Turnitin has recently released an update that allows previously created assignments to be copied and reused.

  1. Turnitin Assignment Copy.
    1. Overview of the Turnitin Assignment Copy Process
    2. Turnitin Assignment Copy: Example uses
    3. Turnitin Assignment Copy Workflow
    4. Contact Us

This blog post will guide you through this new feature, why it exists and the workflow used to implement it.


Turnitin assignment copy

It is now possible to copy a previously created Turnitin assignment and all its associated settings.

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Overview of the Turnitin Assignment Copy Process:
  1. Copy the old assignment with Content and Settings (See below).
  2. Due date etc. will need to be updated during the copy process. You mustn’t forget to update these dates (the steps to do this are included in the assignment copying process below).
  3. It is recommended to only copy previous Turnitin assignments that have the correct configuration settings applied. Configuration settings include items such as ‘Exclude bibliographic materials’, ‘Exclude quoted materials’ and ‘Exclude small sources’.

The following are the default Turnitin configuration settings although, these should be reviewed and configured by the module leader as appropriate to their own needs. Including an example below of what we believe are the most appropriate settings.

The above ‘default’ settings match those configured in the ‘Check your work for plagiarism’ Blackboard organisation that students can use to submit to check the Turnitin score that their assessment will receive before summative submission.

If you are unsure we recommend these settings for your Turnitin assignment

These settings ensure that Turnitin ignores quoted material and bibliographic content and will ensure any student submission will generate the same similarity score as it does in the ‘Check your Work for Plagiarism’ tool.

*NOTE The ‘copy’ process will include the option to duplicate any of your previously created assignments for all your Blackboard modules on either old or new Blackboard.

We appreciate that this may be confusing and have reported it as an issue to Turnitin.  Steps are included below that offer support in selecting the correct assignment (please refer to the filter results section).

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Turnitin Assignment Example Uses

Assignment Copy is a feature that makes it easier for module leaders to copy an assignment and its setups from previous modules for use in new modules.

Also, this feature is not limited to the module leader who created the original assignment. Any module staff that were associated with the assignment will be able to locate it for copying into a new module.

For example, this tool makes it easy to:

  • Copy assignment setups from previous academic-year modules into brand-new modules for the upcoming academic year with updated dates.
  • Create a new set of assignments and then copy those assignment setups into multiple different modules using the same assignment dates.
  • Create one assignment setup as a template and then copy that assignment setup multiple times within a module.

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Turnitin Assignment Copy Tool Workflow:
  1. When creating a new assignment, select the option to copy a previous assignment setup.

Image showing how to access the new 'Copy previous assignment' feature in Turnitin.

  1. A list of all modules that the user is attached to that include Turnitin assignments will be displayed.  From here, it is possible to search by course name and filter results such as alphabetically or by the date the assignment was created. Individual assignments from multiple modules can be copied simultaneously.

Image showing the results of running the Copy previous assignment option. A list is displayed that includes all previously created Turnitin assignments associated with that user.

At the bottom, there is an option to select Keep the original dates for the assignment, which pre-populates the duplicated assignment with the original assignment’s previous dates in the next step.  If you intend to assign new dates to the copied assignment, this tickbox should be left blank.

As the assignments to copy are selected, the total number selected will be shown in the Copy button text.  Press the Copy button to start the assignment(s) copy process.

Image showing how to search and filter Turnitin assignment results in the new 'Copy previous assignment' feature of Turnitin

  1. Select the appropriate Start Date, Due Date, and Feedback Release Date for each assignment.

Image highlighting the option to keep the original dates for the assignment tick box.

If multiple assignments require the same dates, it is possible to apply dates to multiple assignments at the same time.  Add the Start, Due and Feedback Release dates to the top set of fields and then click the Select All tick box and press the ‘Apply date’ button.

Image showing the options available to congifure dates relating to the Turnitin assignment copy process when more than one assignment is selected to be duplicated in a single instance.

A pop-up message will appear when the copying of the date(s) process is complete.

Image showing the completed successfully message box that will be returned to the Turnitin user once the copy process is complete.

Assignment titles can also be updated in this area by selecting the pencil icon next to the assignment title.

Image showing the ability to update the newly copied assignments name following the duplication process.

*NOTE It is not currently possible to edit the Instructions field for each assignment in this area. As a workaround, you can edit this field after the initial creation of the assignment(s).

Click the Save button to apply the new dates and complete the assignment copy process.


Image showing how to save the changes once the copy process is complete.

  1. Once the copied assignment(s) are created, you will be able to see them in your assignment list.

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Contact Us

If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail, please contact the Digital Learning Specialists, who can arrange bespoke coaching and mentoring sessions.

They are contactable at

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Turnitin update April 2024
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