TLTC Turnitin Dropbox: Instructor Notes

To add a Turnitin.com dropbox to your course:

  1. Navigate to your course and click on the Course Content tab
  2. Once in the Course Content area, click on the "add content" link, and choose Turnitin.com Dropbox from the list.
  1. After you click on Turnitin.com Dropbox, select your assignment type: Paper Assignment or Revision Assignment. Click Next Step.
  2. Type a name in the Assignment Title box. It will be helpful to students to title the drop box according to the assignment (i.e. Assignment 1 Drop Box).
  1. The next step will be to choose a start date, due date, and post date for the this dropbox using the dropdown menus located under each section.
Note: In ANGEL, the post date relates to the availability of GradeMark papers only and has no bearing on when grades are posted to the ANGEL Gradebook.
  1. Next, you can click on the "more options" link at the bottom of the settings menu to reveal additional settings, settings such as "Generate Originality Reports for student submissions", "Allow students to see Originality Reports", and "Allow submissions after the due date."
  1. Under Search options you can select or deselect what options you wish to have Turnitin.com compare submitted papers to.
  2. When you have chosen all of your settings, press Submit.

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How do I create a draft assignment for Turnitin.com?

If you want students to submit a draft paper to turnitin.com, you can create an assignment that will not produce an originality report or be included in the student paper database. This allows students to submit multiple versions of a paper. For draft papers an originality report will not be produced.

Note: When a final paper is submitted it is added to the student paper database. When a draft paper is submitted the paper will not be added to the student paper database. When a final paper is submitted for an originality report, the database is searched for matches. This means that if a student submits two or more papers and both are entered into the database, the latest paper will come back with a skewed originality report because it has been matched with the same paper submitted previously. When a draft assignment is created, the paper will not be added to the database so it will not skew the originality report for future papers.

To create a draft assignment for turnitin.com, go to turnitin.com

  1. Create a new Paper Assignment.
  2. Name the assignment appropriately (i.e. Assignment 1 Drop Box).
  3. Choose a start date, due date, and post date for the dropbox using the dropdown menus located under each section.
  4. Next, you can click on the "More options" link at the bottom of the settings menu to reveal additional settings. Under "Generate Originality Report?" choose "No".
  5. When you have chosen all of your settings, press Submit.

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How do I, as the instructor, submit a paper?

You may wish to submit a paper to your Turnitin.com dropbox in ANGEL yourself rather than having students submit the items themselves. To do so:

  1. Navigate to your Turnitin.com dropbox within the appropriate course and click on the dropbox.
  2. Once in the dropbox, click on the submit paper link.
  1. Under the "submit a paper by:" field, choose from the dropdown menu which action best suits your need. if this is a single file that you have electronically, the option "file upload" would work well.
Note: From the "submit paper by" dropdown list, you can also choose to upload by cutting and pasting text from the file, upload as a zip file, or upload in bulk.
  1. Under the author field, you can choose a currently enrolled student, or fill out the first and last name manually.
  2. Give the submission a title and click the Browse button. Navigate to the file you choose to upload and press Submit.
  3. The next window you will see is a preview of the paper you have just uploaded. If it looks correct, press the yes, submit button.
  4. You can now either go to the inbox to view the Originality report or submit another paper. Both options will be available to you.
Note: Originality reports do not always appear right after you submit an item. The process can sometimes take from a few seconds to 5 minutes depending on the size of the paper. If you see a grayed report icon, this means the report has not been generated yet.

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How do I view submissions and Originality Reports?

Once you submit a paper to the Turnitin.com dropbox, you will be able to see a percentage match that has been pulled from the Turnitin.com database. No matter what percentage the report generates, it is good practice to read through the paper to see what the report has matched up. To view submissions to your Turnitin.com dropbox:

  1. Navigate to your Turnitin.com dropbox within the appropriate course and click on the dropbox to enter it.
  2. Once in the dropbox, you should see all entries that have been submitted by either yourself or your students thus far. In the reports column, if a report has been generated, you should see a small color-coded box which displays a percentage.
  1. To review the originality report, simply click on the percentage. This will open the originality report in a new window.
  2. You then will see the submitted paper next to a list of matching resources on the left.
  3. Note that you have two links at the top of the report window, "exclude quoted" and "exclude bibliography". You can click on these two links to either exclude or include this material into the originality report. So if you exclude quoted and bibliography, you may see a drop in the percentage match. Turnitin.com will pick up quoted material and count it towards to the percentage match unless you tell it to exclude quoted material.

How do I view the original submitted document?

You may wish to view the original document that the student had submitted. This document will contain formatting. In order to view this file:

  1. Log into the course in question, and go into the turnitin dropbox.
  2. In the inbox, to the right of each student's report summary, you should see in the file column, an icon resembling a document.
  3. Click on this icon to download the student's submitted file.

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You can visit the Turnitin.com Help Center by going to http://turnitin.com/static/knowledge_base/knowledge_base.html

Note:Visit http://www.turnitin.com/static/images/sample_report.gif for an example of an Originality Report.

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