When using Turnitin with Blackboard, there are three different kinds of assignments available to you:
- Paper Assignment
- PeerMark Assignment
- Revision Assignment
Each type provides a different function for your students. Paper Assignments are the standard assignment type in Turnitin. After students submit their papers, instructors can grade the assignments and leave comments. PeerMark Assignments allow students to review each others' papers, offering criticism and suggested changes. Revision Assignments allow students the ability to submit several drafts of the same paper without overwriting their original submissions.
Also of note is that Turnitin assignments have three dates to keep in mind: the Start Date, Due Date, and Post Date. The Start Date controls when students can begin submitting assignments. The Due Date is when students can no longer submit assignments. The Post Date is when students can access any of the comments instructors have left for them.
To Create an Assignment in Blackboard Using Turnitin:
- In your Blackboard course, navigate to the designated content area for the assignment. In the Assessments drop-down list, choose "Turnitin Assignment."
- On the Add Turnitin Assignment page, you will be presented with the three assignment choices. Choose the one you want to create.
To Create a Paper Assignment:
- Choose "Paper Assignment," then click "Next Step."
- On the next page, give your assignment a name and point value, then choose the Start Date, the Due Date, and the Post Date. Then hit "Submit." (There are also Optional Settings that you can change to give you more control over your assignment.) You should see a message saying that the assignment was successfully added. Click "OK."
To Create a PeerMark Assignment:
- Choose "PeerMark Assignment," then click "Next Step."
- On the next page, choose the already-created assignment that you want your students to review and assign a point value. The dates associated with the assignment should be filled in automatically, but you can change them if you want. Then click "Save and Continue."
- On the next page, you will choose how many papers students are required to review, as well as how those papers are chosen. Click "Save" to change the settings. You can either have the students choose the papers to review, or have Turnitin distribute them randomly. Click "Save and Continue" when you are done.
- On the next page, you can choose to include some specific questions that students must answer when reviewing a paper. You can either create your own questions, or choose questions from the included Library. Click "Add a Question" to see your options. Click "Save and Finish" when you are done. You should see a message saying that the assignment was successfully added. Click "OK."
To Create a Revision Assignment:
- Choose "Revision Assignment," then click "Next Step."
- On the next page, choose the already-created assignment that you want your students to be able to revise and assign a point value. The dates associated with the assignment should be filled in automatically, but you can change them if you want.
- You will then choose when you want the Originality Report to be created. This report compares the students' assignments with the Turnitin submission database and shows how similar the student's paper is to any that have already been submitted. If you choose "Immediately (first report is final)," your students will have one chance to submit another draft of their paper before it's submitted to the database. The other two options allow for more draft submissions. When you are done changing the settings, click "Submit." You should see a message saying that the assignment was successfully added. Click "OK."