Moodle Direct V2 Release Notes
2019 January 24th
You can now use special characters in file names
When using special characters, such as an umlaut or a dash, in student names or submission titles could cause an error message to show for a small number of users using Windows servers. We've improved how our system reads extended character sets and are happy to report that this error message should no longer be shown.
Non-submitters and Messages boxes will now close correctly
A bug had prevented some users from closing the boxes that appear for the non-submitters and Messages screens.
Big thanks to Rex Lorenzo for the pull request with the fix to this issue!
Support for Moodle PHP 7.2
We had received some reports that unit tests could fail when upgraded to PHP 7.2
Many thanks to ilya-catalyst for the pull request and fix!
General security fixes
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.
This change does not require a plugin update.
2018 December 21st
Grade categories are now migrated between V1 and V2
When you migrate from Moodle Direct V1 to Moodle Direct V2, we'll now keep the grading category associated with the V1 assignment when we perform the transition.
2018 December 20th
We now support Moodle 3.6
Getting a head start on the new year by upgrading your Moodle instance? We’ve got you covered. Our Moodle Direct v2 plugin now supports Moodle 3.6. Check out our system requirements for a full list of the version of Moodle we support.
You can now enable ETS e-rater as a default setting
Are you a fan of ETS e-rater? Us too! To help you take advantage of it, you can now enable ETS e-rater as a default setting for your assignments.
A new warning message when you try to change the Marks Available column
We’ve added this notification just to make sure that editing this field is what you want to do. Editing this field after you’ve finished grading, can change entries in the Moodle gradebook. Don’t worry, you can still edit this field should you need to!
A couple of backend security fixes
2018 December 18th
This change does not require a plugin update
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 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.
2018 October 26th
The course restoration tool has now been restored for use!
Were you previously using Turnitin.com or TurnitinUK.com before making the switch over to Moodle? The course restoration tool allows you to take your old classes and assignments with you by recreating them within Moodle. Previously, a bug had prevented this functionality from working as intended. Want to learn more? Check out our guide.
2018 October 19th
Assignments now display correctly on Moodle’s timeline
We’ve made three separate fixes following Moodle’s new timeline support:
- When creating a V2 assignment using course reset and the “use new dates” option, your assignment now displays correctly on the timeline.
- By changing the due date of the assignment, this now will update on the timeline.
- Providing that the assignment’s due date hasn’t already passed, any assignments created prior to our previous fix in v2018082801 will now appear on the timeline after an instructor accesses the assignment.
2018 August 28th
The administrator default option for student paper storage is now visible to instructors
We noticed a blip, where the administrator default option for student paper storage wasn't passed to instructors during assignment creation. We've corrected this problem so that the "Store student papers" drop-down menu now populates with the preferred administrator option.
All instructor default settings will override the global settings of an administrator.
V2 assignments are now available on the Moodle course overview page
We found that Moodle V2 assignments failed to appear on the Moodle course overview page when using Moodle 3.3+ which made it difficult to access assignments. This issue was a direct result of Moodle making a change to their course overview block. To resolve this, we've implemented Moodle's Calendar Action Events API. All is back to normal.
The link to the Moodle support wizard is no longer available in Moodle
Our Moodle support wizard has been broken for some time, and while we try to fix it, we're removing access to it to prevent confusion. But don't worry! You can still contact Turnitin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're currently thinking about how we can reintroduce a working version of the form in the future.
We've removed the plugin update checker from Turnitin administrator settings
Moodle has superseded this update checker with a tool that not only checks for Turnitin plugin updates but updates to all plugins within Moodle!
You can find Moodle's Check for available updates button by visiting: Site administration > Plugins > Plugins overview.
2018 May 24th
We now support Moodle 3.5
You can find out more about Moodle 3.5 via Moodle's release notes.
Turnitin's Moodle V2 plugin is GDPR compliant!
To support upcoming changes to European data protection law, we’ve focused our efforts on refreshing our processes around how we use your data. Learn more about the update via our Moodle Plugins and GDPR page.
- Repository settings are more transparent
- We're reporting on the data we store about our users
- Students can request to download their data
- Students can request to remove their data
If you're a Moodle administrator, and using version 3.3.5+, 3.4.2+, or 3.5, follow the steps on the Moodle Plugins and GDPR page to view the data we store in Moodle.
You can now send all papers to your institutional repository by default!
We're aligning Turnitin repository options with our Moodle V2 plugin. If an institutional repository is enabled on their Turnitin account, administrators can now opt to Submit all papers to the institutional repository. This submission storage option sends all student submissions to the institutional repository without instructor intervention. For this repository option to work successfully, it must firstly be enabled in Turnitin, before it can be configured in Moodle.
If you're a Moodle administrator, follow the steps below to enable this repository setting in Turnitin:
- Log into Turnitin.com or TurnitinUK.com.
- Under Edit, select the cog icon.
- Select Edit account settings.
- Scroll to Paper repository options and select Submit all papers to the institution repository.
Now, it's time to move to Moodle!
- From the Moodle left-hand side panel, select Site administration.
- Select Plugins.
- Select Activity Modules.
- Then Manage Activities.
- Scroll to Turnitin Assignment 2 and select Settings.
- Scroll to Paper Repository Assignments and select Submit all papers to the institutional repository:
Assignment titles are now visible in the grade book
This was a bit of an odd one! If an instructor created an assignment with Turnitin GradeMark disabled, the assignment title displayed in the Moodle grade book as the word 'Grade'. We're sure that you'd much rather see the assignment name to be able to distinguish one assignment from the other? Now, you can! Sorry about that!
You can now exit lightboxes using the 'Close' button
We received a report that the Close button in Moodle V2 lightboxes wasn't performing correctly, in that it wasn't actually closing anything! Instead, users saw the following error: 'Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'close' of undefined at HTMLAnchorElement.onclick'. Thanks for the heads up, @Haietza! We've fixed this issue.
Lightboxes display content by filling the screen and dimming out the rest of the web page. They can be closed to find the website contents still available. Items such as the QuickMark manager and the rubric manager are contained inside a lightbox.
2018 March 12th
Manual adjustments to grades now stick during V1 to V2 migration
Following the migration of a Moodle Direct V1 assignment to V2, grades that had been manually adjusted in the Moodle grade book would be overwritten to match the grade originally set in Turnitin Feedback Studio. With this overwrite being completely unintentional, we've made several backend changes to ensure that future manual adjustments within the grade book always remain fixed during migration.
V1 assignments are now removed automatically after migration
If an administrator failed to delete a Moodle Direct V1 assignment after its migration to V2, the grade of the V1 assignment would remain in the Moodle grade book, causing grades to effectively double. We've now adjusted the behavior of the Moodle Migration Tool to resolve this. So that you no longer need to worry about incorrect grades in the grade book, Moodle V1 assignments are now automatically deleted after migration.
There may be instances where you'll still be required to remove V1 assignments manually (for example, the migration has been successful but there are conflicting grades in the grade book).
Deleting V1 assignments that were migrated prior to plugin v2018031201
You can manually delete your previously migrated assignments from the usual spot in the Moodle Migration Tool; we encourage you to delete these as soon as possible in order to resolve any current issues in the grade book. Any V1 assignments migrated after this update will be automatically deleted.
Instant Similarity Reports for up to three resubmissions
Feedback Studio allows students to view their Similarity Report results immediately! Students can now view their initial Similarity Report, then revise and resubmit their work up to three times, without having to wait 24 hours for an updated report. After three resubmissions have been made, the 24-hour report generation wait time will be restored. Instantaneous similarity results give students the formative support they need to master paraphrasing and citation conventions efficiently.
To enable resubmissions for students, you must correctly configure the assignment settings of a new or existing Moodle Direct V2 assignment.
- Scroll to Originality Report Options.
- Under Originality Report Generation and Submissions, select Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date): After 3 resubmissions, reports generate after 24 hours. Read more.
Genre-specific rubrics in Feedback Studio
Revision Assistant's genre-specific rubrics are now available in Feedback Studio, designed with 6th - 12th graders in mind! K-12 instructors can assign new rubrics to their assignments to help their students master the art of argumentative, narrative, informative, and analytical writing. If you're actively using Revision Assistant and Feedback Studio together, you can now promote consistency in the classroom by adopting the same rubrics.
To use a new rubric for grading, you can attach it from within the assignment settings of a new or existing assignment.
- Scroll to GradeMark options.
- Under Attach a rubric to this assignment, select a new genre-specific rubric from the drop-down list. Read more.
Alternatively, launch the rubric and grading form manager from the Moodle Direct V2 submission inbox, or alternatively, from within Feedback Studio.
K-12 QuickMark sets in Feedback Studio
QuickMarks are Turnitin's most popular feedback tool among Feedback Studio instructors! But in finding that many of our default QuickMark sets failed to address the needs of our K-12 instructors and students, we've added two new sets to the Feedback Studio collection. Our new drag-and-drop (and customizable!) comments will help instructors help their students to engage in revision, save time, and more importantly, achieve learning outcomes. Read more.
To view and edit your new QuickMarks, launch the QuickMark manager from the Moodle Direct V2 submission inbox, or alternatively, from within Feedback Studio.