Activities: Turnitin's Moodle Direct v2

Maintained by Picture of John McGettrick John McGettrick, Picture of Paul Dawson Paul Dawson, Picture of Alex McLarty Alex McLarty, Picture of David Winn David Winn, Picture of David Hatton David Hatton, Picture of Jennifer Earl Jennifer Earl
Turnitin's Moodle Direct v2 integration activity module is a standalone Moodle module with the aim of representing the full suite of Turnitin's features within the standard Moodle workflow. The module is an upgrade on the previous Turnitin plugin and is developed and maintained iParadigms the creators of Turnitin.
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Moodle Direct V2 is the latest version of the Moodle Direct integration for Turnitin. Moodle Direct V2 installs separately to the original Turnitin Moodle Direct plugin within Moodle so that it can be used in parallel.

Key New Features

  • PeerMark - PeerMark is now integrated into the Turnitin Assignments and is accessible from the inbox for instructors and students.
  • Rubrics - Instructors can now attach their own rubrics to Turnitin Assignments and access the Rubric Manager, Students can also view any rubric that is attached to an assignment.
  • Quickmarks - An instructor's Quickmark manager (used within GradeMark) can now be accessed from within their Moodle environment.
  • More informative Inbox screen - An assignment inbox screen is now organised so that much more information is readily available and combined on to one screen.
  • Quick editing - Certain assignment details (e.g. dates and marks) can be edited quickly in the inbox without having to go to a specific edit screen.
  • Drag and drop submissions - Users can now submit via drag and drop. They will also be provided with an extract of their submission as proof that it has been submitted to Turnitin.
  • Class Migration Tool - Instructors and administrators can now recreate classes they have on Turnitin which may have existed in previous integrations or created through the Turnitin website.

Inherited features from v1

  • Multi-part Assignments - Each Turnitin Assignment may consist of up to 5 parts, parts can be configured to have start dates, due dates and post dates independent of one another.
  • Real Turnitin Users - The integration maps Moodle users to real Turnitin user accounts for both Instructors and Students, there is the option to disable student emails should an institution not wish to have students log in to Turnitin rather than Moodle.
  • GradeMark / Moodle Grade Book integration - Grades are synchronised between Turnitin's GradeMark and the Moodle grade book.
  • Anonymous Marking (UK Only) - Anonymous marking allows student names to be masked from instructors up until the post date.
  • Troubleshooting / Diagnostics - Diagnostic mode allows administrators to identify bugs and communication issues by enabling API call logs and displaying line numbers within error messages


This plugin is part of set Turnitin.


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  • Picture of David Winn
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016, 4:52 PM
    Hi Witali,

    We have checked again and there are no issues upgrading the plugin. There isn't any functionality change in the latest release - just updates to the language packs to support simplified Chinese. My best guess without any more information is that you've updated from an old version and may need file info extension enabled, however you'd need to turn debugging on and see what is displayed on the blank page to check. If that's not the cause then it may be worth contacting our support team.
  • Picture of Amanda Doughty
    Fri, 23 Dec 2016, 12:11 AM
    I am aware of the 30 sec requirement. We tested it for that length of time and it is still not working.
  • Picture of Chris S
    Fri, 20 Jan 2017, 3:54 AM
    Greetings everyone! I am using Moodle Moodle 3.1.3. When I setup a Turnitin Assignment, I have all the available settings on this page ( except the following:

    Grademark option settings - Attach A Rubric To This Assignment - to use a marking grid, enable it here (see Turnitin guidance on setting it up).

    Any ideas on how we can get this feature added to our Turnitin Assignments?

    Thanks, Chris
  • Picture of David Winn
    Fri, 20 Jan 2017, 4:44 PM
    Hi Chris S,

    Please check that GradeMark is enabled in your Turnitin account.

    If this doesn't help then please raise a support ticket so that we can look into it further.
  • Picture of David Winn
    Fri, 20 Jan 2017, 4:55 PM
    Hi Chris S,

    Please check that GradeMark is enabled on your Turnitin account.

    If this doesn't help resolve the issue then please raise a support ticket.
  • Daniel McSweeney
    Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 10:37 PM
    doing an upgrade on this from and recieved teh following error


    Field "submitter" does not exist in table "plagiarism_turnitin_files"

    More information about this error
    Debug info:
    Error code: ddlfieldnotexist
    Stack trace:

    line 574 of \lib\ddl\database_manager.php: ddl_field_missing_exception thrown
    line 620 of \lib\ddl\database_manager.php: call to database_manager->change_field_type()
    line 248 of \plagiarism\turnitin\db\upgrade.php: call to database_manager->change_field_notnull()
    line 541 of \lib\upgradelib.php: call to xmldb_plagiarism_turnitin_upgrade()
    line 1630 of \lib\upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 433 of \admin\index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()

    Turnitin plagiarism plugin /plagiarism/turnitin Current version 2016091401 new version 2017012501

    Any ideas!!
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Fri, 27 Jan 2017, 11:48 PM
    Just adding a comment as I've spoken to Daniel, this field should have been added on a previous upgrade. Please let us know if this happens to anyone else and what database you are using.
  • Picture of Denis Featherstone
    Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 6:40 PM
    Hi John,

    I am having the same problem. We are using MariaDB 10.1.
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 8:24 PM
    Hi Denis, have you upgraded from 2016091401 or a version further back?
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Wed, 1 Feb 2017, 10:56 PM
    Denis, we've patched the release so the upgrade script will now add the field if it doesn't exist.
  • Picture of Savvas Karasavvas
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 8:54 PM

    Do you have an update about the compatibility of the turnitintooltwo plugin with Moodle version 3.2?

    Thank you.
  • Picture of Ken Farrimond
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 9:13 PM
    We are having various issues with Rubrics in Moodle assignments with Turnitin enabled and I would be glad of some guidance.
    1) When editing the assignment and clicking on the list of rubrics, a blank dialogue/warning message appears with two buttons "OK" and "Cancel" but with no message. Clicking Cancel closes the dialogue with no change. Clicking OK enables editing. Having noticed the issue I upgraded to 2.7+ (2017012501) and the issue is still there.
    2) When an assignment has been created by an administrator and a rubric attached, if the tutor tries to edit the assignment, they cannot see what rubric is attached, it just says "use rubric belonging to other instructor". If they click on it, the blank message appears.
    3) Of course the thing we really want to do is create a set of rubrics at account level and share them with every teacher in the account. The option to share is there, but it does not work within Moodle, are there plans to add this feature.

    Many thanks

  • Picture of Edmund Evangelista
    Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 6:52 PM
    Using an sql script, how can I monitor the total number of views of a particular turnitin assignment in a course?
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 8:14 PM
    @Savvas Karasavvas - we are close to releasing a 3.2 compatible version.
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 11:56 PM
    @Edmund Evangelista - you could try looking in the Moodle logs, this information wouldn't be stored in the plugin tables.
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