It is important to ascertain what type of assessment has been set, if it is for formative feedback or the assessment is being marked annonymously. You will then be able to select the correct Turnitin set-up for both the Final (on time) and After Deadline submission points.  Certain types of assessment cannot be similarity checked or even submitted to Turnitin!

List of common types of assessment

Essay, typical word-processed document containing some images, tables and graphs.  Under the Policy these should be submitted to Turnitin and can return a similarity score so long as it meets Turnitin’s requirements, listed earlier.

Hand written reports, often scanned to create an electronic copy and then submitted to a Turnitin Assignment.  Turnitin would not be able to return a similarity check on these as it would see the scanned reports as an image, therefore not meeting the required 20 words of text.

In-Class Presentation, students do not need to submit anything directly to a Turnitin Assignment, but instead staff can use the Turnitin Assignment to provide efeedback and grades through the grading template.

Poster Presentation, usually created in Word or PowerPoint, including text boxes and images.  Although there may well be more than 20 words of text on the Poster, the text is often in a ‘text box’ which Turnitin sees as a shape, and therefore unable to read and is unable to return a similarity report.

PowerPoint Presentation, usually created in PowerPoint, including text boxes, images, slide themes, possibly animation and transitions.  Turnitin struggles to read text within ‘text boxes’ on a slide, therefore may not be able to return a similarity report.

Timed Exam, similar to in-class presentations, students do not need to submit anything directly to a Turnitin Assignment, but instead staff can use the Turnitin Assignment to provide efeedback and grades through the grading template.

Video / Audio, any movies or podcasts created by students cannot be submitted to Turnitin, instead these would need to be submitted to a Blackboard Assignment via Kaltura.

Workbook, workbooks are predominantly created within PebblePad, therefore feedback and grades would be returned directly through PebblePad / Atlas, and there is no need for a Turnitin Assignment.

Assignment TypeTurnitin’ able?File TypeGenerate SimilarityTurnitin ToolsSet-Up
Essay

YesOnly file
types Turnitin
can check
YesE-submission
Similarity score
eFeedback
Grades
Standard
Hand written report

YesAllow any
file type
NoE-submission
eFeedback
Grades
without Similarity
In Class Presentation

N/ADoesn’t matter,
as no file is being submitted
NoeFeedback
Grades
without Similarity
Poster Presentation

YesAllow any
file type
NoE-submission
eFeedback
Grades
without Similarity
PowerPoint Presentation

YesAllow any
file type
NoE-submission
eFeedback
Grades
without Similarity
Timed Exam

N/ADoesn’t matter, as no file is being submittedNoeFeedback
Grades
Standard
Video / Audio

NoN/AN/ANone, these should
go via Kaltura to a
Blackboard Assignment
N/A
Workbook

NoN/AN/ANone, these would be
created, graded and feedback added via PebblePad / Atlas
N/A