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eAssessment Tools

Turnitin is a UK based, online text matching tool widely used in the sector as a student learning tool and for plagiarism detection. The tool allows for e-submission of coursework with receipting, checks against a database of resources including books, internet sites and previously submitted students work for originality and has functionalities which allow tutors to mark and give feedback online.

 

It is essential, for governance purposes that e-submission folders are set up correctly. All summative assessments should sit within the Assessments area on the Course Menu and within an assignment folder which shows the Student Declaration.

Click on the link to access the user guide to setting up eSubmission Areas.

Text for the Student Declaration.

The majority of text-based assessments will be submitted using Turnitin, which provides a text matching tool supporting students in checking their citations/references, and an e-marking tool for staff.

For non text-based assessments (e.g. presentations, portfolio links, audio/video, etc.) or where files may be larger than the Turnitin limit (>20mb), it is appropriate to use the Blackboard Assignment Tool. Also, there may be collaborative assessments where another Blackboard tool, such as a Wiki, Blog, or Discussion Board will be appropriate, or quiz type assessments where a Test would be appropriate.

Click on the link to access the guide on choosing the right eSubmission tool.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a UK based online service widely used in the sector as a student learning tool. Turnitin allows for e-submission of assessments with built in receipting. Turnitin checks submissions for originality against a database of resources, including previously submitted student work.

Turnitin also includes GradeMark allowing staff to mark and give feedback electronically. This user guide will take you through how to create FINAL and DRAFT e-Submission areas.

Click on the link to access the User guide for setting up a Turnitin eSubmission Area.

If Turnitin is not the appropriate tool for e-submission, consider using the Blackboard Assignment Tool.

Click on the link to access the User guide for setting up an eSubmission area using the Blackboard Assignment tool.

Is your eSubmission area set up correctly?

Click on the link to access a simple 10 step checklist to help ensure that you haven't forgotten anything.

Instructors can mark student papers from any computer with internet access using the Turnitin GradeMark tool.

This interactive tutorial from Turnitin explains the different marking tools available and gives you a change to try the tools in a test environment.

Using an iPad

There is a Turnitin app for iPads, which seamlessly integrates all the marking and feedback tools and synchronises assignments in Blackboard, allowing you to mark using the tablet with or without a live internet connection.

Security

You must make sure that your iPad is secured with a passcode if you are using the Turnitin marking app. For additional security, the app will also ask you to set a passcode each time you access a new assignment.         

After downloading the Turnitin App from your App Store, you will need a unique class access code in order to log in to your assignments on Turnitin for iPad.

The first time you use the app

You need to change the source setting on Turnitin for iPad to point to TurnitinUK. To change Turnitin for iPad’s source setting:

  1. Open Settings on your iPad
  2. Scroll down to Turnitin
  3. Tap the Turnitin line
  4. Tap the "Service" field
  5. Tap “TurnitinUK”
  6. Exit settings, you should now be able to log in

You will only need to change this setting once. The app will remember your Root URL setting should you need to log out and log back in to Turnitin for iPad.

Access the assessment you want to mark

You will need to access the Turnitin submission area using a computer and generate a unique class access code:

  1. From your computer, sign into Blackboard and access the Turnitin submission area by going to 'Course Tools' and choosing "TurnitinUK Assignments"
  2. Open any piece of work in a Final Submission area. This will open the assignment ready for marking.
  3. Click on the iPad access button in the lower left - it's the one to the right of the small printer icon
  4. Click “Generate code”
  5. The unique class access code will be displayed
  6. On your iPad, tap the “Access Code” button on the Turnitin for iPad app login screen
  7. Type in the class access code you have generated
  8. Tap “Add”
  9. Once you have access to the list of assignments, you can add comments and grades just as you would from a normal PC.

When you open the marking app for the first time, you will be offered a short on screen tutorial, which shows you how to mark assignments with the app.

Turnitin also offer substantial online support for the app: turnitin.com/en_us/features/ipad 

Where to get help

The Digital Skills Team are available to help with eAssessment, choosing which eSubmission tool to use or how to set the tools up. It is always best to check when you are setting eSubmission up and avoid problems later down the line when students are submitting. If you get in touch, a trainer will happily look through your module to check that your setup is correct. 

t: 0161 295 6682

e: StaffDigitalSkills@Salford.ac.uk