E-submission with Turnitin and Blackboard Assignment

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From 2017-18, we are using Turnitin Feedback Studio, an updated interface for Turnitin that makes marking easier. View a video comparison of Feedback Studio and Turnitin Classic and find further information at Turnitin's Feedback Studio Instructor Guide.  You can also have a go on their demo site.

In February 2014, the Academic Board approved the AU E-submission policy. This has been updated in the Academic Quality Handbook page on Assessment of Taught Schemes, section 3.2 Assessment Policy and Procedures.

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There are two main tools in Blackboard that can be used for e-submission of assignments. Turnitin includes text-matching, which can be used to help flag up cases of possible plagiarism or help identify sources where plagiarism is already suspected. Blackboard Assignment is for e-submission where students are required to submit multiple files, video clips, very large files, or other items that cannot be submitted through Turnitin. Please contact the Blackboard Team, bb-team@aber.ac.uk, if you have any queries.

In addition to Turnitin and Blackboard Assignment, tools for specialised assignments are available through Blackboard, including self and peer assessment, blogs, wikis and private journals. Use of those tools fulfils the requirements of the e-submission policy. 

Scroll down to see the Guides for Students. 

Guides for Staff - Turnitin

  • Turnitin Current Status Twitter feed
  • Email students who have not yet submitted assignments - FAQ
  • Training session on Turnitin Marking and Feedback, with instructions for using the Rubric and Marking Form tools - PowerPoint 
  • Comprehensive guide for staff - includes implementation and technical how-to guidance, including how to create and mark Turnitin assignments - Cymraeg / English
  • Using Turnitin on the iPad
  • How to remove a student submission in Turnitin - video Cymraeg / English
  • How to submit an assignment on behalf of a student - video Cymraeg / English
  • How to prepare Turnitin submissions for printing - Cymraeg / English
  • Responding to Turnitin paper requests - Cymraeg / English 
  • The following materials are produced by Turnitin. Again, please note that these materials are produced by Turnitin and not AU, so the screenshots won't look exactly the same as our integration through Blackboard:

Guides for Staff - Blackboard Assignment

Guides for Students - Turnitin

Guides for Students - Blackboard Assignment

  • Student guide to submitting with Blackboard Assignment - FAQ
  • How do I find my feedback for a Blackboard Assignment? - FAQ
  • Find your feedback in Blackboard Assignment - video clip Cymraeg / English

Scheduled Maintenance Times

"All Turnitin services and related websites (Turnitin, OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, PeerMark, Turnitin for Admissions, WriteCheck, and iThenticate) may be unavailable for use during scheduled maintenance times. Times for these scheduled maintenance windows are the first and third Saturdays of each month, 15:00 to 19:00 GMT (7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time" [Information taken from http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/support/system-status).

You can also follow @TurnitinStatus using Twitter for live, up-to-date information on Turnitin.

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