As of summer 2018, an update to Turnitin is available within Canvas and offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students. For fall 2018, Turnitin may be used within Canvas both via this updated method or via the previous method – see External tool vs. Plagiarism Framework for a comparison.
Eventually (perhaps by late fall 2018 or spring 2019) it is expected that Turnitin will only be available via the method described here. MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.
Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework
Turnitin LTI 2.0 Resources
Testing a Turnitin Assignment with your MCC Sample Student
Turnitin is an LTI tool that is globally installed on our Canvas system. LTI tools are not native to Canvas so they will not work in the internal Canvas Student View. You must log off of Canvas, as an instructor, then log on with your MCC Sample Student account. Now you will be able to experience a Turnitin assignment within your Canvas course as a student.
One last reminder: on June 30, MiraCosta faculty access to Blackboard and Moodle will end as our licenses to those systems expire.
If you have not yet extracted previous course content that you may need in the future, please do so ASAP!
If you aren’t sure what you need to do, please read my prior messages with more details.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself.
- Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status
Is it a maintenance time? Or is Canvas currently experiencing an outage?
- Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.)
Clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem by allowing your computer to download the latest version of the webpage and/or software.
- Try a Different Browser
If you have cleared your browser cache and things are still not working as you expect try a different browser. Example: if you are using Chrome, try Firefox and visa versa. Ensure that your browsers are up to date. You can always download the latest version free online.
- Restart your Computer
Many faculty and staff solve their problems with this simple step. Always a good option to try.
- Check your Internet Connection Speed
A slow connection could be why your CMS system is running slow. Share your result with your internet service provider as necessary to resolve.
- Enable Browser Cookies
Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the online server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
- Enable Java
It strongly recommended to have the latest version to ensure proper functionality of our online systems.
- Review ‘What is Java and Why do I need it?‘
- Download Java
- Manage Pop-Up Blockers
Pop-up windows, or pop-ups, are windows that appear automatically without your permission. They vary in size but usually don’t cover the whole screen. They are often required for certain online website applications to work properly.
- Make sure that your Operating System is fully updated.
Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.
- Apple Computer
- PC Computer
- Check your Device Settings
This is a great tool to identify what is on your computer, browser version, plugins, etc. This tool can help you update your computer yourself, and/or can be provided to tech support to assist you further with troubleshooting.
Canvas is now MiraCosta’s sole course management system!
Blackboard and Moodle access links have been removed from http://miracosta.edu/online to eliminate any confusion for our summer students.
Faculty who are continuing to access old courses in Blackboard and Moodle may do so until June 30 via:
- Blackboard: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu/
- Moodle: http://miracosta.mrooms.net/
If you need to catch up on details about extracting course content and data from the older systems, please see my previous Countdown to Canvas message.
Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Please be sure you have extracted everything you need from Blackboard and Moodle, since access to those systems ends on June 30. See Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle for more details; for quick guidance on downloading class gradebooks and archives, see directions to do so for Blackboard or for Moodle.
Further, please consider carefully:
- Are there old courses that you haven’t taught for some time, but you don’t want to leave behind? Don’t forget those!
- Are there old courses that someone else in your department taught, but that person has since left MiraCosta, and your department has permission to reuse course content? If so, contact Karen Turpin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance in bringing such content over to Canvas.
Finally, if you are still getting up to speed on Canvas, keep in mind:
- The plethora of great locally-developed and selected Canvas resources available to you.
- The 24-7 instructor hotline for Canvas support – it remains available throughout the summer: 1-833-345-2890 and is your best option for quick “how do I do this in Canvas” or “why isn’t Canvas doing what I think it should do” types of questions.
- The TIC will be closed for its transformation into the brand-new Teaching & Learning Center during the first part of the summer, but Karen and I are working and available to you throughout the summer – feel free to contact either of us with questions that go beyond what the Canvas hotline can provide.