Assignments and Turnitin


Turnitin is a cloud-based solution with capabilities in originality checking and online grading using their OriginalityCheck and GradeMark tools. Turnitin saves instructors time and facilitates personalized feedback for learners.

OriginalityCheck lets you monitor Assignment submissions and identify potential cases of plagiarism by automatically comparing submissions to an online database of original content. You can then view Originality Reports which highlight key areas, show a breakdown of matching sources, and provide direct links to the matching content.

You can also take advantage of the integrated GradeMark which lets you add comments, inline text, and highlight sections in file submissions, directly from the Assignments tool. Learners can view GradeMark feedback in User Progress under Assignments, in Grades, in Assignments, in User Progress under Grades, and in Content.

OriginalityCheck and GradeMark features are enabled through integration with Turnitin from iParadigms, LLC. For more information about these features, see Turnitin Integration on Brightspace App Finder.

Note: The use of Turnitin combined with the special access features in the Assignments tool is not supported. If you set a due date for a user with special access that is different than the due date set on the Turnitin tab, the Turnitin due date does not change.

Enable Turnitin for an assignment
About Turnitin-enabled assignments
About Turnitin-enabled group assignments

Consider the following when creating or editing your Turnitin-enabled group assignment:

  • D2L recommends that you hide the Originality Score since group members cannot follow the link to view the Originality Report.
  • In Turnitin, under Optional Settings, Allow late submissions? defaults to Yes. This means you don't need to change end dates to allow learners to submit late assignments.
  • In Turnitin, under Optional Settings, the Student paper repository option is disabled by default. This is so that Turnitin doesn't think submissions from members of the same group are plagiarized.
Exempt individual users from Turnitin
Viewing OriginalityCheck reports

You can view Originality Reports from the Submissions page. When a report is available, the status changes from In-Progress to a percentage rating, which indicates the level of matching content.

Viewing a file submission summary

A lower percentage rating indicates that the content is likely original and has not been copied; a higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.

The percentage ranges are associated with colors:

  • Blue >= 0 and < 20%
  • Green >= 20 and < 40%
  • Yellow >= 40 and < 60%
  • Orange >= 60 and < 80%
  • Red >= 80 and <= 100%

Click the colored section beside the percentage rating to view the associated Originality Report. The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.

What file types are supported in OriginalityCheck?

The following file types are compatible with OriginalityCheck:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect (WPD)
  • Adobe PostScript (EPS)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Rich text (RTF)
  • Plain text (TXT)
Troubleshooting: I see an assignment submission showing an icon that says, "An originality report could not be generated for this file".

If there are no other details in the icon's message text, such as the file is not a supported type or does not include enough text, the generic error indicates an issue transferring the file to the Turnitin server. For assistance with troubleshooting, contact D2L Support.