This feature allows student posts of at least 30 words to be evaluated by Turnitin and can be enabled in the Post Settings of any Harmonize discussion.

NOTE: The Turnitin Similarity tool must be configured for your institution before this feature can be used. Please see Configuring Turnitin Similarity for more information.

Enabling Turnitin at the Assignment

  • As a Faculty Member, click Edit on the topic and navigate to the "Post Settings" tab.
  • Check the box next to Turnitin Settings to Send student submissions to Turnitin.

Check the "Turnitin Settings" checkbox on the topic edit post settings page.

  • After the student clicks Publish on a Post, the assignment or discussion topic will automatically be sent to Turnitin.
  • While the submission is being processed, the Turnitin Icon will read "Processing".
  • Once the submission is complete, the student and teacher will see the score.
  • Students can submit their discussion or assignment two times, after that there is a 24 hour holding period before Turnitin will process the next submission.
  • A minimum of 30 words is required in a student submission for Turnitin to generate a similarity score.

Note:  The student's score will only be visible to the student and teacher.

Student View

End-User License Agreement

  • When the students create a post they must Accept and Continue, to agree with the Turnitin End-User License Agreement.
  • If they click Reject, the student can click to create a new post and Accept and Continue to participate in the discussion or submit an assignment.
  • Student's only have to accept once per version of the End-User License Agreement.


  • When the student submits their post, their assignment is automatically sent to Turnitin.
  • The submission will be in the Processing state until Turnitin returns the results.

View the Turnitin "Processing" label on a post.

  • After Turnitin sends the results back, the student will be able to view their score.

View the Turnitin final score for a post.

  • Click the Turnitin icon to view the report.

Viewing the score details in Turnitin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If a student submits their discussion post as an attachment, will the contents of the attachment be included in the Turnitin Similarity Report?

  • Good question!  Harmonize does not have the ability to extract text from documents, so, unfortunately, if a student submits their post solely as an attachment, that content would not be sent to TurnItIn for review.  With such a post, you would likely also see a message noting that there is no Similarity report because the post was too short.  TurnItIn requires we send send at least 30 words in order to generate a Similarity report and only text typed or pasted into the Harmonize text row will be included in the report.

Q. The student's Similarity Score seems to be stuck in "Processing..." status. What's going on?

  • Students can submit their discussion or assignment two times, after that there is a 24 hour holding period before Turnitin will process the next submission. If the status still reflects "Processing..." after the 24-hour time period has elapsed, please contact Harmonize Support.

Q. Why does the student's Similarity Score status say "Post too short?"

  • TurnItIn requires at least 30 words typed/pasted into the Harmonize text row in order to generate a Similarity Report. Encourage the student to edit their post to meet the minimum word count and resubmit. The Similarity Score will appear once Turnitin has completed processing the Simi Report.

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