QuickMarks, comments, feedback and feedfoward #GCUBlend

In our third lunchtime drop in session this week Jim Emery gave an overview of some of the increasingly popular uses of TurnitinUK.

Whilst the myth of Turnitin being a plagarism detection service persists (as Sam Ellis pointed out in his guest post yesterday, it’s not) in practice it is increasingly being used not solely for text matching, but for its marking and feedback capabilities.

In a very interactive and discursive session Jim illustrated the how to set up and use QuickMarks ( a set of common feedback responses) and illustrated how you can add more personalised feedback to quickmark comments, as well as use additional text comments and overall summary feedback. You can also audio feedback (clips of up to 3 minutes).

More and more course teams are developing a common set of Quickmarks which they develop together and share. This helps improve consistency of feedback and feedforward.  Sharing QuickMarks is still slightly clunky as you have to export and download a set of quickmarks, email it to who ever you want to share it with and they have to import and upload it back into Turnitin.  However, the time spent creating and sharing quickmarks can have paybacks when marking and meeting the 21 day turnaround for students.

There was also discussion around how students like the fact that they can more easily access electronic feedback, and that they are more inclined to revisit an electronically marked paper once they have digested the all important final mark.   Although it can seem (and in cases is) time consuming to set up, there can be pay backs for both staff and students in using these features offered by Turnitin.

TurnitinUK is integrated into GCULearn, however setting it does need a bit of time, so we would advise not leaving the set up til the hour before you release you assessment to students. Marks are also automatically stored in GCULearn in GradeCentre. If you don’t want your students to see marks for any reason, then it is possible to do that, but it does involve a bit of checking/unchecking of options. We would advise speaking to your school Learning Technologists and they will can take you through the process.

Our quick guide to setting up Turnitin gives an overview of how to set up an assignment as well as links to video tutorials, and the school Learning Technologists can help with any issues you may have.  Each paper that is submitted into the system is given a unique ID number, so it is possible to find papers that may have mysteriously disappeared. We have also created a quick guide for students on how to submit Turnitin assignments, which may be handy to point your students to.

Emerging from the discussions were some top tips including:

  • don’t use turnitin with Internet explorer (in fact try not to use internet explorer for anything 🙂 )
  • if you have an ipad download and use the app
  • remember to hit the “Roster Sync” button when before you exit/when you go into the system to sync your marks
  • if you want to give audio feedback, check you have a microphone on your computer/tablet

In our next session we’ll be looking at Rubrics which can be a very useful starting point for creating shared QuickMarks.


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