(Last updated December 2020)

This Guide covers:

  1. Quick guides on how to locate papers to mark (for experienced users)
  2. Click by click guides on how to locate papers to mark (for new users)
  3. Description of the TII/GradeMark* Inbox
  4. How to find a specific paper when anonymity is “on”
  5. How to annotate and mark a student submission
  6. Videos demonstrating how to use the system

Quick Guides: How to Locate Papers

This guide contains 2 methods of “how to access GradeMark”. The first method applies to regular course units with uploaded essays. The second method applies to large scale submissions, such as dissertations or projects.

Method 1: Quick instructions for experienced users

For regular course units with uploaded essays:

  • Log into your Blackboard course
  • Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments
  • Choose the assignment you wish to mark
  • Change preferences to show 1000 papers
  • Locate paper to grade and click the GradeMark pen icon next to chosen paper
  • Ensure the GradeMark layer is highlighted in right hand menu
  • Annotate paper (a demo of this is below)
  • Close paper (save is automatic).

Method 2: Quick instructions for experienced users

For large scale submissions, such as dissertations or projects:

  • Log into your Blackboard course
  • Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments by Group
  • Choose the assignment you wish to mark
  • Locate your group name from drop down list
  • Click on the title of the paper you wish to grade
  • Ensure the GradeMark layer is highlighted in right hand menu
  • Annotate paper (a demo of this is below)
  • Close paper (save is automatic).

 

Click by Click Guides: How to Locate Papers

Blackboard contains software that allows you to mark students work online. This software is called Grademark and is activated alongside the TurnItIn plagiarism software.

Below is a click-by-click guide to using the Grademark software. However there is also a short video at the bottom of the page that demonstrates this.

  • Enter Blackboard (https://online.manchester.ac.uk/)
  • Click on the title of the unit that you wish to mark in
  • Go to the control panel in bottom left of the course > Choose Course tools and then TurnItInUK assignment (IMPORTANT NOTE: when marking dissertations/lab reports/projects or other large scale submissions, choose TurnItInUK assignment By group)
  • Choose the Submission that you wish to mark
  • If NOT using groups, go to “Preferences” and change to 1000 papers, then return to the assignment inbox
  • *when marking dissertations/lab reports/projects or other large scale submissions ONLY*, choose your name from the drop down list
  • You will now see something similar to image A for regular submissions and image B for group submissions:

 

The Inbox

Image A

Standard Tii submission inbox

Image B

Turnitin assignment by groups inbox
  1. Author
    • The Student’s name (NOTE: This will be Anonymous in most submissions as University guidance states that anonymous marking should be used wherever possible)
  2. Title
    • The title of the essay (NOTE: This should be the supervisor name, the student’s ID number and the Course code of the unit)
    • Clicking on the title reveals the essay within a web browser.
  3. Similarity/Originality Score/Report
    • This will be active after the time has passed to generate a plagiarism score (or similarity score).
    • The score itself should (in most cases) be discounted in favour of a check of the Similarity report. While the score does try to indicate a percentage of the paper that has been plagiarised, it is not infallible and can give misleading scores (e.g. scores of 0% that are plagiarised or scores of 80% that match only in the references).
  4. Grade
    • When a grade is present, the grade given to the paper will appear in place of the pen, this information is copied into the Blackboard grade book automatically on the ‘post date’.
  5. Response
    • This indicates whether the student has viewed Grademark/feedback provided by the marker
  6. File
    • Click the icon to download an edited copy of the essay before the post date, or the original essay after the post date.
  7. Paper ID
    • A unique number to identify each paper.
  8. Date
    • The date the essay was uploaded to Blackboard.
    • If the essay date is red then it was uploaded after the deadline has passed.

 

Locating a Specific Paper when Anonymity is switched on

If Anonymous marking is enabled then the Submission should have been set up with the standard student naming convention. In this case you can locate papers using 2 recommended methods:

  1. Use your browsers inbuilt “find” feature by clicking “edit” and “find” and typing the student ID into the box (we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome)
  2. If your student has not followed the standard naming convention, then you can request that papers without naming conventions are de-anonymised by contacting the Student Support Office.

Start Marking

To view the student submission and start marking:

  • Locate the essay that you wish to mark and click the title. You will see a screen that contains the file as well as some tools.
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Image of the Turn IT In/Grademark inbox page

You have the ability to highlight text, add comments and add grades to this page.

Before you get started with marking, you must ensure that Grademark is activated. You can do/see this by clicking the navy blue button in the right hand menu that looks like a stack of paper and checking that the “Grademark” layer is highlighted .

To Add a Comment: Click at a point in the text, select the comments bubble or the text tool, a pop-up box will appear. Type your comment and click away to save it.

To add a Comment to a Specific Word/Sentence: Click and hold, drag your cursor over the word/sentence that you wish to highlight, select the comment bubble, a pop up box will appear, choose the colour of your highlight and add type a comment. Click away to save.

To add a General Comment: In the right hand Grademark menu, click the pen and paper icon, this will open the General Comments section, type your comment and click away to save.

To access a Rubric (e.g. for EDM): In the right hand menu, click the matrix button to open the rubric, for instructions on how to use the Rubric Score Card Click here and start at point 5.

Please be aware of the following when using GradeMark:

We have had a few instances of saved feedback and marks disappearing when logging into Turnitin. After investigation it appears that feedback has been saved and ‘returns’ at a later point. For your own peace of mind it is recommended that you make a separate copy of comments and marks should this occur.

Videos:

Accessing TII papers without groups

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Accessing TII papers with groups

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*”Grademark” is the name of the TurnItIn grading Software.

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