All Sources side panel in a descending order.
  3. Clicking on each match displays the Source box and will highlight the matching text in the paper.
Excluding Sources Within All Sources Side Panel

You may wish to exclude any of the matched sources from the similarity report. The All Sources side panel allows you to exclude sources.

Follow the steps below to exclude sources using the All Sources side panel:

  1. Click on the All Sources icon from the similarity toolbar.
  2. Click the Exclude Sources button to exclude any of the sources.
  3. Select the sources you wish to exclude and click on the exclude button. The similarity indices will be recalculated to reflect the excluded source(s).
Filters & Settings

There are two ways to filter the similarity report; filter by type and filter by size. When the similarity report is filtered, the similarity indices is recalculated to reflect the new information.

Filter by Type

When filtering similarity report by type the following options are available:

  • Exclude Quotes
  • Exclude Bibliography

Follow the steps below to filter by type:

  1. Click on the Filter Icon on the Similarity Toolbar
  2. From the Filter and Setting side panel select the type of text you wish to exclude.
  3. Click on Apply Changes to exclude the filtered items. The similarity report will be recalculated to reflect the changes.
Filter by Size

When filtering similarity report by size the following options are available:

  • Number of consecutive Words
  • Percentage of text

Follow the steps below to filter by size:

  1. Click on the Filter Icon on the Similarity Toolbar
  2. From the Filter and Setting side panel select the size of text you wish to exclude.
  3. Click on Apply Changes to exclude the filtered items. The similarity report will be recalculated to reflect the changes.
Generating a New Similarity Report

There are multiple reasons why you may wish to generate a new similarity report; the database is updated with a new student paper, journal article etc.

Follow the steps below to generate a new similarity report:

  1. Click on the Filter Icon on the Similarity Toolbar
  2. Click on the New Report button to generate a new report.
  3. When generating a new similarity report the previous similarity report is overwritten. Click ok to on the confirmation pop up box to proceed with overwriting the similarity report.
Excluded Sources

If you have excluded sources via Match Overview or All Sources side panels, you may always view or re-include them in the similarity report.

Follow the steps below to view/re-include excluded sources:

  1. Click the red exclude icon from the similarity toolbar.
  2. A list of excluded sources will be displayed in the Excluded Sources side panel.If you have not excluded any sources a notification will be displayed.
  3. Select the sources you wish to re-include and click on the Restore button.You may also wish to restore all the excluded sources by clicking the Restore All button.

 

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