How do I create a Turnitin activity (LTI 1.1)?

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Easily create Turnitin activities right in Buzz.

Note: Buzz has actively supported 1EdTech's (formerly IMS Global's) LTI specification since it was created in 2010. Buzz is a1EdTech-certified LTI 1.1 learning platform, which allows you to access other LTI-certified tools from within Buzz.

In 2019, 1EdTech (formerly IMS) announced that its LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage specifications, which provide additional functionality and security, would replace the soon-to-be deprecated LTI 1.1 specification. Buzz continues to support LTI 1.1, and Buzz is also now an 1EdTech-certified platform for LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage.

This article covers how to create a Turnitin activity using LTI 1.1; to learn how to create a Turnitin activity using LTI 1.3, click here.

How do I migrate from LTI 1.1 to LTI 1.3?

Add the activity

If your organization is integrated with Turnitin, you can easily sync activities using the Editor tool.

  1. Add an activity to the desired folder and choose the Custom Activity type.
  2. In the Custom Activity editor, select Website under the Content section of the Activity tab.
  3. In the Website URL field, provide the hostname URL that matches your location:
  4. Check the Digitally sign the request for LTI box.
  5. If your LTI is configured at the Domain, you can leave the Supply LTI Key/secret for this activity unchecked. If it isn't, check the box and:
    • Enter the Key and Secret in the appropriate fields, or
    • Click Load LTI configuration and paste the Configuration XML information into its field and click Parse XML to automatically populate the Key and Secret fields.
  6. Click Save when you finish making other edits to your activity.

Configure the activity

Once you've created the assignment, click the Activities tool and open it. Buzz opens the Turnitin dashboard where you can configure your assignment using these instructions.

Configure the activity

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  • Some LTIs, like Turnitin, don't trigger a notification when a student submits an assignment. To make sure you know when your students have submitted a Turnitin activity, create a companion activity in Buzz that asks students to Mark this activity complete once they've submitted the Turnitin activity.

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