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We a​re pleased to announce Turnitin Plagiarism Framework is now available within Canvas! The Turnitin LTI integration will be discontinued​ in Canvas at the end of the Fall 2023 Semester. The new integration allows Turnitin's Similarity​ Report to be fully integrated with a Canvas Assignment.

The primary difference between the Turnitin Framework and the previous version of Turnitin (Turnitin LTI), is the new Turnitin Framework can be used and launched from Canvas SpeedGrader and originality information is indicated in the Canvas Gradebook. The Turnitin Plagiarism Framework integration is preferred by faculty who want to use Turnitin as a plagiarism deterrent, but like the grading and feedback tools native to Canvas.​​

​New Functionality

  • Group Submissions: Turnitin Framework can correctly handle group submissions for group assignments within Canvas.
  • Resubmissions: If students resubmit an assignment to Canvas, instructors will be able to see the originality scores and reports for both original and subsequent submissions.
  • Multiple Submissions: If an assignment requires students to submit multiple files to the same assignment, Turnitin will provide originality reports for all files that are in formats it can check.
  • Canvas Peer Assignments: Peer review assignment features in Canvas work using the Turnitin plagiarism framework.​​
  • Student View: The Test Student can submit assignments configured using the Turnitin plagiarism​ framework.
  • Rubrics: Canvas Rubrics attached to Turnitin-enabled assignments are visible on the assignment page to students and instructors.

Loss of functionality​

  • Turnitin Rubrics: Rubrics created in Turnitin will no longer work. Turnitin Framework will utilize Canvas Rubrics​.​
  • Online Grading Features: The use of the Turnitin Feedback Studio is no longer supported. Turnitin Framework is integrated with Canvas Speed Grader​.
  • PeerMark: PeerMark is not available in the Turnitin Framework; however, Peer review assignment​ features in Canvas can be used.
  • Turnitin LTI: Complete loss of access to assignments and submission via Canvas. To view submissions/assignments from previous semesters, instructors will need to login to with the same email and password you use to access Canvas. (You may need to reset the password or set up a security question when prompted) Once you are logged into Turnitin, you can then locate all of the assignments you have previously created.​ Turnitin LTI links from previous courses copied into new course shells will no longer work once the Turnitin LTI is discontinued.

Comparison Chart

​​Feature Turnitin LTI Turnitin Framework
Performs originality ​check of student work checkmark checkmark
Uses Canvas Assignment checkmark
Uses External Tool Assignments checkmark  
Can be used for Group Assignments   checkmark
Allows students to resubmit work checkmark
Allows students to resubmit work late   checkmark
Allows students to submit multiple files checkmark
Supports restricting file submission type checkmark​​ checkmark
Supports varied due dates of assignments checkmark
Supports Turnitin Feedback Studio checkmark
Supports Turnitin PeerMark assignments checkmark
Allows for visibility of Canvas rubrics checkmark
Supports Canvas Bulk Download of submissions checkmark
Allows Test Student to submit   checkmark

Actions you will need to take

​As noted above, Turnitin LTI links from previous courses copied into new course shells will no longer work once the LTI is discontinued at the end of the Fall 2023 semester. All Turnitin LTI assignments will need to be changed to Canvas Assignments with the Turnitin Framework enabled. You can use instructions provided in our Creating Turnitin Assignments in Canvas​​​ document to edit the assignment.

Important Notes:

  • Assignments that require originality checking must be configured to use Turnitin Plagiarism Framework before students begin submitting assignments. It is not possible to retroactively check a student's work that has already been submitted.​
  • Turnitin Plagiarism Framework cannot be used with quizzes or discussions.
  • Using Turnitin Plagiarism Framework with Canvas preserves the ability to bulk download student submissions in Canvas, to use groups assignments, and to view Canvas Rubrics.
  • When using Turnitin as a LTI and through the Plagiarism Framework in the same Canvas course, you cannot have two assignments with the same name as it will generate errors. After copying a course containing Turnitin LTI links, edit the assignment names of all LTI assignments before creating new assignments in the Plagiarism Framework.

Example: If you currently have an "Assignment 1" using the Turnitin LTI, you cannot have an "Assignment 1" in Turnitin Framework until the LTI assignment link has been removed.​​

​​Turnitin Framework FAQ

Q: How is Turnitin Framework different from the Turnitin integration we had before?

A: ​This new integration adds the originality check to a standard Canvas assignment which means you can use all of the built-in Canvas functionality e.g., peer review, group assignments, and Canvas rubrics. Additionally, the new integration can be used by the Test Student in Canvas.​

Q: How do I enable Turnitin for my Canvas Assignment?

A: In the Canvas Assignment, the Submission Type needs to be set to Online Submission and either Text Entry or File Uploads (or both) need to be selected. When these are chosen, the option to enable Turnitin for the assignment shows up in the Plagiarism Review box. Directions for enabling Turnitin for a Canvas assignment can be found here.

Q: H​ow can I update my assignment ​so that it is using the new Turnitin integration through the Canvas Plagiarism Framework?

A: You​​ can use instructions provided in our Creating Turn​itin​​ Assignments in Canvas​​​​ document to edit the assignment.​

Q: When using the Canvas Plagiarism Framework, will my assignment settings be remembered ?

A: Yes, the option to "Save as default settings" allows instructors to save their assignment settings for future use.

Q: Which Turnitin settings can I adjust when using the Canvas Plagiarism Framework workflow?

A: When creating an assignment, you can customize a number of Turnitin settings to allow you to get the most out of each Similarity Report. You can find out more about these settings here.

Q: If I copy a course, will my Canvas Plagiarism Framework settings be preserved from the original course?

A: The settings you have for a Canvas assignment with Turnitin enabled will copy as is to the new course. You can learn more about copying a course here.

Q: After copying a course, am I required to adjust the date of the copied assignment for it to reset to the current semester?

A: Because Turnitin works with the Canvas Assignment settings, you do not have to adjust the date of the duplicate assignment for it to reset to the current semester.

Q: Can I use Turnitin's grading and Feedback tools with the Canvas Plagiarism Framework?

A: The Canvas Plagiarism Framework integration was designed to provide a similarity report and spelling and grammar suggestions only. All feedback and grading is expected to be done via SpeedGrader.

​Q: What do students see when accessing their Similarity Report in the Canvas Plagiarism Framework?

A: Students will be able to view their Similarity Report (and spelling and grammar suggestions if enabled) in Turnitin Feedback Studio (which is accessed via Canvas through Submission Details or Gradebook), just as they can when they use Turnitin as an external tool.

Q: Do indications of the report percentage appear in the new Canvas Gradebook features?

A: Indications of t​he Similarity Report percentage will appear in the Canvas Gradebook. If you would like to view the report, you can launch SpeedGrader via Gradebook to view it.​

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