Tii News: September to November 2016

Just a few things to flag with regard to our Turnitin service.

Turnitin for iPad app update – some features added

The Turnitin for iPad app had an update and minor makeover during the summer. Here are a few of the features top features that have been added recently.

  • You can now see the title of the submitted work underneath the student’s name
  • You can see if the submission was late in the app (small clock symbol)
  • You can see the mark as out of 100
  • You can search submissions (will search submission titles or names) and also sort by Name or Date submitted

Image of the Tii iPad app

Bonus tip courtesy of Craig Wakefield at Eastbourne:

iOS8+ lets you install supplemental keyboards. There is an app called MyScript Stylus which you can install as a supplemental keyboard and then you can handwrite your feedback on the iPad screen with a stylus (an inexpensive stylus is the wacom bamboo).


New tutorial materials for Turnitin services

Turnitin have provided some new learning materials and they are quite helpful for when you run across day-to-day queries.

Here is the instructor manual for the version of Turnitin that we currently use: https://guides.turnitin.com/03_Integrations/Turnitin_Partner_Integrations/Blackboard/Blackboard_Learn/Blackboard_Basic/02_Instructor_User_Manual

Here is the manual for the iPad app: https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/iPad_User_Guide
Please note: reference is made to students using the app, this is not available for those who use Turnitin through integration (we use Turnitin through integration with studentcentral/blackboard).

Here is the manual for the Feedback Studio, the new version of the Turnitin document viewer, which will be released next summer at University of Brighton (tentative – to be confirmed) – just in case you would like to get a head-start: https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor/Feedback_Studio_Instructor_Guide

Demo version of the Turnitin Feedback Studio

Also while you are looking at Feedback Studio you can try out a demo version at Turnitin’s site – Direct Link.

I would also point you towards the video below, which outlines the differences between Turnitin classic (what we use now) and the Feedback Studio.

Uptime reports for Turnitin

Details of outages:


Some users encountered issues in early September (week beginning 5/9) when upgrading their Turnitin app to the newest version at that time. These issues are now resolved.


Turnitin reported brief service degradations on the 6th of October and 21st of October. No interruptions to service were reported to the university during these times.


Saturday, 5th of November from 1pm – 6pm
Turnitin have advised us that they will be carrying out maintenance on the service on Saturday 5th November, from 1-6pm. The service will be unavailable during this maintenance window, and we would therefore recommend avoiding scheduling submission deadlines to fall within this period.

Friday, 18th of November

Issue occurred from 10:50 on Thursday, 17/11/16 to 14:37 on Friday, 18/11/16

Turnitin submission points set to ‘allow late submissions’ are disallowing students from submitting after the set deadline

There is currently a nationwide issue with Turnitin where submission points that have the ‘allow late submissions’ setting enabled, are not allowing students to submit assignments after the deadline has passed. When students attempt to submit they will receive an error message stating they have already submitted an assignment, even when they have not.

Please note: recommended practice is to create an additional submission point for students who have agreed extensions. Where this is the case students will be unaffected. However, in cases where ‘allow late submissions’ has been enabled in order to allow the submission of agreed extensions, then while this issue persists, we recommend setting up an additional submission point for those students. Instructions for setting up submission points are provided at this page: https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/is/learningandteaching/Pages/Turnitin/Turnitin-Setting-up-a-submission-point-in-studentcentral.aspx

December – early warning:

Turnitin have advised us that they will be carrying out maintenance on the service on Saturday 3rd December, from 3-7pm. The service will be completely unavailable during this maintenance window (including the Turnitin for iPad app), and we therefore recommend avoiding scheduling submission deadlines to fall within this period.

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