Activities: Turnitin's Moodle Direct v2

Maintained by Picture of John McGettrickJohn McGettrick, Picture of Paul DawsonPaul Dawson, Picture of David WinnDavid Winn, Picture of Caroline WestgarthCaroline Westgarth, Picture of Charlotte SpinksCharlotte Spinks
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 by 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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John McGettrick (Lead maintainer)
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Charlotte Spinks
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  • Picture of Caroline Westgarth
    Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 5:17 PM
    Hey Ken,
    Thank you for getting in touch. I'd firstly like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
    We will be starting work on this fix as soon as we can with the view to releasing at the end of the month. We do have automations which covers this functionality, however it seems that an additional check is needed to ensure that the rubric is saved and attached. The work that we do in the upcoming weeks will also include adding additional test coverage to ensure this wont be an issue moving forward.
    Many thanks

    Product Manager, Integrations
  • Picture of Ken Farrimond
    Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 6:04 PM
    Thanks Caroline
    I have been looking for a workaround but without success. I have found that if I add a rubric via a direct login to, this rubric gets deleted when I try to connect from Moodle. Please can you confirm that if someone uses the new plugin to look at previously marked work, there is no possibility that the rubric (and all comments) will be deleted? It does not appear to be happening with a test assignment I set up a couple of years ago, but obviously I have been reluctant to test on a recent live assignment.
  • Picture of I V
    Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 8:01 PM
    Hi there, we have Moodle v3.1.1 and using Turnitin Tool two plugin v2.6. While trying to upload a submission paper, it throws a 504 gateway time out error at times (no matter how small the file size). Is there a known bug for this OR any maintenance that goes on causing this that can be tracked on official Turnitin page to cause this?
    The URL throwing 504 timeout error is
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Mon, Oct 29, 2018, 3:40 PM
    This update (2018102601) completely breaks Turnitin functionality for users using the latest version of plagiarism_turnitin (2018082802) - specifically the ability for users to accept Turnitin's EULA - because the name of one of the jquery files located under /turnitintooltwo/jquery no longer matches the file requested by the plagiarism plugin. The plagiarism plugin is requesting turnitintooltwo-2018082301.min.js, but that file's title has been updated to turnitintooltwo-2018102601.min.js. Please fix this.
  • Picture of Bradley Barnes
    Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 2:12 AM
    Is there going to be a Moodle 3.7 version forthcoming or should we switch to LTI?
  • Picture of John McGettrick
    Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 4:54 PM
    Hi Bradley, we are planning a release in the next week or so to support 3.7
  • Picture of Alan Viirna
    Tue, Sep 17, 2019, 6:51 PM
    Is it possible to run this plugin on moodle with one turnitin shared key and then the older version with other shared key. (

  • Picture of Charlotte Spinks
    Tue, Sep 17, 2019, 9:42 PM
    Hi Alan. Are you referring to using turnitintooltwo with one turnitin account and shared key, and plagiarism plugin with another? Yes this is possible, as they are two separate plugins.
  • Picture of Alan Viirna
    Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 5:15 PM
    Hi Charlotte!
    Thanks for your quick response, yes this is exactly what I was referring to. That is excellent news!

    Many Thanks!
  • Picture of Ken Farrimond
    Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 9:30 PM
    One of my colleagues has had problems with accessing assignments in Turnitin from a particular assignment (not a Turnitin2 Assignment) in Moodle. (The Loading Turnitin Document Viewer.. page just hangs). The response from Turnitin is that we should upgrade our Moodle site. We are on Moodle 3.6.5 currently. Does anyone have any ideas why upgrading Moodle might fix this issue?
  • Picture of Charlotte Spinks
    Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 10:19 PM
    Hi Ken, thanks for reaching out with this issue. Is this issue logged with the Turnitin Helpdesk? As you have mentioned that you have received advice to upgrade.
    Which version of the Turnitin plugin are you using? Is this only effecting one user? Are there any errors in the console?
  • Picture of Ken Farrimond
    Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 10:25 PM
    Hi Charlotte, thanks for the quick response it is Help Desk Case 00931234. It affects all users on one course only, including site administrators. All other courses are working as expected. I can access the course and all assignments by logging into Turnitin directly. I have just turned on debugging to collect some detailed logs. To be honest I posted here because "upgrade your Moodle site" is not the sort of advice I have ever received from Turnitin helpdesk previously.
  • Picture of Charlotte Spinks
    Thu, Oct 31, 2019, 11:36 PM
    Hey Ken, I wouldn't say upgrading your moodle site is the way forward, as it only effects one course. I apologise for the confusion.
    Are you able to get back to the support team through your open ticket? If you could give them some access to the course effected we will be more than happy to take a look, and hopefully get this resolved for you.
  • Picture of Zadok Lindt
    Wed, Dec 18, 2019, 3:33 PM
    I wonder what the ETA for Moodle 3.8 is?
  • Picture of Kristian Hargreaves
    Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 10:15 PM
    Hi All,

    Can anyone confirm for me whether this plugin allows for multiple blind markers to allocated? The core moodle function within the assignment activity only allows for one but we are needing to be able to have multiple.

    Any help/advice would be amazing smile.

    Kris. H
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