Older TurnItIn integration temporarily re-enabled

May 11, 2017

In May 2016, we implemented TurnItIn's LTI-based Canvas integration that requires users to create TurnItIn assignments using the "External Tool" submission type. This integration replaced the older "check box" based method of creating TurnItIn assignments. As many of you are aware, TurnItIn's LTI-based integration proved to be less reliable than the previously used approach, resulting in many submissions not being correctly pushed back to Canvas's SpeedGrader.

Because of these ongoing problems, we have re-enabled the older "check box" method of TurnItIn assignment creation. This older integration will remain active through the 2017-2018 academic year. We recommend that anyone who has had trouble with the newer TurnItIn LTI-based integration use the older approach for all new TurnItIn assignments.

To create a TurnItIn assignment using the older approach, create a new assignment in Canvas and select the "Enable TurnItIn Submissions" check box in the "Submission Type" section while also making sure to select "File Uploads." Additional options may be selected in the "Advanced TurnItIn Settings."

Please be aware that using advanced features of TurnItIn's Feedback Studio may only be accessible via the newer integration requiring the "External Tool" submission type, which is still available for faculty who want to use it. Also note that attempting to change the integration type for existing TurnItIn assignments with submissions will cause submissions to disappear.

Over the past year, we have worked extensively with TurnItIn support to help resolve this issue, but the problems users encountered initially have yet to be resolved.

If you have additional questions or concerns about using TurnItIn, please contact the Help Desk at (254)710-HELP.

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