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.
Under the standardised University Turnitin set-up, after a student has submitted to a Final (on time) Turnitin Assignment (submission point) they can update their submission with a new file any time up until the submission deadline. This is useful in the case of accidental submissions of the wrong file (although they can only see their Similarity Report once, after the deadline).
If you add feedback to students’ work before the submission deadline for Final (on time) submission points, you will see this notice:
This does not mean the student has submitted a draft to self-check their work – there are separate submission points for this. It is a warning that, because you are adding feedback before the submission deadline, your feedback will be lost if the student updates their submission.
Note: this is not the case for Final (after deadline) submission points. Students can make only a single submission to these.
After opening a student’s submission in the Feedback Studio (document viewer) you may find that you cannot see the Similarity report and/or Feedback that has been provided for the submission. In order to view these, you will need to turn on the relevant ‘layer’. You can do this by clicking on the layers button (fig. a) and ticking the layer(s) you wish to view (fig. b).
Note: the originality layer will only be viewable if the Turnitin Assignment has been set up to generate Similarity reports by the Programme/Registry team.
When grading papers it is important to understand how Turnitin saves the different types of feedback that you may apply to a paper. Here is a breakdown to assist with your marking:
NOT SAVED: Turnitin has two feedback types that do not automatically save: Grades and Feedback Summary. Each of these will be surrounded by a glowing blue border when you click into them allowing you to enter the desired grade/text. In order to save these feedback types, do the following:
Grade(top-right corner) – after entering a grade you must click off of the area (i.e. click anywhere else in the window) in order to save. The glowing blue border around the grades box will disappear and be replaced with the usual grey outline. Note: pressing the Enter key after entering a grade does not save the grade.
Inline Comments / Feedback Summary (right-side panel, pencil icon) – same as above, after typing feedback into the Feedback Summary side panel, in order to save this you must click out of the text box by clicking on another area of the screen such as the white space next to the formatting options. The glowing blue border around the grades box will disappear and be replaced with the usual grey outline. When editing feedback, ensure you have moved your cursor to the appropriate section within the comments and you have left clicked your mouse once.
Important: As Turnitin has a security time-out feature that locks open papers that have not been interacted with after approximately 10 minutes, we recommend that markers either save regularly or draft their feedback in a word-processor (e.g. Word, Notepad, etc) first and then copy and paste this in.
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.
If a rubric / marking grid exists in a former Assignment that you marked, but you do not own it, there is a way of downloading a copy from the former Assignment and then uploading it to your Rubric Library to attach it to Assignments you need it for. Similarly, you could use this method to download a copy of a rubric that you own and share it with a colleague.