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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Message from Turnitin CEO Chris Caren

Dear Customers,

Turnitin UK services experienced two recent outages on October 22, 2018 from 09:37 to 14:36 BST and on October 25, 2018 from 10:48 to 13:33 BST. The root cause of these issues was an exploited vulnerability on the login page used by our UK customers, and, during the time period, customers were not able to access their accounts. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to your institution, as we recognize that Turnitin is a mission-critical service that you rely upon for day to day operations.

The stability and security of our services are a top priority. The outages that occurred were not situations that we had encountered before and were unrelated to previous outages. As a result, it took our incident response team longer than usual to identify and fix the vulnerability. We have already made changes to prevent this from happening again and will also be adding the following safeguards to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future:

  • Additional monitoring and alerting that proactively warns for this unique type of situation.
  • Code updates in order to prevent a similar issue in the rest of the code base.

In regards to Turnitin’s overall 2018 service health, we would like to address a couple of points:

  • In comparing 2018 to 2017 service levels, Turnitin has had 56.2% less downtime but has had an increase of 64.8% in slow or degraded service;
  • Improving those degraded service numbers while keeping uptime availability as high as possible continue to be our highest priority and we will work with you to make sure that we minimize issues that result from service degradations.

Once again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this service outage has caused. If you have additional questions about these outages, please feel free to respond to this message or reach out to your UK-based Account Managers, who are carefully monitoring service for our Turnitin UK customers and will be happy to provide additional information.

We value our relationship and look forward to a continued partnership together. Thank you for your time and for listening.

Sincerely,

Chris Caren,
CEO, Turnitin

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