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Workflow 1a: Turnitin

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Introduction to Turnitin Feedback Studio

Turnitin provides tutors with a feature-rich environment for marking, annotating, and commenting on student papers. It is accessed by following the steps below.

In the relevant NILE course, go to Course Management, Course Tools, Turnitin Assignments.

Site tools are listed alphabetically and Turnitin Assignments is the penultimate item in the list

Select the assignment you wish to begin marking.

The assignments are listed in the order they were created on the system

This will open the Turnitin Inbox for that assignment. Select the grade mark pencil icon for the paper you wish to open first.

The grade mark link is in the fourth column of the inbox table

The Turnitin Feedback Studio view will open in a new browser window or tab.

The remainder of this guide provides an overview of the Grademark features. Use the link below to experience a demo environment of Feedback Studio provided by Turnitin.

Applying a grade in Turnitin

Turnitin only accepts numeric grades. These will be converted into letter grades in the grade centre if the earlier section of this guide 'Setting up the grade centre' has been followed when first creating the assignment. If it has not, please refer to that section now.

To grade the assignment, enter the corresponding grade value out of 100 into the grade box on the top-right of the Turnitin Feedback Studio view.

The grade value is entered in the score out of 100 region on the top banner of the Feedback Studio window

The grade values are listed in the table below. Please note the slight differences between the Postgraduate and Undergraduate scales, due to the lack of a D grade at Postgraduate level.

The undergraduate and postgraduate grading schema
Letter Grade Undergraduate numeric grade Postgraduate numeric grade
A+ 90 90
A 78 77
A- 73 72
B+ 68 68
B 65 65
B- 61 61
C+ 58 58
C 55 55
C- 51 51
D+ 48 n/a
D 45 n/a
D- 41 n/a
F+ 38 47
F 27 36
F- 13 14
ZZ 4 4
LG 3 3
NG 2 2
AG 1 1
G 0 0

Below is an explanation of G grade variants:

G: Nothing submitted.

AG: submitted but awarded G grade following the outcome of academic misconduct panel.

NG: submitted but work contained nothing of merit.

LG: submitted late and outside timeframe allowed.

ZZ: grade currently suspended due to suspected misconduct.

Note

It is important to use the exact numbers shown in the schema table above. For example, for an Undergraduate C-, you would enter 51. If you were to enter a 54, the schema would apply a C in the grade centre. The numbers shown are the centre value of each range for that letter grade, not the boundary value of each range.

It is equally important to ensure that the assignment is graded out of 100. If you need to change this in a Turnitin assignment, please refer to the second section of this guide 'Checking or changing the settings on a Turnitin submission point'.

Providing student feedback in Turnitin

Turnitin features several tools for providing student feedback to each paper: inline text comments, Quickmark comments, a feedback summary, a voice recording, and qualitative rubrics. Each feature is available from the Grademark layer in Feedback Studio:

The Grademark layer can be activated in the side panel of Feedback studio and has three further icons to select from

The guidance below describes the basics surrounding each type. Visit the links at the end of the section for step-by-step guidance from the Turnitin website.

Inline text comments & bubble comments

Inline comments allow you to leave text directly on top of your student's paper. Focus or click anywhere on a paper to reveal the in-context marking tool; choose the 'inline' button and then begin typing your comment. The comment will automatically be saved.

The inline button is represented with an icon of the capital letter T

Bubble comments are similar in that they appear within the document, but they are presented in a pop-up box which arguably makes it easier to read both the original text and the comment over it. The button for bubble comments is represented with the speech bubble icon.

Quickmark comments

Quickmark comments can streamline your annotation by providing sets of frequently used inline feedback, which can be dragged onto the student paper or added inline with the tick icon when clicking or focusing on an area of a paper.

It is also possible to create your own custom sets of Quickmarks to speed up your inline commenting. This is achieved by using the Quickmark Manager.  Please refer to the links at the end of this section for step-by-step instructions on using and creating Quickmarks.

The Quickmarks section is in the grademark side panel, represented as a tick icon.

Feedback summary

Overall feedback comments can be recorded in the feedback summary panel. Entered text is saved automatically. It is also possible to record up to three minutes of audio if you would prefer to leave voice comments. Full details can be found by following the feedback summary links at the end of this section.

The feedback summary located in the side panel under the second button of the grademark section

Rubrics

Qualitative rubrics can be used to provide students with a concise indication of their levels of achievement against a set of criteria. The use of rubrics is covered in detail in a later section of this guide 'Using Turnitin Rubrics'.

The rubric section is found in the Grademark side panel, under the third button, represented by a table icon..

 

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