Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment in Blackboard


Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment in your Blackboard course
Settings Available When Setting up a Turnitin Direct Assignment


Turnitin provides plagiarism prevention services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading, and is free to use for the Pitt community (read more about Turnitin). With the May 2015 Blackboard upgrade, Turnitin can now be accessed without ever leaving the Blackboard environment.
To use Turnitin, instructors must request an account by filling out a form. If you have previously had a Turnitin account, you do not need to re-register to use the new Blackboard integration. Students do not need to request an account.

See more about viewing and grading papers submitted to Turnitin Direct Assignment.

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Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment in your Blackboard course

Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment is much like creating any other assignment in Blackboard. Turnitin Assignments can be created in any content area of your course, and creating such an assignment will automatically add a column to your Grade Center.
To create a Turnitin assignment, (1) navigate to the content area of your course that you’d like it to appear in, (2) place your mouse over the Assessments tab at the top of the page and (3) select Turnitin Direct Assignment.

As when you set up a regular Blackboard assignment, you have a number of options as to how you want the set up you Turnitin Direct Assignment.

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Settings Available When Setting up a Turnitin Direct Assignment

Assignment Details

Assignment Name: This is a required field, your assignment must have a name.
Assignment Description: This is optional but is the area in which you will give students any instructions or information they need to know in order to complete the assignment correctly.
Submission Method: You may choose to only allow file uploads as submissions, or only allow text entry into a text box, or you may choose to allow both methods of submission.
Overall Grade: It is required that you enter the points that this assignment will be worth.
Number of Parts: Turnitin Direct Assignments can be set up so that students must submit multiple documents or “parts” in order to get full credit. For a normal situation in which students are submitting a single paper or document to complete the assignment, Number of Parts should be set to “1”.
Start Date: The date at which students will be able to upload assignments. Please note that this is not the same as availability dates in Blackboard. Students will still be able to see and click on the assignment, they just will not be given an active button with which to upload their assignment until after the Start Date. If you want to keep a Turnitin Direct Assignment hidden from students until after a particular date, you must use an Adaptive Release rule.
Due Date: Students will be blocked from submitting after the due date, unless you allow late submissions (a setting in the Assignment area, see below).
Post Date: This refers to the date after which students may view your comments on their papers. It has no bearing on when they can see grades you enter that appear in your Blackboard Grade Center column for this assignment, only for comments and markup you create using Turnitin GradeMark.


These settings relate to how you want Turnitin to analyze student work and return “hits” on phrases it finds in its database of previously-submitted papers and content found on the internet. These are advanced settings and can be left at their defaults.
Exclude small batches by: This setting can tell Turnitin to exclude strings of a small number of words (Exclude by word count) or a percentage of matching determined by you (Exclude by percentage) from originality reports.
Minimum value to exclude: In this field you can enter either a minimum word count or minimum matching percentage to exclude from originality reports.
Exclude bibliographic material: Changing this setting from “No” to “Yes” will exclude bibliographic materials from originality reports.
Exclude quoted material: Changing this setting from “No” to “Yes” will exclude all material found in quotes from originality reports.

Account Specific

Enable e-rater grammar check: This technology automatically flags grammar, style, usage, mechanics and spelling errors in submitted papers.


Paper repository: The Repository is the database that Turnitin stores submitted papers so that it can check them against future papers for possible plagiarism. You have the choice for submitted papers to go into this repository, or not.
Check stored student papers: Keeping this option set to “Yes” will check the repository of stored student papers against the papers submitted to this assignment for possible plagiarism.
Check internet: Keeping this option set to “Yes” will check Turnitin’s continually updating database of web content against the papers submitted to this assignment for possible plagiarism.
Check journals and publications: Keeping this option set to “Yes” will check journal and publication articles hosted at sites such as EBSCO against the papers submitted to this assignment for possible plagiarism.


Reveal grades immediately: Leaving this option set to “Yes” will enable students to see their grades immediately after the instructor has finished grading. Changing it to “No” will mean that students must wait until after the Post Date to view grades.
Ignore Turnitin grades: Leaving this option set to “No” will allow all grades entered via the Turnitin to show up in your Blackboard Grade Center. Changing it to “Yes” will break the linkage between Turnitin and your Grade Center.
Use GradeMark: GradeMark is a function of Turnitin that allows instructors to leave comments, enter a grade, and electronically markup papers submitted to the assignment. It functions much like the inline grading feature used in the native Blackboard assignment grading tool.


Report generation speed:

  • Generate reports immediately, first report is final – Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission. Be sure to select this if you do not want students to be able to upload multiple submissions.
  • Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due date – Originality Reports for the initial submission by each student user to this assignment will be generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes until the assignment due date. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing. Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed. Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on the due date and time, which may result in a change in the Originality Report similarity index and results at the due date and time. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. No resubmissions after the due date and time of the assignment.
  • Generate reports on due date – Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Resubmissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.

Grading Schema: This tells Turnitin how you would like grades to be reported to your students–as a raw score, text, a percentage, a letter grade or a complete/incomplete mark.
Students View Originality Reports: This setting allows you to have control over whether or not students can view the Originality Report that Turnitin generates for their submission. This is the same report that you will see, and may be instructive to students on certain assignments where they need to learn more about proper citation practices.
Allow late submissions: This is where you can enable students to be able to submit a paper after the due date that you selected earlier. Leave it set to “No” if you do not want students to be able to submit a paper late. Set to “Yes” if you want to be able to accept late submissions.
Use these options as system defaults: If you want to use the same settings for all of your Turnitin Direct Assignments going forward, you can select “Yes” here and save the way you have set this assignment to be the default for all future assignments. If you do this, you can still change individual settings when you set up the assignment.

When you are finished setting up your assignment, click Create Assignment. It will automatically be available to students to view, but they will not be able to submit anything until the Start Date has passed.

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