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Create a Turnitin assignment

1. Introduction

This guide provides information for staff creating Turnitin assignments. We strongly recommend that you check your settings every time you create a new Turnitin assignment, particularly those relating to the release of marks to students.

Recommended settings

To skip a description of each setting and use recommended settings, go straight to our checklist.


You can book face-to-face Turnitin training via People Development Online.

An online training module is also available for you to work through at your convenience.

2. Create a new assignment

a. Check that you are in Edit Mode.

Edit Mode

b. In the Assignments content area, hover your mouse over Assessments. 


c. Click Turnitin Direct Assignment.

Turnitin Direct Assignment

d. You'll see a list of settings. These functions and our recommendations are explained below. 

3. Assignment Detail settings

aAssignment Name

Type the assignment title as specified in the Module Handbook or other module literature.

Recommendation: Use the format (Assignment Title) SUBMIT HERE, so students can locate the assignment and understand where to submit. Avoid using commas in the title, as this affects the export to Excel feature.

Assignment name field

b. Assignment Description

Provide instructions / info for students, e.g. "This assignment will be anonymously marked, so only put your username on the submission. Don't put your name on". You should also tell them what you want them to submit.

Assignment description field

c. Submission Method

Select File Upload. This means that students have to upload a file e.g. Word or PowerPoint in order to submit.

Important: Text submission isn't recommended, as it loses all text formatting and introduces the possibility that a student may accidentally submit without attaching anything.

File upload option

d. Overall Grade

We recommend that you always set this to 100 and calculate assignment weighting in Grade Centre.

Overall grade field

e. Number of parts

We recommend that you leave this as 1 (Students find multiple parts confusing to navigate)

Parts field

f. Start Date

Determines when students can start submitting to the assignment.

g. Due Date

Determines when assignments are due. Set this to the due date specified in the Module Handbook. Students can't submit after the due date unless late submissions are enabled.

Recommendation: Set this to a time during staffed hours, so that support is available for students submitting assignments. Please be aware of the University system upgrade schedule when setting deadlines.

h. Post Date

The date marks and feedback will be released for all submissions.

Recommendation: Set this to the date in the Module Handbook to ensure you're following the policy of work being marked within four weeks of the due date.

Important: Once the post date has passed, student marks and feedback will be available in MyBeckett and Turnitin. More information is available in our guide to releasing marks and feedback to students.

4. Exclusion settings

a. The Exclusions section determines whether Turnitin will ignore certain types of text matches.

Recommendation: Don't exclude anything. If you do, it introduces the possibility that students can 'cheat' the system. You can always exclude them later, in the similarity reports of the submissions themselves. This ensures you have control and the power to use the full scope of your academic judgement.


5. Account Specific settings

a. If you Use Anonymous Marking:

  • Student names are hidden in the submissions inbox.
  • You can only identify students by the paper submission ID.
  • Tell students not to type their name on the submission. (Username might be desirable).
  • Submissions are revealed on the post date.
  • You can reveal individual names if you provide a reason. This is logged to ensure an audit trail.
  • Once you've revealed a student, you cannot undo the action.

Recommendation: There's no University anonymous marking policy for assignments. Check with your Course Team / School to see if you have a local policy. It's really important to be consistent in this area as consistency impacts on student satisfaction. Then choose either Yes to hide student names or No to continue seeing student names in the submissions inbox. Our guide to anonymous marking provides more information.

Anonymous marking on

Anonymous marking off

b. Use GradeMark

This switches on online marking and feedback tools for this assignment. Although it is labelled Grade Mark, this refers to Feedback Studio.

Recommendation: If you're marking / providing feedback online, choose Yes.

GradeMark on

6. Repository settings

a. Paper Repository (Default settings)

This tells Turnitin whether or not to store submissions on the Turnitin database so that they're compared against in future.

Recommendation: For summative assignments, choose Standard Repository so that submissions are stored on the database and are compared against in future. For formative assignments i.e. you’re only giving feedback, choose No Repository. This stops the paper being stored in the repository and a future summative assignment being flagged as possible self-plagiarism.

b. Check stored student papers

Do you want submissions compared against student papers stored on the database?

Recommendation: Choose Yes.

c. Check Internet

Do you want submissions compared against the internet database?

Recommendation: Choose Yes.

d. Check Journals and Publications

Do you want submissions compared against the database of journals and publications?

Recommendation: Choose Yes.

Repository settings

7. Grade settings

a. Reveal grades immediately

Recommendation: Choose No.

If set to Yes, this overrides the post date, so as soon as you mark the first assignment, that student is able to see their mark in provisional grades or via the Blackboard App.  However they won't be able to view their feedback, or the mark on their paper in Turnitin, until after the post date. Students tend to complain if their course-mates get their marks earlier than them, so this isn't desirable.

b. Ignore Turnitin Grades

Recommendation: Choose No. This ensures marks are sent to Grade Centre, giving you additional flexibility i.e. assignment weighting.

Determines whether marks are sent to the module Grade Centre. This is a confusingly labelled option which unfortunately we're currently unable to change.

Grade settings

8. Assignment settings

a. Report Generation Speed

This doesn't allow you to choose how quickly Similarity / Originality Reports are generated. Instead, this controls how many times students can submit an assignment. The options are:

Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit)

  • Students can only submit once
  • Students get only one originality report.
  • They can't resubmit unless their paper is deleted by a tutor.

Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date): After 3 resubmissions, reports generate after 24 hours

  • The most flexible option for tutors and students
  • Gives students the opportunity to understand Turnitin and Academic Integrity by self-reviewing and revising their submissions.
  • Students can resubmit as often as they want until the due date.
  • No re-submissions are allowed after the due date.
  • Similarity reports for the second or subsequent submissions experience a 24 hour delay before an similarity report is returned.
  • Only the latest submission is available to the tutor / student. Previous versions are removed.
  • Student submissions are only compared to one another within the assignment on the due date. This may result in a change in the text match results.

Important: Only view the similarity report as final after the due date has passed. This is the best time to check for collusion.

Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date)

  • Students may re-submit as many times as they want until the due date.
  • Students only get one originality report (on the due date).
  • Students can't therefore re-submit after receiving an originality report.
  • They can't re-submit after the due date.

Recommendation: Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date) After 3 resubmissions, reports generate after 24 hours. Recommendation was approved by the University Academic Integrity Group and Student Union.

Report speed

b. Blackboard group

This option is only visible if you have set up sub-groups within your module. It allows you to select a sub-group for the assignment. Our guide to creating sub-groups provides instructions to get you started.

Sub group

c. Grading schema

The schema in which assignments are marked. Options are:

  • Score (XX/100)
  • Percentage (XX%)
  • Letter (ABCDE etc.)
  • Text
  • Complete / Incomplete

Recommendation: Use Score or Percentage for marked assignments as this easily transfers to Grade Centre.



d. Turnitin Rubric

If you would like to mark your assignment using a rubric or grading form, you can now attach this using the drop-down list.

Select a rubric

To create a new rubric or grading form, you can click the blue rubric icon to the right of the drop-down list. When you have set up the rubric/grading form, it will appear in the drop-down list after a short delay (no more than a few seconds). More information is available in our guide to creating rubrics and guide to creating grading forms.

e. Students view originality reports

Choose whether students can see the report or not.

Recommendation: Choose Yes, so students can learn from their mistakes and improve their assignment until the due date. This recommendation was approved by the University Academic Integrity Group and Student Union.

Originality report

f. Allow late submissions

  • Allows late submission after the due date and before the post date.
  • If a student submits a draft before the due date and tries to submit again after the due date, the second submission isn't accepted and the student’s draft is considered their final submission.
  • Late submissions are clearly visible in the submissions inbox, highlighted in red.

Recommendation: Choose Yes. University policy states that students may submit up to ten days late.

Late submissions

g. Save instructor defaults

The instructor defaults setting is currently not working as expected. We recommend that you always check your settings when creating an assignment.

Recommendation: Choose  No.

h. When you've selected all of your settings, click Create Assignment.

Create assignment button

9. Adaptive release

You may wish to make a Turnitin assignment available to an individual or sub-group of students, or between specific dates for example. This is possible using adaptive release. Information to help you get started is available in our guide to adaptive release.

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