Turnitin: PeerMark assignments

Three types of assignment can be created using Turnitin – Paper, PeerMark and Revision.

A PeerMark assignment allows students to write reviews of other students' work, as well as review their own work. The identity of reviewers and reviewees can be anonymous if required. The distribution of papers for review can be randomly allocated, or allow for students to choose which papers to review - or a combination of these two scenarios.

A Paper assignment is the default assignment type and can be used for most assignment submissions. A Paper assignment must exist first before a PeerMark assignment may be created (for more information, see the Turnitin guide). The PeerMark assignment then refers to, and provides an opportunity to review, the original Paper assignment.

Create a PeerMark assignment

  1. Navigate to the subject page where you want to add a PeerMark assignment.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON .
  3. From Assessments select Turnitin Assignment.
  4. Select PeerMark Assignment and click Next Step.
  5. From Select a base assignment for this peer review choose the assignment from the drop down list.
  6. At the setting Allow papers submitted late to be included in peer reivew, choose to either tick the box or leave it blank. If you allow late papers to be included in the peer review, keep in mind that this may cause problems with the allocations for review, as students may already have been allocated their papers to review.
  7. At Assignment Title enter the name of the PeerReview assignment.
  8. At Description/Instructions enter text that will be displayed to students when submitting.
  9. At Allow students to view author and reviewer names, choose to either tick the box or leave it blank. If you leave the box blank, reviews and papers will remain anonymous. Note: If reviews are to be anonymous, remind students NOT to include their name or student ID within the body of the paper that they submit for review. If the reviewer can see the author’s name within the paper, only the reviewer will be anonymous.
  10. At Allow students without a paper to review, choose to either tick the box or leave it blank. If you tick the box, students who did NOT submit to the base assignment will still be able to take part in the PeerReview assignment.
  11. Enter a Point value for the PeerMark assignment. (It is recommended to choose to mark out of 100. If the PeerReview assignment is worth a smaller percentage of the final mark, you can use the Grade Centre to weight it accordingly after the marking is complete. Turnitin does not allow decimal points in marking, so it is best not to mark out of smaller numbers).
  12. Check the box for Award full points if review is written if you would like the reviews to be automatically marked and awarded full points when completed.
  13. Peer Review Start and End dates will automatically appear under Dates once the base Turnitin assignment has been chosen. Students can continue to participate in the review activity until the 'End' date occurs. Peer feedback is released as soon as students complete reviews.
  14. Click Save & Continue.
  15. At Peer Review Distribution, click Edit to choose the number of papers you would like each student to review. Choose how many papers should be automatically distributed by PeerMark, as well as how many papers should be selected by the student themselves to review. Check the box for Require self-review if students should also review their own work.
  16. Click Save & Continue.
  17. Click Add Question to choose the questions that students should respond to when conducting their review/s.
    1. Free Response questions allow you to choose a question where students can answer freely with a minimum word requirement.
    2. Scale questions allow you to create a question using a likert scale where students rate their peers' papers on a scale. Choose the number of points in the scale, and labels for the low and high ends of the scale.
    3. Library questions allow you to choose from questions that you have used before, or the sample library that Turnitin provides.
  18. Click Save & Finish when you have finished adding questions.
  19. The Turnitin PeerMark assignment is now created and live.

Create a personalised PeerMark Question library

Staff can create their own personalised libraries of peer review questions for re-use in subsequent learning activities. This saves entering the same questions again for future peer review assignments. A personalised library is linked to a staff account and is available in all subjects that the staff member can access. Note: It is not possible to share a library with other staff, but questions can be copied and pasted into other documents.

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of a PeerMark assignment.
  3. Click the Libraries tab.
  4. If not already selected by default, click PeerMark Questions.
  5. Click Add Library.
  6. Click on the 'Untitled Library' to give it a new name. Enter the new name for the library within the text box, then click Save.
  7. Click Add Question to add either a free response or scale question.
  8. When all questions have been added, click Finished editing this library.

Read a PeerMark review as a staff member

PeerMark reviews can be viewed via the PeerMark assignment as soon as a student completes a review, however they cannot be graded until the 'end peer-review' date has passed. To view and mark peer-reviews:

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of a PeerMark assignment.
  3. Click Show details link next to the student whose reviews you would like to read. Information on all the reviews written and received by this student will be displayed. Click Read all these reviews at once to see information on all reviews.
Student review information
Student review information
  1. Click Read Review next to the desired item to be reviewed.
  2. PeerMark will open in a new window that contains the review.
PeerMark
PeerMark
  1. Grade as desired and click Submit to save. Note that you are grading the review provided not the original submission.
  2. Use the Previous / Next links top right to view other reviews of this student’s work.

How students read their reviews

Students are able to look at reviews of their work via the PeerMark assignment using the following steps:

  1. In the PeerMark assignment click the View Complete button of the assignment.
  2. Click Read Reviews
  3. In the pop-up that appears, select the review to be viewed (click student name, or “Student” if anonymous).
  4. The review is displayed.

Grade a PeerMark review

The grading logic for PeerMark has two different scenarios based on whether the instructor selected the option to "Award full points if review is written" during PeerMark assignment creation.

Award Full Points If Review Is Written = No

Staff can only grade reviews after the PeerMark assignment due date. Each individual review may be graded out of 10, though the total score for all reviews will contribute to the total grade possible for the PeerMark assignment.

Where a student has not performed a peer review, an automatic zero grade is applied. After all reviews for a specific reviewer have been graded, the overall grade is calculated.

Example

A PeerMark assignment has a total possible grade of 100, with each student requested to contribute 3 peer reviews.

  • Review 1: Grade = 9
  • Review 2: Grade = 7
  • Review 3: Reviewer does not review this paper.

The grades for the three reviews are 9 + 7 + 0 = 16. The total possible grade for three reviews is 30, giving a total grade for reviews of 16/30 = 53%. The total grade for the PeerMark assignment is thus 53% of 100 = 53.

  1. Open the Control Panel of the subject containing the PeerMark Assignment.
  2. From the Subject Tools menu select Turnitin Assignments.
  3. Click View for the PeerMark assignment to be graded.
  4. Within the PeerMark inbox next to the student whose reviews you would like to grade click Show details >> Read Review.
  5. After looking through the review, give the reviewer a grade by entering the grade in the Grade field at the top right of the PeerMark screen.

Award Full Points If Review Is Written = Yes

The system will give full points for any completed review. Each individual review is graded out of 10, though the total score for all reviews contributes to the total grade possible for the PeerMark assignment.

Where a student has not performed a peer review, or has left some questions unanswered, an automatic zero grade is applied. After all reviews for a specific reviewer have been graded, the overall grade is calculated.

Example

A PeerMark assignment has a total possible grade of 60, with each student requested to contribute 4 peer reviews, each containing 5 questions.

  • Review 1: Reviewer answers 5 questions but one free response question does not meet the minimum word length. Grade = 0.
  • Review 2: Reviewer answers all questions. Grade = 10.
  • Review 3: Reviewer does not review this paper. Grade = 0.
  • Review 4: Reviewer answers all questions. Grade = 10.

The grades for the four reviews are 0 + 10 + 0 + 10 = 20. The total possible grade for four reviews is 40, giving a total grade for reviews of 20/40 = 50%. The total grade for the PeerMark assignment is thus 50% of 60 = 30.

  1. Open the Control Panel of the subject containing the PeerMark Assignment.
  2. From the Subject Tools module select Turnitin Assignments.
  3. Click View for the PeerMark assignment to be graded.
  4. Within the PeerMark inbox click Show details next to the student whose reviews you would like to grade.
  5. Click Edit Grades below the student's name whose review you would like to re-grade.
  6. Enter the new grade for each review, or modify the overall grade.
  7. Click Save Grades.

Write an instructor PeerMark review

Staff can write a review to supplement those that students receive from their peers. Staff are provided with the same free response and scale question structure as students.

Respond to pre-defined questions

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of a PeerMark assignment to be graded.
  3. Identify a paper requiring a review.
  4. Click More actions and select Write instructor review for the paper of interest.
  5. Read the paper you are reviewing in the frame on the left side of the screen and answer the questions in the frame on the right side of the screen.
    • To answer a free response question, type your answer in the text box provided below the question. The minimum word count is located directly below the text box.
    • To answer a scale question click the radio button above the number for the rating you are giving this paper for the question.
  6. Click Submit when finished. If you would like to save your progress so you can leave and work on the review at a later time click Save.

Add comments to a paper in PeerMark

You can comment directly into a paper using PeerMark tools.

  1. Click anywhere on the paper where you would like to make your comment. A comment icon will appear and a comment bubble will open.
  2. Type your comment into the text box, then click Save.
    Note: To highlight a passage from the paper, click the text then drag the cursor across the area you are referring to. A new comment box will appear for you to enter text comments related to that highlighted section.
  3. You can click on Tools above the submission to access annotation tools.  These include a highlighter, typing text on the paper and add some standard composition marks to the paper such as spelling error, word choice error, delete.

This guide was last updated 26 Sep 2017.
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