Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Moodle

A Turnitin Assignment is similar to a regular assignment in that an assignment is configured by the professor and students either upload their assignment as a file or type their assignment into a text box in order to receive a grade. However, a Turnitin Assignment will process student submissions to check for plagiarism, and each submission will receive an originality report as it would if submitted through the Turnitin website (for more information on Turnitin, please visit their website: Additionally, Turnitin Assignments have a different look than traditional Moodle assignments and require an extra step.

NOTE: There are two main steps to create a Turnitin Assignment. One must first create the Turnitin Assignment itself; then set the start date, due date, post date, and maximum marks separately.

Follow the instructions below to create a Turnitin Assignment:

  1. Click Turn Editing On.
  2. Scroll down to the section where the assignment will be displayed.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource 
  4. Find Turnitin Assignment.
  5. Click the button next to the Turnitin Assignment.
  6. Click the Add button.
  7. Provide parameters for the Turnitin Assignment.
  8. Click the Save and display button at the bottom of the screen.

Follow the instructions below to set or edit dates and maximum marks for a Turnitin Assignment:

  1. Find your Turnitin Assignment.
  2. Click the title of your Turnitin Assignment.
  3. Click the Summary tab.
  4. Find the table with the headers Assignment Part, Start Date, Due Date, etc.
  5. Click on the Edit button (pencil icon).
  6. Provide your Start Date, Due Date, Post Date, and Max Marks.

NOTE: Start Date refers to the date and time at which students will be able to begin submissions, Due Date refers to the date after which all submissions will be noted as late, Post Date is the date that students’ grades and originality reports will be available for viewing, and Max Marks refers to the maximum amount of points a student can receive for the assignment.

  1. Click the Submit button.