Technical Instructions: Quick Start Turnitin Similarity in Blackboard Ultra

Select the name of the Turnitin Assignment to open the Assignment Inbox:

Screen image of a Turnitin Assignment Inbox showing a list of those that have submitted

Click on the % Similarity next to a student’s submission. The student’s Similarity Report will open.

For further instructions, please refer to Turnitin’s own online guidance:
The Similarity Report explained
Interpreting the Similarity Report
Similarity Score ranges
Downloading the Similarity Report
Viewing Similarity matches
Viewing Sources
Refining the Similarity Report
Generating a new Similarity Report
Accessing the text-only Similarity Report
Multicolour highlighting in the Similarity Report
Flags
Document Details (This is only available as part of our one year pilot of Turnitin Authorship)
Similarity Report Exclusions

Managing Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard Ultra

The below links will guide you through a variety of steps you may need to modify or manage certain aspects of a Turnitin Assignment.

Changing your Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra to allow for 24-Hour Extension Period

In the event of a Blackboard/Turnitin outage, Academic Administration will confirm whether programmes are required to extend submission deadlines by 24 hours for all Turnitin Assignments (submission points) for assessments due that day, regardless of whether the assignment was due before or after the time of the outage. Please refer to the University Assessments Procedure for further guidance.

To allow for the 24-hour extension you need to change the Due Date on each of the two Turnitin Assignments for the assessment:

Turnitin AssignmentAction
Final (on time)Extend Due date by 24 hours. Do not change ‘to allow late submissions‘.
Final (After Deadline)Update to be to one minute after the extended due date on the Final (on time) Turnitin Assignment.

Please note that it is not typically advisable to change the setting of a Turnitin Assignment retrospectively as there can be unintended consequences. The method outlined here will not affect any submissions already made.

Repeat the following steps for each of the two Turnitin Assignments, adjusting the Due Date for each by 24 hrs.

Should the extension period be extended further (i.e. in the event of an ongoing Blackboard/Turnitin outage) this date will need to be moved forward in parallel with the outage (please consult message that would be posted to the top of the Blackboard Institution Page / StaffNet for ongoing updates).

Please see Editing a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra for the steps to change the dates and times on a Turnitin Assignment.

Deleting a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

Please ensure that NO submissions have been made to the Turnitin Assignment you wish to delete as this will result in student’s work being lost and cannot be retrieved.

To delete a Turnitin Assignment:

  • Select the three dots next to the Assignment you wish to delete.
  • From the drop-down menu select Delete
Screen image displaying the delete option for a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

By clicking Delete this will delete the Turnitin Assignment from the relevant content area, as well as deleting the associated Gradebook Column.

IMPORTANT: Once you have deleted a Turnitin Assignment it is not possible to undo this action.

Confirm the deletion selecting the Delete button on the message that appears:

Screen image of the delete confirmation message

Submit work on behalf of a student to a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are required to submit work to Turnitin themselves. For students with disabilities, submitting work uses regular Blackboard web pages which are screenreadable and tab-controllable. However, it can take a lot of ‘tabbing’ to use. If students find this difficult, tutors or programme administrators may submit work on their behalf.

To submit a student’s work for them,

  • Go to the Assignment InBox of the Turnitin Assignment you want to submit the student’s work to.
  • Click in the Submit on behalf of student field and select the student name from the drop-down list that appears:
Screen image showing the Turnitin Assignment inbox with the submit on behalf of a student drop down list showing.

NOTE: If the student’s name does not appear in the drop-down list, please see: Update list of student names displayed in Turnitin (Refresh Inbox Data).

  • A prompt will appear confirming which student name was selected to submit on behalf of. Select Continue if it is the correct student name.
  • Enter the Submission Title
  • Click on Choose File and navigate to the correct file
  • Select Upload and Review
  • Wait for the Submit File screen to display fully and double check the details
  • When you are happy that the correct file is being uploaded select Submit to Turnitin
  • Wait for the green tick to appear to confirm successful submission.
  • The screen will return to the Assignment Inbox.

Moving a student’s submission from Turnitin in Blackboard Ultra

Papers cannot easily be moved once submitted to Turnitin, so it is key to communicate clearly to students where they are expected to submit for each of their assessments. There are two common scenarios:

  • Student submits to the wrong Turnitin Assignment on the correct/same module Blackboard course
  • Student submits to a Turnitin Assignment on the wrong/incorrect module Blackboard course

Please refer to the Clearing a Student’s Submission guidance to follow the correct process depending on the scenario.

Please note any requests that need to be raised with TurnitinUK Support to perform the move can take a few days particularly during peak submission times, the more lead time the better.

Clearing a student’s submission from a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

There are circumstances in which a student who has made an incorrect submission to a Turnitin Assignment will need support to put this right, either from someone with instructor permissions to Blackboard or the TEL Team, depending upon the particular scenario.

This is due to one or more of the following factors:

  • if a Turnitin Assignment is set up to send assignments to the central repository, the assignment will be sent immediately (regardless of the originality report settings chosen)
  • because Turnitin Assignments for summative assignments are set up either not to allow overwriting or overwriting only up until the submission deadline

There is a correct process which should be followed for deleting/removing submissions made to Turnitin.

A student’s submission can be cleared from a Turnitin Assignment in one of the following ways depending on the scenario:

flow chart of Turnitin process to delete a student submission

Scenario 1 – A student has submitted to a DRAFT Turnitin Assignment, but wishes for this to be removed.

  • The student themselves can overwrite their assignment with another version or a different assignment. If they want it removed, the steps below should be followed.
    • if the assignment needs to be submitted to the correct submission point and there is sufficient time before the submission deadline for the student to make a new submission, delete the assignment and ensure you advise the student of the correct Turnitin submission point to use.
    • if the assignment needs to be submitted to the correct submission point and it is either nearing the submission deadline (e.g. within 2 days) or after the submission deadline, ensure you download the assignment before deleting it from the submission point and re-uploading it to the correct Turnitin Assignment submission point.

Who?
Anyone with Instructor privileges can remove the submission by selecting the three dots next to the submitter’s name and selecting Remove From Inbox.

screen image showing the remove from inbox option

Why?
As DRAFT Turnitin submission points are setup to not send work to the Turnitin ‘Standard Repository’, assignments can be simply deleted. As the DRAFT Turnitin submission points are also set up to permit a student to overwrite until the due date and the due date is set beyond the expected completion date for the student’s programme, the student can make unlimited submissions.

Scenario 2 – A student has submitted to an INCORRECT Turnitin Assignment, but on the CORRECT module Blackboard (e.g. they submitted to ‘Extensions / Late Submissions’ rather than the FINAL submission point).

  • If there is sufficient time before the submission deadline for the student to make a new submission, delete the assignment and ensure you advise the student of the correct Turnitin submission point to use.
  • If it is either nearing the submission deadline (e.g. within 2 days) or after the submission deadline, ensure you download the assignment before deleting it from the Turnitin Assignment and reuploading it to the correct submission point.

Who?
Anyone with Instructor privileges can remove the submission by selecting the three dots next to the submitter’s name and selecting Remove From Inbox.

Why?
Turnitin does not match an individual student’s paper against themselves within the same module Blackboard; i.e. a student’s incorrect submission will not result in a 100% similarity report score when submitted to the correct Turnitin Assignment.

Scenario 3- A student has submitted an unfinished version of their assignment to the correct Turnitin submission point on the CORRECT module Blackboard

  • the student cannot overwrite their assignment in a late submissions / extensions submission point. Up until the submission deadline, it is safe to delete the assignment, provided the student either has sufficient time before the submission deadline to make a new submission, or they have provided electronically (e.g. via email) their finished assignment before the submission deadline that you can upload on their behalf. Ensure you advise the student of the correct Turnitin Assignment to use.
  • the student themselves can overwrite their assignment in a final or resubmission Turnitin Assignment with another version up until the submission deadline; ensure you remind them of this. After the submission deadline, the steps below should be followed:
    • if the submission needs to be made to the correct submission point and it is after the submission deadline, only make the deletion from the Turnitin Assignment if the student has provided (via email) their finished assignment before the submission deadline. Where this is the case, you can upload the finished assignment to the correct Turnitin Assignment once you have deleted the unfinished version.
    • If they have not provided their finished assignment before the submission deadline, do not delete the assignment as the unfinished version will need to be regarded as their final submission and the student must be advised to submit an ECRF.

Who?
Anyone with Instructor privileges can remove the submission by selecting the three dots next to the submitter’s name and selecting Remove From Inbox.

Why?
Turnitin does not match an individual student’s paper against themselves within the same module Blackboard; i.e. a student’s incorrect submission will not result in a 100% similarity report score when submitted to the correct Turnitin Assignment.

Scenario 4 – A student has submitted an INCORRECT Assignment (e.g. an Assignment for a different module) to a Turnitin submission point on the CORRECT module Blackboard.

  • the student themselves can overwrite their assignment with another version up until the submission deadline. After the submission deadline, the steps below should be followed:
    • if the submission needs to be made to the correct Turnitin Assignment and it is after the submission deadline, only make the deletion from the submission point if the student has provided (via email) their correct assignment before the submission deadline. Where this is the case, you can upload the correct assignment to the correct Turnitin Assignment once you have deleted the incorrect assignment.
    • If they have not provided their correct assignment before the submission deadline, do not delete the assignment as the incorrect assignment will need to be regarded as their final submission and the student must be advised to submit an ECRF.

Who?
Anyone with Instructor privileges can remove the submission by selecting the three dots next to the submitter’s name and selecting Remove From Inbox.

Why?
Turnitin does not match an individual student’s paper against themselves within the same module Blackboard; i.e. a student’s incorrect submission will not result in a 100% similarity report score when submitted to the correct Turnitin Assignment.

Scenario 5 – A student has submitted to a Turnitin Assignment in the INCORRECT module Blackboard.

  • up until the submission deadline, it is safe to delete the assignment, provided the student has sufficient time before the submission deadline to make a new submission.
  • if it is after the submission deadline, ensure you download the assignment from the Turnitin Assignment in the wrong module Blackboard before arranging for its deletion. Once it has been deleted, you can then re-upload it to the correct Turnitin Assignment in the correct module Blackboard.

Who?
Only the System Administrators can remove the paper by contacting Turnitin Support directly to have the paper deleted from their repository. Instructors should contact the IT Service Desk (it-service@canterbury.ac.uk; ext. 2626) with the full name of the Blackboard site, the name of the Turnitin Assignment, the name of the student and the paper ID of the submission in order to facilitate this.

Why?
Turnitin Support will need to remove the paper fully in order that the submission will not result in a 100% Similarity Report score when submitted to the correct Turnitin Assignment on the correct module Blackboard.

Should further assistance be required, please contact the IT Service Desk by phoning: 01227 78(2626) or
email: it-service@canterbury.ac.uk. When contacting the IT Service Desk, please provide the following information:

  • Full name of the Blackboard course e.g. 2022-23 (Advent) Professional Practice (U12345)
  • Blackboard course ID e.g. A22U12345
  • Full name of the Turnitin Assignment e.g. FINAL Submission – Enhancing Person Centred Care – Essay
  • Student name
  • Paper ID

Update list of student names displayed in Turnitin (Refresh Inbox Data)

Turnitin in Blackboard Ultra

If you have updated your lists of students in your Blackboard site since the setup of the first Turnitin Assignment, you will need to Refresh Inbox Data to update the list of students that Turnitin displays.

IMPORTANT:
When you Refresh Inbox Data in Turnitin, submissions, similarity reports and feedback for any students who are no longer enrolled on the module Blackboard will be lost and cannot be recovered. You must ensure you have first downloaded and archived anything you want to keep for students who are no longer on the module Blackboard site.

  • From within the Turnitin Assignment InBox
  • Select Refresh Inbox Data
Screen image showing the refresh inbox data icon

  • The list of student names will update and display in the Assignment Inbox
  • If names are still missing check that they are enrolled on the module Blackboard: Users and Groups in Blackboard Ultra

Viewing Submissions to a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

To view students’ submissions:

  1. Within the module Blackboard
  2. Select to expand the Assessments folder
  3. Select the required Assessment Folder
  4. Click on the title of the relevant Turnitin Assignment you wish to view e.g Final or After Deadline
  5. Wait for the Assignment Inbox to load
  6. The list will display which student’s have and have not submitted.
Screen image of a Turnitin Assignment Inbox in Blackboard Ultra

If you have many students, there are a number of options to make it easier to find a given student’s submission:

  • User the search box at the top of the screen
  • Order the list alphabetically, simply clicking on the Author column heading (you can sort by any other column heading the same way)
  • If students have been assigned into Groups select the All Students field drop-down to select the desired group:
Screen image of the all students drop-down menu displaying the groups

Editing a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

Navigate to the Turnitin Assignment you wish to edit:

Screen image showing how the completed set-up appears within the assessment folder.

To edit the Due Date or the Assignment Title

Select the three dots to the right-hand edge of that block and select Edit.  From the right-hand panel that opens, click in the top field to edit the assignment title.  Select the calendar / clock to edit the Due Date and or time.  Click on Save at the bottom of the panel to confirm the changes.

Screen image showing the side panel that opens when selecting to edit the due date of an assignment

To edit the date the Assignment is accessible to students

Select Date/Time.  From the right-hand panel that opens, click on the calendar / clock to edit the Date and or time that this assignment can become available to students to access.  Click on Save at the bottom of the panel to confirm the changes.

Screen image showing the release conditions screen in Turnitin

To edit all other settings

Selecting the Title of the assignment opens the Assignment Inbox window.  Select the cog from the top right-hand corner:

Screen image of the Assignment Inbox with the cog highlighted.

This will open the assignment settings screen, where you can amend all other fields, apart from those mentioned above:

screen image showing the assignment set-up screen