This document describes how to utilize the integrated Turnitin Similarity Reporting tool from an Assignment activity on FoxTALE. Using Turnitin can deliver feedback to students to help them take ownership of their work and practice proper citation.
Turnitin Feedback Studio
Feedback Studio offers a simplified, more intuitive interface that is accessibility compliant. The new interface combines the Similarity report and GradeMark feedback in one convenient view for both faculty and students. see more below
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What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is a cloud-based service for similarity checking, online grading, and peer review. George Fox University has obtained a license to use their integrated services through our FoxTALE (Moodle) Online Learning Management System. Using the Turnitin settings in an assignment, forum, or workshop activity, student work is instantly checked for potential citation issues. A similarity report is generated in a matter of seconds that can guide the student in how to create proper citations.
NOTE: Turnitin cannot index the entire web or incorporate recent additions to the web immediately. New internet pages and files get added every day to the web. It’s impossible to have every file or page on the net "saved" in our database instantly. Therefore, a source you may have found online may not yet be in our database because it simply has not been scanned by our web-crawlers yet. Also, Turnitin doesn't automatically have access to every website out there.
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The percentage generated by Turnitin does not determine whether a paper has or has not been plagiarized. Similarity Reports are simply tools to help instructors locate potential sources of plagiarism, or text which may have been incorrectly cited. Therefore, only instructors can deem what is a "good" or "bad" score, as interpretation of the data can only be made by the instructor. Turnitin FAQ
Because Turnitin is an integration with FoxTALE, all users (faculty, students, administrators, etc.) will initially be required to accept the Turnitin agreement when submitting any online or uploaded text in these three activities whether or not Turnitin is enabled for that activity. You should only have to accept the agreement once.
NOTE: If the agreement window does not display, you will need to enable popups for FoxTALE.
NOTE: Click this link will open the agreement statement that you can read before you accept. see SAMPLE image below -
Turnitin settings are available in these FoxTALE activities:
Assignment with either File submission or Online text submission
Create a FoxTALE Assignment with Turnitin Settings
Turnitin settings are integrated in the regular FoxTALE assignment, forum and workshop activities. When creating a new assignment, you will see a section for the Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings.
NOTE: You must have Turnitin settings enabled before students submit any papers. If you enable it later, the papers will not submit to Turnitin.
In the administration block>turn editing on, in any of your weekly sections, click on create an activity and choose Assignment, Discussions, or Workshop
Choose the title and description as you would for any FoxTALE assignment.
IMPORTANT: Do not import or duplicate FoxTALE Assignments, Workshop, or Forums with Turnitin settings enabled from other course sites. Always create a new activity.
Settings shown here are recommendations with explanations below.
- Launch Quickmark Manager - this opens a dialog box that lets you customize comment labels to annotate on a student’s submission in the GradeMark viewer.
- Enable Turnitin - Yes to use Turnitin
- Display similarity Reports to Students - set to Yes
- Allows you to display Turnitin similarity reports to student users. If set to yes the similarity report generated by Turnitin are available for the student to view.
- When should the file be submitted to Turnitin? - by default this is set to Submit file when first uploaded
- Allow submission of any file type? - This setting will allow any file type to be submitted. With this option set to "Yes", submissions will be checked for similarity where possible, submissions will be available for download and GradeMark feedback tools will be available where possible.
- Store Student Papers - This setting provides instructors with the ability to select whether papers are stored in a Turnitin student paper repository. The benefit of submitting papers to the student paper repository is that student papers submitted to the assignment are checked against other students' submissions within your current and previous classes. If you select "no repository", your students\' papers will not be stored in the Turnitin student paper repository.
Note: If you do not select 'Yes' for at least one of the 'Check against...' options, then a Similarity Report will not be generated.
- Check against stored student papers - Check against the Turnitin student paper repository when processing similarity Reports for papers. The similarity index percentage may decrease if this is de-selected.
- Check against internet - Check against the Turnitin internet repository when processing similarity Reports for papers. The similarity index percentage may decrease if this is de-selected.
- Check against journals, periodicals and publications - Check against the Turnitin journals, periodicals and publications repository when processing similarity Reports for papers. The similarity index percentage may decrease if this is de-selected
- Select the Report generation speed from these three options:
- Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed) - similarity Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.
- Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date) - similarity 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. Similarity Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24-hour delay before the similarity 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 similarity 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 similarity Report. No resubmissions after the due date and time of the assignment.
- Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date) - similarity 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.
Note: similarity Report generation for resubmissions is subject to a 24-hour delay.
- Exclude bibliography - This setting allows the instructor to choose to exclude text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of student papers from being checked for matches when generating similarity Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual similarity Reports.
- Exclude Quoted Material - This setting allows the instructor to choose to exclude text appearing in the quotes from being checked for matches when generating similarity Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual similarity Reports.
- Exclude Small Matches - This setting allows the instructor to choose to exclude matches that are not of sufficient length (determined by the instructor) from being considered when generating similarity Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual similarity Reports.
- Choose from the drop down menu:
In the blank text field below this enter your preference. Enter a number for Words and a percentage for Percent
- Attach a rubric to this assignment - gives you the option to create a rubric in GradeMark. This is not the same a creating a rubric in FoxTALE. Leave this feature off if you want to use the Rubric in FoxTALE.
How to View and Grade a Turnitin Assignment
Assignment Grading Page
Open your assignment and click on the View/Grade all Submissions just like you normally do.
You’ll see your students uploaded papers or online text. To access the similarity report can click on the icon from this page or from the individual grading page.
Single Student Grading Page
From this page you can view the similarity report by clicking on the colored percentage block or pencil icon. Both take you to the same web page where you can view the report and add comments.
You do not have to enter a grade to view the report. The report will open on a new webpage.
After the assignment due date has passed and you have added comments via the GradeMark manager, students will be able to access the GradeMark/Feedback Studio report along with their similarity report.
What do the colors mean?
The color of the report icon is linked to one of five tiers of the Similarity Index. This is based on the amount of matching text found by the repository comparison. The possible similarity index percentage ranges are linked to a corresponding color:
- blue (no matching words)
- green (one matching word - 24% similarity index)
- yellow (25-49% similarity index)
- orange (50-74% similarity index)
- red (75-100% similarity index)
The percentage generated by Turnitin does not determine whether a paper has or has not been plagiarized. Similarity Reports are simply tools to help instructors locate potential sources of plagiarism, or text which may have been incorrectly cited. Therefore, only instructors can deem what is a "good" or "bad" score, as interpretation of the data can only be made by the instructor.
Working in Feedback Studio
Feedback Studio offers a simplified, more intuitive interface that is accessibility compliant. The new interface combines the Similarity report and GradeMark feedback in one convenient view for both faculty and students.
For instructors who have historically used the classic version of Turnitin, we suggest starting with the “Quick Tips for Mastering Feedback Studio” guide. You can get up and running in just a few minutes!
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Try out an interactive demo
Feedback Studio is the new default but you can switch your view back to the Classic GradeMark view. With GradeMark® an instructor is able to edit and grade student papers online. The instructor can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics, assess the student’s performance within the class and enter a grade for the paper that is automatically saved into GradeBook (optional). GradeMark offers a grammar and spelling checker, e-rater, to automatically scan and mark papers with grammar and spelling errors.
Note: GradeMark works best when the text of the submissions have double spaced text.
When you click on the pencil icon, the report will open on a new webpage in the Turnitin GradeMark manager. You’ll see the paper or text displayed on the left and on the right you’ll have a column of comments to utilize in marking the paper.
When you select text on the paper a comment bubble will appear:
Enter your comment, change the highlight color if you want, and click Save. The text remains highlighted with a comment icon.
Click on the comment icon to see the comment
To delete a comment, click on the icon to open it and then select the trashcan icon.
Navigate in GradeMark to see all student submissions
Once you are in Feedback Studio, you can use the left and right arrows to navigate to other student papers.
Or you can use the tiny arrow to see a list of students to select from
What The Students See
With the above settings initially students will see only the percentage box to access their similarity report. When submitting their paper, it can take up to 30 minutes for the similarity report to appear. They will also get an email from Turnitin as their digital receipt with the ID number.
After the assignment due date has passed and you have added comments via the GradeMark manager, students will be able to access the Feedback Studio report along with their similarity report.
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