Assignments: Create an Assignment Submission Folder (and Enable TurnItIn Integration)

Assignments is a management tool used for student submission of assignments (eg. papers, etc.). It allows students to attach and submit assignments, such as Word or PDF documents, directly to TCU Online, eliminating the need to collect hard-copy or email versions. As faculty, you will have ongoing access to all submitted items, so you have a nice archive of student work, in case you need to consult it later (questions about grading, reference letters, etc.). Electronic submission of student papers also allows you to use TurnItIn to assist you in plagiarism detection and teaching students about proper citations.

Create a New Assignment Submission Folder (and Enable TurnItIn)

  1. Within your TCU Online course shell, select Activities on the Navigation Bar then select Assignments.
  2. Click the blue New Submission Folder button.
    New Submission Folder Button

On the Properties tab:

  1. Name the folder. Naming convention is important. Make sure the assignment folder name matches what you have in your syllabus.
  2. Select the Folder Type.  Once you have determined if it is a group or individual folder, it cannot be changed. You will have to create a new folder.
    • Individual submission folder – This is for all students to submit into one folder.
    • or Group submission folder – You can only associate this submission folder to a group after you’ve created a group in the Groups Tool. This will allow you to post one grade and assignment feedback that will automatically go to all members of the group. Groups will only see their own folder for assignment submission.
  3. Set the Category if you wish to associate your Assignment Submission Folder to a Grade Category.  (Example: If you weight all papers as 20% of the final grade, you might want a category called Papers).  It is okay not to have a category.
  4. Set your Grade item. This can be None or create or select a Grade Item to associate the folder with the Grades tool.
  5. Set the “Out of” score. This would be the maximum points are for this assignment. Make sure the out of score matches the grade item score if attaching to the Grades tool and syllabus. 
  6. Add Rubrics if desired.
  7. In the Instructions field, type the expectations and requirements for the Assignment.
  8. If desired add Attachments: Add Attachment (File, Link, existing activity, Google Drive), Record Audio or Record Video.
    Assignments Add Attachment
  9. Under Submission Options, select Show Submission Options:  Set your preferences for Files Allowed Per Submission Folder (Unlimited or One file per submission folder) and Submissions (All submissions are kept, Only the most recent submission is kept, or Only one submission allowed).
  10. Enter your email address if you wish to receive an email each time a submission is made to the Assignment folder by a student.

On the Restrictions Tab:

  1. Set Availability dates. The End Date affects the Turnitin settings when visiting the Turnitin Tab (We recommend setting the “End Date” and “Due Date“).  These dates will also push out to the Pulse app for students and appear on the TCU Online calendar for users enrolled in the course and on the general course calendar.
    • Here are some important scenarios regarding date schedulingNo dates provided in TCU Online. TurnItIn’s dates:
      StartDate: Today
      EndDate: Course End Date
      All dates editable within More Options in TurnItInStart Date provided in TCU Online. TurnItIn’s dates:
      StartDate: Same as TCU Online
      EndDate: Course End Date
      Dates are not editable in TurnItInEnd Date set in TCU Online. TurnItIn Dates are:
      StartDate: Today
      EndDate: TCU Online End Date + 1 day
      The StartDate in TurnItIn is editableBoth dates set in TCU Online. TurnItIn dates are:
      StartDate: TCU Online Start Date
      EndDate: TCU Online End Date + 1 day
      Dates are not editable
  2. Attach Release Conditions if you wish to only allow users to access the Assignment folder if they have accessed specific content or completed specific tasks or scores in the course . Learn more about Release Conditions.
  3. Set Special Access if you need to set different due dates for specific students (example: for athletes or students with accommodations who might need more time).

On the Objectives Tab:

This is a special tool in TCU Online. If you are interested in learning more email  Also note, you can put objectives on assignment directions without needing to use tool within shell.

On the Turnitin Tab:

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection solution and can be integrated in each Submission Folder.  It can be enabled to view student submissions and provide an Originality Report.  We recommended using TurnItIn use as a learning tool and to have teaching conversations about plagiarism.

  1. Check the box for “Enable Turnitin for this folder
  2. Select “Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder” This will allow students to see the similarity report, as well as feedback and comments you provide in Turnitin’s Feedback Studio.
    Originality Check
  3. Set Frequency: Either select Automatic originality checking on all submissions or Identify individual submissions for originality checking.  We recommend selecting “automatic.”  Set the Grademark Availability date. This defaults as the day after your Assignment Folder end date.  The Grademark date is the feedback release date in Turnitin, if you will use this tool.
    turnitin frequency
  4. Click Save.
  5. Then click More Options in TurnItIn (this is under the Enable checkbox from step 1).
  6. A pop up window will open, taking you into Turnitin to complete settings; remember some settings are controlled, by default, by settings in TCU Online and cannot be edited in Turnitin.Optional Settings
    1. The Start and End Dates, Due Date, Paper Title Feedback Release date and Max Grade are all set from the settings in TCU Online.  Verify that these match the dates in TCU Online. Although you can adjust the dates in Turnitin, they will not update in TCU Online.
    2. Allow submission of any file type? The default assignment submission option is to ‘Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality’ but for non-writing assignments instructors can select ‘Allow any file type.’ If ‘Allow any file type’ is selected instructors are able to leave feedback on and download submitted files but Turnitin may not be able to generate Originality Reports or display the uploaded file within the Document Viewer. Learn more about which file types can have Originality Reports generated.
  7. Select Optional Settings.
    • Some options are locked down due to preferences set by the Submission Folder itself.  Some suggested options to modify are below:
      • Compare submitted papers against the following sources (Uncheck any options you do not want papers checked against): Student Paper Repository, Current and archived web site content, Periodicals, journals and publications.Compare submitted papers against the following sources
      • Originality Report generation and resubmissions: Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed), recommended setting: Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date), or Generate reports on due date (resubmission are allowed until due date)
        Originality Report generation and resubmissions
      • Select if you want to Exclude bibliographic materials, quoted materials or small matches.
      • Submissions to this assignment will be stored in:  Do not store the submitted papers (this is recommended for draft assignments) or Standard paper repository (recommended for final papers).
        Submissions to this assginment will be stored in
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Then click Save and Close.

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