Instructor Training

Enrolling Students

Students must be enrolled in a class to submit papers, access grades, or access peer review assignments. Students can self-enroll by creating a user profile using the class ID number and class enrollment password. The instructor can enroll students in a class one by one or by uploading a list of e-mails and student names.

If the instructor chooses to add students to the class directly, each student added to the class will be automatically e-mailed a temporary password and login information. If the e-mail address entered when adding a student is not valid, the student will not receive an e-mail. For this reason, students who do not possess valid e-mail addresses must enroll themselves using the class ID and enrollment password.

Having Students Enroll

Students self-enrolling into a Turnitin class must have the numeric class ID and the case sensitive class enrollment password. This provides a student user with authorization to access the class on Turnitin. Please do not post the class id and password on a publicly accessible website to ensure only your students enroll in the class.

To confirm the class ID and enrollment password, click on the "statistics" icon next to the class name under the statistics column on the Turnitin instructor homepage. The class ID and enrollment password are displayed as part of the class statistics.

If needed, the instructor can change the enrollment password to remove accidental capitalization or spaces that may be causing student enrollment issues. Changing the enrollment password after student enrollment is completed also prevents students with forgotten passwords from enrolling multiple times and causing confusion.

To change the enrollment password, click on the "edit" icon for the class on the Turnitin instructor homepage. Update the enrollment password and click on "submit" to save the change.

For step by step student oriented instructions or student self-enrollment information please view the Turnitin Student User Manual, Student Quick Start Guide, or Student training video.

Enrolling Students Manually

An instructor may add students individually to the class. The instructor must provide first name, last name, and e-mail address for the user. A welcome e-mail will be sent to the student being added to the class.

If the e-mail address provided already exists on a user profile on Turnitin, the user welcome e-mail indicates only that the user has been added to a class as a student.

If the e-mail address provided by the instructor has never been used to create a Turnitin profile before, a new user welcome e-mail is sent. The student is provided with a temporary password for logging into Turnitin to complete the user profile.

Enrolling students one by one:

  1. From the class homepage click on the "students" tab to open the student list for the class
  2. Click the "add student" button
  3. Enter the required information - the student first name, last name, and e-mail address
  4. Click "submit" to enroll the student. A welcome e-mail will be sent to the user.

Enrolling Students From a List

An instructor may upload a student list to add to a course. The student list must be one hundred (100) entries or less. Larger classes may be separated into multiple lists, each of which can be uploaded individually.

The list must be a Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or plain text (.txt) file. The first name, last name, and e-mail for each student must be provided. The formatting must be as follows:

  • Microsoft Word or Plain Text:
  • Microsoft Excel:
    John Doe

Once the student list is available, the list may be uploaded from the student page of the class.

Enrolling a list of students:

  1. From the class home page, click on the "students" tab
  2. Click the "upload student list" button
  3. Click the "Browse" button and locate the file containing the student list on the computer. For example lists, use the "click here" link to see templates
  4. Click "submit" to upload the student list file
  5. The student list will be displayed. Check the displayed list for errors. To submit this list, click "yes, submit." If the incorrect file was selected, choose "no, go back" and select a different file for step 3
  6. Once "yes, submit" has been selected the final screen will display the newly enrolled list of student users. To return to the class student page, click the "return to students" link

Enrollment E-mails

As soon as students are added to a class a confirmation e-mail is sent to the e-mail address provided. If the student has an existing user profile, the confirmation e-mail contains only notification of the new class enrollment. If the e-mail address was not for an existing student user in the Turnitin system the confirmation e-mail contains a temporary password and login instructions.

New student user profiles that have never logged in are indicated with a pink highlight over the enrollment date to the left of the student name on the student list page.

Re-sending New User Enrollment E-Mail

The instructor can re-send the welcome e-mail, including the temporary password, to student users who have never logged into Turnitin. The instructor can also change the e-mail or name information to fix any incorrect information in the event that a student no longer has access to the e-mail address used initially for the user profile.

Students who did not receive the enrollment e-mails will need to check junk mail or any other mail filters (such as parental filters on e-mail) and ensure that they are able to receive e-mail from and before the welcome e-mail is re-sent by the instructor.

Student users who have logged into Turnitin one or more times cannot have this information reset by the instructor and must use the "Forgot Your Password?" link on the Turnitin homepage.

How to Re-Send Welcome E-mail

An instructor can re-send welcome e-mails from the student list page of a class. To reach the student page, click on the class name and then the gray "student" tab above the assignment list.

On the students page, any students who have never logged in and completed the information on the user profile will have a pink highlight over the date in the enrolled column to the left of the student name.

Note: Students who do not have the pink highlight over the enrolled date must use the Turnitin password reset system if the student has forgotten or lost the password to the student user profile. This is accessible at by clicking on the "Forgot Your Password?" link at the top right corner.

To re-send the activation mail, click on the pink highlighted date to the left of the student name.

Check the user information and make any needed changes to this information. To send the new user confirmation and welcome e-mail click on "submit." A new copy of the welcome e-mail, including temporary password, will be sent.