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Electronic Management of Assessment

Supporting staff with e-submission and e-marking through Turnitin and the Blackboard Assessment tool.

Many Departments already operate some element of electronic submission, marking and feedback but for those who wish to implement it for the first time, or review any part of your departmental processes, CIE is available to support you with any aspect of planning, implementing, supporting and evaluating e-submission and e-marking. CIE would also encourage Schools and Departments to look at this as an opportunity to:

  • Review the consistency and effectiveness of marking.
  • Seek opportunities to review the feedback cycle and impact.

Turnitin and Blackboard Assessment submission tools

For the submission of coursework assignments there are two, main, centrally-supported tools, Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool. Both of these are used via VITAL in the appropriate module.  You can see a feature comparison between the tools below.

Turnitin or Blackboard Decision Diagram

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is easy to use and has a rich set of features that support e-submission, plagiarism detection, peer-to-peer student marking and electronic feedback in rich media.

The tool supports the following assessment requirements:

  • Students can submit a wide range of file types electronically up to 40MB (multiple pieces of coursework and group assignments are not currently supported).
  • Students will receive an email receipt once they have submitted their work.
  • Students can resubmit an assignment after the due date (provided specific settings have been selected).
  • Students can learn about how to avoid plagiarism using the Originality Report (if enabled by the tutor).
  • Staff can provide rich feedback on a piece of coursework. Annotating directly on students work, adding comments, highlighting text, rubric feedback, grading sheets and a voice comment are all supported.
  • Anonymous submission is supported via desktop and on mobile.

What is the Blackboard Assignment tool?

The tool is integrated into Blackboard (VITAL) and supports single and group assignment submission, online marking, delegated marking, and anonymous marking. Certain file types will also let you use the Blackboard inline marking tool (Box) so that you can annotate, highlight and draw on the student’s work. However, it is important to note that it does not provide plagiarism detection functionality.

The tool supports the following assessment requirements:

  • Students can submit Single or Multiple files.
  • Students will receive an email receipt once they have submitted their work.
  • Students can submit a Group Work assignment (provided that Groups have been created in VITAL before the assignment is created).
  • There are no restrictions on file type. (If you plan to mark electronically, Grade, criteria marking and overall feedback comment is also available. However, to use the Inline Grading facility file types are restricted).
  • There are no file size limits to submissions (However, students may find very large files may not upload with timeout issues. Video files should not be uploaded (use Stream media server instead and submit the link).
  • Anonymous submission is supported via desktop and on mobile.
  • Students can resubmit an assignment after the due date (provided specific settings have been selected).