LTI (External Tool) Release Notes

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2019 October 2nd

LTI 1.3 now available on Blackboard!

Blackboard LTI customers who are using Blackboard version 3700.9.0 and above are now able to use LTI 1.3. This version of LTI allows for a much easier integration setup and is simple to migrate to from LTI 1.1.

One of the main new features for instructors is that they will now have access to Blackboard’s student groups feature alongside Turnitin. This version has also addressed many of the known issues that were raised with the Blackboard LTI 1.1 integration.

Check out the administrator guidance to see what's new as well as the list of resolved issues with Blackboard LTI 1.3

2019 September 18th

Assignment titles will lock correctly

A bug had made it possible to edit an assignment title after creation. This was is not intended behaviour as editing a title at this point can cause further problems. As expected, assignment titles will now be greyed out and are unable to be edited.

2019 September 13th

Continued accessibility improvements

Focus order for interactive elements is more logical

When a screen reader looks at a page, it goes through the elements on the page in a set order. We have changed the tab order within our text-only viewer to add a more logical progression through the page.

New ‘Skip to Content’ link as the first navigable element in the text-only viewer

When using the ‘Show highest matches together’ or ‘show matches one at a time’ modes of the text-only viewer, you’ll now find a ‘skip to content’ link as the first element that is reachable when using the tab key. Following this link will jump you to the first part of the similarity report.

September 3rd 2019

Blackboard LTI assignment creation bug

We’ve fixed a bug that was causing new LTI assignments created through Blackboard with deep linking to fail with an error message.

Streamlined LTI assignment launch

Now, when an instructor launches into a new assignment for the first time they will be taken directly to the settings page so they can configure the assignment before students start submitting. All launches after that will take them to the inbox.

We hope that this change streamlines your assignment creation process!

If your assignment has been created with deep linking you will be launched into the inbox.

2019 September 3rd

Fixed a bug causing Turnitin Feedback Studio Viewer to freeze

This change does not require a plugin update.

A pesky bug was found that would cause the Turnitin Feedback Studio Viewer to freeze when creating a comment. We squashed this bug as part of our ongoing commitment to improving the Turnitin Feedback Studio Viewer.

2019 August 30th

This change does not require a plugin update.

New source credibility QMs with linked instructional videos released

We've got some incredible news. We just released a set of source credibility QuickMarks (QMs)! Available in American and British English, these QMs will make it easier for teachers to provide meaningful feedback on how relevant and trustworthy students' chosen sources are, and how credible a source's author seems to be. But wait, there's more. Most of these QMs even include links to a corresponding video aimed at helping students further understand how to evaluate the credibility of any source. We hope these new source credibility QMs are a great source of happiness as you start your weekend.

QuickMark Set: Source Credibility



2019 August 21st

The undo prompt will now disappear as intended

When you delete a QuickMark, we show an undo prompt at the top of the screen to help you recover from any accidental misclicks. This undo prompt will vanish a couple of seconds after your next interaction with the viewer. A bug had made this prompt stay on the screen permanently. Now, deleting a QuickMark should only show the undo prompt for the intended amount of time.

2019 August 2nd

Important event notifications

In your Instructor assignment inbox, you'll now find a section titled Notifications. We only use this section to notify you about any upcoming Turnitin maintenance periods or to provide you with your bulk download links when they are ready. Want to learn more? Check out the guide.

2019 July 25th

Rubric descriptions are now available on assignment creation

If a rubric has a description attached to it, we'll now show it on the assignment creation screen to help you pick out the perfect rubric to complement your assignment.

2019 July 17th

This change does not require a plugin update.

New social studies short answer QuickMarks and rubric available now

Stressful scoring and confusing comments are things of the past. A new rubric and accompanying QuickMarks set for social studies short answer questions were just released! Available in American and British English, these resources will make it easier for teachers to score and provide meaningful feedback on pieces of writing in which students are briefly defending a claim about or explaining a historical topic.

Rubric & QuickMarks: Social Studies Short Answer

2019 July 2nd

This change does not require a plugin update.

New science QuickMarks and rubrics available now (except for UK)

Put on your chemistry goggles and fire up the Bunsen burners. Three sets of science-related rubrics and accompanying QuickMarks were just released! Aligned to the concepts of the NGSS and broken out for younger and older students, these resources will make it easier for teachers to score and provide meaningful feedback on both shorter and longer pieces of writing in science and STEM classes. Please note that these Marie-Curie-approved rubrics and QMs are not available in the UK yet, but they will be soon.

  • Rubric & QuickMarks: 6th-8th Grade Science Argument (CER)
  • Rubric & QuickMarks: 9th-12th Grade Science Argument (CER)
  • Rubric & QuickMarks: Science Short Answer

New ELA short answer QuickMarks and rubric available now (except for UK)

Additionally, an English Language Arts (ELA) rubric and QuickMarks set were also released. Both perfect for instructors to use when asking their students to directly, but briefly, defend a claim or explain a topic in an English class or other humanities course. This rubric and QM set is also coming to the UK in the near future.

  • Rubric & QuickMarks: ELA Short Answer

2019 June 12th

Keyboard focus is now indicated visually

As a part of our continuing accessibility improvements, we’ve added a visual indicator of where the current focus of the keyboard is placed. The focused element will now be wrapped in a gray box.

Optional settings now have more titles

We’ve added a couple of extra titles to the assignment creation screen to make it clearer when different settings are grouped.


2019 June 5th

Color contrast improved on buttons and links

For students using our Turnitin external tool, we've also strengthened the visual contrast on the Submit to Turnitin button, the Preview Submission button, and various header navigation links to make them easier to read. Here's to moving one step closer to making our products more accessible for all students, whatever their needs may be.

Messaging to students clarified when session times out

Along with the various accessibility improvements, we've also updated the error message students get when their session times out. Rather than seeing a general error message, students using Turnitin's external tool will now see that their window has been closed to due inactivity.

2019 May 28th

Assignments using deep linking are now activated by default

When using an assignment with deeplinking it was required for the instructor to first open the assignment before a student would be able to access it. Now, no extra action is required on behalf of the instructor before the assignment becomes active.

2019 May 24th

This change does not require a plugin update.

Students now alerted when content loads on screen in text-only Turnitin Feedback Studio

Previously, in the text-only view of Turnitin Feedback Studio, students weren't getting visual or auditory indications that new content had been selected or loaded on their screen. Now, when students tab through sections of text, select radio buttons, or choose the "Show previous/next 20 highest matches" link, the selection is outlined or highlighted, and the text itself is read aloud (if the student is utilizing the screen reader).

Support wizard link updated in LTI inbox for UK instructors

Previously, the link to the support wizard was redirecting instructors to the login page. This issue has been resolved. Now, instructors using LTI in the UK can be off to see the (support) wizard from their inboxes.


2019 May 16th

This change does not require a plugin update.

International Baccalaureate QuickMarks now available

Two sets of International Baccalaureate (IB) QuickMarks were just released in Feedback Studio to help teachers provide specific, actionable feedback aligned to the IB MYP5 Lit and Lang and the IB Extended Essay assessment criteria. Also, for the first time, localized British English versions of these QuickMarks will available in Feedback Studio in the UK.

IB QuickMarks

2019 May 8th

Translated Matching setting no longer gets overwritten

A bug was uncovered that caused the enabled translated matching setting to be overwritten after subsequent launches of the assignment. A resolution has been implemented which retains the chosen setting.

2019 April 16th

MP3 file submissions no longer cause M14:11 errors

We have now resolved an issue that was causing MP3 files to show the error “M14:11 - This paper is unavailable” instead of allowing the instructor to create a grading template. Grading templates are typically used to grade submissions that are not compatible with generating a similarity report. MP3 file submissions will now follow this process.

2019 April 4th

Text-based submissions can now be greater than 10,000 characters in length

We’ve resolved a known issue with our text submission for Canvas Plagiarism Framework and LTI. When using our 'text' or, as you may also know it, 'copy and paste' upload, a limit on this field had restricted the number of characters you could send to Turnitin to 10,000 characters. This issue has been resolved.

PeerMark Grades will now show correctly in the assignment inbox

When an LTI instructor applied a grade to their student's Peer review, it would display as a percentage in the assignment inbox. This would incorrectly portray a grade of 49/50 as 49%. This has now been resolved and now only a numerical digit appears in the assignment inbox.

2019 March 19th

Rubrics are no longer visible if Online Grading is disabled

A bug had allowed students to view an attached rubric via the summary tab despite Online Grading being disabled. Now when creating an assignment, the option of attaching a rubric has been removed if Online Grading has been disabled in the Turnitin account settings.

2019 March 14th

Anonymous marking will now be disabled by default

When creating a class using Content Item, such as you can in Blackboard Ultra, anonymous marking options were being applied inconsistently. For example, it was possible that disabling the setting would actually enable it for the account. Now, on assignment creation anonymous marking will be disabled by default unless we are asked otherwise.

2019 February 22nd

Problems with One Drive upload have been resolved

A bug had prevented users from uploading files via One Drive. We’ve found the root cause of this issue and you can now use this method to upload again. Not sure how? Check out our student guide.

2019 January 15th

Change the visibility of QuickMark sets

Turnitin comes packed with many QuickMark sets that help to make your life easier. However, we know that not every set will be relevant to every Instructor. You can now change the visibility of QuickMark sets with just a few clicks! Check out our guide to learn how.

2018 December 27th

You can use Microsoft OneDrive to upload files again

A bug had prevented a small number of users from using Microsoft OneDrive to upload files. The root cause for this problem has been identified and fixed.

2018 December 18th

PeerMark Improvements

We wanted to kick the season of giving off in style, and what better way is there to do so than with some PeerMark improvements! After talking to users this year, we've tailored the improvements we've made to the things that will most improve the lives of our instructors and their students.

A prettier interface - We've changed how buttons and a few other elements look. This change should make it clearer to students where they need to click to start their reviews.

A new flashing notification icon - When a student has a PeerMark Review to write, we will now show a flashing red icon in the LTI navigation to let them know. This icon will go away once all reviews have been completed.

A new message when the start date hasn't passed - When a student tries to access a PeerMark assignment when the start date hasn't passed yet, we'll now show them a message telling them when they can come back to get started.

We've made accessing completed reviews much easier - A Received Feedback button can now be found on the PeerMark Reviews screen. This button allows students to immediately open any reviews they've received by their classmates.

Would you like to learn more? Students | Instructors

2018 December 5th

Anonymous marking now supported!

Anonymous marking is now supported for Canvas users of our LTI integration!

This means that the feature only needs to be selected from within the Canvas assignment settings, which will then automatically apply to the Turnitin assignment settings.

Make sure you configure anonymous marking as a customer extension, and then check out our guidance for help getting anonymous marking set up in your main account.

Anonymous marking differs in our Canvas integrations. Anonymous marking in Turnitin is a permanent setting. If you disable anonymous marking on an assignment following a student submission, you will be unable to reactivate it. This differs from the Canvas workflow. In the Canvas Plagiarism Framework and Canvas LTI integration you will be able to reactivate the anonymous feature even after a student has submitted. If you reactivate anonymous grading in Canvas after a submission has been made, the identify of the student will remain visible within the Turnitin viewer.

2018 November 27th

e-rater settings are now viewable

Even when enabled for an account via our website, a bug had prevented e-rater showing as a configurable option when editing the settings for an LTI assignment. This bug was limited to accounts that had disabled our Online Grading (grademark) features. We've fixed this bug, and you'll not be able to edit e-rater settings even when you are not using Online Grading with an assignment.

2018 August 14th

Other instructors' rubrics no longer appear in assignment settings

A bug has been causing other instructors' rubrics to appear in the list of available rubrics; selecting one of these triggered an error message. We will now only display other instructors' rubrics when they are attached to the assignment. We've also made a quick fix to ensure that rubrics no longer duplicate when adding a new rubric.

2018 July 31st

We now revert to English if we detect Norwegian in the assignment inbox

In the instance that we don't support your language, our default behavior is to revert to English. If we encountered the Norwegian language, however, we were strangely reverting to Swedish instead... Oops! We've fixed this little anomaly.

2018 July 5th

More updates to the LTI grade report

Hey instructors! A little bird told us that you requested some changes to the LTI grade report. We're pleased to introduce a "Student Viewed" column to the report, which provides a timestamp detailing the time that your students viewed your feedback. You may also notice that all dates and times in the report are now displayed in your local time zone... because that's just common sense!

2018 June 27th

Students in Canvas can now successfully submit any files to Turnitin

We received reports from a number of students using Canvas that they were unable to upload a zip file to Turnitin when their assignment was configured to accept any file type. We've resolved this issue; students can now submit zip files (and any other files!) without encountering any problems.

2018 June 19th

New additions and updates to the LTI grade report!

Not only have we changed the name of the "Overlap" column to "Similarity score", providing you with more familiar terminology, but we've also added a word count column to the grade report! Looking for the grade report? Find it here.

Screenshot showing a excel document displaying the newly named 'Similarity Score' column of the grade report

2018 June 12th

Preview your uploaded paper in full before submitting!

Yes, that's right! A sparkly and much-needed Preview Submission button is now available for those last-minute moments of uncertainty, right before you submit your paper! With access to a full preview of your upload, you can now find complete peace of mind, knowing that you're sending the correct file to Turnitin. We've got you covered.

Improvements to error messaging in Turnitin LTI

We've made changes to some error messages to make them easier to understand and therefore easier for you to resolve and continue your academic journey...

  1. If a user attempts to access an LTI assignment without a valid email address being set in their LMS, we now advise that they must set their email address before they can launch into the assignment:

    Sorry, we could not process your request

    If a user attempts to access an LTI assignment without a valid email address being set in their LMS, we now advise that they must set their email address before they can launch into the assignment:

  2. If a student attempts to access an LTI assignment before their instructor has managed to set it up, we've made it clear that their instructor must configure the assignment before they can launch into it:

    Sorry, we could not process your request

    If a student attempts to access an LTI assignment before their instructor has managed to set it up, we've made it clear that their instructor must configure the assignment before they can launch into it:

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