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Enable Turnitin for Discussion Posts

Enable Turnitin for Discussion Posts


Thank you for your time in reviewing this idea.

It would be wonderful if Turnitin were enabled for Discussions posts and responses.

This would prevent students from cobbling together information from online sources to write original discussion posts.  It would be optimal if the Turnitin feature worked like the one provided for assignment submissions, so that students and faculty can see the percentage of match, etc.  This would be another great tool for helping students understand the importance of originality and avoiding plagiarism.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Community Member

Yes! This would be an enormous help! It also seems like a common sense option for online courses!

Community Member

I hope that incorporating turnitin for Canvas discussions is implemented!!  It would save my time checking for plagiarism. Thank you for proposing it.

Community Member

Wondering if ANYONE AT CANVAS is taking these concerns seriously? This post has only been up for 3 years now.

Seriously, this shouldn't even be a discussion point anymore, it should be implemented. Plagiarism in discussions is just as much of an issue, if not more so than in "papers" (particularly because students know, it's so hard to check). 

Please implement TurnItIn within discussions. Come on already! 

Community Member

This is so important and needs to be implemented. 

Community Champion

I search "discussions turnitin" and stumbled on this discussion.  I've lost track of the number of my faculty who have issues with plagiarism in discussion posts this academic year alone. This would be such a useful feature - especially if it were one the faculty could choose to enable through an option in the way it can be enabled for assignment uploads now. I have instructed them to use one of the work-arounds such as copy/paste/submit through an assignment themselves, but that is very tedious. 

The biggest downside that I see for enabling this functionality in discussions is that for assignments, students can review their report (including grammar, which is sorely needed in many cases) and resubmit assignments after editing. That would be a little more clunky with discussions because others might have already replied. Still, I think the benefit to instructors outweighs this downside. 

I really hope the community will step up to this one and continue to vote it up so that it gains traction next quarter.

Community Champion

I spoke with the Turnitin reps at Instructurecon about this and was told this feature suggestion is not on the near term radar.

So I then contemplated how Instructure might help facilitate a workaround.  For example, the ability to press a button to export the discussion board content to a pdf.  Then instructors could direct submit the pdf to Turnitin.  Of course this would bypass the check box students see when posting, but so long as the syllabus states the instructor may use various means to check for authenticity that may not be an issue.   Without the above button it is necessary to perform a sometimes kluge copy/ paste from the discussion replies list, as noted previously in this discussion.

Community Champion

 @Jeff_F ‌. there is a feature request to export discussions:‌. I agree this would be a good stopgap. 

Community Member


We need a tool to help the community in developing a way of posting content free from plagiarism.

There is nothing wrong is using published information, all the contrary, research is a demand but it is wrong not to give the credit to the authors.

Thank you!

Professor Fernando Ferrer

Community Member

Three years later and we still cannot do this?

Community Participant

I would love to see the same with URKUND API Smiley Happy

Community Member

Please make it possible to use Turnitin for Discussion Boards. It will be helpful for so many instructors. I see Discussion Board cheating as a major problem as we migrate online.

Community Member

I have a work around I use in my class

I have created two separate assignments. One, is using turn it in. Students are required to post initially to turn it in assignments. Then, they post on the discussion board. I do get the originality report for each entry

Hope this helps

Professor David Barman

College of Business - School of Accounting

Florida International University

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While I appreciate the work around, I would hope that Canvas would help us not to have to do a work around.  We already have so much work to do.  Canvas needs to step it up on this, it has been too long that they have been "working" on this.

Community Member

Came here to say this as well. We can all certainly come up with workarounds of all kinds. But this is something that Canvas should be able to implement, not something we should have to keep finding ways to build new systems and steps to function around it.

In a living discussion, these workarounds aren't functional nor useful. Students cut and paste information from the internet as their own version of a workaround versus doing their own work, more than we want to acknowledge.

That's why we need TurnItIn functionality within the discussions.

Community Participant

We have been asked about this and to meet the need have developed a tool to extract discussion posts and submit to but this is not ideal. Would like to see some options around using Turnitin with Graded Discussions.

Community Participant

Echoing Gemma here  - the idea is not to create  more administrational work for academics by putting the responsibility on them or the students to double-submit, but to make it  a one-stop workflow. 

Community Member

Might I add that it is even more critical

now to have this functionality when we are all “remote-teaching.” There’s so much additional time and screen time on the part of educators (often w/no comparable uptick in pay). To down load, compile, cut n paste, etc. - just to submit to “Turn It In” actually “turns” my stomach just at the thought of it. Why is this taking so long?

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Community Member

This would be nice. I am not seeing how to vote for it, but it's been awhile since I've been in this arena.

Community Member

What is the status of this idea? This feature would significantly assist instructors.

Community Member

Plagiarism is common on discussion boards, and there has been a huge uptick during this pandemic. The workarounds take an incredible amount of time.  Are there any plans to move this idea to the next stage?   It would really help.   Thank you.