Turnitin Assignment Copy feedback release date should be set after the due date

Recently, Turnitin introduced a new functionality called Assignment Copy, which allows instructors to copy assignment setups for re-use. When using this feature, instructors should be careful when setting their assignment dates to ensure that the due date does not fall after the feedback release date. If a due date is set to after the feedback release date, students will gain access to their marks and feedback as soon as these are created.

If you have any queries about using this feature, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

 

[OPEN] Blackboard Full Grade Centre Not Downloading Correctly

Blackboard’s “Work Offline” function, which allows you to download a spreadsheet of the Grade Centre, is currently not working as intended. When you attempt to download the Full Grade Centre of a course, some columns that are present online are not downloaded in the spreadsheet. This may affect workflows with offline or in-person assessments.

We have advised the supplier of this issue and they are investigating. In the meantime, the following steps can be followed as a workaround.

Workaround:

  1. Go to Full Grade Centre.
  2. Go to Manage.
  3. Click Create Smart View.
  4. Enter “ALL USERS” into the “Name” field.
  5. Select the box for “Add as favorite
  6. Set “Type of view” to “User
  7. Set “Select Criteria” to “All Users
  8. Click “Submit“.

This should produce a Smart View that contains all of the columns in the course. Navigate to this smart view and download it as you would normally, choosing to display or not to display hidden info, selecting specific columns, etc., as required.

Turnitin approved paper deletions cannot be recovered

Turnitin has announced that, from 23 January, any approved deletions of papers will be permanent and cannot be recovered.

Once an administrator approves a paper deletion request, the submission is immediately deleted and removed from Turnitin’s database and the Assignment Inbox. Once deleted, the submission can no longer be recovered by the administrator or Turnitin’s Technical Support team.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

[Open] Turnitin rubrics and sliding scales

We have identified a bug in Turnitin rubrics, in which using the sliding scale to update a score does not update the number correctly.

Therefore, we recommend that, if you use the rubric slider to apply a grade, you should click on the rubric slider scale circle (please see the screenshot below) once you have positioned it, in order to fix the number. This should allow you to apply the grade without issues.

Turnitin is planning to address the issue in a future update of the product.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Turnitin AI writing detection scores in December and early January

There was a temporary disruption in access to Turnitin’s AI writing detection tool between 1 and 5 January, which has now been resolved. Submissions affected by this issue will need to be re-submitted to receive a report. Instructions on how to resubmit can be found below.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please email us at digital-education@bristol.ac.uk if you have any questions regarding the AI missing scores.

How to regenerate the AI scores when needed

Step 1. Create a hidden Turnitin submission point

Create a content area which is hidden from students in your course:

  1. Ensure that Edit Modeis On.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over the + symbol above the course menu and select Content Area. Type in a name for the area (eg Turnitin hidden).
  3. Leave Available to Usersunticked and click on Submit.

Add the Turnitin submission point in the hidden content area:

  1. Click on the hidden content area in the left menu.
  2. Expand the Build Contentmenu and click Turnitin Assignment (LTI). At this point you will go into the Turnitin interface.
  3. Enter the Assignment Title (eg Turnitin checks). Add a point value.
  4. Set start, due and feedback release dates.
  5. Click on Optional Settingsto set Turnitin options.
    1. Make sure Submission settings are set to Do not store the submitted papers
  6. When finished, click on Submit.
  7. Click on the arrow next to the submission point you have just created and make unavailable. This will ensure if folder becomes visible students will not be able to access the Turnitin submission point.

Hide the Grade Centre column for the Turnitin assignment from students:

  1. In the Control Panel, click on Grade Centre, then Full Grade Centre.
  2. Find the Turnitin submission point column and click the arrow next to the title.
  3. Click Hide from Students (on/off). A red diagonal line through a circle should appear next to the name to indicate that the column is not visible to students.

Step 2. Download original assignments from Turnitin

  1. Access the original Turnitin submission point.
  2. In the Assignment Inbox, sort the submission by Uploaded date.
  3. Identify the assignments that did not get an AI writing score (if submissions are anonymous, you will need to reveal the author of the paper). Select the papers you have identified by checking the boxes in the first column.
  4. Click on Download Selected and choose Original Files. A ZIP file containing the selected papers will download.
  5. Unzip the folder and make sure you can associate the downloaded files with their author, by renaming the paper using the student number.

Step 3. Upload the assignments to Turnitin

  1. Open the hidden Turnitin submission point that you have created.
  2. Click on the Submit on behalf of student menu and find the student you would like to submit on behalf of.
  3. A message will appear asking you whether you would like to proceed? Click on Continue.
  4. Choose the file corresponding to the student.
  5. Click on Upload and Review and in the preview page make sure you are uploading the correct file.
  6. If you have confirmed that the uploaded file is correct, then click on the Submit to Turnitin button.
  7. Repeat step 3 for each file you need to upload.

Step 4. AI and similarity scores

Please keep in mind that the intention of this guide is to regenerate the AI writing score. Please refrain from focusing on the similarity score, as it will return a high similarity since it will be compared against the originally submitted file.

Turnitin “resync grade” feature

Turnitin has added an option in the assignment inbox which allows users to Resync grade from the three-dots menu under Options. Users can select this option when a grade from the inbox does not appear in the Grade Centre. Choosing this option will re-send the grade to the Grade Centre.

If you have any queries about using this feature, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

[Resolved] Turnitin Service Incident: Feedback Studio not allowing download of Similarity Reports

We have been notified by Turnitin that Similarity Reports are not downloading correctly at this time. Attempts to download Similarity Reports are producing an error that reads, “Could not process your request”. This occurs in both the Feedback studio accessible through Blackboard and on the Turnitin website interface. Unfortunately, this means there is no way to download Similarity Reports at this time.

This incident was resolved by Turnitin on 23/11/23, returning normal functionality to the downloading of Similarity Reports.

Submit your teaching software requests for Teaching Block 2 (TB2) to IT Services by Tomorrow (Friday 24th November)

The final opportunity to submit your teaching software requests to IT Services for TB2 is this Friday, 24 November. If you have already been using specific software in Teaching Block 1 and wish to continue using it in Teaching Block 2, there is no need to resubmit a request for those software applications.  

See more information and access the app on the IT Services Teaching and Student Software SharePoint page. Please also complete the feedback form to help IT Services improve the Teaching Software Request App for the 2024/25 academic year. Any additional inquiries should be directed toward IT Services.

New feature in Turnitin: Assignment Copy

Turnitin has introduced a new feature called Assignment Copy, which allows instructors to copy assignment setups for re-use.

This feature streamlines the workflow for staff in several ways; for instance, you can:

  • Copy assignment setups from previous years’ courses into brand new courses for the upcoming academic year, with updated dates
  • Create a new set of assignments and then copy those assignment setups into multiple different courses, using the same assignment dates
  • Create one assignment setup as a template and then copy that assignment setup multiple times within a course.

This feature is not limited to instructors who created the original assignment. Any instructors who were associated with the assignment will be able to use it for copying. Please note that staff enrolled in a very large number of courses (over 1200) might experience a slight delay when accessing assignments to copy.

Instructions on how to use Assignment Copy can be found on Turnitin’s website. If you have any queries about using this feature, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.