Turnitin LTI integration – changes for 2021/22

Turnitin is moving to a new way of providing access to Turnitin through Weblearn called Turnitin LTI integration. The LTI integration is more robust than our current integration and has a simplified interface and improved dialogue for students when uploading.

The new integration is already available on Weblearn and you can start using it right away for your 2021/22 online submissions or wait until the Spring semester to make the switch.

This change does not affect the Turnitin feedback studio, so marking processes and viewing similarity reports remain the same.

Support and training

For an overview of the changes, sign up for a “Turnitin LTI: creating and managing assignments” session available at vletraining.eventbrite.co.uk

Support materials will appear soon on the Learning Technology Support pages

Why is this change happening now?

Our current integration (called Turnitin Basic Building Block) will stop working in January 2023 and users will no longer be able to access Turnitin assignments submitted through the Basic Integration after that date. To make sure that all submissions made in 2021/22 can be accessed for at least 12 month after the original deadline, we need to disable submissions to Turnitin Basic from February 2022.

You can continue using the Basic Integration until January 2022, at which point we will switch the Basic Integration into a ‘read-only’ mode.

Submissions made through the LTI integration will remain available for staff for 24 months after a module has completed

Key dates

  • Sept 2021: new Turnitin LTI integration is available through Weblearn
  • Feb 2022: current Turnitin Basic is switched off and will allow ‘read only’ access to previous submissions
  • Jan 2023: Turnitin Basics will be removed from Weblearn and users can no longer access submissions made through the Basic integration.

Training for the new version will be scheduled from teaching week 2.

What’s new?

The way you access the option to create assignments and access the Turnitin Inbox (student submissions) has changed and will look slightly different, but you will already be familiar with most of the assignment settings.

Creating Assignments

The create assignment option is now under the ‘Build Content’ drop down menu:

The build content dropdown menu expanded with the Turnitin option highlighted

Managing assignments

The changes include

  • Access Assignment inbox directly from Assignment link
  • Weblearn preview user can be used to test submission as a student
  • Marking groups are more tightly integrated and can be easily accessed from the assignment inbox
  • Some configuration settings can’t be changed once the assignment has been set up

Accessing LTI assignments

In the Turnitin Basic integration, instructors need to access the assignments from Module Management > Module Tools > Turnitin Assignments.

That link doesn’t exist for the LTI integration, and instructors can access the assignment inbox by simply clicking on the assignment on ‘Online Submission’

An example turnitin assignment

The Turnitin Assignment inbox has simplified workflows and a new look and feel.

an example turnitin inbox with an example student displaying

 

 

 

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New Ultra Base Navigation (Staff)

Ultra Base Navigation provides a new way to navigate Weblearn and access global tools. There will be no change to modules or content.

Module Request Form

The module and course site request form has moved and is now available via the Institution page:

Notifications

As default you will receive notifications for all activities on Weblearn. If you find you are receiving too many notifications you can choose which notifications you would like to receive or switch off.

Managing Module Page

Modules are grouped by term and listed in alphabetical order within that term as default. The modules page provides new features so users can locate modules more easily. The new features include:

  • Search box: enter the module code or name to locate a specific module
  • View modules in a Term: use the dropdown menu to select the term you would like to view the modules for
  • Favourites: select the star icon on the module page to move the module to the top of the modules list.

Assessments: Student Activity Report

The Student Activity Report is available for Weblearn Assignments, Tests and Discussion Boards (Turnitin is not included). It provides an insight into the assessment including overview information and details about individual student performance.

Access the report from the options menu on the assessment:

The report allows you to view when a student opened an assessment, started submitting and the time the submission was completed.

Module/Organisation Banners

Customise your module or course site by adding a banner. The banners are visible in two locations in Weblearn, on the Modules page in the tile view, and on the module entry page.

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New Ultra Base Navigation (Students)

Base Navigation offers a more modern, intuitive navigation that provides quick access to the most critical information from across all Modules. It creates a more engaging, efficient, and enjoyable experience for students.

Activity Stream

The Activity Stream will keep you up-to-date with changes and updates in your modules. This could include new content being released, new announcements or discussion board posts, or new activities for you to complete.

The activity stream lists all your system notifications.

screenshot of activity stream

Notifications

As default you will receive notifications for all activities on Weblearn. If you find you are receiving too many notifications you can choose which notifications you would like to receive or switch off.

Managing Module Page

Modules are grouped by term and listed in alphabetical order within that term as default. The modules page provides new features so users can locate modules more easily. The new features include:

  • Search box: enter the module code or name to locate a specific module
  • View modules in a Term: use the dropdown menu to select the term you would like to view the modules for
  • Favourites: select the star icon on the module page to move the module to the top of the modules list.
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Summer Weblearn Update

On Wed 30 June at 4:30pm Weblearn will be updated to incorporate the Ultra Base Navigation (UBN).

UBN delivers the information you need, the way you want it. The most critical information from all your modules and organisations is right at your fingertips. With a modern design, timesaving tools, and the ability to take action with one click – the Ultra Base Navigation will help you save time and stay on top of what’s important.

What will the change look like?

The current Weblearn Home page will be replaced by a menu on the left that allows you to access essential functions in one click.

screenshot of activity stream

You’ll find all of your modules and organisations under links on the new menu

When you access a module, it will open as a layer over the new Ultra Base Navigation menu. Everything in the module will be exactly the same as on our current Weblearn version.

screenshot of original module

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Weblearn Upgrade 27-29 June 2020

Weblearn will be unavailable from 1am on Sat 27 June until Mon 29 June as we move to the most up-to-date version of Blackboard Learn.

Weblearn downtime – 27th to 29th June

The work will start at 1am on Sat 27th and should be completed by Mon 29th June. Weblearn will be unavailable to users during the upgrade. We will aim to make the system available again as soon as possible on Monday.

What is included in the yearly upgrade?

As part of the upgrade, Weblearn is moving to a cloud hosting platform called Blackboard SaaS (Software as a Service).

No more downtime for upgrades!

Applications need to be upgraded regularly to get access to improved or new functionality and to make sure they remain secure. Since updating a large application like Weblearn takes a fair amount of time, we currently need 2-3 days downtime to apply an upgrade.

Once we’re on SaaS hosting, upgrades can be applied throughout the year in small increments without the need for 2-3 days downtime over summer.

What else is changing?

The upgrade consists mainly of bug fixes and security updates, and Weblearn will look the same as before.

Grading Weblearn assignments – moving from Box View to Annotate

On June 22nd Blackboard will change the current Inline Grading tool for Weblearn Assignments (not Turnitin) from Box View to a new tool called Annotate. Annotate will provide improved functionality and all pre-existing annotations created through Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate.

View the full Bb Annotate infromation

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Bb Annotate for Weblearn Asignments

On 22 June Weblelarn Assignments (not Turnitin) will transfer to Bb Annotate, the new inline grading tool provided by Blackboard. The transfer will take a few days to complete and you can continue to access and work on assignments during this period.

An example submission in the annotate view

Annotate was created in partnership with institutions across the globe and it will replace the Box View grading tool. The new customisable feature set includes:

  • Selection of document view settings
  • Comments (similar to the Turnitin Bubble Comments)
  • Annotation tools such as free hand drawing, shapes, highlighter pen, customisable stamps/images and text
  • Content library of reusable comments
  • Search feature
  • Print or download annotated submissions
  • Various colour selections, and more.

More information

Frequently asked questions



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Collaborate Ultra Common Questions

Troubleshooting

View the Blackboard Troubleshooting page

View the Collaborate Ultra Session Best Practices page





Collaborate sessions






Recordings




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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to all students and staff as part of Office 365. Teams offers a secure platform for online collaboration where students can share files, chat, hold web conferences and collaborate on documents simultaneously, making Teams an ideal solution for projects and group work.

Instead of your students migrating to a social network such as Facebook or Whatsapp, they can use Teams for online collaboration which means they won’t have to share their personal details with their peers or a third party outside the universities jurisdiction. Microsoft Teams encompasses all the key features of a social platform in a secure location.

Microsoft teams logo

Get started with Teams by entering your full username in the ‘Get Started’ box at https://teams.microsoft.com/start

Staff: username@staff.londonmet.ac.uk
Students: username@my.londonmet.ac.uk

Training and how to guides are available on the Microsoft website, or you could use LinkedIn Learning to view the Teams Essentials Training course (Tip: use the Contents list to skip through each section).

Watch the Teams overview video

The below scenarios are examples of how Teams could be used at this university.



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Resources and support for students

Weblearn Staff Help (login required) contains a collection of centrally managed resources for students which provides guidance on online submission, using the university IT systems, creating assets for projects and submission and more. These resources have been put together so they can be shared with students across the university without the need for them to be redeveloped for each course.

Below we have listed some examples of the resources available through Weblearn. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the Weblearn pages, maybe LinkedIn Learning could help!

IT Induction information

The IT Inductions area contains information, not just for new starters, but on common tasks students will undertake during their degree. Examples include:

Weblearn specific information

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Student FAQs

Students frequently use Weblearn to complete tasks and access their learning materials and there are some common questions which come up time and time again. We have put together a list for staff and a list for students to answer some of these common questions.

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