Create a Turnitin Folder for Students to Self-Check Drafts

Students may want to check their own work via Turnitin before turning in a final paper or project. However, certain settings are needed to prevent the students’ work from incorrectly flagging if submitted to another course. For example, students in a writing seminar may want to have their paper evaluated by Turnitin, but may need to submit a final draft to another course.

By rule, Turnitin does not flag drafts of the same paper, submitted by the same student, in the same course. It will however flag a paper submitted by the same student to two or more courses, if each course is using Turnitin. This guide gives the correct settings for a general purpose, student accessible Turnitin folder, that will not add their papers to the Turnitin database for future plagiarism checking.

Note: No due date or assessment settings are used for this assignment, it is intended to be an ungraded workspace.

  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).
  6. Check the box to Enable Originality Check® for this folder.
  7. Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder. (This will allow students to see their originality reports.)
  8. Click the More Options in Turnitin button.
  9. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  10. Scroll to the Submission settings dropdown menu.
  11. Select Do not store the submitted papers.
  12. Scroll to the Compare against settings.
  13. Uncheck the box for Student Paper Repository.
  14. Click Submit.
  15. Back in D2L, click the Save and Close button.

Note: It generally takes up to 30 minutes after a paper is submitted for the Turnitin report to generate.