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Grademark and Turnitin integration with Moodle

We have been using Turnitin for formative use for some time. This allows students, researchers and tutors to make textual comparisons between their own work and texts found on the Turnitin database. They can use this to establish that they have cited and referenced their work correctly.

We currently do not have an academic policy to either:

  • accept essay submissions for summative assessments through an online dropbox
  • submit essay submissions to Turnitin to check for similarities with other work on their database

Nevertheless we have been exploring technical solutions for such a time that we do.

We have developed a plugin based on Dan Marsden‘s (of CatalystIT) Turnitin-Moodle integration. On top of its current functionality we also allow tutors to manually sync Turnitin comparison scores.

This allows them to exclude texts to make comparisons against and to have this decision reflected in Moodle:


We have also extended it to integrate Grademark with the Moodle assignment in the following ways:

  • We return Grademark grades
  • Tutors release all grades together (manually or by pre-setting the release date)
  • Students get a link to Grademark feedback


Technical changes:

  • Assignments in Turnitin are created at the same time as they are created in Moodle rgather than when a student uploads a file
  • We pass have the concept of a release date and pass this to Turnitin/Grademark

We are aware that there are other plugins and even more around the corner. We have also heard that the Turnitin API might be changing. Nevertheless we thought this might be worth exploring and putting forward as a desirable model to follow.


  1. Emma
    Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Will it include the ability to have peer marking? That’s one thing I miss now that we have the Moodle/Turnitin integration (We used to have a Moodle/WebCT integration which essentially was a short cut to TII, so you had the full range of tools, such as Peer marking)

  2. Paolo Oprandi
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Cursory looks at Peermark makes us think it looks good, but we have not had any tutors using it and so we haven’t explored integrating it with Moodle yet. Whether this integration would *just* work depends on how Peermark and Grademark work together.

    We certainly agree that the Moodle workshop module is unsatisfactory for peer review.

  3. Sarah Honeychurch
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Tii are releasing a new version of their plugin next month for BB and Moodle and it will have peermark included.

  4. Paolo Oprandi
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks Sarah. We knew one was coming, but expected it back in March/April. We look forward to seeing it and hope it is as good or better than what we have put together her. 

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