How to set-up a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

If you would prefer a paper guide instead of following the steps below:
Turnitin Set-Up in Blackboard Ultra

If you prefer a video guide instead of following the steps below:
FINAL Turnitin Assignment set-up in Blackboard Ultra
AFTER DEADLINE Turnitin Assignment set-up in Blackboard Ultra

  1. If not already present add a new content area to your Blackboard menu named ‘Assessments’.
Screen image showing the Assessment folder in a Blackboard Ultra Course Content area

2. Within the Assessments content folder create separate folders labelled;

  • DRAFT Submissions
  • Assessment 1 – followed by name of Assignment
  • Assessment 2 – followed by name of Assignment (if required)
  • Reassessment (if required)

Depending on the number of parts that are being assessed in the module depends on the number of Assessment folders that will need to be created. If you are unsure on how to create folders in Blackboard please see Create a Folder in Blackboard guidance.

3. Once the folders have been created, open each in turn to add the Turnitin Assignment(s)

Screen image showing the expanded Assessment folder with Content market selection

Select Content Market then select Turnitin

Screen image of Turnitin selection from Content Market window


4. Complete the necessary fields: (see below for further guidance)

Turnitin set up first screen showing the title and instructions fields together with mark grade, dates and optional settings.

DRAFT Set-Up

Title: DRAFT.
Instructions: add any additional instructions such as Tutor or Admin contact email.
Max Grade: 0
Start Date: Opens from point first assessment brief is given to students.
Due Date: Point at which last assessment is submitted for this module including reassessment.
Feedback Release Date: 1 day after the above Due Date.

DRAFT for FORMATIVE Feedback

Title: Assignment for Formative Feedback.
Instructions: Amend the instructions to inform students that this submission point is for Formative Feedback on their DRAFT Assignment.
Max Grade: 0
Start Date: Opens from point first assessment brief is given to students.
Due Date: Point at which the Formative Assessment in due.
Feedback Release Date: Unlike other DRAFT Turnitin Assignments, this must be set after the Due Date even though no feedback release will be required.

FINAL Set-Up

Title: FINAL – followed by the assessment name.
Instructions: Submit your FINAL submission here for this assessment. For assessment issues, contact the Course Administration Team. For technical issues, contact: i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk.
Max Grade: Usually 100.
Start Date: This should be at least 2 weeks before the Due Date.
Due Date: The date the assessment is due, and time should be set at 14:00hrs.
Feedback Release Date: The date that feedback and marks are released back to the students, usually 15 working days / 3 weeks.

AFTER DEADLINE Set-Up

Title: AFTERDEADLINE – followed by the assessment name.
Instructions: Submit your AFTER DEADLINE submission here for this assessment, e.g. late submissions or submissions with an agreed extension. For assessment issues, contact the Course Administration Team. For technical issues, contact: i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk.
Max Grade: Usually 100.
Start Date: This is 1 minute after the Due Date and time for the FINAL submission point.
Due Date: 5 weeks minus 1 day after the above start date.Feedback Release Date: 1 day after the above Due Date.

Optional Settings

Select Optional Settings:

Screen option highlighting the optional settings and drop-down option next to submit papers to in Turnitin

Select the drop-down option for Submit papers to:

DRAFT Set-Up

Submit papers to: Do not store the submitted papers.

DRAFT for FORMATIVE Feedback

Submit papers to: Do not store the submitted papers.

FINAL Set-Up & AFTER DEADLINE Set-Up

Submit papers to: Standard paper repository.

Submission Settings

Screen image showing the additional options under the submission settings.

Allow submission of any file type
Select this option if the assessment is a non essay / text submission, e.g. for poster or PowerPoint presentations.  This does not include media files.  Media or Audio files should be submitted to a Blackboard Assignment via ReCap.

Allow late submissions
This should not be selected for either DRAFT or FINAL set-up but does need to be selected for DRAFT FORMATIVE Feedback and AFTER DEADLINE set-up.

Enable anonymous marking
Select if this assessment is being marked anonymously.

Attach Rubric

Screen image highlighting the drop-down to attach a rubric.

To attach a Rubric to either your FINAL or AFTERDEADLINE Assignments, select the check box next to Attach a rubric, then select the drop-down arrow from the box to select a Rubric that exists in your personal Turnitin Rubric Library.

If the Rubric does not appear in the drop-down list, you can upload one via the Launch Rubric Manager link.  Please see additional instructions and guidance under Turnitin Rubric and Grading Forms.

Compare Against

Screen image showing the compare against options in Turnitin.

Select each check box to generate a similarity report for submissions.  If no Similarity report is necessary (e.g. Poster Presentation) then these fields should be unchecked.

Similarity Report

Screen image showing the drop-down options for generating a Similarity Report for Turnitin submissions.

DRAFT Set-Up Optional Settings

Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date).

DRAFT for FORMATIVE Feedback

Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date).

FINAL Set-Up

Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date).

AFTER DEADLINE Set-Up

Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit).

screen image showing the Turnitin Similarity exclusions options.

Allow students to view Similarity Reports: this should be selected for all set-ups that are generating a similarity report, i.e. where each check box has been selected under ‘Compare Against’.

Exclude bibliographic materials: should be unchecked.

Exclude quoted materials: should be unchecked.

Exclude small sources: should be unchecked.

Exclusions can be selected later by the marker via Feedback Studio.

Exclude Assignment Template

Screen image of the Exclude assignment template option in a Turnitin Assignment set-up.

Please ignore this section.

Additional Settings

Screen image of the additional settings options.

Select to save these settings if you are creating the same type of assignment e.g. all DRAFT or all FINAL or all AFTER DEADLINE.

Finally select Submit.

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