Moodle Direct V2 Release Notes

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2020 February 26th

This change does not require a plugin update.

Turnitin Feedback Studio Viewer session extension

After listening to customer feedback, we’ve extended the session time for our viewer from one hour to three. This change means instructors will have longer to grade and leave feedback without worrying about being timed out.

2020 February 13th

This change does not require a plugin update.

Rubric manager issues have been resolved

Some users had experienced varying problems with our rubric manger such as not being able to select a rubric, create a new one, and formatting issues. The bug that caused this issue has been fixed and users should be able to use rubrics again as a part of their assignment.

2020 February 6th

We are now fully compliant for the release of Chrome 80

With the release of Chrome 80 fast approaching, we have ensured that users will be able to use our products in Chrome without further disruption. We have made the required changes to our cookies for all of our LMS integrations and Single Sign-On integration Shibboleth to ensure that users will no longer encounter warnings about 3rd party cookies if they are enabled.

2020 February 5th

This change does not require a plugin update.

Star rubrics and grading forms for easy access

Time for a little (early) Spring cleaning! This new feature allows you to star up to five rubrics and grading forms. Starring a rubric or grading form will move it to the top of the Rubric and Form manager for easy access. Starred rubrics and grading forms will stand out amongst all the others in this and future assignments.

Learn how to star a rubric or grading form, remove a rubric or grading form, or how to view the ones you have starred already

2020 January 15th

This change does not require a plugin update.

A new sub-menu for rubrics and grading forms

By default, we provide many rubrics and grading forms to help you get started with your Turnitin account from the very first time you access it. However, as we have a global community of instructors and institutions, it is only natural that not every rubric is relevant to every instructor. To help with the organization of rubrics and grading forms, we’ve moved them to their own sub-menus within the Rubric and Grading Form Manager. This sub-menu is more visible on the screen, making it easier to scroll through and find the one you would like to attach to an assignment. The currently attached rubric or grading form is always visible from the top-level of the menu.

2019 October 23rd

This change does not require a plugin update.

Match overview percentage now appears for translated matches in English

A bug had prevented the overall percentage wouldn’t show after clicking the ‘View English Sources (beta)’ button. We're happy to report that this bug has been squished and the match overview percentage will now display as expected.

2019 September 13th

This change does not require a plugin update.

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.

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

This change is to the Turnitin viewer and does not require a plugin update.

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 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

Download the latest version of the plugin version for these changes

Moodle 3.7 support and course overview bug fixes

We've been working on supporting Moodle 3.7 and improving the course overview area.

We've given the student and instructor views a refresh, and squashed some bugs that were affecting the Moodle timeline and student submissions. The details of the bug fixes are below.

Moodle timeline bug resolved

There was a bug impacting the Moodle timeline that occurred when resetting courses with new assignment dates. As a result of this bug, after resetting, the new assignment wasn’t visible. This has now been resolved.

Overdue messaging bug resolved

Students were experiencing a bug that was causing the 'Recently Overdue' message to display even after students had submitted to the assignment. The message would only disappear once the submission has been graded. The message no longer displays once the student has submitted.

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).

 

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 April 16th

Download the latest version of the plugin

Download the latest version of the plugin version 2019050101

2019 May 1st

2019050101

Migration tool modal improvements

We’ve made sure that the modal displays when using our migration tool. If your migration is successful, then a green model box will display to confirm this.

Download student file button visibility

We’ve been improving usability by clarifying available options to instructors. Previously, the download student files button was hidden until a student was selected. We’ve now made the button visible at all times, but it is only possible to invoke the button once a student has been selected.

Migration bugs resolved

There were some bugs affecting the migration process. One was causing assignment parts that had been deleted in V1 to reappear after the migration to V2. The other was placing new parts of migrated assignments in the incorrect class within Turnitin. These issues have been resolved.

Student grades hidden until post date

Now students will be unable to see grades in the Moodle grade book until the post date has passed.

Thanks to Neill Magill for his input!

Privacy settings updates

We now carry over privacy settings from Moodle V1 to Moodle V2 when the user migrates.

2019 January 24th

2019012401

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

2018122101

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

2018122101

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

2018121801

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

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 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 October 26th

2018102601

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

2018101901

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.

Thanks to Paul Damiani and Rossco Hellmans

We've received some invaluable bug fixes, in the form of pull requests, to help us improve Moodle V2. We’re really grateful!

2018 August 28th

v2018082801

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 tiisupport@turnitin.com. 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

v2018052301

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:

  1. Log into Turnitin.com or TurnitinUK.com.
  2. Under Edit, select the cog icon.
  3. Select Edit account settings.
  4. Scroll to Paper repository options and select Submit all papers to the institution repository.

Now, it's time to move to Moodle!
  1. From the Moodle left-hand side panel, select Site administration.
  2. Select Plugins.
  3. Select Activity Modules.
  4. Then Manage Activities.
  5. Scroll to Turnitin Assignment 2 and select Settings.
  6. 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

v2018031201

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.

2018 January 16th

v2018011601

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.

  1. Scroll to Originality Report Options.
  2. 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.

  1. Scroll to GradeMark options.
  2. 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.