Using Turnitin

Creating a Turnitin assignment in WebCampus

Turnitin must be activated for each WebCampus Assignment in which it is to be used  in advance of students submitting work.

See Turnitin guide to creating a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas with screenshots on the process of setting up Turnitin. Note for Step 8, configure external tool named “Turnitin LTI.”

Screen capture highlighting Configure External Tool. The Turnitin LTI tool is selected from the list of tools. The user options are Select and Cancel.
[Figure 1] Screen capture highlighting Configure External Tool. The Turnitin LTI tool is selected from the list of tools. The user options are Select and Cancel.

Adjusting Turnitin settings in WebCampus

When you create and save a new WebCampus Assignment with the Turnitin LTI tool, a Turnitin interface will open and you will be able to access Turnitin Assignment Settings. Click on the Settings tab (gear symbol on the top right) to adjust basic settings. Click “Optional Settings” (by gear symbol at the bottom) to access additional settings. See Turnitin guide on Basic Settings and Optional Settings for more information on options. Note: If you’d like students to be able to use the Similarity Report to revise and resubmit work, allow students to resubmit under the “Generate Similarity Reports for student submission” and check “Allow students to view Similarity Reports.”  When you’re done adjusting settings be sure to click the Submit button located at the bottom of the screen.

Interpreting the Similarity Report

After students have submitted the assignment to WebCampus, the Similarity Report is generated and is visible in the Assignment Inbox for you and students to interpret.

For help with accessing and understanding the Similarity Report see Turnitin guides, especially:

Grading a Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin Assignments are easy to grade with WebCampus SpeedGrader and integrated well with the Gradebook.

Step 1. In WebCampus, go to the Assignment and click on the SpeedGrader button in the top right corner.

Step 2. Click on the color-coded Turnitin percentage to view and interpret the Similarity Report as part of the grading process.

Screen capture highlighting Configure External Tool. The Turnitin LTI tool is selected from the list of tools. The user options are Select and Cancel.
[Figure 2] Screen capture of the SpeedGrader interface. The inline preview of the student submissions is visible adjacent to the submission summary pane. Within the submission summary pane a submission information and a grading rubric summary is displayed. An arrow is pointing at the Turnitin percentage number showing 2% highlighted in green.

Step 3. Use SpeedGrader and the associated Rubric (optional) to grade the paper in WebCampus, then click the Apply Score to Grade button.

Step 4. Return to the Speedgrader and refresh. The grade from GradeMark will appear in the Speedgrader.

Step 5. Speedgrader feedback and grades and Turnitin data are synced with Grades and accessible through Grades.

Screen capture highlighting Configure External Tool. The Turnitin LTI tool is selected from the list of tools. The user options are Select and Cancel.
[Figure 3] Screen capture of gradebook showing three graded columns. In the center column a series of icons represent the Turnitin result adjacent to each score. An arrow is pointing to one of these Turnitin report icons.

Note about Turnitin grading tools: Faculty may choose to use Turnitin grading tools instead of the equivalent WebCampus grading tools. For help with Turnitin Grading tools see the relevant Turnitin Guide for Instructors – Commenting Tools, QuickMarks, Rubrics, and PeerMark.

Guiding students in using Turnitin

If instructors use Turnitin, students may need some guidance about how to use the report. Before submitting work, students should be informed about: 

  • What plagiarism is and how to avoid it: see for example, the University Library's  Avoiding Plagiarism.
  • What Turnitin does and how to use it: let students know about Turnitin’s Student Guide to Turnitin.
  • Where to submit the Turnitin assignment: direct students to the WebCampus Assignment, not to Turnitin.com.
  • What file types will be accepted: generally, Word files with extension .doc or .docx. If using a Mac, students should check “ Append file extension” when saving file. For more info, see  File Types and Size.
  • Whether or not late submissions will be accepted: according to your Optional Settings.
  • Whether or not students will be able to view the report and resubmit an assignment after viewing the report: according to your Optional Settings.
  • If students are allowed to resubmit work, they may need additional instruction in how to use the report: i.e. to improve the originality of paraphrased sections, the accuracy of quotes and citations, the quantity of sources used, or perhaps the quality of sources being used.