When staff use Turnitin GradeMark to mark student work, the grades entered in GradeMark should automatically transfer to the Blackboard Grade Centre (for assignments with Anonymous Marking, this should happen once the Post Date has been reached).
Sometimes this synchronisation does not happen automatically, and you have to use the Sync Grades tool – see Use Sync Grades to push marks into the Grade Centre.
If students’ marks have been changed in Turnitin as a result of moderation, we advise you to press Sync Grades to make absolutely sure that the updated mark is transferred to the Grade Centre.
To do this
- Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments
- Find the relevant assignment in the list
- Click the Sync Grades link to the right of the assignment name.
Having done that, go back to the Grade Centre, and you should find that the same marks are showing in both places.
Please note, we are only aware of one case where marks which had been changed in Turnitin were not automatically updated in Blackboard. But to be on the safe side, if marks have been changed in Turnitin, we would advise you to press Sync Grades before marks and feedback are released to students.
This issue has now been resolved: see Latest Turnitin connector installed 18th Feb 2016
The issue in a nutshell
- If you are using the Blackboard Grade Centre to attach feedback files to Turnitin Assignments, you are advised to avoid spaces in the filenames of the documents that you upload.
- Files with spaces in the name are currently inaccessible to staff via the Grade Centre.
- Files with spaces in the name cannot be deleted if it needs to be replaced using the ‘Remove’ button.
- This issue does not appear to affect student access to the feedback files.
The University is committed to a 15-day turnaround time for student feedback.
During this period, while marking is taking place, you will want to be sure that students cannot see the interim grades and feedback which staff have entered. Then, of course, as soon as marks are agreed you want to be sure that students can see their marks and feedback.
Ensuring that interim marks are hidden
For any assignment – Blackboard or Turnitin – if the relevant Grade Centre column is hidden, you can be sure that students can’t see their marks and feedback. It is easy to check this setting, by going to Control Panel > Grade Centre > Full Grade Centre.
For details please see How to ensure that students cannot see their marks and feedback prematurely
On Monday morning, 23rd November, Blackboard engineers ran a process to hide two Grade Centre columns. The change was prompted by a desire to avoid confusion for students, and save time for staff.
What does the change mean?
Following this change, on all Blackboard courses
- the Total column has been hidden from both staff and students
- the Weighted Total column has been hidden from students, but is still visible to staff in the Grade Centre.
The Total column is at best meaningless, and at worst seriously misleading for students (see further details below). We have been advising staff to hide this column on all courses, as it provides a way for students to access their interim grades while marking is still taking place.
As a result of this change, the Total column has been automatically hidden, so staff can have greater control over when assessment marks and feedback are released to students.