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Turnitin | Setting up and Teacher Perspective
Turnitin | Setting up and Teacher Perspective

How to set up and use Turnitin as a teacher

Updated over a week ago

In response to plagiarism in student work, we have introduced industry-standard plagiarism checking, powered by Turnitin. This feature will serve as a first-line of defense against unintended copying from students or content from platforms like Wikipedia.

For more information on how to configure the integration between FeedbackFruits and Turnitin, please inform your contact person or Pilot and Partner Manager at FeedbackFruits to ensure a smooth and safe process, and follow these steps.

How to turn it on?

Plagiarism checking is available for all tools with the 'Submissions' learning step. These are:

  • Peer Review

  • Assignment Review

  • Self-Assessment of Work

  • Discussion of Work

  • Automated Feedback

In the 'Edit mode' of any of these tools, teachers will find a 'Plagiarism check' setting under the 'Submissions' step.

(Fig. 1: Submissions step, highlighting the setting 'Plagiarism check'. For more information, please read the tool tip under the question mark.)

After activating this setting, student submissions will go under an automatic plagiarism check carried by Turnitin, not by FeedbackFruits. Note that students will have to accept Turnitin's Terms of Use the first time they use this functionality. Please read more about the student perspective here.

How to see the plagiarism results?

To see the plagiarism results, you can navigate to the 'Submissions' step of the assignment. There are two options:


  • Navigate to the right of the submissions table. A column called 'Plagiarism check' will display the overall similarity scores at a glance. The intermittent orange dot represents the loading plagiarism check.

(Fig. 2: Submissions module displaying several student's plagiarism score at once.)

  • When the teacher clicks on a percentage, more information about the submission can be found:

    • % Overall Match: The average percentage of text in the submission that was found to match other sources.

    • % of Matched internet text in the submission: The percentage of matched internet content in the submission.

    • % of Matched publications text in the submission: The percentage of matched text between the submission and other publications.

    • % of Matched submitted works text in the submission: For text also found in Turnitin’s submitted works database.

(Fig.2: When clicking on a submission, displaying the plagiarism score breakdown of a unique submission.)

  • Teachers can access the full Turnitin report via the link in 'View Report'.


  • When clicking on a student submission, a window will pop up showing the plagiarism score breakdown. This window includes two buttons:

    • 'View' to view the student submission within FeedbackFruits

    • 'View report' to view the plagiarism report within Turnitin

(Fig. 4: When clicking on a student submission, the plagiarism information will be displayed as well.)

Viewing reports in Turnitin

When teachers click on the button 'View report', it drives them to the Turnitin document overview. In here, the plagiarism checker will indicate the percentage of similarity retrieved from each source.

(Fig. 4: Turnitin submission plagiarism report.)

What about ChatGPT/AI writing homework?

AI-generated content, such as those produced by ChatGPT, possess a unique challenge for plagiarism checkers. Currently, AI content detection is not foolproof and becomes increasingly difficult as AI improves.

Super-human spelling and grammar or content quality or phrasing that is beyond expected student capabilities are the perhaps the last indicators of AI-generated content. However, these can also be countered by students by instructing AI to make intentional mistakes, or prompting to explain it like a 16-year-old.

Hence, instead of focusing on AI-detection, we suggest shifting your focus towards AI-proof pedagogy, or actually helping build AI literacy. See our learning journeys library for solutions how to.

This concludes the Turnitin | Setting up and Teacher Perspective tutorial.
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