Oncourse Turnitin integration: Overview
What it does
The integration of Turnitin into the Assignments tool allows students to submit written work to both their instructors and the originality checking service Turnitin.com at the same time.
For more about Turnitin.com, see:
- What is Turnitin.com, and how does it work?
- What best practices should I consider for using Turnitin in my classroom?
- If I'm interested in using Turnitin, what caveats should I be aware of?
Accounts: After an instructor creates an assignment
that uses Turnitin, all instructors in that
course site will automatically receive Turnitin accounts
using each person's authorized email address
in Oncourse. You can access your account through either
Oncourse or the Turnitin web site; to retrieve your Turnitin password,
go to http://turnitin.com/ and click
You'll receive an email message allowing you to reset your password
for web site access. (You do not need this Turnitin password to
access Turnitin via Oncourse.)
Automatic submission: For assignments in which the Turnitin options are selected, Assignments will automatically transmit all student submissions in supported file formats to Turnitin.com.
Originality reports: Originality reports will usually be available within 15-60 minutes of the submission or the due date, depending on the assignment settings. When reports are available, report icons appear in the assignment submission list and on the submission details screen. Clicking the report icon on the submission details screen opens the originality report in a separate window.
For more about originality reports, see What is a Turnitin originality report, and where can I find samples?
Things to consider
- For students' papers to be submitted properly, instructors must
select the Turnitin option before any
students have submitted their work for a given assignment. Papers
submitted to Assignments before Turnitin is activated will not
be submitted to Turnitin retroactively.
- Be sure that your paper's filename has an extension (e.g.,
.docx). On a Mac, check
Append file extensionwhen you save your file. For more, see File types and sizes for Turnitin in Assignments.
If you are an instructor, and you wish to submit student papers to Turnitin yourself (i.e., students have not submitted their papers with the Turnitin option enabled in Assignments), it's best to submit the papers directly through Turnitin.com, not through Oncourse. You'll need to request an account, set up a class and assignment, and then submit the paper; contact your campus teaching and learning center for assistance.
Alternatively, you could create a Guest account and add it as a student in your Oncourse site, log into Oncourse with that account, and submit the paper to a Turnitin-enabled assignment in the Assignments tool. However, the paper would not be directly associated with the original student's name. For instructions, see At IU, how do I create a Guest account?
Note: The first time you create an assignment that uses the Turnitin option in Assignments, you may see a message saying that the assignment was saved, but the Turnitin settings were not saved. Edit the assignment, select the Turnitin settings again, and it will be saved correctly.
For help documentation about the Turnitin/Assignments integration, see:
- Adding, editing, or removing an assignment
- Completing and submitting an assignment
- File types and sizes for Turnitin in Assignments
- What languages does Turnitin accept?
Turnitin.com offers guides and user manuals. Note that PeerMark is available only from the Turnitin site, not through Oncourse. Most GradeMark options are available through Oncourse, but students will be unable to view comments until after the due date for an assignment. For information about pilot testing these two features, contact your campus teaching and learning center.
Last modified on May 16, 2013.