Video: How to create a Turnitin assignment

Adding a Turnitin Assignment to your LEO unit.

  1. Navigate to unit from within LEO.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'.
  3. Scroll down to the section where you want to add your activity then click ‘Add an activity or resource’. From the options given under the ‘Activities’ heading select ‘Turnitin Assignment’ and then click on ‘Add’. In the new page that opens up you will be able to edit the settings for your Turnitin Assignment activity.
  4. Under the General section give your Turnitin Assignment a title. Add instructions in 'Summary' text box, to ensure students know what the assignment is about. Select 'Display description on unit page' if you would like the description to be displayed in the LEO unit.
  5. Also under the General section add number of parts to your Turnitin Assignment. By default this is 1, which means a student can submit 1 file. The maximum is 5 parts. Parts have individual dates and grades.
  6. In the Assignment part add the start date, due date of Assignment and the post date when the grades will be released to students. If there is more then 1 part you need to set the dates and grade for each part.
  7. Expand the Grade section and set the maximum number of points allocated the the assignment. The Grade is the overall grade for the whole assignment. The overall grade will be added into the Gradebook.

Allow any file types

This option changes the file types students can submit to the Turnitin assignment

If set to:

'NO': Allows file types with written text, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF files, and generates an originality report.

Warning: PowerPoint files including text in dialogue boxes can cause errors. Instruct students to convert PowerPoint to PDF before uploading to Turnitin.

'YES': Allows non writing file types, such as image files. If there is less than 20 words it will not generate an originality report. The Feedback studio (GradeMark) can be used for feedback.

File size

Turnitin file limit is 100Mb.

1. Under the 'General' section it identifies what type of files students can submit and how many parts an assignment includes. Under submission type select 'File upload' if you want to restrict students to uploading files or retain the default 'Any Submission Type" to provide the students with the option to submit an image file.

2. The Grade section 'maximum number of points' is set to 100. Please note, 'Scale' options do not display correctly in the Turnitin assignment submission area and are not recommended. The Grade is the overall grade for the Turnitin assignment including all or any parts. If there is only 1 part in the Turnitin Assignment, ensure the Grade and the Part marks correlate.

  • To learn more about Gradebook and how grades are calculated and displayed refer to LEO Guide: Grades.

3. Under the Availability' section, set the 'Start date'; 'Due date' and Post date' and marks.

  • Start date: sets the earliest date/time students can make a submission
  • Due date: final date/time the student can submit their assignment
  • Post date: date/time when marks/grades are released to students in the Turnitin submission inbox and Gradebook

Before the due date the assignment submission is in a draft format and on the final date/time the assignment is indexed in Turnitin as the student's final version. Late submissions are ticked by default (see Originality Report options) and will allow students who have never submitted to submit late and be marked in red.

When creating a Turnitin assignment it is important to consider the assignment design.

Cheating at university is becoming increasingly sophisticated and text-matching software and various detection and deterrence measures such as Turnitin have their limitations. There are so many sites that it’s difficult for Turnitin to manage this growing problem.

The  focus of Contract Cheating and Assessment Design: Exploring the Connection was a two-year, national project (SP16-5383, 2016-2018), funded and supported by the Australian Government Office, producing a very useful website with links, hints and resources.



For more information visit Contract cheating and assessment design

Graham-Matterson, L. and Starr, S, (2013) Is it cheating or learning the craft of writing? Using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism in Research in Learning Technology, v.21, sourced

Bretag, T (2019) Contract cheating and assignment design: exploring the relationship, v44, sourced

Silvey, V., Snowball, T.; Do, T., (2016) Bridge over troubled water: A literacy approach to Turnitin in Journal of Language and Learning, v 10. sourced

Third-Party academic research, sourced Includes a range of articles on the effectiveness of Turnitin in preventing plagiarism and promoting student learning. The summaries included on the site present key findings from peer-reviewed scholarly articles on plagiarism and prevention technologies such as Turnitin.

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