What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a program that checks student work for plagiarism. Turnitin has partnered with Otus to integrate their plagiarism detection within our rubric assessments. This feature is only available to those within a district that have active Turnitin subscriptions. If you are an administrator wanting to learn more about Turnitin, click HERE.


Assigning a Rubric Assessment with Turnitin

Step 1: Click Assign either from the rubric itself or from the drafts page.

Step 2:  Select your desired assessment settings (classes, groups, due date, availability windows, instructions, and any other settings).

Step 3: To enable the Turnitin feature, check the box "Submit Attachment to Turnitin."

Make sure to check the related boxes if you want to exclude specific elements of the student document from being reviewed for plagiarism. 


Grading a Rubric with Turnitin Enabled

There is a column showing the Turnitin status on the grading page.

There are three possible statuses for this column.

  • Spinner - this means that Turnitin is still processing the document. Make sure to refresh your browser or check back later.
  • Percentage - this is the match percentage Turnitin detected. The percentages are color coded:
  • Triangle - this indicates that the document has been processed, but there are multiple student attachments to the rubric. You can select Checked by Turnitin to see the percentage.
  • Check Mark - This indicates that the document has been processed, but there are multiple student attachments for this rubric. In this case, the other attachments are not documents to be checked by Turnitin. You can select Checked by Turnitin to see the percentage.

Clicking on a student will show you the individual grading view, where you can find the percentage at the top of the page.

Clicking on the percentage from either the whole-class grading page or the individual grading page will take you to the Turnitin website to view the document.

That's it! You've now learned how to use the Turnitin feature on rubric assessments in Otus!


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