Using Turnitin in Canvas

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About Turnitin and the Turnitin LTI tool

Turnitin is web-based plagiarism detection software owned by Turnitin.com, Inc. Turnitin can be used as a deterrent, but also as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills.

The integration of Turnitin into the Assignments tool of Canvas allows students to submit written work to both their instructors and Turnitin at the same time.

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 Canvas. See At IU, how can I submit papers directly to Turnitin?

For more about standards of academic integrity at IU, including disciplinary procedures for academic misconduct, see the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Instructors at IUB may submit academic misconduct reports online.

Note:

As of April 7, 2016, IU has changed the integration between Turnitin and Canvas, so that Turnitin now appears as an external (LTI) tool in Canvas. If you used the previous Turnitin integration, you may need to update your assignments; for instructions, see Creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

You can use the new tool to access your Turnitin originality reports created using the old Canvas integration.

Key concepts

Automatic submission: For assignments in which the Turnitin options are selected, the Assignments tool will automatically transmit student submissions in supported file formats to Turnitin.com.

Originality reports: A Turnitin originality report indicates overlap between the text of the submitted paper and other materials in the Turnitin database. The report indicates the percentage of non-original material in the paper, as well as specific matching passages. 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 Canvas in Grades and in the SpeedGrader (for teachers) and in Assignments (for students).

GradeMark: Turnitin's GradeMark tool facilitates online marking of student writing, and is available via the Canvas LTI integration.

PeerMark: The Turnitin LTI tool also allows students to access the peer review PeerMark tool directly within a Canvas assignment.

Things to consider

Interpreting originality reports

  • Turnitin compares submissions against a wide database of Internet sources (as well as previously submitted student work and commercial databases); however, it may not scan every site on the Internet. A clean originality report does not necessarily guarantee that the submission is the student's own work.
  • Turnitin does not flag essays that include plagiarized ideas or concepts, nor can it detect paraphrasing that dramatically changes the wording of an original source while maintaining that source's organization.
  • The Turnitin originality report will not distinguish between properly and improperly cited work. Students who are quoting correctly might have reports that indicate a high level of overlap with these sources. However, while reviewing the originality report, you can exclude quoted materials and bibliographic materials. For help, contact your campus teaching and learning center.

Using the Canvas integration

  • For students' papers to be submitted properly, instructors must set the Turnitin options 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., .doc, .docx). On a Mac, check Append file extension when you save your file. For more, see File Types and Size .

Creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas

To use the Turnitin LTI integration with a Canvas assignment, you will set up the Canvas assignment as an external tool assignment, and then set assignment details in Turnitin. For instructions, see How do I create a Turnitin assignment? from the Canvas Guides. When you reach the "Select External Tool" step of the guide, click Find; you don't need to enter an external tool URL.

Important:
If you import Canvas assignments using Turnitin from previous semesters, you'll need to edit each assignment to use the new LTI integration by changing the assignment type to an external tool assignment, using the same process as creating a new assignment.
Notes:
  • Creating Turnitin assignments without a due date is not recommended; if you do not set a due date in Canvas, a due date will be automatically assigned within the Turnitin LTI.
  • Resubmissions are not allowed by default. To allow resubmissions for a TII assignment, see How do I change Turnitin settings for an assignment?

Learning more

Documentation

Also see Turnitin's Manuals and Guides.

Video tutorials

Getting help

For pedagogical or technical assistance with the Turnitin LTI, consult the following resources:

Teaching and learning centers

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus; see How do I contact the teaching and learning centers at each IU campus?

UITS Support Center

For help using the Turnitin LTI, email the UITS Mission Critical team. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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