When setting up a Turnitin Assignment, it is important to ascertain what type of assessment has been set for the module for you to then be able to select the correct set-up. Please read Before you set-up a Turnitin Assignment for guidance.
It is possible to provide individual students with extensions for after the ‘standard’ deadline. This re-opens the link between the student’s work and the version viewed in ATLAS up to the revised deadline.
Why is it I sometimes see fragmented matches pitted through some student’s work in Turnitin?
Turnitin will highlight these small ‘fragmented’ words when it has found similarity to a larger portion of text elsewhere within the student’s work from the same source, and the total of these result in an overall % which is deemed ‘significant’ enough by Turnitin to show.
Please be aware that Turnitin is best at matching larger, more verbatim sections of unoriginal text, it is not a paraphrasing detector. It would not indicate where a student may have paraphrased a series of small sections from multiple sources, then woven these together and not attributed them.
If you believe you may have seen a similar, although not verbatim, sentence / paragraph / phrase in a source which has not been attributed by the student, it may be that there is not an overall match to that source with the student’s work for Turnitin to highlight it. Using an Internet Search engine, such as Google, may help as these search on keywords.
Before adding any feedback or marks to a submission please ensure you check that the Grade Centre column for this assignment is hidden from students and does not auto-aggregate to the Total column which could potentially cause early visibility of grades to students.
Once the students’ submissions have been downloaded, the feedback and grades will also need downloading and archiving.
From the Control Panel
Select Grade Centre
Select Full Grade Centre
Select the drop-down arrow next to Reports
Select View Mark History
The Mark History window will open displaying the Assignment name(s), user names, the grades or if an attempt was cleared and the feedback in the comments column:
Note: This will not show any extra files the tutor may have uploaded as an attachment providing additional feedback to a student. It is the responsibility of the tutor to download and save any such documents they may have attached to a student’s feedback.
From the Mark History window select Download
From the Options window that displays, for ease select:
Delimited Type = Comma
Include comments = Yes
The following window will appear:
Select Download and then select OK to return to the Mark History window.
Once the file is downloaded it can be opened as an Excel spreadsheet. Check that all entries have downloaded correctly and then save this to the required location.
If a Blackboard Assignment is deleted you will no longer be able to see either students’ work submitted, any e-feedback you’ve written or grades entered. It is therefore important to undertake the manual archiving of student work to comply with the University Document Retention schedule.
You may also want to download work or other information because:
work is only submitted electronically and you are required to retain copies for audit
you want to show a selection of work and/or feedback to external examiners
Please ensure that you
advise students before you delete a Blackboard Assignment, or recycle the list of users in your Blackboard site, and advise them to download their full scripts and/or e-feedback.
are aware of the programme’s procedure and location for archiving.
Contact your Digital Academic Developer for further guidance on how to share work with external examiners.