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Turnitin: Set up a Turnitin Assignment

To set up a Turnitin submission point in Blackboard Learn Ultra, you will need to locate the LTI tool. Once the Turnitin LTI tool is opened, the set-up procedure is the same as it was in Blackboard Learn Original.

There are two ways to access the LTI tools in an Ultra course; from the Books and Tools option in the Details and Actions menu or from the add content menu in Course Content.

Add Content Menu

The Turnitin LTI tool is located in the Content Market, which is one of the options on the add content menu in Blackboard Learn Ultra. Locating the LTI tool via the add content menu in Course Content allows you to choose where the submission point will appear.

Step 1 : Open the add content menu and select Content Market

Open the Learning Module or Folder you wish to add the submission point to. Hover over the divider link at the exact point where you wish the submission point to appear. When the line turns purple and the + icon appears, click on it to reveal the add content menu.

From the add content menu select Content Market.

Screenshot of add content menu with Content Market highlighted.

Step 2 : In the Content Market click on the Turnitin LTI icon

The Content Market has many LTI tools available to use in your course. The Turnitin LTI tool is represented as an icon named Turnitin LTI Assignment under the heading “Institution Tools”. Click on it to open the LTI tool.

screenshot of Content Market with Turnitin LTI tool highlighted

Step 3 : Setup the Turnitin Assignment using the LTI tool 

Step 4 : The submission point will appear in the Course Content

When the submission point has been created it will appear at the point in the Course Content where you called up the add content menu. You will be able to move it if you need to.

Image showing item being moved

To move the item hover over the item until it darkens and a dotted icon appears on the left-hand side. At that point, click to pickup the item and release when you are happy with its location.

Books & Tools

The Books & Tools link is on the Details and Actions menu, on the left-hand side of the Content screen in an Ultra course.

The Books and Tools link opens a panel with a selection of LTI tools listed on it. At the bottom of the panel there is a link to all course tools under the heading “Can’t find what you need?”.

By clicking on the Browse all course tools you will open the Content Market. Once in the Content Market you can locate the Turnitin LTI tool, open it and set up the submission point.

Screenshot of Course Content with new assignment

If you create a Turnitin submission point via the Details and Actions menu, the submission point you create will appear at the end of the items in Course Content.

Set-up a Turnitin Assignment in the LTI tool

Set up a Turnitin Assignment

When the Turnitin LTI opens you will be able to follow the assignment set up steps.

In the set up screen add your Assignment Title and Instructions. Add your Points possible, now under Max Grade.

Screenshot of Turnitin setup screen.

As before the start date will be when you create the assignment, and you can add the Due date using the calendar. Click on the Clock icon to change to the due time.

screenshot of date selection calendar function

Repeat for the Post Date, now renamed Feedback Release Date.

Before opening in the optional Settings, tick the Enable PeerMark box if you will be using the PeerMark assignment feature.

Optional Settings

Submission Settings and Rubric

The Submission Settings and rubric manager portion of the Optional Settings

Select whether the assignments will be sent to Turnitin’s data archive. under Submit Papers to. This is usually set to Standard paper repository, but you can choose ‘Do not store the submitted paper’ for draft submission areas.

Selecting Allow submission of any file type will allow any type of file to be uploaded to Turnitin, but won’t produce a similarity report for non-office type files, and larger or non standard PowerPoint files.

Select whether late submissions are allowed

  • Schools with a single submission point = Yes
  • Schools with separate on-time and post-deadline submission points
    on-time assignment = No
    post-deadline assignment = Yes

Select whether you will be using anonymous marking.

Attach a rubric to mark with, and choose from your Rubric list or Launch the rubric manager to create a new one.

Post-deadline submission points

The due date and start date for the post-deadline submission point would normally both be the same as the official deadline for this assignment. However, Turnitin will not now allow you to set the due date as the same as the start date. Therefore, please set the post-deadline due date as 1 minute later than the official deadline.

For example

on-time assignment due date 12:00
post-deadline assignment start date 12:00

due date 12:01

⚠ WARNING! Turnitin may appear to allow you to save the same date and time for Start and Due dates, but will save the Due date as 24 hours after the Start date. The original due date will show in Blackboard but will be altered in Turnitin.

Similarity Settings

These settings help you set the most useful similarity report parameters for the assignment.

screenshot of similarity report options

  1. Compare against
    leave all of these selected.
  2. Generate Similarity Reports for student submission
    Choose when similarity reports are generated and whether students can resubmit until the deadline.The three similarity report generating options
  3. Allow students to view Similarity Reports
    Select whether students will see a Similarity Report for this assignment.
  4. Exclude bibliographic materials
    Select the checkbox to exclude text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of student papers from being checked for matches when generating Originality Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.
  5. Exclude quoted materials
    Select the checkbox to exclude quotations from being checked for matches when generating Similarity Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.
  6. Exclude small sources
    Select the checkbox to exclude matches that are not of sufficient length (determined by you) from being considered when generating Similarity Reports. A box will appear, where you can exclude matches by word count or by percentage
  7. Exclude assignment template
    You can now also exclude any proformas or templates from the similarity to see the true match to original work. You can upload the blank document all student use for the assignment here.

screenshot of Exclude Assignment Template options

Submit and Edit the Assignment

After completing all the settings, and choosing whether to save these for next time, click Submit.

The Assignment will appear in the Course Content.

Editing the submission point happens in three different places, please see our guide Edit Turnitin Assignments for instructions.

screenshot of Turnitin assignment inbox link and Blackboard edit menu

Guide last updated on February 5, 2024

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