Blackboard, Collaborate and e-Assessment

Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is used by staff and students to support learning.

Each academic module has a Blackboard course attached to it and students are automatically enrolled on Blackboard courses each semester.

Students use Blackboard to access module learning materials, e-submit their work for marking and for collaboration.

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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is used for the e-submission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard.

When you submit your work for marking there are some important things you need to know. It is your responsibility to:

  • Use the correct naming convention for your files - your school may specify a particular format.
  • Submit your completed assignment to the correct, FINAL submissions folder when it is ready for marking. Work submitted mistakenly to the DRAFT folder at this stage will not be marked.
  • When you submit work for marking, you are accepting the submission declaration.
  • Keep copies of email receipts from Turnitin as proof of submission.
  • Check the file size. Files must be less than 20Mb. Contact your lecturer if your file is greater than 20Mb.
  • Use an accepted file type. File types accepted are: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF or plain text. You can ask at The Library for help if you are not sure about a file type. For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.

In some programmes or modules, Turnitin may have been set up with two folders. If this applies to you, one is the DRAFT folder and the other is the FINAL folder. You may submit your assignment into the DRAFT folder to check for plagiarism and self-rectify, but remember you must submit your assignment into the FINAL folder for it to go through for marking.

Video Guide - How to submit a draft assignment

Written Guide - How to submit a draft assignment

  1. Log into Blackboard, find your module and click on the Assessment area. You should see the assignment title.
  2. Click on the assignment title - by continuing you are agreeing to the regulations that accompany the folder.
  3. Click on View/Complete. Make sure you click on View/Complete for the DRAFT assignments folder. This will take you into the draft submission area.
  4. Fill in the details that are required. The submission title is not important, choose a name which helps you identify the version of the assignment you are submitting. Each time you submit a draft assignment any previous copy will be over written.
  5. Click on the Choose from this computer button, browse for your document and click on upload. Your assignment will appear on the screen. Double check you have selected the right document.
  6. Click on Confirm. This submits your assignment. A green box will appear saying Congratulations - your submission is complete!
  7. Click on Go to assignment inbox to return to the Turnitin draft area. You can view your Originality Report from this screen by clicking on the assignment title.

Note:Your first originality report should be available in approximately 5 minutes (although it may take longer). For any further drafts of your assignment that you submit it may take up to 24 hours for your originality report to be ready.

When you submit a draft assignment to Turnitin you get an Originality Report. This report shows blocks of text in your assignment that matches text in other sources such as ebooks, journals, websites and assignments already submitted through Turnitin. This helps you to avoid plagiarism as you can check that you have cited and referenced this content. It won’t check that you have formatted your citations and references correctly, you’ll need to do that for yourself.

Video Guide - How to view and interpret the originality report

Written Guide - How to view and interpret the originality report

  1. Log into Blackboard, find your module and click on the Assessment area. You should see the assignment title.
  2. Click on View/Complete. Make sure you click on View/Complete for the DRAFT assignments folder.
  3. Scroll down the screen. If the report is ready to view you will see a percentage figure. Click on this to view the Originality Report.

Our User Guide How to interpret a Turnitin ‘Originality Report’ [pdf] contains important information about your Originality Report, including how access the original report, what kind of information is held within the report and filtering options.

Only your lecturer can tell you how and where to submit your assignment. If you are asked to submit your assignment electronically through Blackboard using Turnitin, make sure you know from your lecturer where the submissions folders are.

Important: You can only submit once to the final assignments area.

Video Guide - How to submit assignments for marking

Written Guide - How to submit assignments for marking

  1. Navigate to the Blackboard folder for the assignment. Your lecturer should tell you where to find the folder within your Blackboard module.
  2. Click on the assignment title - by continuing you are agreeing to the regulations that accompany the folder.
  3. Click on the View/Complete option. Make sure you click on View/Complete for the FINAL assignments folder.
  4. You will see the name of the assignment that you are submitting. Click on Submit. This will take you to the file upload screen.
  5. Fill in the details that are required. Remember to use any naming convention that your lecturer has specified.
  6. Browse for your document and click on upload. Double check you have selected the right document - this is your last opportunity to check that you are submitting the correct piece of work.
  7. Click on Submit to complete the process. You will see on screen confirmation that you have submitted your assignment and you will also receive the confirmation by email to your student email account. If you don't get either of these notifications or you think that something may have gone wrong it is advisable to speak to your module tutor straight away.

Video Guide - How to view grades and feedback

Written Guide - How to view grades and feedback

Step 1: Log into Blackboard. In the top right hand corner you will see an arrow next to your name. Click on this and select the My Grades icon.

Turnitin screen shot

Step 2: You’ll see a list of modules. If any assignments have been marked you will see your grade. On the right hand side of the screen, click on the speech bubble next to your grade to see basic feedback.

Turnitin screen shot

Step 3: If you want to see more detailed feedback click on the assignment title and then click on the icon next to ‘My Paper’.

Turnitin screen shot

Step 4: Your assignment will open; to view your feedback click ‘GradeMark’ which is found in the top left of the document.

Turnitin screen shot

Step 5: You may have been left feedback within the ‘General Comments’ section found on the right of the document or within ‘speech bubbles’ on the document itself. Move your mouse cursor over the speech bubble to view the feedback. You can print the document and associated feedback by clicking on the ‘Print’ icon in the bottom left of the document.

Turnitin screen shot

How do I submit non text-based assessments?

For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) or where files may be larger than the Turnitin limit (>20mb), your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.

Video Guide - How to submit assignments in BlackBoard

How to get help

Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool where staff and students can interact in an online environment in real time. You can chat to each other using a headset and even see each other if you have a webcam. Your lectures and tutorials may take place in a virtual classroom in collaborate and sessions can be recorded by the tutor for later viewing.

Your pc internet browser is used to access the software and works best in Google Chrome (make sure you have the latest version).

Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3.

Join. Get set up. Get ready to take part.

If you are using a PC, you join the sessions from the module by clicking the Collaborate menu item on your Blackboard module.

Blackboard screen shot

Click on the Join Room icon link to enter the session. For the best experience, we recommend that you open the link in Chrome. You will need to use a microphone and either speakers or earphones to be able to communicate.

You are now ready to join in the session with Collaborate Ultra. You can access the virtual room by clicking the ‘Join Room’ link at any time in order to check it works well in advance of a session.

You are now ready to join in with Collaborate. To access a session, log in to Blackboard and access the relevant module from your courses list. Select the Collaborate link from the menu and click on the Join Room icon.

Select the Recordings Tab to view previously recorded sessions. Remember to change the start date to search for recordings then press Go.

Collaborate Ultra participants guide for students

Download the ‘Bb Student App’ from the relevant app store for your device.

To access a Collaborate Ultra session on a mobile device, you will need to use your web browser to log-into Blackboard and click on the Collaborate link in the menu. This will then launch the BB student app and allow you to participate in the room and also access any recordings at a later date.

You can access the virtual room by clicking the ‘Join Room’ link at any time in order to check it works well in advance of a session.

This short video gives you a quick tour.

If you have problems using audio and video, have a look at the advice on the Collaborate support pages

There is currently a bug in the system which means you may not be able to see the Collaborate link on BlackBoard using the mobile version.

If this is the case, you can log into Blackboard on your mobile device through your web browser. Once you have logged in, click on the ‘join room icon’. This will launch the BB student app on your device directly into the virtual room. You can do the same for viewing the recordings.

This issue does not affect Collaborate access from a pc or mac.

For support with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra contact Service Desk on 0161 295 5535 or at its-servicedesk@salford.ac.uk from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For out of hours or additional technical support you can visit the Collaborate Technical Support website to get assistance. Alternatively, you can phone the dedicated Collaborate support line which is free to Salford users.

Freephone number for all Salford Collaborate users Collaborate 24 x 7 technical support phone line: UK, Toll Free: (0800) 051-7248