Update on the use of Green Stickers with the e-submission of coursework

The first phase of the University’s transition to full e-assessment (work is submitted, marked and graded electronically) is the expectation for the electronic submission of coursework: From 2015 all UG and PGT students, where appropriate, will submit coursework electronically. 

Students identified as requiring Green Stickers for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) now need to add an electronic Green Sticker to each assignment submitted online.

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Emailing Turnitin non-submitters

A few weeks ago Turnitin introduced a new ‘Email non-submitters’ feature – but unfortunately we then had to advise staff that this wouldn’t work in Blackboard.

We’re pleased to be able to announce that Turnitin have now carried out some additional development work, and as a result you will be able to email students who have not yet submitted to a Turnitin assignment – even if that assignment is set to be marked anonymously.

How to use this feature

When you go into a Turnitin inbox (via Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments on your Blackboard course) you will see ‘Email non-submitters’ just above the list of student names.

Turnitin: Email non-submitters

Clicking on that link allows you to compose an email which will be sent to any student on the course who has not yet submitted to the Turnitin assignment in question. Continue reading

Turnitin filesize limit increased

turnitin logoThe maximum size of files being submitted to Turnitin has been increased. Previously, you could not submit a file larger than 20Mb, but this limit has now been doubled to 40Mb.

Ironically, this change coincided almost exactly with the publication of a new user guide: A student’s guide to reducing file size for online submission

It is unlikely that many students will produce documents in excess of 40Mb. However the advice in the guide is still relevant – knowing how to compress images in order to reduce overall filesize is a useful skill for any IT user. And besides, submitting a 40Mb file could take a long time, especially off-campus, so it still makes sense to reduce the size of unnecessarily large files.