Turnitin assessment in the classroom

You may already use Turnitin assignments to assess student submissions of text-based work, but what about assessment that takes place within the classroom that is not text-based? If you have an assessment task that requires students to do a live performance or presentation of their idea to their peers, a Turnitin assignment can be used, with the full range of feedback options available. Depending on the assessment task, students may or may not be asked to provide an associated file.

Student feedback may be provided via a Turnitin assignment if:

  • A document has been submitted that generate a similarity report e.g. Powerpoint, Excel, PDF, Word and many more.
  • A document or file has been submitted that does not generate a similarity report e.g. an image, audio or video file.
  • No document has been submitted.

As Feedback Studio can let staff provide feedback without a submission, it can be used to provide student feedback for a wider range of assessment tasks such as: recitals, dance, music, exhibits, speeches, athletics, performances, clinical practicals, lab work demonstrations, medical procedures or presentations.

Set up an assignment

Information on creating a Turnitin assignment is available in this guide.

File or no file?

Depending on the type of assignment you set up, students can submit a file that will be checked for Similarity, submit a file that will not be checked for Similarity, or submit no file at all. For some assignments, you may get students that fall in to each of these categories.

Typical display of Turnitin assignment submission
Typical display of Turnitin assignment submission

In the example above Iva has submitted a document that can be checked for Similarity. This means that a paper ID (receipt) is generated, and a Similarity score is displayed. In this case, the student’s grade icon is blue.

Samantha and Phillip have each submitted a file, but these documents are audio and image files, so will not be checked for Similarity. So while they also each have a paper ID, there is no Similarity score. In this case, the grade icons for these students are also blue, as in the previous scenario.

Rex will give his presentation, but he does not have an accompanying file. He is currently listed as having no submission, has a grey grade icon and since it is past the date for uploading files, is also marked as Late. A Grading Template can be generated to give Rex feedback by clicking on the grey grade icon.

Example of a document that can be similarity checked
Example of a document that can be similarity checked

A file that supports Similarity checking

When staff grade a student who has submitted a document that can be checked for Similarity, they open the Assignment Inbox and click the blue grade icon for that student.

Grade icon
Grade icon

The document submitted by the student will be displayed, showing all the original formatting, ready for staff to grade using the Feedback Studio tools.

A file that does not support Similarity checking

Image shows that Feedback Studio is still available, although the file type not support similarity checking but can be displayed by Turnitin
Image shows that Feedback Studio is still available, although the file type not support similarity checking but can be displayed by Turnitin

If a student submitted a file that does not support Similarity checking, when staff click the grade icon for that student they will be prompted with the message:

“This is a draft submission. Any and all marks will be deleted when or if the paper is resubmitted. Would you like to continue?”

Click OK.

Note: This message appears whether or not the due date has passed and whether or not late submissions have been allowed.

Image shows that Feedback Studio is still available, although the file type not support similarity checking and can't be displayed by Turnitin
Image shows that Feedback Studio is still available, although the file type not support similarity checking and can't be displayed by Turnitin

If the file that the student uploaded can be displayed (e.g. a file format such as .jpg) then this is shown along with all the Feedback Studio tools (see image above).

Grading without a submission message - A grading template takes the place of a submission
Grading without a submission message - A grading template takes the place of a submission

If the file the student uploaded cannot be displayed (e.g. a file format such mp3) then the file is made available for download from within Feedback Studio and a ‘blank’ Turnitin page is displayed for entering comments or QuickMarks. All other Feedback Studio online grading tools are also available.

No file is submitted

If the student did not submit a file at all, but you still want to give them feedback via Turnitin, click their grey grade icon. A message is displayed warning that a grading template will be created:

Click OK. The grade icon is now blue, a title of [Grading Template] is added and a paper ID is allocated.

Example of [Grading Template] display
Example of [Grading Template] display

Click the blue grade icon. A ‘blank’ Turnitin page is displayed for entering comments or QuickMarks. All other Feedback Studio online grading tools are also available.

Grading template option for when a submission is not made to a Turnitin assignment
Grading template option for when a submission is not made to a Turnitin assignment

Feedback and marking

Feedback on Turnitin assignments is done via the Feedback Studio online grading tools which has several options. One or all of these could be used for giving feedback on assessment tasks within the classroom.

  • In-line marking tools added on the document, image or ‘blank’ Turnitin page
    • In-Line Comments which let you type text comments anywhere on a document
    • Bubble comments which have a bubble icon that expands to a larger comment. Bubble comments can be associated directly with student text or added anywhere on the page.
    • Strikethrough text, where student text is selected and strike-through added to it.
    • QuickMarks which are a library of feedback comments that can be added to, reused and even shared with colleagues. This enables a feedback set that may be common to multiple presentations to be quickly applied, as well as added to as required.
  • Feedback Summary tools
    • Text comments allow you to type or paste in up to 5000 characters of written feedback. Simple formatting and hyperlinks can be applied.
    • Voice comments allow you to record up to three minutes of feedback directly into the assignment. If you give verbal feedback to the student directly after the presentation, this could also be recorded for them to reflect on later.
  • Rubrics and Grading Forms allow you to provide pre-prepared feedback for set criteria/levels. A Rubric will be fully populated with detailed comments you have pre-prepared. A Grading Form allows free-form comments to be entered for set criteria. In the case of a Rubric/Grading Form being used for an assessment task presented by the student in class, criteria addressing quality, performance, eye contact etc. may be included.
  • A score for the assignment may be entered manually, or automatically generated from the Rubric/Grading Form (if used).

Marking of the assignment can occur within the classroom using a computer accessing the Turnitin assignment from the LMS via a web browser. Information is available in our guides on using Turnitin Feedback Studio and Rubrics.

Alternatively, you can use an iPad with the Turnitin app. The app can be downloaded from the App Store with more information on the app at the Turnitin site.

Information on configuring the Turnitin iPad app for use at the University of Melbourne.

When should students see their feedback?

By default, no feedback from Feedback Studio is available to students until the Post date of the assignment has been reached. The Post date of the assignment may be changed as needed.

If the assignment is for a presentation within the classroom and you want feedback available immediately, you would set the Post date to the date of the class. This would allow students to see the feedback immediately.

This guide was last updated 06 Jan 2017.
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