Add Turnitin dropbox

Turnitin provides students and staff an opportunity to check the original content of submitted material. It does this by comparing the submitted work with that of numerous online databases, journal articles and web content (both current and archived). Turnitin then returns an originality report detailing how much of the content is original and how much it determines matches information in its database.

For more information on interpreting Turnitin results go to the Turnitin link located within the Study Help drop down menu, under the FedUni logo:

Turnitin menu item under Study Help section

Create a Turnitin-assessed assignment in your course

  1. Turn editing on
  2. Click +Add an Activity or Resource, and choose Turnitin Assignment 2 from the drop-down menu.

    Activity Menu - Turnitin

  3. Fill in the Turnitin Assignment Name and Summary. The summary should include all instructions for the assessment piece including size and format.

    Turnitin Assignment name box

  4. Submission Type can be left as Any Submission Type, this allows students to cut and paste text into the Turnitin window, or drag and drop a file for uploading.
  5. Number of Parts allows for multiple file uploads, leave this as 1.
  6. Allow submission of any file type. Leave default No. Turnitin is not capable of checking all file types (see for supported types), if you change this to yes, please be aware that some files might not be checked for originality.
  7. Display Originality Reports to Students. Please leave as Yes. This allows students to view reports and make corrections as necessary.
  8. Auto Refresh Grades/Scores. Leave default Yes.
  9. Overall Grade. The default of Point is usually sufficient, though you can select a marking scale if you require. Set the Maximum points to match your marking requirements, default 100.

    Note: Turnitin’s Overall grade is what is entered into the Moodle gradebook. To simplify calculations, this should match the Max Marks setting of the assignment submission area. Eg. If the essay is marked out of 100, then Max Marks should be 100, and the Overall grade should be 100 too. Turnitin will not perform any calculations, so having different values will have unexpected results and require further configuration of the Moodle gradebook.
  10. Name. This can be left as the default.
  11. Dates. Start date specifies when a student can begin submitting to Turnitin. It is advisable that this be as soon as possible. This allows for students to perform revision where necessary. The Due date specifies from when submissions will be deemed late. The Post date specifies when results will be released to students.

    Turnitin configurations - Dates

  12. Originality Report Options. The default report settings should be fine for most cases. However please take the time to review them.
    • Allow submissions after the Due Date – Yes
    • Report Generation Speed – Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date)
    • Store Student Papers – Standard Repository
    • Check against stored student papers – Yes
    • Check against internet – Yes
    • Check against journals, periodicals and publications – Yes
    • Exclude Bibliography – No
    • Exclude Quoted Material – No
    • Exclude Small Matches – Leave blank.
  13. Grademark Options. A rubric does not have to be selected to use the Grademark feature, however, if no rubric is selected marks will need to me manually entered into the 'score' box of Grademark.

    If you have multiple people marking an assignment, and a rubric will be used, you must add the rubric during this setup phase. Rubrics are attached to people not assignments and adding a rubric after the assignment link is setup will result in the rubric being removed when someone, other than the original rubric uploader, attempts to mark an assignment using Grademark. Adding the Rubric during the setup phase avoids this issue and allows all markers to use the chosen Rubric.

    Grademark settings

    • If you have an existing Rubric you can select it from the dropdown menu
    • To create a new rubric or edit an existing one click on Launch Rubric Manager. A new window will appear.
      • For new rubrics you will be asked to give a name. Keep this generic as you can apply the rubric to other TII assignments.
      • Clicking on section titles (e.g 'Scale 1', 'Criterion 1') will allow you to change the title.
      • Once you have created the rubric click Save down the bottom right of the window.

    Rubric Manager window

    • You will need to duplicate a rubric in order to make changes. To do this click the menu icon located in the top left of the rubric manager window. You will then see the option to duplicate the rubric. You can now make the necessary changes. Keep in mind that this will be saved as a new rubric.

    Menu icon clicked showing expanded menu and duplicate option

Note: You must NEVER import a Turnitin assignment from another course. Should you do this, please delete the imported assignment and recreate it as soon as possible.

More information about interpreting reports and navigating the Turnitin screen can be found at In particular, you may wish to view:

About originality check

Viewing originality reports