Turnitin - online marking and feedback

GradeMark is a component of Turnitin available to tutors to support the electronic grading and feedback process. GradeMark contains several tools that academic staff can use in grading and assessing work.

Please note: There is a 60-minute timeout on Turnitin and GradeMark (regardless of whether you’re doing anything or not) that has caused some people issues when adding long comments or moving between multiple submissions without returning to Blackboard. If your session times out simply close the Turnitin/GradeMark window, and then reopen it from the assignment inbox. In particular, to avoid losing any long comments please make sure you click the 'save’ button periodically when writing them.

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Using GradeMark – video tutorial

Toolbar overview

The buttons in the toolbar on the left can be used to open up the usual side panels.

The Download option offers:

  • Current view
  • Digital receipt
  • Originally submitted file

The Submission Information box will show general informatiom at the top. For those of you who like to use an iPad you will need to select the Generate code option for each assignment that you wish to access via your iPad app.

The Commenting tools

Take a look at the following video to find out more about the varios options you have in adding comments to a submission.

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Please note: Some Turnitin users have reported ‘timeout’ issues when taking a prolonged period of time to enter general feedback. To ensure you do not lose general feedback, you should click the save button regularly. You can continue to amend your general text afterwards.

Managing QuickMarks

Select the QuickMark icon from the online grading toolbar to open the QuickMarks side panel.

This will show the currently open QuickMark set. Click the cog icon from the QuickMarks side panel to open the QuickMark Manager.

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Rubrics

Rubric help to evaluate student work, based on defined criteria and scales.

There are three rubric scorecard types:

  • Standard rubric – allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The maximum value for the standard rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
  • Qualitative rubric – allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring.
  • Custom rubric – allows you to enter any value directly into the rubric cells. The maximum value for the custom rubric will be the sum of the highest value entered in each of the criteria rows.

Select the Rubric/Form icon from the online grading toolbar to open the QuickMarks side panel and then click the cog icon from the Rubrics side panel to open the Rubric/Form Manager.

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Note a rubric can only be attached to an assignment when grading a students submission.

Grading Forms

Select the Rubric/Form icon from the online grading toolbar to open the QuickMarks side panel and then click the cog icon from the Rubrics side panel to open the Rubric/Form Manager.

Adding a grade

When you are ready to give the paper a final grade, click on the box at the top right of the screen.

You can now manually type in a grade.

Moving to the next submission

At the top of the screen click on the right and left arrows to move between all the submissions without closing GradeMark.

Don’t forget! All your marks and comments are automatically saved so you can move between submissions and close GradeMark at any time without losing anything.

When you close Turnitin and return to Blackboard you will see that any grades you entered will have appeared in the assignment grid.

Updating the submissions inbox

If your Turnitin assignment list isn’t showing a complete list of students or expected submissions, try the Force refresh submissions option.

This can be found to the right of the main tabs of an assignment.

Providing feedback via attachments

To do this you will need to find the student’s attempt in the gradecentre.

From the Control Panel access Grade Centre then Full Grade centre. Locate the relevant assignment column and click the drop down arrow to the right of the student’s grade for that assignment. Click to select their attempt.

The following screen is then displayed. Scroll down and select Choose file to attach your feedback file before selecting the Upload button.

You will see that on this screen it is also possible for you to add general comments for the students to view and/or personal notes which are only viewable by yourself.

Viewing students comments on feedback provided

You can now encourage your students to provide comments on the grade and feedback that they have received. They can do this as free text or as an uploded file. You can view a student’s comments by accessing the student’s attempt in the gradecentre.

From the Control Panel access Grade Centre then Full Grade centre. Locate the relevant assignment column and click the drop down arrow to the right of the student’s grade for that assignment. Click to select their attempt.

The following screen is then displayed. Select the Student tab to view their comments.