Enable and Configure Turnitin via D2L Assignments

You can access Turnitin via a D2L Assignment Folder or via turnitin.pdx.edu. For most instructors, using Turnitin via D2L is recommended. Turnitin is comprised of several apps with different functionality. GradeMark® is used to digitally annotate and grade papers. Originality Check® checks for plagiarism.

Enable Turnitin for an Assignment Folder

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. Check the box for Enable GradeMark® for this folder. (Note: GradeMark must be enabled in order to enable Originality Check).
    • Optionally, Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace. (This will automatically transfer Grademark grades to the D2L gradebook, if configured.)
  6. Check the box to Enable Originality Check® for this folder.
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    • Optionally, Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder. (This will allow students to see their originality reports.)
  7. Click Save. Continue to the next section to configure your settings.

Additional Configuration Settings

Once you have enabled Turnitin for your D2L assignment submission folder, you have access to additional settings.The articles below will walk you through changing the default settings. You will need to change settings from the defaults for the following scenarios:

  • You plan on having students submit the same work multiple times or to multiple D2L courses.
  • You want to exclude student papers from being submitted to the Turnitin database.
  • You want to limit the databases that Turnitin searches through to generate the Originality Report.

Step-by-Step

Edit Turnitin Database Settings
Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database
Enable Grammar Check

Edit Turnitin Database Settings

Turnitin uses a combination of various online resources to generate originality reports. In most situations you will want submissions checked against all available resources to look for copied or improperly cited work. In situations where students are submitting multiple drafts of the same paper, or using materials from work they did in another course, you may want to limit the scope of the resources that Turnitin checks.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Under the Compare submitted papers against the following sources: section choose from the following checkboxes:
    • Student paper repository: This is Turnitin’s database of previously submitted student papers. If you know your students have submitted the same work for multiple classes, or for multiple drafts, you will want to uncheck this setting.
    • Current and archived web site content: This is a general search of the internet. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
    • Periodicals, journals, & publications: Turnitin partners with publishers, and other content providers. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
  9. Click Submit.

Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database

When students submit work to Turnitin, it is automatically added to a database of existing student work. New submissions are checked against this database, to look for copied or improperly cited work. When you enable Turnitin for your D2L assignment folder, you can choose to exclude your students’ submissions from the Turnitin database.

NOTE: When students submit multiple versions of the same paper to a Turnitin folder, Turnitin will not flag the text as unoriginal. If a different student submits the same text, or the student submits their paper to another course using Turnitin, the text will be marked unoriginal.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Scroll to the Submission settings: dropdown menu.
  9. Select Do not store the submitted assignments.
  10. Click Submit.

Enable Grammar Check

Turnitin includes a basic grammar and spell checking software, much like you see in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It is called ETS e-rater, and the functionality is disabled by default. Follow these steps to enable the grammar and spell checking features for submitted papers.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Scroll down to the Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology? buttons, and select Yes.
  9. Choose an ETS handbook (Advanced recommended).
  10. Click Submit to finish.