Canvas - How to Setup Turnitin Assignments
Instructors can utilize Turnitin in Canvas courses to analyze online assignment submissions.
You don’t need to install the application or request it from an administrator. However, Turnitin is not a standalone tool, so it must be configured in each of your Canvas assignments if you wish to use it.
Configuring Turnitin Review
You can activate Turnitin review on Online Submission Type assignments. To start, navigate to the assignment's configuration page, and then:
- Set the submission type to Online. [This Canvas Instructor Guide provides more information about creating online assignments.]
- Under the Online Entry Options section, check Text Entry or File Uploads. Checking either box will show Plagiarism Review options farther down the page.
- In the Plagiarism Review section, choose Turnitin.
Once you’ve chosen Turnitin in the Plagiarism Review section, you can select from various options that adjust how Turnitin will act on students’ submissions. You can also save your Turnitin assignment configuration as your new default for future assignments that use Turnitin.
Can Instructors and Staff Upload Items to Turnitin?
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to submit a specific document to Turnitin for review.
How to Access and Review Turnitin Analysis Results
Once students submit to your assignment, you can review the Turnitin analysis for their submission by grading it in the Canvas SpeedGrader.
- Open the assignment in Canvas.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Click SpeedGrader under the Related Items menu.
Once in SpeedGrader, you can cycle between your students’ submissions. On each submission to a Turnitin-reviewed Online Submission assignment you should see a Similarity Score flag to the right of the View dropdown selector. The Similarity Score flag will also be listed next to the Assessment grade entry box. The color of the similarity score flag is based on the amount of matching text Turnitin detected in the document.
To view detailed Turnitin analysis about the student’s submission—what Turnitin calls the Similarity Report—click the Similarity Score flag. This will open the Turnitin Feedback Studio in a new tab, showing the student’s submission, annotations, and a toolbar on the right side of your browser window.
New to Turnitin?
You can watch a Turnitin Feedback Studio Walkthrough video here: https://www.turnitin.com/videos/tfs-walkthrough.
How to Get Help Using Turnitin in Canvas
You can view and search additional documentation and support guides from the Turnitin Help Center. Some useful guides include:
- Accessing the Similarity Report
- Customizing the Similarity Report
- Excluding content from the Similarity Report
- Excluding Bibliography and Quotes
You can also access popular help articles by clicking the (?) icon in the top-right of the Turnitin Feedback Studio.