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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 Caroline Westgarth Caroline Westgarth, Picture of David Hatton David Hatton
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.
Moodle 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.0

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 John McGettrick
    Fri, Sep 18, 2015, 3:19 PM
    No problem James, we'll make a note of the issue in case it crops up again.
  • Picture of Mohsen Farahi
    Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 6:37 AM
    Dear All,

    Is there any way to stop turnTurnitin2 module from sending notification emails to the course teachers? Something like normal Assignment which has 'Notify graders about submissions' setting. It's driving everyone mad to the point they are giving up using the module completely. Moodle 2.9.1 and Turnitin 2016011104

  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 10:16 PM
    Hi Mohsen, you'll have to get an admin to disable the functionality in Moodle's default message outputs.
  • Picture of David Conrad
    Sat, Mar 12, 2016, 1:06 AM
    Greetings, we had noticed that a rubric was swapped out from an assignment and all grading comments were erased. This is the second time that a rubric has been detached from one of this instructor's TII assignments and a different one attached, erasing all of the instructor's comments, in the past week. Can these rubric comments that were deleted be restored? Can we determine how the rubric was detached, so that this issue does not occur again? Thank you
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 4:42 PM
    Hi David, could you contact Turnitin customer support about this please.
  • Picture of Muhammad Nur Aziz
    Fri, Mar 18, 2016, 11:13 PM
    Hi John.. I already installed turnitin and mod plugin on my moodle, but i've got problems when i try to enter the password on turnitin shared key. I already put the right password that the administrator gave. Could you please help me?

  • Just wondering . . .
    Mon, Apr 4, 2016, 5:11 AM
    I notice a setting about Peermark that has this comment:
    Choose whether to allow the creation of Peermark Assignments
    (This is only available to those that have Peermark configured for their account)
    How do you configure Peermark? is this something TII does, or we do?
    Other side questions:
    Is the documentation here up to date? I was unsure of the different names (turnitin basic, turnitin direct etc)
  • Picture of Caroline Westgarth
    Mon, Apr 4, 2016, 9:33 PM
    Hey Derek,
    You will need to configure Peermark at the account level. You can enable this by logging in to your account from and 'edit account settings' you will also need to enable this within Moodle too, you can enable this in the plugin config settings. Once configured you will be able to create a Peermark assignment
  • Picture of Andrew Rowatt
    Thu, Apr 7, 2016, 6:02 AM

    We are finding that Apple Mac users cannot view reports via Moodle (by clicking on the similarity score percentage). In Safari the browser opens a new tab or window but nothing is displayed and the browser seems to hang with the blue loading progress bar on or around the "or" in the sentence "Search Google or enter an address". Sometimes a small square briefly displays in the top left corner of the webpage.

    On the same system, browser and browser session viewing the report directly via DOES work.

    Same issue on Chrome (confirmed) and FireFox (user-reported, unconfirmed at this stage)

    We have version 2015040102 of the Turnitin plugin.

    Any advice appreciated!!

  • Picture of Andrew Rowatt
    Thu, Apr 7, 2016, 9:55 AM
    Update: It does work on some Mac's with Google Chrome.
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Thu, Apr 7, 2016, 3:24 PM
    Hi Andrew, this was fixed in 2016011102. I you'd like to see the github commit that fixed the problem it's at:
  • Picture of Andrew Rowatt
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 11:48 AM
    Awesome! Thanks John. We did find a workaround for Google Chrome but not Safari.
  • My picture
    Fri, May 20, 2016, 11:25 PM
    I want to hide the "Grade" column as we don´t want to display any numeric score in Moodle. Could please give me a tip on which part of the code I should modify?

    Thank you very much for your advice.
    Mari Cruz
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Mon, May 23, 2016, 4:10 PM
    Hi Mari Cruz,

    We don't hide it unless GradeMark is not enabled, if you select none for the grade in the assignment settings though the column will always show "N/A" and not a grade given in GradeMark.


  • My picture
    Tue, May 24, 2016, 5:39 PM
    Thanks for the information, John.
    I was aware of that, however, we use a grade in Moodle so that students-and moderators-can see the final mark of the assignment in the "Overall grade" column,
    We use the following score:
    30 - Moodle shows "Resubmit" in the Overall grade column
    60-Moodle shows Pass
    100 -Moodle shows Distinction.
    Because students find confusing the score numbers that appear in the Grade column, we would like to hide that column
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