Turnitin, the university-supported plagiarism checker, provides Originality Reports for plagiarism checking and Feedback Studio for grading online assignments.
Turnitin is integrated system-wide in Canvas Assignments and should be accessed through Canvas. Turnitin is integrated with Canvas as an external tool. This integration is already set up system-wide in Canvas, so you do not need to integrate it separately into your classes. You can create and grade Turnitin assignments completely within Canvas, or use Turnitin's Feedback Studio tools for grading.
For complete instructions on setting up a Turnitin assignment, head over to the Canvas community.
Best Practices for Using Turnitin within Canvas
- You should always add a Due Date for your Turnitin assignment. If you leave the Due Date blank, Turnitin will automatically set the due date to 2 weeks from creation date or first availability date.
- Setting an Available Until date will prevent students from accessing their Originality Reports after this date, so we suggest leaving this date blank.
- We also recommend using the Turnitin Assignment Inbox when grading instead of going to the Canvas Gradebook. Click the link for the assignment name to access the Turnitin Inbox. From here, you can download papers and Originality Reports and use either Turnitin's Feedback Studio or the Canvas Speedgrader tool to annotate or mark up the paper. Grades entered in the Turnitin Feedback Studio will be transferred automatically to the Canvas Gradebook.
- Note: It is possible to submit PowerPoint files through Turnitin, however, Turnitin converts the PowerPoint slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations. Presenter notes are not evaluated as part of the Originality Report.
Creating Draft Assignments
- If you plan on having students submit multiple drafts for a paper, the best practice would be to create each draft as a separate assignment.
- If you're creating a revision/draft assignment, you should choose not to store the paper in Turnitin's student paper database. This will prevent subsequent submissions from being marked as plagiarized. In the Turnitin Optional Settings, set 'Submissions to this assignment will be stored in:' to 'Do not store the submitted papers.'
For more information on using Turnitin or Turnitin's Feedback Studio please visit Turnitin's Youtube video. For more information on using Canvas, please visit the Canvas Training Center for faculty or try the Canvas Community for comprehensive resources beyond St. Edward's.