The website Turnitin.com is a plagiarism tracker – it checks your students’ work against Internet and archived sources.
Moodle has a built-in assignment creator designed to work with Turnitin. Here’s how to create one:
First, log in to your course on Moodle, and click the “Turn editing on” button.
Scroll down to the Week/Topic where you would like to add the assignment and click the “Add an activity” drop-down menu. Select Turnitin Assignment. (Please note: you may have to scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu to see “Turnitin Assignment”).
This will take you to the “Adding a Turnitin Assignment for Week X” page. Type a name for the Assignment in the “Name” box (for instance, “Submit your Final Paper”), then type instructions for your students in the “Summary” box.
Warning: the Summary box can only contain 1,000 characters. No, that is not very many. Yes, it is very annoying.
Here is the work-around that I usually use:
Create a Web page resource item titled “Instructions for Final Paper” (or whatever your Turnitin assignment is). On that page, type all of your directions for students, including the topic of the paper, how long it should be, etc.
Place the “Instructions” web page immediately before the Turnitin Assignment on the course’s home page.
In the Turnitin Assignment, keep the instructions very short. For instance: “Upload your Final Paper as a Word Document, using the submission field below.”
The basic setting you generally want to leave at their default settings. However, if you want the student to submit several documents, you should increase the “Number of Parts” drop-down menu to match the number of documents.
Scroll down to Advanced Options, and set the following options:
- Set Allow Late Submission to “Yes.” (papers will still be flagged in red if they are late).
- Change Report Generation Speed to “Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due date”
- Change Exclude Bibliography to “Yes”
- Change Exclude Quoted Material to “Yes”
- Everything else, please leave on its default setting.
Now scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button labeled Save and display.
After a “Synchronizing” page, you’ll come to a page that looks like this:
Click the Pen icon on the right side. Now set the Start date (the date students can begin submitting papers, the Due date (naturally, the date the assignment is due), and the Post Date (the day that students receive their grades – for now, just set this date far in the future, then switch it when you know a specific date that you’ll be finished). Then click the Submit button.
Congratulations, you’ve created a Turnitin assignment!
One more thing to keep in mind: You will have to create your Turnitin Assignment new each semester – they don’t work when copied from previous classes.
This guide was created with reference to the UCL Turnitin Moodle tutorial.