Your starting point for online marking? A 'Turnitin' assignment. TurnitinUK has changed - its 'Grademark' tool allows you to mark work online - with originality testing as an important but more minor sideline.
Find 'Turnitin' via the module's control panel. Look there for 'tools' and then 'TurnitinUK assignments'.
Once you're using Turnitin to view an assignment's inbox, select a piece of student work, and a new page appears with Turnitin's 'Document viewer'. This is a tool that helps you inspect the work for originality, and to mark the work online. Here's a blog post (External link) from an academic on precisely how useful this can be.
Here's a note on how students can view feedback from marked work.
The document viewer gives you the tools to help you inspect the work's originality, and also provides you with the tools you need to mark the work online.
You should set up your assignments to enable anonymous marking - at the time you mark the work, the identity of the student will then be concealed.
Anonymous marking is something that you set when you set up the assignment - you cannot enable anonymous marking at a later stage - for more help on this, see the page on setting up Turnitin assignments.
The following assumes you've previously set up a 'TurnitinUK assignment', and your students have submitted work to it.
The first step is to open the students work in Turnitin's 'Document viewer'.
Once you've used the instructions above to open the student's work open in Turnitin's 'Document viewer', you'll see the following, where you can:
The screenshots here show the viewer window sized about as small as it will go.
In real life it's good to keep the viewer maximised.
The first time you start the viewer, you'll encounter a large blue pop-up window offering a four minute training video - by all means try the video and see if it helps - tick the 'Don't show this again' option when you've finished with it
Start the viewer, and you might need to select either 'Originality' or 'Grademark' before you can proceed.
With 'Originality' selected at top left, you can check any sources identified by Turnitin's originality tools. For more information on sources, select the individual sections.
Rather than providing proof of originality, this is a tool to help you. The 'Originality score' here is simply available to help you decide if the work is, at worst, plagiarised. Quality work which has used sources well and attributed them correctly can still generate a 'Similarity index' of around 20% and will need inspection.
It might be required of you that you provide a colour copy of an originality report for a particular piece of work. Here's how:
That will print a colour version of the originality report. Note that if you have a pdf printer such as cutePDF (Windows) you can choose to print a pdf file.
When you mark work online, the following powers are useful:
First select the 'General comment' button - it's the grey one with the 'Speech bubble'. Before you can comment, you'll then need to select 'Edit':
Once that 'Edit' button's selected the comment box opens for business and you can type into it. To help meet University requirements for assessment and feedback, you can copy the following headings and paste them into the 'General comment' field.
You may then wish to provide content for the 'Assessment criteria for this assignment' section and copy that somewhere for reuse.
For this, you'll need a machine with a microphone and speakers - it's then easy to record up to 3 minutes of audio feedback and many students will find this very accessible and useful.
To use this, from the document viewer, look to the bottom right and select 'General comment' as if you were going to type something. If your machine has audio which includes a microphone, towards the top right, you'll then see a very simple recorder - press the button and you have up to three minutes to record audio feedback for the student's work.
When you've provided general feedback here, it's also made available to students via the grade book - in addition to them being able to view it within 'Turnitin'. See below for more:
Once you've selected 'Grademark' at top left - to put the window into 'Marking mode' - you can click within the student work - choose a place near to where you'd like the comment to appear - then type your comment into the box that appears and save it. (You can reopen the comment, change or delete it later too ...)
The document viewer provides a library of comments and corrections relating to common errors. The gradmarking 'Quickmark sets' give you just that. You've a choice: the tool comes with built in comments to address various common problems. You can also build a library of your own, to address subject specific issues.
Your starting point for this is to select the grey 'Quickmark toolset' button.
The 'Quickmark' tool set has a number of sets of comments to address common issues. To use a particular set, once you've selected the grey 'Quickmark toolset' button, make a set active by picking it from the dropdown list titled 'My Quickmarks' towards the top of the panel on the right of the document viewer window.
You can then use individual quickmark phrases:
To build your own quickmark set, your starting point is the Quickmark manager - find it next to 'My quickmarks' towards the top of that right hand panel.
At the top right of the document viewer, there's a field into which you can enter the grade. Once entered there, it's available to the student immediately via Minerva's grade centre (unless the assignment is set to be anonymously marked).
Feedback being fundamental to learning, you can help students view feedback by including a link to their gradebook in your module menu - add a new menu item of type 'Tool link', and in the dropdown, browse to the gradebook. Students will then be able to follow the link, go to their gradebook and view their marks.
At the top right of the document viewer, you'll see the name of the author of the current work - the arrows to either side take you to the previous/next item of work. Select the name for the current piece of work, and you'll see a dropdown list containing links to submissions from the rest of the class.
If on-screen marking is for you, this allows you to mark a set of submitted work efficiently - especially when you've found out 'Which bits do what'. Once you use on-screen marking, many of your students will value the availability of the feedback you provide.
'You', in the following, refers to 'You, the student'.
When you submit your work to Turnitin and it's marked - and the 'Post date' for the work is passed, use the link to the assignment to view the marked work - including comments and feedback. Here's a complete page on how to submit work and view feedback.
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