External Examiners

As part of growing provision of electronic feedback at Canterbury Christ Church University, External Examiners may be required to access Turnitin for the purposes of moderation.  Students submit coursework to Turnitin via our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment and, depending on the module, school or course; receive electronic feedback on their work.

Note: Moderation arrangements for Turnitin vary between modules, courses and schools.  Please refer to your course contact for advice about specific arrangements before accessing Turnitin.

Accessing Blackboard

Where possible please use Google Chrome when accessing Canterbury Christ Church University’s Blackboard VLE at: http://learn.canterbury.ac.uk

Login using your Canterbury Christ Church University username and password.

If you do not have a login, your course contact can arrange for a Canterbury Christ Church University computing account for you.  If you have a password problem, contact the IT Service Desk at
it-service@canterbury.ac.uk or 01227 922626.

Finding the Relevant Blackboard Site

In the My Courses section of the Blackboard homepage you will see the Blackboard site(s) that you have been given access to by the course.  This is where the work you will need to moderate is located.  You course contact can advise further. Click on the name of the course to enter the relevant Blackboard site. If you do not see the relevant Blackboard site in the My Courses list, speak with the course who can then give you access.

screen image of the my courses list in Blackboard

Access Turnitin in the Blackboard Site

Screen image of the Blackboard Menu, highlighting the Turnitin Assignments link

Work submitted by students to Turnitin through the Blackboard site can be accessed via the Control Panel. Open the Course Tools menu on the Control Panel and select Turnitin Assignments.

Screen image of a typical Turnitin Assignment link

You’ll see a list of all the Turnitin Assignments (submission points) in the Blackboard site. Click on the name of the Turnitin Assignment to open the Assignment Inbox and view submissions.

Do not click on either the Synch Grades or Delete Assignment

Finding the Relevant Turnitin Assignment

Check with your course contact for the exact name of the Turnitin assignment to look for.  Some Blackboard sites contain many Turnitin submission points.  If you have a long list of Turnitin assignments, you can find the one you need quickly by using the Find option in your browser by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing F on your computer keyboard.

Image of a browser search box

A search box will appear that you can use to find the assignment that you are looking for.

Screen image of a typical Turnitin Assignment link

Press the Enter key to search for the word you have put in the search box (e.g. ‘collaborative’); the browser will highlight the words that match the search.  Click on the arrows next to the search box to find the next occurrence of the word on the web page.

When you have located the assignment that you are moderating, click on the title of it to see the list of students who have submitted their work.

Screen image of the header area in a Turnitin Assignment

This list can be ordered alphabetically by clicking on the grey bar for Author (student).

Viewing Student’s Work and Feedback

Image showing where the grade appears once a script has been marked

To access a student’s submission and feedback click on the Grade

The student’s paper will open in a new window called the Document Viewer. You can use the magnifier at the bottom of the screen to make the text larger.

Please do not alter any marks or comments online as this is the student’s assessed piece of work and will affect the integrity of the paper.

Different Types of Feedback in Turnitin

In addition to a Grade, there are various options for presenting feedback comments in Turnitin. Check with your course contact which of these types of feedback have been provided.

Screen image showing how a marked script may appear, including quick mark and bubble comments.
Screen image showing the text panel with overall feedback entered.

Off-script feedback may include summary paragraphs of Text Comments:

Screen image showing how to display the marking grid / rubrics

Off-script comments may also include assessment criteria-related comments as a Rubric using pre-set level descriptors for each assessment criterion or a Grading Form with personalised comments within each assessment criterion.

Screen image showing the voice recorder in the feedback studio of Turnitin

Spoken feedback can also be recorded as off-script digital audio Voice Comments.