The Turnitin software is to be used to facilitate learning and to promote transparency on how assignments are produced and processed by the students.

  •     What is key to the use of Turnitin, is that  it provides the students with the opportunity for feedback and review of their assignment with particular reference to correct acknowledgement of sources and referencing.

Once the assignment is submitted to Turnitin, feedback is received in the form of an ‘Originality Report.’  The latter helps the lecturer to locate potential sources of plagiarism, or text which may not have been cited.

  1. Lecturers should specify either in the course outline on the assignment list, or on Moodle; the selected assignments that need to be submitted to Turnitin, before the assignment is handed-in on the due date.
  2. Students must submit their assignments to Turnitin before the due date, and receive the ‘originality report.’  Depending on the requirements of the lecturer, this process may be repeated by the student numerous times after they have made the desired adjustments, until the report is satisfactory. The assignment is then downloaded from Turnitin and the assignment and final report is then printed or submitted in electronic form to the lecturer before or on the due date.
  3. The similarity index may range from 1% to 25%, though lecturers and students should be aware that submitted assignment below 25% does not necessarily indicate a lack of plagiarism.
  4. It is recommended that lecturers utilise the Turninin ‘GradeMark’ section.  This will allow for electronic comments and grading to be easily passed onto the student
  5. Should the lecturer have any queries regarding the originality report or not be satisfied with the originality report, he/she may upload the assignment again himself/herself.


How to Access Turnitin?

We have changed to using Turnitin directly from their website, and not through Moodle anymore.

If you have used Turnitin at Helderberg College, then you must reset your password on their website, and you do not have to setup a new account.

Instructions on how to sign in to the Turnitin website are below.


RETURNING LECTURER (This means you have used Turnitin with Moodle last year 2015)

1. Go to the Turnitin reset password page - click this link.

2. Add your HBC email address to the first field, and then your LASTNAME or SURNAME to the second field. An email will be sent to your HBC email account.

3. Click on the link provided in the email, and choose a new password for your Turnitin account. Please try to make it different from your email account, and it must contain at least 6 characters with a letter and one number.

4. The final link sends you to login to Turnitin. If it did not, please choose this link: login to Turnitin.

5. Login with your HBC EMAIL ADDRESS, and your newly created Turnitin password.

6. Choose a secret password and answer. This is a personal question and answer that only you know, and will help when you need to possibly reset your Turnitin password. Submit your answer when complete.

7. Done!


NEW LECTURER OR INSTRUCTOR (This means as a lecturer, you have never used Turnitin at Helderberg College before)

Your account will be created by Lyndon Bender (Turnitin Administrator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to activate your account, and you will receive an email to setup your Turnitin password.



What are classes in Turnitin?

Simply put, they are modules or whatever class you are teaching. Turnitin uses the terminology of "class" when refering to modules.


How do I create a class or add a module to Turnitin?

Lecturers that used Moodle with Turnitin previously will notice that their Turnitin dashboard will already have moodle conected classes they previous taught. The classes were added to Turnitin when you added a Turnitin assignment in Moodle. Whether you are a returning Turnitin lecturer or a new Turnitin user, you must create your classes again.

1. Login to Turnitin: either from the quicklink at top of our homepage (, or follow this link,

2. Click the "Add Class" button on the far right of your Turnitin dashboard.

3. Full in relevant information for your class. The enrollment password can be almost anything you want, except at least 4 characters in length. All the data can be edited at a later stage.



4. Once you have submitted your information, your class will be created. You will be shown a CLASS ID, and a your ENROLLMENT PASSWORD that you created. The Class ID and Enrollment Password both can be viewed and you do not have to worry about remembering them.

Class ID (number) shown below - it appears on the left of the Class Name:



The enrollment password can be found again by clicking the cog to the right of the class name:



5. When a student enrolls in your your Turnitin class, they will require the Class ID and Enrollment Password. You must provide that to all students you wish to access your class. Any assignments you create under that class will automatically appear for all students enrolled in that class.

Remember: Every class you teach that you plan to use Turnitin with, has a separate Class ID, and Enrollment Password, though you could use the same password for all your classes.


How do I create a Turnitin Assignment?

1. Login to Turnitin, and select (click on) the class you will be creating an assignment with.

2. On the far right, click the "Add Assignment" button.

3. The general assignment for students is a Paper Assignment, and all the options have an explanation if you mouse over the question mark (?) next to the field. Generally you just need to select a title for your assignment, and then the Start, Due and Post dates. Most people make the due and post dates the same. Finally, after you have set your title, and submission dates, you can also select Optional Settings. These settings provide more detail, the most important usually being whether you will allow a student to have more than one chance to submit their assignment.

Below highlights the Optional Settings, most lecturers allow students to submit their assingment multiple times before the due date. The student can see their originality percentage and re-submit. The lecturers have a choice to allow this or not. Besides these two settings, the rest you can leave as is.



More information for instructors, can be found here: