Creating (formative) assignments


How to set up a text-based assignment (for Turnitin)

The process below shows how to create a formative assignment to allow students to submit digital content (files) that are primarily text-based documents (such as Word and PDFs) to go through Turnitin. 

Default settings for these formative assignment links are:
1 file, under 100MB, with Turnitin, anonymous marking, feedback comments and feedback files switched on. Edit as required.

1. Go to your unit and Turn editing on.

Image shows turn edit on link

2. In the 'Assessment' tab, click the Add an activity or resource button at the bottom right of the page.

Add an activity or resource

3. Select the radio button titled Formative assignment. Click Add at the bottom of the pop-up.

4. Under the 'General' section, add the Assignment name and Description (what the students are expected to do to complete the task including any special or important instructions on how to submit).  

Add a name and description

5. Scroll down to the 'Availability' section, add the dates and times for your assignment. As the assignment is formative only, the date and time settings can be at your own discretion. 

6. Scroll to the 'Submission types' section.  File submissions is selected as default and will automatically include Turnitin as long as the maximum file size is left as 100MB.  

Turnitin is switched on by default.  To switch off Turnitin, go to the section 'Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings' and under 'Enable Turnitin', change to 'No'. 

Only the following file types will generate a Turnitin similarity report: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pdf, .txt, .htm, .html, .hwp, .odt, .wpd, .ps and .rtf for files that are 100MB or less.  As some students use MACs, please note Apple Pages (.pages) are not accepted by Turnitin and will not generate a similarity report. For further information, see the Turnitin website about file types.

7. Increase the number under 'Maximum number of uploaded files, if you need students to upload multiple files into one single inbox.  

8. Anonymous marking is enabled by default but can be disabled when creating a formative submission. The setting can be found under the 'Grade' section. Under 'Anonymous marking', select No.

9. Click Save and display. All other options can be left as default.

This guide is the basic process recommended by SLTI.  If these settings do not suit your needs or if you would like to explore more advanced features, please contact or ext. 5100.