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Turnitin integration with Isaak-Sakai

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Brock instructors have the option of using Turnitin's 'originality' checking feature via an integration with Isaak-Sakai's Assignments tool. This is advantageous in that it allows originality checking to occur within Isaak-Sakai course sites and does not require instructors or students to navigate to Turnitin.com to create accounts or access services. A brief list of the distinctions between the use of Turnitin.com directly vs. integration with Turnitin within Sakai follows:


[edit] Isaak-Sakai’s Assignments tool (integration with Turnitin.com)

  • Students submit assignments for originality checking via your Sakai course site rather than the external Turnitin.com site. No new accounts will be needed
  • Students must be directed to submit assignments via the Assignments tool that is accessible from the left toolbar on your Sakai course site (after it has been enabled by the instructor)
  • 'In-tool' grading is available within Assignments, allowing scores to be stored within your Sakai site for your reference and (if preferred) student review. It’s also possible to configure Assignments to automatically send scores to the Gradebook tool.
  • Reduced functionality; there is no option to disable student access to originality reports.

[edit] Using Turnitin.com directly

  • Students must create accounts with Turnitin.com to submit course work for originality checking
  • Once you add your course information to Turnitin.com, you must communicate that info to students so that they are able to join and submit
  • If you intend to digitally grade assignments, any grading info that is added to Turnitin.com must be manually transferred to Sakai (provided you intend to store grades within Sakai)
  • Greater functionality, including the ability to choose whether or not students will be able to access originality reports

[edit] Enabling originality checking

Once the Assignments tool has been enabled, connect an assignment to Turnitin by clicking the Add option within the Assignments tool, then checking Use Turnitin box within the configuration menu.

[edit] For a new assignment

[edit] For an existing assignment

  • After opening the Assignments tool, click the Edit option associated with the assignment to which you'd like to add Turnitin integration.
  • Enable the Use Turnitin option.
  • Click Post

Important note: while using Turnitin, ensure that the submission option Single Uploaded File only is selected. This will require that students produce single-file submissions that will be entirely processed by Turnitin, with no missed attachments, for originality.

Choosing the Standard Paper Repository option will allow Turnitin to retain student submissions. This is advantageous if you wish for student work to be compared to other submissions within the same class.

[edit] Accessing and viewing originality reports

Shortly after students have submitted to a Turnitin-enabled assignment, originality reports will become available to both the instructor and student. Note that some time may be needed for processing of student work. Originality reports can be accessed via the following steps:

  • while logged into your Isaak-Sakai course site, open the Assignments tool
  • click the Grade or View Submissions option associated with the assignment
  • click the the coloured icon that's associated with the submission of one of your students. Note that hovering above the icon with your cursor will allow the similarity value of the report to be displayed.
  • you will be connected to the report's location within Turnitin. A guide to interpreting the report is available at https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Student/Student_User_Manual/17_Originality_Check.

[edit] Things to note

  • As noted within the Brock University Faculty Handbook, section 10.4, "students must be informed in writing a the beginning of the course" if phrase matching software such as Turnitin is to be used.

[edit] Other resources

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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