A Comparison of Turnitin and Blackboard Assignments

There are two types of assignments available in FSU's Blackboard: Bb Assignments and Turnitin assignments. Each offers an impressive list of functions that are worth comparing:

Features Available Bb Assignments Turnitin Assignments
Supported file types:

All file types

Plagiarism detection: Documents only

All file types (including Google Docs)

Plagiarism detection: Documents, Spreadsheets, and PowerPoints

Maximum file size:

Grade Center: 250MB
SafeAssign: 10MB

Individual Files: 40MB
Zip Files: 200 MB zipped
Upload Options:

Single File or Multiple Files. Files must be uploaded individually.

Single File, Multiple Files, Cut & Paste, and Zip File. 

More Upload Options:

Choose from computer only.

Choose from this computer, Choose from Dropbox, Choose from Google Drive. 
Plagiarism detection features

• Allow students to view originality reports.
• Source exclusion options available per individual paper.
• Exclude submissions from institutional database (for drafts).

• Allow students to view originality reports.
Source exclusion options available during assignment setup and per individual paper.
• Exclude submissions from institutional database (for drafts). There are three search options for submissions that include student paper repository, current and archived internet, as well as periodicals, journals, & publications.
• Disable search against student papers, internet sources, or scholarly journals/publications.
• Can postpone originality reports until due date.
• Courtesy email sent when originality report is ready.

• Can delay posting of comments and grades. 

• Allows submissions after the due date. Can also allow re-submissions (originality report regenerates upon each re-submission).

New Version of Turnitin:

    • Feedback Studio - Check for potential plagiarism, use drag and drop comments, leave voice comments, grade by rubric.
    • Revision Assistant - Instant formative feedback on prompt-based student writing. Icons, highlighted sentences and other tools that guide students through the writing process revision by revision, rather than just the final product.
    • Scoring Engine - Automated assessment of writing at scale. Analyzes existing sample essays and identifies patterns to grade new writing like your own instructor would. Given a set of samples, it will score an unlimited number of new essays.
    • There are now checkboxes in the Tunitin Assignment inbox that allow the instructor to see which students have seen or not seen feedback.
Due date features

• Shows on Bb Calendar

• Can choose to allow submissions after due date.

Availability settings

• On/off
• Date range (optional)

• Date range (required)
Number of attempts options

• Single
• Multiple
• Unlimited

• Single ("Paper Assignment")
• Multiple ("Revision Assignment"); treats each attempt as a related assignment

Score attempts using:

• Last grade
• Highest grade
• Lowest grade
• First grade
• Average 

One attempt per assignment
Rubrics Yes; easier to see as a student and to share with other instructors Yes (GradeMark)
Inline grading features

• Available for documents, PowerPoints, and Excel spreadsheets
• Make comments
• Add text on submission
• Draw on submission
• Highlight text
• Strikeout text
• Draw on submission
• Attach files to feedback, including audio/video feedback (iPad only)
• Grade on the go using Bb Grader (for iPad)

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• Available for documents, PowerPoints, and images
• Make comments with advanced QuickMark Manager
• Record voice comments
• Add text on submission
• Highlight text 
• Strikeout text
• Associate comments with rubric
• Automated grammar checking (beta) 

Group submission type Yes: One student submits on behalf of their group No
Portfolio submission type Yes: Can select/create a Bb portfolio instead of uploading a file No
Peer grading option No Yes: Create likert scale questions and free response questions for students to grade each other's papers
Anonymous grading option Yes: Obscure students' identifying information from grader Yes, but only for peer grading
Delegated grading option Yes: Assign graders to specific students or groups No
Instructor can submit on student's behalf? 

Yes (Direct Submit)

Yes

Crocodoc Viewer

Yes

Yes

Drag & Drop Files

No

No

Gradebook Sync

Yes

Yes

Course Roster Sync

Not necessary

Yes

Permission Settings

No

No

Mobile Compatible

Yes

Not at the moment. Students would need to submit using the browser on their device. 

Paper Look-Up

By category or date

New papers, viewed papers, marked papers, or all papers.

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