What is happening?

UQ will be upgrading our Turnitin integration with Blackboard from "Basic" to LTI 1.3 (Learning Tool Interoperability 1.3). This upgrade will provide staff and students with access to new Turnitin features. 

How was the upgrade initiated?

The upgrade was initiated due to a request from ITS to upgrade the Turnitin integration. Turnitin has also decided to phase out development work for our current integration version "Basic" and only provide fixes for security issues and bugs.

What are the new Turnitin features?

Due to the integration upgrade, a number of new Turnitin features will be made available to UQ staff and students:

  • An updated assignment set up interface with improved labelling of settings (i.e. "Post Date" will be renamed "Feedback release date").
  • An updated assignment inbox that includes information is more relevant and provides the ability to filter to see only student assignments that still need marking.
  • Academic integrity flags for hidden text and replace characters will be displayed in the assignment inbox.
  • The ability for teaching staff to submit or re-submit on behalf of students.
  • An updated student assignment upload interface that is clearer and more initutive.

What new Turnitin features are planned?

Turnitin have indicated the following additional new features will be made available soon:

  • Analytics to inform teaching staff about how students are interacting with an assignment and the feedback provided.
  • Assignment template exclusion functionality that will allow teaching staff to remove text that matches across all submissions (i.e. Exam question papers could be excluded so only the students' answers are checked in the Similarity Report).

How will the changes be communicated?

  • 22 April 2021: An announcement in the eLOF/LDC (eLearning Operational Forum and Learning Design Community) Microsoft Team. 
  • 29 April 2021: This project page was created to inform staff about the upgrade of Turnitin integration to LTI 1.3. Links to this webpage were included in all communications.
  • 29 April 2021: Presentation at the eLearning Operational Forum (eLOF).
  • Articles regarding the integration upgrade will feature regularly in the Teaching and eLearning News newsletter:
    • 10 May 2021
    • 24 May 2021

What is the timeline?

  • 22 April 2021: Turnitin Basic integration made unavailable in Semester 2, 2021 courses.
  • TBA: Turnitin LTI 1.3 integration made available in Blackboard Staging for testing.
  • TBA: Turnitin LTI 1.3 integration made available in Semester 2, 2021 courses.
  • 19 July 2021 (O week): Staff and student Turnitin guides updated.