Blackboard Direct for Academic Suite/Learn

A plug-in that provides a more Blackboard-like experience for delivering Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark services. (No access to PeerMark)

  • Plug-in developed by iParadigms.
  • Allows access to Turnitin OriginalityCheck and GradeMark (not PeerMark) without having to leave the Blackboard environment or log into Turnitin directly.
  • Turnitin OriginalityCheck and GradeMark are integrated into the standard Blackboard user interface, alongside other Blackboard components.

Versions & Release Notes

Bb 9.1.1+
Tii Bb Building Block

The Blackboard Direct integration plug-in:

  1. Supports Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark
  2. Provides seamless integration with Turnitin and GradeMark using Blackboard workflow
  3. Uses real information for Turnitin user accounts for instructors and students
  4. Uses a 'pull' approach to information and has no 'call-backs' to the local CMS/LMS/VLE
  5. Will run behind a fire wall
  6. Allows for multi-part assignments (one assignment, many files)
  7. Sends grades entered in GradeMark to the Blackboard GradeBook
  8. Releases paper grades on the post date
  9. Allows for course recycle to copy forward Turnitin information
  10. Allows instructors to submit work on behalf of students
  11. Supports multiple instructors on an assignment, allowing all instructors added to the assignment to have access when logging in to native Turnitin.
  12. Requires running Java 1.6+ on the Blackboard server

The Blackboard Direct integration plug-in DOES NOT:

  1. Manage Blackboard groups
  2. Update information changed in Turnitin by users in Turnitin Native
  3. Work with assignments created under the framed-in API
  4. Support PeerMark
  5. Support Revision assignments
  6. Support Master classes
  7. Support GradeMark analytics
  8. Support zip file upload
  9. Support QuickSubmit

20140710.1

Fixed issue with tabs in SP14+
Fix for SDP issues
Updated Gradecentre interaction
Error page is shown in course context rather than standalone page
Altered time display in edit parts page to match time display in summary page.
Added grade display option to create page
Added admin tool to allow users to be deleted from bb direct user table.

20140430.3

Removed unnecessary user update in submission tools links.
Fixed incorrect error message showing to students before an assignment starts ('All parts have been submitted to...').

20140430.2

Removed unnecessary logging from DbUser calls.

20140430.1

 Fixed issue where 423 Error code was not being displayed to the user (instead just said 'null').
 Changed Refresh Submissions link back to normal Refresh Submissions /  Added Force Refresh link to inbox.
 Fixed issue where grades were not visible in the inbox to students even if reveal grades immediately was enabled.
 Added section title back to proxy options in plugin config.
 Fixed issue where changing reveal grade option did not appropriately update the associated lineitem's visibility.
 Removed warning lists on submit page for usersWithoutEmail / usersWithoutUniqueEmail

20140318.1

 Fixed a bug preventing recycling of courses.
 Fixed a bug wherein the use of batch_id rather than course_id was preventing access to feedback files due to potentially mismatched course/batch IDs
 when the snapshot tool is used.
 Added code to handle bb direct v2 date format when switching back and forth between versions
 Added code to convert bb direct v2 API URL format when switching back and forth between versions
 Changed TiiConfig SDP setters to check for null / blank rather than isEmpty
 Added check for anonymous assignment when revealing grades after post date. If anonymous assignment then force refresh is called.
 Added updated language strings for SDP
 Fixed force refresh tool not working
 Fixed delete submission not resetting attempt to --
 Changed Refresh Submission link to use force refresh tool.
 Fixed issue where GradeMark icon was not clickable for AAEE submissions
 Fixed issue where Similarity Score showed 0% for AAEE Submissions
 Disabled DIS flag for submissions to allow submission receipts to be sent.

Version 20131023
  1. Fixed bug with bulk download options in assignment summary, where validation was using an incorrect column title (part_turnitin_id > part_id)
  2. Fixed bug with deletion of submissions in the Gradecentre inbox
Version 20130821.1
  1. Added check against local db before allowing submission (in addition to fid 10 check). This aims to cut down on the possibility of duplicate submissions. However duplicate submissions can still occur if a student or instructor (for whatever reason) submits concurrently to the same part.
  2. Changed submit so now date submitted shows '-' until the submission is refreshed
  3. ETS handbook / spelling dictionary use default values if not processable in create form. this can happen if Internet explorer is set to an older compatability mode such as IE 8
  4. Changed submission part selector for students to no longer list parts that have been submitted to after the part due date
  5. Fixed issue in modify screen where useAnonymous value would not be hidden if submissions had already been made to the assignment.
  6. Once set continuous option is hidden on the assignment modify page
  7. Updated Gradecentre function to clearly state what happened at a certain point e.g. a resubmission will show in the gradecentre history as 'Resubmitted to Turnitin'
  8. Changed part summary page to specifically order by assignment id ascending
  9. Added connection check to creation page in case the integration hasn't been configured
  10. Fixed user behaviour on anonymous marking reveal reason / open DV function (instructors automatically enrolled on class upon entering inbox) / used in Dv launcher. There is a possible delay between enrolling the user and it being registered in the system, meaning if they click a link before it's processed it will say 'object ID does not exist for this user'.
  11. validation warnings now properly show if invalid values are entered for small match exclusion
  12. Updated Assignment Title length check to 80 chars to compensate for the additional unique identifier that is added during api calls , which could potentially put the title over the limit.
  13. Updated getFileUrl to return case sensitive file path to stop Error 404 issues with Feedback files on non windows systems.
  14. Fixed issue with overall grade throwing an exception if the field is left blank
  15. 'Add part' now correctly sets an initial max points of 100
  16. Fixed issue with date_format in formats other than yyyy-mm-dd - localised dates were incorrectly being added to the database, meaning years might be displayed as 0013

Version 20130129

Important information

Before installing Turnitin Direct 20130129 please be aware of the following

The latest version of the Turnitin Direct Building Block makes the transition from an embedded Database to Blackboard's own Database.
Because of this, any existing Turnitin Direct assignments you have will need to be migrated to the new location before they are accessible.

To do this:

  • After installing 20130129 access the 'Settings' page for the Turnitin Direct Building Block
  • Click the link 'Migrate data from courses containing Turnitin Direct assignments'
  • Click the button 'Read Legacy Course Batch IDs', which will populate the 'Course(s) to migrate' field
  • Click the Submit button and wait for the migration to complete. (This may take some time, depending on the number of courses to migrate)
  • As noted on the Migrate page, if you have a large number of courses, it may be best to break this operation into smaller chunks of courses to avoid sustained use of system resources

Please note that once installed, existing Turnitin direct assignments will not be accessible until they have been migrated, so it would be best to perform this upgrade at a suitably scheduled time

  1. Changed data storage method to Blackboard Database
  2. Added tool to migrate data from embedded DB to Blackboard DB
  3. Added Assignment option to ignore grades from Turnitin
  4. Added 'Add Part' button to assignment summary (moved from modify page)
  5. Added 'Edit Parts' button to assignment summary, to allow multiple parts to be edited at once (Removed individual edit icon)
  6. Added translated matching options - if a translated match is higher than the english match then the translated match will be shown with an overlay 'EN'
  7. Updated Database Viewer to group related assignments/parts/submissions
  8. Updated several functions to only update locally if new data is present
  9. Options disabled in the plugin config are now correctly hidden in assignment creation / modify
  10. Changed Refresh Submissions performed by a student so that the student who refreshed isn't recorded as the person who updated their grade in Blackboard's Grade History
  11. Fixes for Oracle specific queries
  12. Fixed issue with Translated Matching scores
  13. Fixed bug where updating part reset ETS e-rater options
  14. Fixed issue with instructor/student feedback not displaying in the Grade Centre inbox
20130129.19
  1. Fixed a call during submission that used a user's stored email address rather than the current system address potentially causing an 'Error building session' Error.
  2. Added a check for non unique email addresses, which displays the users in a list on the submission screen (users with a non unique email will not appear in the user list)
  3. If a specific submission type (e.g. File) is selected during create/modify, only that type will be available on the submission screen

20130129.17

  1. Changed assignment creation to use owner user to avoid replication issues (Error 220)
  2. Added call in create screen to join instructor to the class before ending their session
  3. Fixed issue where 'needs grading' didn't appear until after refreshing submissions when the submission was made as a student


20130129.14

  1. Added error check to function getting user objects on submission screen
  2. Re-added proxy options to plugin config
  3. Fixed check for assignment description length limit
  4. Increased disclaimer size to 2000 chars
  5. Increased assignment description length to 2000 chars
  6. Allowed post date to be before due date
  7. Connection / Update check only runs if account ID is present
  8. Fixed assignment part name being used for grade centre title
  9. Fixed bug in course recycle where Keep current dates did not preserve existing assignment dates
  10. Fixed overall grade display so in the submission header for overall grade it displays the overall grade for the 'Assignment' rather than part
  11. Changed assignment active check to use 24 hour format for date parsing
  12. A student refreshing submissions no longer updates grades
  13. Changed update check to check for 'minor' version changes
  14. Changed submission to always use current user email address rather than stored email address to deal with 'Error building session' issues


Version 20120404.1

  1. Updated doctype to fix display issues in new Blackboard 9.1 SP8 theme
  2. Updated tabs to display correctly in new Blackboard 9.1 SP8 theme
  3. Fixed a bug in the admin tools using SP8
  4. GradeMark now defaults to on in assignment creation screen if it's enabled in the plugin config
  5. Fixed javascript bug to allow popups in IE
  6. Fixed URL encoding on popups
  7. Added an update available notification to the integration config page, notifying administrators of a new update and providing a link to download the new version
  8. Course Recycle now deletes any locally stored submissions
  9. Anonymous assignments disable bulk download options until the post date has passed

Version 20120229.1

  1. Added calls specifically to update class end date. Class end date should now be properly extended
  2. Fixed bug where setup user wasn't updating stored email addresses
  3. Added an option to the integration configuration to not store submitted papers locally on the Blackboard server

Version 20120124.1

  1. Added a new Unlink/Relink User Tool to the Administrator Tools
  2. BB Direct database updates are now automated
  3. Ability to export log files
  4. Ability to export Database files
  5. Additional checks to prevent users with duplicate email addresses being processed

Version 20111213.1

  1. Added GradeMark Student view indicator.
  2. Fixed bug where the user wasn't notified when unable to re-submit using the 'Text Submission' method.
  3. Fixed bug where an updated grade wasn't displayed after an update using manual grading (Where GradeMark is turned off for the assignment).
  4. Note: This release requires a DB update in all courses that make use of Blackboard Direct. This means running the DB Update tool from within the appropriate course. This is accessed from: Course tools > Turnitin Direct Tools > Verify Turnitin Direct Database.

Important Information for version 20130821

Important information

Before installing Turnitin Direct 20130129 please be aware of the following

To install the latest version you must
  • Click "Global Settings" on the building block set up screen
  • In the "Global Settings" screen set the Custom Database Objects level to at least "Prompt each time a Building Block wants to create custom database objects."

The latest version of the Turnitin Direct Building Block makes the transition from an embedded Database to Blackboard's own Database.
Because of this, any existing Turnitin Direct assignments you have will need to be migrated to the new location before they are accessible.

To do this:
  • After installing 20130129 access the 'Settings' page for the Turnitin Direct Building Block
  • Click the link 'Migrate data from courses containing Turnitin Direct assignments'
  • Click the button 'Read Legacy Course Batch IDs', which will populate the 'Course(s) to migrate' field
  • As noted on the Migrate page, if you have a large number of courses, it may be best to break this operation into smaller chunks of courses to avoid sustained use of system resources
  • Click the Submit button and wait for the migration to complete. (This may take some time, depending on the number of courses to migrate)
Please note that once installed, existing Turnitin direct assignments will not be accessible until they have been migrated, so it would be best to perform this upgrade at a suitably scheduled time

Resources

User Manuals

Training Videos

 

FAQs

If the answer to your Blackboard Direct For Academic Suite/Learn question is not found here or if you have a more technical question, please view the manuals above or contact the helpdesk.

What are the differences between Blackboard Basic and Blackboard Direct?

The Blackboard Basic plugin supports the full Turnitin Suite: Originality Checking, GradeMark, and PeerMark. When this plugin has been installed users can access Turnitin from within Blackboard. This means that all instances where Turnitin is used, the actual Turnitin screen appears within Blackboard. With this plugin, papers submitted to the Turnitin assignment are only stored in Turnitin.

The Blackboard Basic plugin is recommended for customers who would like to use the full Turnitin Suite.

Although the Blackboard Basic integration incorporates all of the Turnitin functionality, some users may prefer to only work from within the Blackboard interface. Customers with such a desire can use the Blackboard Direct integration.

The Blackboard Direct plugin currently supports Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark. By using the Blackboard Direct plugin, all Turnitin actions have been incorporated seamlessly into the Blackboard workflow. This includes: Turnitin assignment creation, submitting papers to the assignment, and accessing Originality Reports and GradeMark. With this plugin, papers submitted to a Turnitin assignment are stored in both Blackboard and Turnitin. This plugin allows student users to access their submissions in Turnitin.

The Blackboard Direct plugin is recommended for customers who would like Turnitin to be incorporated seamlessly into the Blackboard workflow and only wish to use Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark. Although PeerMark is not currently available in the Blackboard Direct plugin, there are plans to include PeerMark in the future.

Can users migrate their data from the current Blackboard integration?

No. Users cannot migrate their data from their older framed-in Blackboard Basic integration to the new Blackboard Direct Integration; however, users will still have access to their old data as long as they do not uninstall the Blackboard Basic integration plug-in.

Can both Blackboard integrations exist in the same account?

Yes. Users can run a single Blackboard instance with both the Blackboard Basic ("framed-in") and the Blackboard Direct integrations installed.

Do users have to install anything new?

Yes, users will need to install the plug-in for the Blackboard Direct Integration.

Can both plugins be installed and be used simultaneously?

Yes, although this could be very confusing for both instructors and students to use two completely different ways to create assignments and submit papers.

Does it handle due-dates correctly?

Yes, the plug-in fully supports due-dates and post-dates.

Does it work with GradeMark?

Yes, the plug-in fully supports GradeMark including post dates.

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