Due Date Information for Turnitin Assignments

This post will provide you with important information related to due dates within a Turnitin-enabled assignment.

When you add or change a due date on a Turnitin-enabled assignment by clicking, you can only add or change the due date for the entire assignment. When a due date is added to an assignment, the date is transferred from Canvas to the Turnitin LTI tool. Turnitin settings only allow one due date while Canvas allows multiple due dates. In addition, if you edit an assignment’s due date, it will transfer to the Turnitin LTI tool.

You won’t be able assign a different due date to an individual student. Turnitin only allows one due date on an assignment, so additional due dates for individual students won’t transfer to the Turnitin LTI tool. This can only be done on non-Turnitin-enabled assignments.

Please contact us with questions about Canvas.

Turnitin File Type and Size Requirements

If you’re enabling Turnitin on an assignment, it will be helpful to know its file size and type requirements.

File Size

If your assignment allows any file type, the following sizes will be accepted by Turnitin in order to generate an Originality Report.

  • Less than 40mb.
  • Has a minimum of 25 words.
  • Is less than 400 pages in length.

File Type

The following files types will be accepted by Turnitin in order to generate an Originality Report.

  • Microsoft Word documents (.doc / .docx)
  • Adobe PDFs (.pdf) – PDF image files, fillable forms, files that don’t contain highlightable text (i.e., scanned file), or files created with software other than Adobe Acrobat are not accepted.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint files (.ppt, .pptx, .ppsx, .pps) – Turnitin will convert a PowerPoint file into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format. Features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations will not be visible. In addition, any visual effects (i.e., shadows and 3D) should be removed prior to submitting the file.
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (.xls / .xlsx)
  • HTML files
  • Rich Text Format files (.rtf)
  • Plain Text files (.txt)
  • Google Docs from Google Drive – Third-party cookies must be allowed by your Internet browser; otherwise, Google sign-in attempts will fail.
  • OpenOffice Text documents (.odt)
  • WordPerfect files (.wpd)
  • PostScript files (.ps / .eps)
  • Hangul Word Processor files (.hwp)

The following file types are not acceptable and will not generate an Originality Report from Turntiin.

  • Password protected files
  • Microsoft Works files (.wps)
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macro-enabled files (.docm)
  • OpenOffice text files created and downloaded from Google Docs (.odt)
  • Documents created using OpenOffice (.doc) – These documents are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent.
  • Apple Pages
  • Spreadsheets created outside Microsoft Excel (e.g., .ods)
  • Text with visual effects

If your student must convert a file to a new file format (extension), he / she should rename the file with a name other than that of the original file. This helps prevent loss of the original formatting or image content of a file.

Please contact us if you have any questions about enabling Turnitin on an assignment.

Canvas: How Students See Comments Made Directly on Assignment Submissions

One of the great things about Canvas is that faculty can comment directly on assignment submissions. Anything you can do with a red pen, you can do in Canvas. However, one thing we are finding, is that it’s not necessarily intuitive for students to find these mark-ups.

Here’s how they find them, AND where the confusion may lie.

1.From on the Dashboard, they can see on the “To-Do” bar anything that has been recently graded/commented on from any course they have.

Student Feedback 12. They can select the name of the assignment, where they will be taking to the “Submission Details” for that assignment.

Student Feedback 23. From here, they can see their score, general feedback you have provided (not on the paper), and a turnitin report if you chose to allow them to view it. To view comments that were made directly on the paper, they would simply choose “View Feedback.”

Student Feedback 3Now, here may be where the confusion is coming in. When students don’t go to this via the “Dashboard” (like above), they have a bit of a different experience.

For example, if, which is most likely, a student goes to access the assignment via the course and the “Assignments” link.

Student Feedback 4They are taken to the “Assignment Submission” page. This page indicated the assignment details (points, due dates…etc,), allows them to turn the assignment in, and gives them the score/general feedback (if provided).

HOWEVER, if they want to get the comments made on the paper, they need to select “Submission Details.” This is no necessarily intuitive for students if they do not already know to go there. Once they choose “Submission Details,” they are taken the screen from step 2 above.

Student Feedback 5


Canvas: Assignments Tab Removed from Global Nav Bar

Canvas recently went through a UI change. Specifically, they made some changes to the Global Navigation Bar. The Global Navigation Bar is the red bar at the top of every page in Canvas (with links to “courses,” “grades,” “calendar,” and the “library”). One thing that has been removed was the “Assignments” drop down that was on this navigation  bar (See below)


Canvas Assignments 3


Canvas Assignments 2

One reason this has happened, is so that Canvas can be more agile with further UI changes. Also, I think this is a win because many faculty were confused about the difference between “Global Assignment” (what was removed), and “Course Assignments” (the tab on the left side course nav bar). This helps alleviate any confusion, as there are no longer two options for “assignments.”