We were advised on Friday evening (7/12/18) by Turnitin that the issues experienced during the afternoon were resolved at approximately 17:05 and that the service returned to normal. The timeframe for the Turnitin service degradation for both staff and students was 15:15 – 17:05.
We have received reports that users are experiencing intermittent issues when attempting to access student submissions in Turnitin Feedback Studio. This issue will display as “503 error” when attempting to load a student submission in the browser.
Student work submission is also experiencing slowness and may also be affected.
[Update] 15:59 – Students are currently unable to submit.
[Update] 16:05 – Some submissions are going through. Intermittent service continues.
[Update] 17:55 – Turnitin reports that service has been restored as of 17:05.
We have reported this issue to Turnitin and will provide updates via this blog post which is also linked to on the Studies tab in studentcentral.
Turnitin Service was unavailable from 10.56-13.19 – Resolved and confirmed at 13.30
Students and staff cited issues accessing TurnitinUK services this morning for the purposes of eSubmission, marking and also use of the Turnitin Feedback Studio for iPad app. Upon accessing inboxes and submission areas, users received a ‘503’ error. Turnitin Support resolved the issue and notified us at 13.19 on Thursday 25th October.
Turnitin Service was unavailable from 09.37-14.36 – Resolved and confirmed at 15.27
Students and staff cited issues accessing TurnitinUK services this morning for the purposes of eSubmission, marking and also use of the Turnitin Feedback Studio for iPad app. Upon accessing inboxes and submission areas, users received a ‘503’ error. Turnitin Support resolved the issue and notified us at 15.27 on Monday 22nd October.
Turnitin Scheduled Downtime on Saturday, 22 September 2018: Turnitin will have scheduled downtime for maintenance on Saturday, 22 September from 4pm to Sunday 23 September 12:30am.
All Turnitin services will be unavailable during this period, including Feedback Studio and the Turnitin app for iOS (iPad/iPhone). Please ensure that submission deadlines are not scheduled on this date.
Issues reported on 29th of August: there were intermittent issues with Turnitin overnight and up until 9:40am. During this time users may have been seen a ‘503’ error and would have been prevented from submitting. This is now resolved.
Continuing issues affecting the use of the ‘mark without a submission’ function At present staff cannot mark in Turnitin if a student submission is not present. Until the issue is resolved you will not be able to use Turnitin to mark without a submission. For more information and advice please see this previous post.
Current Issues affecting Turnitin Feedback Studio and the Turnitin/Blackboard Integration
We have detected issues with the syncing of grades between Turnitin and the studentcentral grade centre. If you are involved in marking students work using Turnitin, or involved in the administration of grades between Studentcentral and CAMS, please read on.
When a tutor marks and grades a script in Turnitin, this grade is sent to the studentcentral grade centre. It is from here that school offices download grades ready for importing into CAMS. We have identified that this ‘syncing’ of grades between the two systems is not happening automatically as expected.
We advise that all tutors should manually ‘sync grades’ once grading is complete, to ensure the studentcentral grade centre receives the up to date grades. Any subsequent changes to marks in Turnitin should be followed with a ‘sync grades’. This will ensure school offices receive the correct grades for students work.
To manually ‘sync grades’
Within a Studentcentral module, go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments
You will see a list of Turnitin assignments. The sync grades button is located on the right side of the screen. You will need to ‘sync’ for each submission point you are marking
Scheduled maintenance on Saturday, 17th of March – Turnitin Services unavailable from 4pm – 10pm
TurnitinUK and Turnitin Feedback Studio for iPad will be unavailable from 16.00 – 10.00 on Saturday, 17th of March, 2018. Please take this maintenance window into account for deadlines.
Issue was in effect from 13.57 – 15.05 on Monday 5th of March, 2018
Turnitin: Intermittent issues with slowness when marking and viewing papers We have been advised by Turnitin that the service is currently experiencing slowness when marking or viewing papers in the Turnitin Feedback Studio. Based on testing today, this national issue, is also affecting Feedback Studio at the university and in some cases it may take a long time for the paper to load or for quickmarks and comments to be shown or to save. For the time being we advise against continued use of Turnitin for marking until we receive notice from Turnitin that the service has returned to normal.
RESOLVED by Turnitin Support on 07/03/18
As of writing the issues reported on 27th of Febuary persist and we await further updates from Turnitin Support
Several staff members have reported seeing an error code when using QuickMarks in the Turnitin Feedback Studio. After the error code is dismissed the Feedback Studio window is subsequently frozen. This is an intermittent issue and when it occurs the only way to resolve it is to close the Feedback Studio window and then re-open the submission again from the inbox.
This issue is affecting several universities and the eLearning team have reported the problem to Turnitin Support.
Please note: this issue has been reported in all major web browsers (IE/Firefox/Chrome/Safari) on both PC and Mac. No reports have been received relating to the use of QuickMarks in the Feedback Studio for iPad app.
How the error looks onscreen
While we await the resolution of this issue, if you encounter this problem, please send the following information to the Service Desk via email.
Which web browser were you using at the time?
What type of computer were you working on? E.g. PC or Mac, at work or at home.
Which module was it? E.g. module code and semester (if applicable)
Which submission point was it? The name of the Turnitin submission point.
What date/time did the problem occur?
[Optional] a screenshot can help to provide evidence for Turnitin Support
Another fix of note in this upgrade is that special characters are now supported. This should hopefully resolve another issue that was reported where strange subtitute characters were shown in place of certain text characters when a paper had been marked in the app.
Coming soon for students: up to three instant similarity reports prior to a 24hr delay …specifically 16/01/18!
This is a big improvement for our students. At present Turnitin works like a queue system, so any papers which have not been processed for similarity are given preference. What this means is that the first similarity report that students receive is almost instantaneous (typically <10mins to process), however, any subsequent submissions may not receive a fresh similarity report for up to 24 hours. With this update students will be able to get speedy similarity reports for the first three submissions, the fourth re-submission would be subject to the 24 hour delay.
If the submission point is set to “immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)” students are allowed to re-submit their work as many times as they want prior to the deadline. The final submission put in closest to the deadline then becomes the work that is marked. One of the benefits of selecting this option is that students can submit a draft in order to become more confident using Turnitin and also to review a copy of their similarity report so that they can address any citation issues or unintended source copying.
On the 1st of August 2017 at around 6pm GMT the document viewer in Turnitin, which is currently where essays are reviewed and marked, will be upgraded to the new Feedback Studio. This change will be implemented across the UK, some British HEIs have moved to the Feedback Studio already, as have HEIs in the United States.
Any submission points created prior to the update will transition over, they do not need to be recreated.
If some student assignments are marked in the current version, then they can be picked up and moderated in the new version without issue.
If QuickMarks are applied to a paper in the current version they will be viewable and editable in the new version they just won’t feature the marker’s initials as they were created prior to that feature being available.
The way that students submit to Turnitin via studentcentral will not change.
The way that staff create submission points/inboxes and mark work will not change.
The route by which students get to their eFeedback in Turnitin via My Grades will not change.
Changes for the most part are limited to visual improvements and mobile compatibilty for students. See this blog post for more details.
The option to generate a code for the Turnitin for iPad app will be available via the information “(i)” button on the right after the upgrade.
Turnitin will be unavailable from 3pm-9pm on Saturday 5th August
Turnitin have advised us that they will be carrying out maintenance on the service on Saturday 5th August, from 3-9pm. 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.