Using the Turnitin tool (plagiarism detection and feedback)
We strongly recommend that you use the Turnitin tool to create and collect paper assignments: it’s a great tool to check for plagiarism, to provide feedback and to grade paper assignments.
Creating a paper assignment
Step 1: In the Course Menu, click on the plus to add a content area.
Type in a name (we suggest you have paper or essay in the title) and make available to users. Look at your menu. Do you like where your new link landed? If not, use the double arrow icon in the action bar to reorder the links as you see fit. --BEEP-- Next, click on the newly created link, then in the action bar on “Assessments”. Select “Turnitin Assignment”. If this is the first time you create a Turnitin assignment in this course, complete the new assignment set up on the Add Turnitin Assignment page. Click on the question marks if needed. Click “Optional Settings” to provide a short description or instructions as well as review/modify other settings. If your assignment description is long or contains an attachment or links, refer your students to this description in the Course Schedule or the course area where you posted the description. If you have a rubric, you can use Turnitin Rubrics tool to add it and associate it with the assignment by following the steps 2 and 3 after completing the tutorial for step 1. Also, we strongly recommend that you select “On Due Date” in the “Generate Originality Report” drop-down. --BEEP-- Once you complete the settings, click on “Submit”. Blackboard automatically creates a grading column in the Grade Center.
Please note: “Add Turnitin Assignment” page will timeout if the screen is idle for some time. We recommend that you review the settings of the assignment on this page and make decisions first. Once you start to set it up, complete it promptly and click “Submit”.
If there is more than one assignment, you can adjust the order of the assignments by clicking the double arrows on the right of the action bar. –BEEP-- If you have not done so already, in your posted Course Schedule, make sure to let your students know where they need to go to complete the assignment. –BEEP—
In the Course Management section of your course page, go to the “Grade Center,” then, in the “Full Grade Center” to the column that Blackboard created for your Turnitin assignment. Note that this column will be hiding at the end of the Grade Center. Use the horizontal scrollbar at the bottom to find it if it has fallen off your screen. Next, go to “Manage” in the action bar, then to “Column Organization” to reorder the columns. --BEEP--
Next, go to the weighted total column for the grading category to which the paper belongs--you know, the one with the percentage mark at the beginning of the name. Click on the action button to the right of the column, then on “Edit Column Information”. Scroll down to the “Select Columns” and in the Columns to Select box, select the newly created Turnitin assignment; with the arrow move it to the Selected Column box and put in 100%, then click “OK” overriding the warning that may pop up. Don’t forget to click on “Submit”.