Are you marking coursework and returning feedback to your students online? Use the following tips and advice to make sure you make the most effective and efficient use of the tools.
This post includes some advice based on recent queries that we have received.
Read ‘e-Marking Essentials’
The e-Marking Essentials page in the staff help site provides key advice on what to do and how to avoid common pitfalls.
It includes advice on both the Blackboard Assignment and Turnitin tools and will be particularly useful for colleagues who are new to marking online.
Find out about:
Using Turnitin Assignments by Groups
Navigating between student papers
The Turnitin Assignments by Groups feature can be used where there are multiple markers, to allocate markers to student papers (even when Anonymity is turned on).
Do not use the navigation arrows to scroll through papers when you have a student’s paper open in the Feedback Studio.
Close the Feedback Studio window for that student’s work and open a new paper from the View Assignments by Group screen in Blackboard.
NOTE: Using the left or right arrows at the top of the screen, will take you to the next student in the class as a whole and not the next student in the group you have been assigned to mark.
Anonymous marking and Turnitin Assignments by Groups
When anonymity is enabled, the tool can still be used to filter the class list by Group, but you will not see any student names or the grades entered on the View Assignments by Groups screen.
Submitting scanned handwritten work to Turnitin
For Mathematical and Scientific notation that is marked online.
If your students need to submit scanned copies of handwritten work for you to mark online in Turnitin they MUST submit a file that includes at least 20 words of typed text in either their Word docx or PDF. This allows the file to be uploaded into Turnitin. You may wish to provide a standard coversheet template with the 20 words included to make sure students do this.
We have put together this page to provide guidance to students on submitting this type of work: Turnitin: Submit Scanned / Handwritten Work. It includes instructions on how to add selectable typed text into a PDF.
Advice for staff: Setting up assignment submission points for scanned work.
The Grade Centre and anonymous marking
When Anonymous Marking is enabled, whether in Turnitin or on a Blackboard assignment, no information about grades or submissions is visible in the Grade Centre.
- You cannot see which students have / have not submitted,
- And you cannot see the grades that have been entered.
You cannot mark submissions for an anonymous Turnitin assignment from the Grade Centre. You should go via the main Turnitin assignment inbox. In your course, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments (or Turnitin Assignments by Groups).
We recommend using this route to mark all Turnitin assignments, regardless of whether they are being marked anonymously.
Internal Moderation options
The way work is to be moderated may affect what first markers need to record, and where.
Module Convenors: please make sure you are familiar with the workflow and ensure that first markers have clear instructions on what you expect from them. The following pages offer guidance on a the different marking and moderation scenarios:
- Internal Moderation of a Blackboard Assignment
- Internal Moderation of a Turnitin Assignment
- Internal moderation: Large cohorts and multiple markers
- Internal Moderation: Turnitin Anonymous Moderation – markers moderate each other’s work