Turnitin is an originality-checking service that instructors can enable for assignments in Canvas. There are two layers of Turnitin that students can access: originality scores in Canvas and Turnitin Feedback Studio. Students may view the originality score within Canvas under Submission Details on an assignment (if that feature is enabled for students). Students must use an external website called Turnitin Feedback Studio for access to more advanced features like in-line instructor comments, voice comments, GradeMark feedback on grammar or mechanics, and PeerMark feedback.
The Turnitin Feedback Studio has two different views: an image-based document viewer and a text-only version. To access the text-only version, users should hit the Tab button after Feedback Studio has loaded. This should navigate to a hidden button labeled “Navigate to Text-Only similarity report” which users can select to access the text-only version.
There are two different versions of the Turnitin integration in Canvas that instructors can choose. The Quick Integration uses the standard Canvas file upload interface, while the GradeMark Integration uses a custom Turnitin file upload interface.
In Canvas, the Quick Integration file upload process is accessible to screen reader users, although there are some usability issues. The GradeMark Integration has some unclear functionality for screen readers, and does not provide all necessary alerts about the file upload process to a screen reader. The Quick Integration is recommended for use instead of the GradeMark Integration where possible.
Turnitin Feedback Studio is largely inaccessible to screen reader users due to its use of an image-based document viewer. Turnitin recommends that screen reader users access the site using a text-only version, but the text-only version does not allow the user to read or write instructor comments or any other in-document markup. Turnitin Feedback Studio is somewhat accessible to keyboard-only users.
Additionally, Turnitin Feedback Studio’s side-by-side comparison of the submitted assignment and matching assignment uses color coding alone to identify matching passages, and is inaccessible to individuals with blindness, low vision, or color blindness.
Please note: Statements on this page about the accessibility of Turnitin are based on accessibility testing done in August 2017 (Feedback Studio) and July 2019 (Canvas integrations), and may no longer represent the current status of the software.
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