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).

Key Feature Changes and Known Issues

Function For Teaching Staff  Status
Creating a Turnitin Assignment

No longer accessible via the Assessments drop-down list. Users must navigate to Build Content from the drop-down list, and then select Turnitin. Refer to the guide>>

turnitin link

Built as intended to be inline with the Blackboard Ultra navigation.
Modifying a Turnitin Assignment

Modifying existing assignment settings are now done in 2 places. Refer to the guide >>

  • Via the Blackboard dropdown menu >  edit: Assignment name, Instructions, Max Grade, Due Date.

edit button

  • Via Turnitin Assignment settings to edit the rest of the settings.

 edit turnitin

 

eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.
Turnitin logo/icon no longer displayed 

Turnitin Assignment link now appears as Blackboard link icon. To make it clearer  for student, It is recommended that meaningful naming convention is used when naming a Turnitin assignment. 

 

create turnitin assignment

Contacted Blackboard & Turnitin, Blackboard confirmed it is a design anomaly.

eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

Create a Turnitin Revision Assignment 

 

Not available since Dec 2020. eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

Roster Sync

Not available - function is built into the system to perform automatically eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

Multiple File Upload

Not available eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

Email Non-Submitters

Available only through Grade Centre eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

Turnitin Large Classes

Not available eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.
Sync Grades Sync Grades tab is not available as the function is performed automatically now. eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.
Student email Receipts to confirm submission of assignment

No longer available, however digital receipts is now displayed in the assignment inbox for staff or downloadable by student

Staff view:

Student view:

eLearning team to update self-help resources and continue to communicate.

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:
  • 27 May 2021: Presentation at the eLearning Operational Forum (eLOF) about Turnitin LTI 1.3 implementation timeline.
  • 13 July 2021: Webinar "Turnitin Update Webinar for Learning Designers".
  • July 2021: Dedicated update to Library support teams - AskUs and Trainers June 2021: Update on Turnitin 

What is the timeline?

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