ATLAS Providing Extensions for all Students Assignments

This means that the link between what the students do and what the tutor can view for assessment is extended for all students.

Select the Management tab and choose assignments:

Screenshot of PebblePad's ATLAS, highlighting the Management Tab and Assignments Tab.

Select the ‘work cannot be submitted after‘ to change the date of submission.  You will also need to change the ‘work already submitted can be modified until‘ date to match the deadline date.

Screenshot from PebblePad's ATLAS Assignments window showing the fields required to be completed to add extensions.

If you have set individual extensions before changing the overall submission date these individual extensions will be affected by the change of overall submission date.

It is advisable to contact your Digital Academic Developer to ensure you are aware of the implications of any changes you make to deadlines on ATLAS.

ATLAS Providing Individual Extensions for Students

It is possible to provide individual students with extensions for after the ‘standard’ deadline. This re-opens the link between the student’s work and the version viewed in ATLAS up to the revised deadline.

Providing individual extensions in PebblePad (links to PebblePad’s own website).

It is possible to use extensions for re-assessment but there are other options as well.  Please talk to your Digital Academic Developer for further advice.

Fragmented Matches

Why is it I sometimes see fragmented matches pitted through some student’s work in Turnitin?

Turnitin will highlight these small ‘fragmented’ words when it has found similarity to a larger portion of text elsewhere within the student’s work from the same source, and the total of these result in an overall % which is deemed ‘significant’ enough by Turnitin to show.

Please be aware that Turnitin is best at matching larger, more verbatim sections of unoriginal text, it is not a paraphrasing detector. It would not indicate where a student may have paraphrased a series of small sections from multiple sources, then woven these together and not attributed them.

If you believe you may have seen a similar, although not verbatim, sentence / paragraph / phrase in a source which has not been attributed by the student, it may be that there is not an overall match to that source with the student’s work for Turnitin to highlight it. Using an Internet Search engine, such as Google, may help as these search on keywords.

Why is Turnitin telling me I am marking a Draft submission?

Under the standardised University Turnitin set-up, after a student has submitted to a Final (on time) Turnitin Assignment (submission point) they can update their submission with a new file any time up until the submission deadline.  This is useful in the case of accidental submissions of the wrong file (although they can only see their Similarity Report once, after the deadline). 

If you add feedback to students’ work before the submission deadline for Final (on time) submission points, you will see this notice:

Turnntin warning prompt stating: "This is a draft submission. Any and all marks will be deleted when or if the paper is resubmitted. Would you like to continue?". Buttons available are "OK" and "Cancel"

This does not mean the student has submitted a draft to self-check their work – there are separate submission points for this.  It is a warning that, because you are adding feedback before the submission deadline, your feedback will be lost if the student updates their submission. 

Note: this is not the case for Final (after deadline) submission points.  Students can make only a single submission to these.

I am unable to view a Similarity Report and/or Feedback, why is this?

After opening a student’s submission in the Feedback Studio (document viewer) you may find that you cannot see the Similarity report and/or Feedback that has been provided for the submission. In order to view these, you will need to turn on the relevant ‘layer’. You can do this by clicking on the layers button (fig. a) and ticking the layer(s) you wish to view (fig. b).

Note: the originality layer will only be viewable if the Turnitin Assignment has been set up to generate Similarity reports by the Programme/Registry team.

Can I access Turnitin to mark at home?

Yes, Blackboard/Turnitin are available like any other website, either directly at or by following the links from the home page.

Note: It is not recommended to use RDS to access Blackboard/Turnitin. This is because it may block certain browser tokens necessary to ensure that you are authenticated properly.

Saving Feedback and Marks


Saving Feedback and Marks

When grading papers it is important to understand how Turnitin saves the different types of feedback that you may apply to a paper. Here is a breakdown to assist with your marking:

NOT SAVED: Turnitin has two feedback types that do not automatically save: Grades and Feedback Summary. Each of these will be surrounded by a glowing blue border when you click into them allowing you to enter the desired grade/text. In order to save these feedback types, do the following:

  • Grade (top-right corner) – after entering a grade you must click off of the area (i.e. click anywhere else in the window) in order to save. The glowing blue border around the grades box will disappear and be replaced with the usual grey outline. Note: pressing the Enter key after entering a grade does not save the grade.
  • Inline Comments / Feedback Summary (right-side panel, pencil icon) – same as above, after typing feedback into the Feedback Summary side panel, in order to save this you must click out of the text box by clicking on another area of the screen such as the white space next to the formatting options. The glowing blue border around the grades box will disappear and be replaced with the usual grey outline. When editing feedback, ensure you have moved your cursor to the appropriate section within the comments and you have left clicked your mouse once.

Important: As Turnitin has a security time-out feature that locks open papers that have not been interacted with after approximately 10 minutes, we recommend that markers either save regularly or draft their feedback in a word-processor (e.g. Word, Notepad, etc) first and then copy and paste this in.


  • onscript bubble comments
  • QuickMarks
  • onscript text summary comments and strikethroughs

Accessing Submissions to add Feedback

Turnitin in Blackboard Original

Within your module Blackboard

Screen image of the Blackboard Menu, highlighting the Turnitin Assignments link
  • Select Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments
  • Click on the title of the Turnitin Assignment you wish to view submissions for
screen image showing a list of Turnitin Assignments accessed via the Control Panel in Blackboard
  • With the Assignment Inbox displayed either select the Title of the submission you wish to view or select the Pencil icon under the Grade column
screen image showing the assignment inbox with the title of the submission highlighted as well as the pencil icon in the grade column
  • The submitted script will open in a separate window: Turnitin’s Feedback Studio for you to view, add feedback and mark.

Feedback, Marks and Rubrics

Before adding any feedback or marks to a submission please ensure you check that the Grade Centre column for this assignment is hidden from students and does not auto-aggregate to the Total column which could potentially cause early visibility of grades to students.

Blackboard Assignments

Downloading a Rubric for Re-Use

If a rubric / marking grid exists in a former Assignment that you marked, but you do not own it, there is a way of downloading a copy from the former Assignment and then uploading it to your Rubric Library to attach it to Assignments you need it for. Similarly, you could use this method to download a copy of a rubric that you own and share it with a colleague.

For Blackboard Ultra: follow Turnitin’s guide to downloading rubrics.
For Blackboard Original follow Turnitin’s guide to downloading rubrics, or watch our video guide below to find out how.

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