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How do I use Turnitin in Brightspace? Activities | Assignments

An instructional video is included for this subject. This instructional video will provide a step-by-step explanation about the use of Turnitin in Brightspae. A written manual can be found below the video.

Turnitin is an external tool that has been integrated in Brightspace to assess assignments/papers/etc. and to check them on plagiarism. 

  • GradeMark is the tool with which you can provide assignments with assessment and feedback. 
  • Originality Check checks for plagiarism in Turnitin.

When you have chosen Text submission as the Submission Type of your assignment, then you currently cannot use Turnitin. If you want to execute a plagiarism check, you can choose File submission instead of Text submission. Students will then have to submit a document. Read more about different types of submissions in the manual How do I create an Assignment?

Create an Assignment

  • Navigate to Activities in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Assignments. You will land on the Assignments homepage. Here you will see an overview of all the assignments you have made. 
  1. Click New Assignment to create a new assignment.
  2. Click on the arrow behind an assignment to open the quick-menu.
  3. Click Edit Assignment to make adjustments to the assignment.

Beware: it is not possible to set a due date via Turnitin, this can only be done in the assignment. You can read about this in the article: How do I set restrictions for an Assignment? Under restrictions you can fill in a due date and an end date: when students hand in an assignment after the due date has passed, you can see that the assignment was handed in late in Brightspace. After the end date (if there is one) has passed, students can no longer view the assignment. 

Enable GradeMark® and Originality Check®

  1. Navigate to Turnitin® (forth tab).
  2. Tick Enable GradeMark® for this folder. Also enable Grademark if you are planning not to use Grademark, but do want to use Originality.
  3. Indicate at Transfer whether:
    • Turnitin should automatically synchronize the grades with Brightspace (default setting); 
    • you will enter the grades into Brightspace manually.
  4. The work is also checked on plagiarism by default. Do you want to turn this setting off? Then be sure to tick Enable Originality Check® for this folder.
  5. Indicate under Display whether students will get insight into the plagiarism score of their assignment or not. Important: this setting is automatically connected to an additional setting. If you indicate at the additional settings under  Similarity Report that students are allowed to view the similarity report, they will automatically be able to see their plagiarism score as well. It does not matter then whether or not you tick the box under Display.
  6. Under Frequency you can choose whether:
    • Turnitin automatically checks all submitted work (Automatic originality checking on all submissions);
    • Turnitin only checks submissions that have been chosen manually (Identify individual submissions for originality checking).
  7. Click More Options in Turnitin to change more settings in Turnitin, including the option to enable or disable Originality, but not let assignments be taken up in the Turnitin database. (see Additional options Turnitin).
  8. Click Save and Close to return to the Assignments homepage.

Do you also want to make use of Grades in Brightspace?

Take note: Only enable Originality Check for the final version that students submit. If you want to use GradeMark to provide intermediate feedback, all versions of a student's assignment will be saved in Turnitin, which will lead to a high amount of plagiarism in the final version (coming from the assessed intermediate versions). 

Additional settings in Turnitin

  1. Turnitin will automatically transfer the title and the Max Grade from Brightspace and therefore they cannot be changed here.
  2. Click Optional Settings for more options.
  1. Indicate under Submission settings:
    • whether all assignments are saved in the Turnitin repository (Standard paper repository) or not (Do not store the submitted);

In case the work is saved in the repository, the submitted assignment will also be used to check for plagiarism. Would you like to see plagiarism scores for non-final versions of assignments as well? Then choose the option Do not store the submitted papers.  

  • if students are allowed to upload all file types; 
  • if you would like to add a rubric;
    A rubric is a standardized assessment model and can help the teacher to assess with uniformity and transparency.

2. Select under Compare against:

  • if Turnitin should compare the assignments with assignments that are in the Turnitin repository.
  • if Turnitin should check assignments for internet sources. 
  • if Turnitin should check for periodicals, journals and and other publications. 

3. Select under Similarity Report:

  • when the plagiarism check should take place.
    Turnitin provides three options. Note: if you select the first or second option, the assignment will always be checked for plagiarism immediately, even if you have indicated in the assignment that students are allowed to submit it multiple times. There is no restriction on the amount of assignments here (the first and second option are essentially the same). 
  • whether you allow students to view the Similarity Report. By ticking this option they can automatically see their plagiarism score as well. 
  • whether the plagiarism checker should also take bibliographies (for example an overlap in literature references), quotes and small similarities into account.

4. Indicate under Additional settings if you want to use the settings above in the future as well. 

5. Click Submit when all settings are to your liking. 

  • Hover your mouse over the question mark to see what the option entails.
  • We recommend to set a due date for the plagiarism check under Similarity Report, (Generate reports on due dateto make sure that each assignment is checked. This is of course only the case if you have indicated that assignments should be saved in the repository, and that assignments should also checked in comparison to assignments from the repository (under Compare Against)
  • We recommend to tick the boxes under Similarity Report to exclude bibliographic materials, quoted materials and other small sources (percentage of 5 per cent) from being taken into account in the plagiarism check.  

If a student submits an identical document more than once within one assignment (in case that is allowed at All submissions are kept), there will not be a plagiarism score of 100%. In case another student hands in the exact same document, then there will be a plagiarism score of 100%.