Blackboard Basic and Direct Migration

Why do we need to migrate?

As part of Turnitin’s commitment to providing the best customer experience and helping you get the most out of our solutions, we will be retiring the Blackboard Basic and Blackboard Direct Building Blocks at the end of the next academic year.

Along with Blackboard’s current strategy to end support for all Building Blocks over the next couple years, this allows us to shift focus on providing a unified LTI 1.3 integration option with access to all Turnitin Feedback Studio features, and without the requirement for institutions to regularly upgrade their experience.

It is possible to run both a Turnitin Blackboard Building Block (Basic or Direct v2.5) integration and the LTI 1.3 integration concurrently while transitioning over to the LTI integration. When completing the process of moving integrations there are a number of situations to consider dependent on your institution’s access path.

There is no assignment migration path between the Building Blocks and LTI 1.3. New assignments need to be created as you enter the new academic year. Once the Building Block integrations are retired, instructors will only retain access to past assignments by logging-in via Turnitin.com/TurnitinUK.com, or by contacting the Turnitin product support team.

Can I use course copy?

If your institution regularly uses course copy when setting up new courses, it is worth keeping in mind that it is not possible to copy content of an Original course into an Ultra course. In this case if your institution initially creates new LTI 1.3 assignments in the Original course view, you will later be required to create new LTI 1.3 assignments again when moving to the Ultra course view. To reduce the amount of additional work required with course copy, it could be best to transition fully to LTI 1.3 following a move to the Ultra course view.

For any copied LTI 1.3 assignments, instructors will need to update all Turnitin assignment dates to reflect the correct due date, start date, and feedback release date in line with the current course term. All other assignment settings and details should successfully copy. The assignment due date can be updated within the Blackboard assignment settings and the start and feedback release dates can be updated within the Turnitin assignment settings.

Are there any differences between Blackboard Basic and Blackboard Direct migrations?

Once your institution has made the decision to make the LTI 1.3 integration the only available option for Turnitin enabled assignments, there are Blackboard administrator options available to reduce instructor access to the Building Blocks, prior to the full removal of the integration. View the impact these changes will have on different the building block you currently use:

Making the building block Unavailable:

  • Existing Basic assignments will continue to work
  • New Basic assignments can no longer be created
  • Basic assignments will successfully copy creating new assignments

Making the building block Inactive:

  • Existing Basic assignments will no longer be accessible via Blackboard
  • New Basic assignments can no longer be created
  • Basic assignments will copy but not work

Making the building block Unavailable:

  • Existing Direct v2.5 assignments will continue to work
  • New Direct v2.5 assignments can no longer be created
  • Direct v2.5 copied assignments will follow standard assignment recycling process

Making the building block Inactive:

  • Existing Direct v2.5 assignments will no longer be accessible via Blackboard
  • New Direct v2.5 assignments can no longer be created
  • Direct v2.5 assignments will copy but not work