Information Services

Choosing your assignment tool

Assignments are used to allow students to submit work ready for marking and feedback. This section will offer guidance on Learn Assignments and how they differ from Turnitin Assignments.

Assignment submission using Learn or Turnitin

Looking for Help with Learn?

From the beginning of the 23/24 academic year, all new courses will be delivered using an updated Learn interface. In order to ensure that users can access support materials for current and previous year courses we have kept old support materials on Edweb pages and created a new Sharepoint Learn site full of useful resources for the new interface.

For Learn resources for current courses, please visit the Learn Sharepoint (University of Edinburgh users only).

Here you can access the most up-to-date information such as:

  • Good practice guidance
  • Training and support resources 
  • How to guides

To access support material for older courses please use the pages below as usual.



You can set up dropboxes for student assignment submissions within Learn itself or in an integrated system called Turnitin. You should choose the technology that suits the type of submission you wish your students to make.  

Comparison checklist of functionality for Learn and Turnitin

If you have questions about this checklist, please contact us via the IS Helpline.

If you decide to use Turnitin to manage your assignments,  our Turnitin web pages contain guidance on how to use it.

If you decide to use the tools built-in to Learn, our Setting up assignments web page provides guidance.

Online submission guidelines

If you are new to setting up online assignment submission, here are some general suggestions for good practice you can follow.

Student Guidance for online submission

Some students will be (understandably) nervous about electronic submissions. Here are some general draft guidelines staff can adapt to meet their specific course needs and then pass onto students.