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The mechanics of using Turnitin for online assessments

Guidance on how to use Turnitin for online assessments.

We also have a checklist which summarises the use of Turnitin, so you can ensure you’ve not missed anything.


Set up

We have created guidance on how to set up a Turnitin dropbox.  We’d suggest that you use the following settings for this type of assessment:

Turnitin field Typed Submission settings
Title You can choose, but you should opt for something that makes sense to the students such as  “Open book exam dropbox”

Recommend to set to 100 (check with assessor if needed)

File types Set to ‘Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity’.
Start date

Leave as default

Due date

Add in your deadline

Post date Set a date a year or so into the future (this controls students seeing the marks/feedback, you don’t want them to see this until you are ready – you may not want them to see these at all. Your School should have a policy on this.)
Enter special instructions You can use this space to remind students of anything you think is helpful in terms of the exam
Allow submissions after the due date Yes  - we recommend this is left as yes so students who are anxious aren’t blocked from submitting a couple of minutes later than the deadline.
Generate Similarity Reports for submissions You can choose whether to check these submissions for similarity or not. If you wish to do this, pick Yes, if not, pick No.
Generate similarity reports

Immediately (can overwrite)

Exclude bibliographic materials No
Exclude quoted materials No
Exclude small sources No
Allow students to see Similarity Reports No
Reveal grades only on post date Yes, in order to keep the grades hidden until after they are ratified by the Exam Board, please keep this as yes.
Enable anonymous marking

Yes (if your exams are normally marked anonymously, you should be following this).

Submit papers to Standard paper repository

Use adaptive release in Learn to ensure that the exam is not visible to students before the exam start time. You may want to password protect your exam questions and release the password at the time the exam paper is opened up, another security measure to keep the exam secure until the right time.

You may want to set a marking rubric for the assessment – your School may already have a standardised rubric, so please check with them before you start.  You can import a rubriccreate a brand new rubric and mark using a rubric.


The guidance document also contains information about how to prevent false notifications of late submissions, which we’d recommend following.

We also strongly recommend that you hide columns in the Grade Centre before you start marking – the Totals column and the column linked to your specific assessment.  There is a video on hiding grade centre columns that shows how to do this.


Marking is done via the Turnitin Feedback Studio. You access this in your Learn site, in the side menu, there’s a Course Management area and in that a Course Tools option. If you expand this, you’ll see a ‘Turnitin Assignments’ option. 

There are videos which talk you through how to use Feedback Studio for marking:

For more advanced users:

Using the similarity reports

If you are using the similarity reports in Turnitin, there is guidance on how to interpret the report. Please ensure you highlight any suspected plagiarism to your School Academic Conduct Officer.

After marking is finished

Schools will have their own processes here but typically you'll need to let your Teaching Organisation know when you've finished marking.  At that point, course administrators will deanonymise the submissions, apply any penalties (if required), download the marks, prepare them for exam boards and then return to the students via APT (in EUCLID).    The following instructions are intended for Teaching Organisation staff and cover these processes.

Marks must not be shared with students after marking, all marks need to be ratified by the exam board prior to publishing via APT.

To de-anonymise, you’ll need to edit the Turnitin assignment and change the post date.  When you do this be careful to change the post date to a date in the past rather than now/the future, this will ensure that that grade centre column in Learn remains hidden.

If you need to make changes to the grade for any reason (i.e applying penalites), there is guidance on how to do this:

Downloading the marks from Turnitin and uploading to APT (EUCLID)

Please note: the School of Physics and Astronomy have created some helpful converters which could help you with the process of pushing marks from  the Learn Grade Centre into EUCLID. 

Manual process (not using tools from Physics):