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How do I set up a Turnitin assignment in Moodle?

Are you setting up a dropbox for draft submissions? See: How do I set up draft submissions in Turnitin?

When adding a Turnitin assignment activity in Moodle, there are a number of configuration options; this article suggests a typical configuration.

Add assignment to Moodle

To set up an assignment dropbox:

  1. Go to your Moodle course and turn editing on.
  2. In the section where you will add the submission dropbox, click Add an activity or resource (at bottom-right of section).
  3. From the activity chooser select Turnitin assignment 2 (towards the bottom of the list) and click Add.
  4. Configure the settings as outlined below.
  5. Click Save and return to course (bottom of the screen).

Configure assignment settings

When configuring a Turnitin assignment, make sure the following settings have been configured:


Turnitin assignment name:

Give a title to your assignment which will appear as a link in the homepage of your course.

The title also appears in the Timeline block that students can add to their Moodle Dashboard and a more descriptive title would help students to understand which module the assignment belongs to.

For example: PSYC5007 Coursework 2 Essay instead of just Coursework 2 Essay


Summary is an optional field, but it’s good practice to include useful information for your students, e.g. the deadline of the submission, requirements for file names of the submissions, anonymity etc.

Assignment Part 1

Start date:

When your students will be able to start submitting their work.

Due date:

The deadline for submissions.

Post date:

When marks and feedback will be revealed to students.

Originality Report Options

Allow submissions after the due date:

Choose Yes.

Report generation speed:

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

Store student papers

Choose Standard Repository (default).

Standard Repository means the submission will be considered for comparison against future submissions.

No Repository means you don’t wish to consider comparing future submissions against these submissions.

Exclude bibliography

Choose No. (Why?)

GradeMark Options

Attach a rubric to this assignment

Choose No rubric if you are not planning on marking using a marking grid.

If you plan to use an existing marking grid then select your rubric from the drop-down list.

If you plan to create a new marking grid or duplicate/edit an existing one then click on Launch Rubric Manager.

Updated on November 17, 2021

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