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Moodle 2.8, 3.0: Turnitin Overview

Applies to: Moodle 2.6, 2.8, and 3.0.

The Turnitin plugin for Moodle offers many activities in one easy-to-use service. Turnitin is available for Assignments, Forums, and Workshops. For instructions on adding Turnitin to an activity, see Add Turnitin to an Assignment, Forum, or Workshop.

It is recommended that instructors have a practice forum or assignment the first week of class so that students can accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).

Note: Turnitin will not accept PDF image files. PDF files which do not contain highlightable text (e.g., a "scanned" file, which is often simply a picture of text) are unacceptable. 

This article provides an overview of the following services and some additional resources:

Originality Checking

The originality checker is a way for instructors to cross-check student writing for other writing that is on the internet. Students upload their writing in an assignment, forum, or workshop. then reviews their writing with content published on the internet and with other student writing submittted to the Turnitin content database. It produces an Originality Report that highlights exactly-worded portions of text in a student writing submission and identifies where the exactly-worded portions come from. The report allows instructors to more easily deem student work as original or plagiarised. See View a Turnitin Originality Report.


With GradeMark an instructor is able to evaluate student work online. Instructors can use GradeMark to grade student’s written work (docx, pdf, .pptx, etc.) or non-written work (images, video, sound files, etc.). See Use GradeMark.


PeerMark assignments allow students to read, review, and score or evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. At the end of the PeerMark assignment, the papers will be distributed so all the students are able to read the comments left on their work. The PeerMark assignment may be anonymous or attributed, depending on how the instructor sets it up.

PeerMark must be added to an activity after enabling Turnitin. See Enable Peer Review of an Assignment with PeerMark.

Rubric Manager

Turnitin Rubrics are defined directly in the activity settings. To get started creating rubrics in, see GradeMark - How to create a rubric - Instructor.

QuickMark Manager

The QuickMark Manager allows instructors to define their own set of grading comments or markings for student writing as well as use the sets of predefined grade markings and grading comments in their database. The instructor can choose to use All defined sets (including custom sets) or can choose a specific set to use on a paper. See Create QuickMarks and QuickMark Sets.

Additional Resources

For Instructors

Add Turnitin to an Assignment, Forum, or Workshop

View a Turnitin Originality Report

Create Turnitin Group Assignments

Use GradeMark

Use PeerMark for Peer Review of Assignments Turnitin Help Center

For Students

Student Turnitin Guide

Turnitin Terms of Use Agreement

Review PeerMark Assignments

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