• For Instructors: Canvas/Turnitin Integration Procedures - Old vs. New Procedures

The Canvas integration for the Turnitin plagiarism checker is changing, effective Spring Semester 2017. Here is an overview of how the instructor’s procedures change:

  1. Create a Turnitin Assignment
  2. Configure the Assignment
  3. What Students See When Submitting an Assignment
  4. Grading Assignments and Viewing Results
  5. Additional Changes

 

 

Create a Turnitin Assignment

The Old Way

(retiring Winter Break 2016)

Under the old integration, you would create a Canvas Assignment then select as the “Submission Type” the option Online. In configuring the Assignment, you would select the check box Enable Turnitin Submissions.”

 

 

The New Way

(effective Spring Semester 2017)

With the new integration, you create a Canvas Assignment, then select as the “Submission Type” the option External Tool.


In the section labeled “External Tool Options”, click the Find button.

A Configuration window for the External Tool pops up.

1. From the list of tools, select Turnitin.

2. Then click the button labeled Select.


 

 

Configure the Assignment

The Old Way

(retiring Winter Break 2016)

With the old integration, all assignment instructions would be entered in the instructions text box for the Canvas Assignment. The points possible, due date, and availability dates would be set solely within Canvas. Additional Turnitin options would be configured by clicking the link labeled Advanced Turnitin Settings.

After saving the assignment, it would be ready to go for student use.

 

 

The New Way

(effective Spring Semester 2017)

Assignment instructions can still be placed in the instructions text box for the Canvas Assignment. The points possible, due date, and availability dates should also be set within Canvas. Save the assignment to further view and configure the Turnitin tool.

The Turnitin tool appears at the bottom of the assignment (see the accompanying screen shot), below any instructions you may have entered for the assignment in Canvas. Click the tab labeled Settings to configure the Turnitin assignment settings. Be sure to expand the view for Optional Settings and review those settings carefully. New Turnitin features are available under these new settings, such as peer review.

Click the button Submit when finished with your configuration settings.

 

 

 

What Students See When Submitting an Assignment

 

The Old Way

(retiring Winter Break 2016)

Under the old integration, the student process to Submit an Assignment was much the same as it was for any Canvas online assignment type.


There was a checkbox for the student to acknowledge that his or her work would be evaluated by Turnitin and that it was original, containing no plagiarized materials or ideas.

 

 

The New Way

(effective Spring Semester 2017)

Under the new integration, students do not actually submit an assignment directly to Canvas. Instead the assignment is directly submitted to Turnitin. This new submission method uses Turnitin's embedded assignment upload tool.

First a student must agree to Turnitin's User Agreement (this requirement only happens once for a student in a course).

 

After agreeing to the terms, the assignment work is uploaded to Turnitin.

 

A confirmation is displayed for the student.

 

 

Grading Assignments and Viewing Results

 

The Old Way

(retiring Winter Break 2016)

Under the old integration, all Turnitin results would appear as small colored bubble icons in the SpeedGrader and Gradebook. Clicking on a colored bubble would open up the Turnitin Feedback Studio displaying match results and GradeMark tools. All grades were entered within the Canvas SpeedGrader or Gradebook.

 

 

The New Way

(effective Spring Semester 2017)

Under the new integration, Turnitin results continue to appear as colored bubbles in the SpeedGrader and Gradebook. Clicking a colored bubble still opens up the Turnitin Feedback Studio.

 

However, results also appear in the embedded Turnitin tool on the assignment page itself (see below).

Grades can be entered in either the SpeedGrader or Gradebook, or in the Turnitin Feedback Studio, which will sync its scores with Canvas.

 

 


Additional Changes

Turnitin's new integration introduces some changes to the way assignments are handled. Turnitin's configuration settings allow you to prevent resubmission of assignments, or permit resubmissions up to the due date. There is no option to resubmit after the due date. This means if students need to submit after the due date, you will need to delete their original assignment in the embedded Turnitin Tool.

Other limitations exist as well:

  • You cannot use Turnitin with group assignments.

  • Turnitin assignments cannot include more than one submission date; differentiated due dates are not supported.

  • You cannot restrict students to a specific submission file type. By default, Turnitin always allows students to submit their assignment as a text entry or as an upload of any supported file type. Turnitin does not allow students to submit unsupported file types.

o Supported file types include:

§ Text (.txt)

§ Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx)

§ Microsoft Power Point (.ppt/.pptx)

§ Postscript (.ps)

§ Portable Document Format (.pdf)

§ Rich Text Format (.rtf)

§ HyperText Markup Language (.html)

§ Hangul (.hwp)

§ Open Office (.odt/.ods/.odp)

  • Students cannot submit multiple file uploads.

  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment and convert the assignment type to use an external tool. To show the rubric to students, you will need to link to it as a file or Canvas page.

  • If you want your assignment to be moderated, you must set up the moderated assignment before setting the External Tool submission type. If you need to return to the moderated page after the External Tool is added, open the assignment and add /moderate after the assignment URL.

 

For a review of the new Turnitin procedures, as authored by Canvas itself, link to the following knowledge article:

How do I create a Turnitin assignment?

 

You may also contact the support team from Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Utah:

Email: classhelp@utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-6112-option 2

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