Improvements to the Turnitin Assignments by Groups tool

The ‘building block’ which links our Blackboard system to Turnitin was updated yesterday evening.

Any staff who use – or who have considered using – the Turnitin Assignments by Group feature will be pleased to know that the interface has seen a few minor, but useful improvements.

Principally, you can now see the Grade when accessing Turnitin Assignments by Group. This means you can tell at a glance which papers have been marked, and which remain to be marked.

Please note:
This tool is NOT useful as a way of marking group work, where each member of the group will receive the same mark and feedback – Turnitin does not currently provide a solution for that scenario. But it should prove useful for any assignment where each marker is marking work submitted by a particular tutor group or seminar group. It can also be used as a way of randomly assigning students to markers.

Please see our updated guide for help with using the tool, and guidance on setting up Groups in Blackboard to accommodate a variety of assessment scenarios: Turnitin Assignments by Group.

For advice on assessing group work, see Group Assignments.

What’s new in Blackboard

Over the bank holiday we successfully upgraded Blackboard, which now includes a number of long-awaited new enhancements. We are very excited that Blackboard has had a make-over and now includes a new look, easier navigation and quick access to courses, fully automated anonymous and delegated marking, a student preview and two brand new tools, tracking students’ online performance and creating sign up lists.

Experience the new features by watching the screencast (4 min) below. For detailed overviews and video tutorials of the new features please read on and access the links below the screencast. Do not forget to visit the ‘Support for Staff’ tab to find our step-by-step guides!

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Blackboard Upgrade – Summer 2015

The upgrade of Blackboard in the summer to the latest version (9.1 2014) will provide you with access to some new and enhanced features. Here is a round-up of some of the new features:

A real student preview. Instructors can see exactly what a student sees in a course area, including the ability to submit assignments, take an online test or join a group, and even view results in My Grades.

True Anonymous grading using the Blackboard assignment tool.

Delegated marking of Blackboard assignments. This feature provides a streamlined online workflow for the allocation of assignments to markers, double marking and the reconciliation of grades.

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