How to Disable Turnitin Assignment Instructor Digital Receipt Notifications

When students submit an assignment via Turnitin, the student receives a notification of their submission and the tutor also receives a notification that a student has submitted to the assignment.

Unfortunately due to the fact that many tutors on college have teacher access to many course pages this can get out of hand.   In this case it is often better to stop receiving these notifications. Fortunately there is an easy way you can do this.

Click on your name at the top right of Moodle

Select Preferences

Select Notification Preferences

Scroll down to Turnitin Assignment Instructor Digital Receipt Notifications and select off for both online and offline under the email column.

This is demonstrated in the video clip below

 

Problems accessing Turnitin as Tutor

Some problems have been reported accessing Turnitin assignments on Moodle archive as a tutor.   The problem manifests when a tutor tries to view a Turnitin assignment and the details never appear.  It may say “Getting information from Turnitin” (or similar) or it may just have a rotating “cursor” but the list of students and their work never appears.

This problem seems to be related to browser cache.  This could be caused by the fact that the content has moved (from Moodle to Moodlearchive) and your browser is having trouble with that.  To test if this is a problem use your browsers “Private Browsing” mode.  The following list should help you find your browsers private mode:

  • In Chrome, click the settings icon (usually three dots on top of each other in the top right of chrome) and select “New Incognito window”.
  • In Firefox, click the settings icon (three lines on top of each other in the top right of Firefox) and select “New Private Window”.
  • In Internet Explorer (not recommended) click the settings icon (small cog in the top right of Internet Explorer) and go into Safety and then “InPrivate Browsing”.
  • In Edge, click the settings icon (three dots in the top right of Edge) and select “New InPrivate Window”.

This will open a new window that doesn’t use your current cache.   Try going to Moodle from this window and seeing if you can see the content there.   If it works in that new window, then your browser cache is causing problems.

If your problem is caused by browser cache then you have two choices:

  1. Use private browsing as above when accessing Moodle.
  2. Clear your cache – you can then access without using private browsing. Note that clearing your cache may have effects on other sites you visit.    Some sites that you may stay logged into may log you out, you may have to use passwords you have not used in a while etc.  For help with this please see if the information at https://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/home/ helps.

Any Turnitin problems can also be caused by a problem with Turnitin’s servers themselves.   It is always good to check the status of the Turnitin system (while they do not always update it when a problem occurs until sometime after so it may not show everything).   You can always check Turnitin’s status from their status Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/turnitinstatus.

 

Customising the Dashboard: My enrolled courses

This year brings us a new version of Moodle and while there are many improvements some areas may appear lacking.   One area of concern to tutors in particular has been how courses are listed in the dashboard, and issues with the My Courses drop-down list.

There seems to be an issue showing all the courses in the drop down My courses menu item for users with a large number of course pages available.   It seems the maximum this can be set to is 150 course pages which is not enough for some tutors who have access to a wide range of pages (this problem is unlikely to be an issue for students as the number of course pages accessed will be lower).   Because the dashboard doesn’t show the courses very usefully either, this can cause some users to believe they no longer have access to courses.  Access has not changed, but the course pages just do not appear in the My Courses list.

To help with this I have added an optional block that users can add to their dashboard.  The block is called “My enrolled courses”.  By default it is a simple list of every course page you are enrolled on.   It is possible this too is limited in the number of course pages it can show (but I have not established this).   However this block can be modified.   At the bottom of the list is a link that says Show/Hide courses.   Following this link you are presented with a screen where you can move courses between shown and hidden.   This does not effect the course page itself, but only determines if the page will be shown in the block.   Using this block enables people to hide all pages apart from the ones they regularly use.

The video below demonstrates adding the block to your dashboard and customising it to show only some course pages and moving it to the main right pane.

Hopefully this will be useful for those users experiencing difficulties with the course lists.

REMEMBER: This block will not change the order or look of the My Courses drop down or anything else.  Hiding or showing courses in this block ONLY affects which courses appear in the block itself.