Turnitin LTI: Marking in Turnitin when students have not submitted online

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This guide relates only to assignments created using the new Turnitin LTI assignment tool.

When might I do this?

In some disciplines (e.g. Fine Arts, Theatre or Mathematics), students will often be assessed on work which is not suitable for online submission. However, you may want to take advantage of Blackboard’s grading tools to provide feedback via the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). Similarly, you may wish to provide feedback online when students make in-class presentations, even though no submission has been made to Blackboard.

Of course, you may require students to submit a file to Blackboard to complement their non-digital work – this could be a copy of the PowerPoint file used in a presentation, or a rationale for how the student conceived and produced their artwork. In this situation, you can set up a Blackboard or Turnitin assignment to which the students can upload their files, and you then have a mechanism via which to provide your feedback.

However, it is also possible to provide feedback even if no digital submission has been made. This applies to both Turnitin Assignments (covered in this guide) and Blackboard Assignments (see separate guide).

How do I do this?

Create a Turnitin assignment

Create a Turnitin assignment as normal: go into the relevant content area of your course (normally the ‘Assignments’ area), and from the menu bar, select
Build Content > Turnitin LTI Assignment.

Please see our guide: How to set up a Turnitin Assignment for the complete process.

Grading and providing feedbackP

To mark and/or give feedback on students’ work, go to the Content Area and Select and select the assignment you created.

You will see a list of all students on the Blackboard course (if the student list is incomplete, click on Refresh Inbox Data to refresh the list).

Assignment Inbox with Grade pencil and refresh information highlighted

Click on the grey pencil icon Marking pencil icon to mark a student’s work.

This warning message appears:

Grading without Submission confirming you want to continue


Click OK to continue.

It will then create a Grading Template in the inbox for the student, creating a Submission ID also. The pencil and title will turn blue allowing you to open the ‘submission’.

Grading Template Created Title, Paper ID and Grading Pencil highlighted

Once the Turnitin document viewer window opens, where normally you would see the student’s submitted work, you will see a blank document.

Feedback Studio


All the normal feedback tools are available: comments and QuickMarks (possibly not appropriate in this context), Feedback Summary, and (optionally) a rubric/grading form.

As normal, you can enter a mark, in the top right-hand corner.

Once the work has been marked, marks will appear in the Turnitin assignment inbox as shown:

Highlighting grades displaying

The date shown is the date on which the template was created.

Once the post date has been reached, students will be able to view their feedback and marks in exactly the same way as for any other Turnitin assignment.