Setting submission dates for TurnItIn assignments

The summary screen for a TurnItIn 2 assignment

On the Summary screen (the first of 4 tabs the tutor sees when they click the link to the assignment) there is a pencil icon.  Clicking this allows editing of the dates and times.  You then need to click the tick icon (which replaces the pencil) to confirm the changes.

The graphic above shows the screen (click the image to show it full size), which I notice has lost its labels:

The leftmost entry (11:49) is the start time and date.  No submissions may be made before this.

The middle entry (12:00) is the due date or deadline.  No submissions will be allowed after this.

The rightmost entry (09:05) is the marks posting date, after which marks will be made available to the students.

The text field containing “Part 1” is used to distinguish between seperate submissions if the assignment requires more than one file to be submitted.  You can normally safely ignore this.

A new way to access TurnItIn

After almost a year’s development, we now have an alternative way to submit coursework files to the TurnItIn UK plagiarism checking service.  Learn has a new TurnItIn Assignment activity in which:

  • Students  submit their coursework by uploading to a TurnItIn Assignment activity
  • Learn stores a local copy and also automatically sends a copy for checking to TurnItIn
  • The tutor can mark the submissions manually or use the online GradeMark tool at TurnItIn
  • The Originality Report scores and marks are returned to Learn
  • The Originality reports can be viewed from Learn, and
  • Tutors may opt to allow students to see the Originality Reports after the work has been marked

The underlying service is the same as before, but the new TurnItIn Assignment activity is an improvement because it:

  • Can be used by any tutor with a module on Learn (no registration necessary)
  • Means less administrative work for the tutor
  • Gives the student a digital receipt for their submission, and
  • Allows for anonymous online marking

A new flyer describing the service will be circulated to departments later this month, or can be downloaded from here.

Changes at TurnItIn UK

We are now into our sixth year of using the TurnItIn service, and there are several changes to the service for the new year.

From September 4th, registered users (who already have logins and passwords for the service) will see a new interface to the service when the visit the website.  The changes aim at integrating the three TurnItIn services:

  • Originality Check – the new name for the old plagiarism detection service.  Works the same as before, but shows a better representation of the submitted work (for example embedded images are now displayed)
  • GradeMark – the online marking tool which could be used as an alternative to Learn’s online (paperless) marking tools, and…
  • PeerMark – a peer assessment tool for students to mark each other’s work.

For more details of the changes, see the current Newsletter.

We are also hoping to get a revised version of the new Learn TurnItIn activity.  More details on this when it arrives!


Here’s a quick stat to make academic colleagues think as they finish marking:

Total questions marked automatically by Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) during Semester 2 exams: 296,963

If you could mark a question in 5 seconds (!) and could continuously mark for 6 hours a day, it would take 69 days. That’s almost 14 weeks of saved academic time…

New Learn plug-in for TurnItIn access

The good news is that Learn now has a new Activity type, a TurnItIn Assignment.
Unlike previous connections with the plagiarism detection service, this one has the students doing the submitting.  Staff no longer need to be individually registered for the service – Learn is registered instead.


  • A scaleable service, because individuals are no longer manually registered
  • Students get an emailed receipt for their submission
  • Slicker interface
  • Students can be allowed to see the Originality Report
  • Anonymous marking (if required) can be turned on from within Learn 
  • (optional) use of GradeMark online marking tools, in which case… 
  • Marks are fed back into the Learn module’s Activity Results


  • Needs a live internet connection
  • Scaling up usage increases training requirements

The bad news is that, at least in the current version, the activity does not have the usual weekly backup facility. 
This means that, for this term at least, it should not be used for summative assessments.

If you would like to use the new system, please contact Bryan Dawson (x226037, library e-Learning office) for details.
Documentation on the new system is available from the Staff Room on Learn.

Existing TurnItIn users may continue to use the current batch upload system: the new plug-in is an additional service, not a replacement service.