Canvas: Adding a New Turnitin Assignment

This guide shows you how to add a new Turnitin assignment to a module.
Step 8 below explains the settings recommended by Distance Education.

Creating a new Turnitin assignment

When you create a new assignment for which you would like to enable Turnitin, the process is by and large the same as enabling Turnitin for an existing assignment, just make sure you create the assignment first then edit its settings to enable Turnitin. 

***Step 1: Click to add a new assignment on Assignments page (you may need to add it to a module later), or add a new assignment to a Module. Edit settings.

"Display Grade as" can be set to any type except "Not Graded":

Display grade as any grade type except Not Graded

Step 2: For Submission Type, Select "External tool".

Step 3: Click inside "External Tool URL" field to bring up the list of LTI tools (list does not appear if you don't click inside that field)

Step 4: Select "Turnitin LTI API" then the URL field will be automatically populated.

***Step 5: Select "Load in a new Tab" to make sure that students working with smaller screens can see the submit button on the document preview page.

If the "Load in a new tab" option is not selected, some students may experience difficulty when uploading their files due to display problems.(See explanation here:

Step 6: Click on the "Update assignment" button, then go to the "Settings" tab

***Step 7: Enter instructions for assignment, set the start and due dates (please make sure this is the due date you set for the Canvas assignment):

Step 8: Click on Optional settings to further customize Turnitin settings.

We recommend that you check all three sources for student submissions to be compared against, and allow students to view the Originality Reports, but do not store their papers in Turnitin database if you think students need to submit revisions or different versions of the same paper.

Step 9: Don't forget to "Submit" your changes on the Settings tab!  (if you navigate away without submitting the changes, it won't alert you)


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