Create a Turnitin Folder for Students to Self-Check Drafts

Students may want to check their own work via Turnitin before turning in a final paper or project. However, certain settings are needed to prevent the students' work from incorrectly flagging if submitted to another course. For example, students in a writing seminar may want to have their paper evaluated by Turnitin, but may need to submit a final draft to another course. 

By rule, Turnitin does not flag drafts of the same paper, submitted by the same student, in the same course. It will however flag a paper submitted by the same student to two or more courses, if each course is using Turnitin. This guide gives the correct settings for a general purpose, student accessible Turnitin folder, that will not add their papers to the Turnitin database for future plagiarism checking.

NOTE: No due date or assessment settings are used for this assignment, it is intended to be an ungraded workspace.
  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Click on the New Submission Folder button.

  3. Enter a Name
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.

  5. Check the box for Enable for this folder, under the Turnitin Integration section

  6. Check the box for Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder.

  7. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.

  8. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.

  9. Uncheck the box for Student Paper Repository for Compare submitted papers against the following sources

  10. In the Submissions to this assignment will be stored in: dropdown menu, select Do not store the submitted papers.

  11. All other settings should be left on the defaults. 
  12. Click the Submit button, to close the Turnitin pop-up window.
  13. Back in D2L, click the Save and Close button. 
It generally takes up to 30 minutes after a paper is submitted for the Turnitin report to generate. 
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