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** Using the Turnitin Feedback Studio

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For: StaffApplication: Grading & Feedback , QMplusTagged: assignment

If you have enabled the Turnitin plagiarism checking feature on a QMplus assignment, you can make use of the Turnitin Grademark tool to mark your students’ work and provide them with grades and feedback. Grademark allows you to:

  • Use marking guides or rubrics
  • Annotate the student work with comments and maintain a bank of frequently used comments for quick grading
  • Provide general feedback on the work via a textual and/or audio comment

Students can access their grades and feedback online via QMplus and can also download a copy of them.

The GradeMark tool is accessible via a web browser and QMplus. There is, however, also an iPad app which allows you to access many of the GradeMark features with the added bonus of being able to mark while offline.

To find out more, please take a look at Turnitin’s screencast here:                   https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor_Guides/Feedback_Studio

 

Note that the QMplus assignment type offers several similar online grading and feedback tools which you can make use of whether you have Turnitin enabled or not. If you are using Turnitin, you should decide whether you want to provide feedback through the Turnitin tools or the QMplus ones. This choice may largely come down to personal preference.

 

Accessing Grademark

Marking a student submission

An assignment

Locate the assignment you wish to mark and click on its title.

accessing grademark screen 2

Click on the View/Grade All Submissions button.

accessing grademark screen 3

Click on the blue pencil icon in the File submissions column for the work you wish to start grading. A window will open containing the Grademark tool. This may take a few moments.

What the GradeMark tool looks like

grademark window

The major components of this window are:

  1. Student work – this is the text of the assignment submitted by the student
  2. Similarity index – this is the similarity score generated by Turnitin for this piece of work
  3. View selector – you can switch to the originality report for this piece of work by clicking on Originality
  4. Grade – you can enter your grade for the work here. If you are using a marking guide or rubric to mark, this grade will be populated by those. The grade is passed back from the GradeMark tool to the QMplus gradebook but feedback is not.
  5. Grademark tools – the various Grademark tools appear in this pane. When the Grademark window first opens, the QuickMarks tool is selected by default.

QuickMarks

quickmark icon quickmark summary

The QuickMark tool allows you to quickly drag and drop comments from a library of available comments. There are a number of these comments already built in but you can customise these to suit your needs and set up your own bank of re-usable comments. You can also place a free text comment. The icon to the right allows you to view a summary of all the QuickMarks you have placed on this piece of work.

grademarks When the QuickMark tool is selected, the main components of the window are:

  1. A set of QuickMarks which can be dragged on to the appropriate place in the student’s work. In this case, these are from a set called “Composition”
  2. A free text comment which can be dragged on to the work and then the text added
  3. Change the QuickMark set being displayed by clicking this icon
  4. The spanner icon gives access to the QuickMark manager tool where you can create your own sets of QuickMarks for use in your own marking

General comments

general comments

You can provide general feedback on the work either in free text form or by recording some audio feedback. You will obviously need access to a microphone on your computer to be able to record feedback.

general comments pane

Marking forms and rubrics

rubrics

You can attach a grading form or a rubric to an assignment to aid with grading. By default, your Turnitin assignment will have no rubric associated with it. To create one, or re-use one you have created previously, you should click on the spanner icon in the tool pane.

rubric pane

Once a rubric has been attached to the assignment, it will appear in this tool pane to allow you to start grading the assignment.

Issues

Using the Turnitin GradeMark tool through QMplus does not provide any specific facility for multiple markers. The QMplus groups functionality can be used to allow filtering of the Turnitin submission inbox which may help with large classes where there are several markers. There are, however, no features built-in to the GradeMark tool to facilitate multiple markers.

Here is a link to a youtube tutorial which gives a demo.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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