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Adding grades & feedback

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Introduction

Full instructions on how to grade and provide feedback can be found via the 'Table of contents' - left hand side block.  This includes using the features in Turnitin's Feedback Studio, how to double mark and add to samples for moderating purposes.  

If you have any questions or queries, please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk or ext. 5100. 


Not found what you're looking for? 

Try the following links: 

bookEditing (summative) assignments
bookCreating (formative) assignments
bookReleasing grades & feedback
pageModeration


Grading files

1. Click on the assignment link that requires grading: 

 

2. Click View all submissions:

 


3. The 'grading table' shows all students and submissions. If 'Anonymous marking' is enabled the student ID number is displayed instead of a name. It is possible to click on column titles that show as a link to 'sort' them, for example click 'Surname' to sort A-Z.


4. 
If students are missing from the table and/or it shows Nothing to display, check the 'filter' options in the 'View and filter options' section underneath the table. Make sure that all filters are set to No filter.

 


  • 'All' is selected for 'First name' and 'Surname' (Not available with anonymous marking).

 


Filters will change the number of students viewed in the grading table and will remain set for all other assignments across all units. Please use with caution. 


5. To add feedback and grades (even if using Turnitin), click the Grade button in the 'Grade' column. 


For a non text-based submission, go to Step 8.


6. To check the Similarity report, click the 'similarity percentage' icon below the Turnitin ID: 



7. To access the GradeMark, click the 'blue pencil' icon next to the 'similarity percentage':



Turnitin's Feedback Studio will open in a new browser tab or new window.  Add 'QuickMark' comments and text comments. 

Close the tab/window to return to the student's individual 'submission status'.


Do not add a mark out of 100 in Turnitin as it conflicts in unpredictable ways with the grading in SOL and often results in the student being assigned an incorrect grade of A1. The grade must be put in SOL.


8. Select an alpha-numeric grade in the 'Grade' drop-down menu:



9. Set the 'Marking Workflow State' (if desired). This is useful when multiple people are marking an assignment or as a 'note to self'.  

When the marking workflow is used it can be seen by students but grades are not released until the status 'Released' is set, which is only available to the unit leader on certain screens.  

 

10. Add any feedback files or feedback comments. 

 

11. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage. This will occur when releasing the grades and feedback later on.  


12. Click Save changes.



Click here for information on bookReleasing grades & feedback

Using Turnitin for feedback

QuickMark is the inline comment system within Turnitin's 'Feedback Studio'.  It is accessed by clicking on the 'blue pencil' icon to take you into GradeMark.

There any different ways of commenting on students' work:

  • QuickMark comments
  • standard editing marks by tutors 
  • tutors' own feedback which is saved as a new QuickMark into a personalised 'set'. 

This guide explains the basics of QuickMarks but please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk for more advanced training or see Turnitin's guide for QuickMark (opens in a new window).

1. Click on Turnitin's blue pencil icon in the Feedback Studio. Click the QuickMark icon from the online grading toolbar to open the QuickMarks side panel. 

This will show the currently open QuickMark set. 


 

2. To add your own comments, select the text on the paper and then click on the Comment on the sidebar. 


Add your comment to the pop-up box. This comment will attach to the highlighted text to give the feedback a context. 



Top tip: Your own QuickMark comments can be saved for future use; click Convert to QuickMark, enter the title, select a category then click Save.  To manage your own comments click on the Manage QuickMarks icon. To learn more about the 'Manage QuickMarks' option, contact ltu@solent.ac.uk for help. 


3. To use the pre-written comments- click on the 'Quickmark' icon.


Click on a pre-written comment, for example, 'Awk.' button. If not appropriate, simply click the 'bin' icon at the bottom of the box to delete. Note that you can add your comment in this box as well.



4. To read, edit or delete the comments you have added, click on the QuickMark shown on the paper.  



5. Click on the 'Feedback Summary' icon to add a general text comment.

 

The 'Feedback Summary' allows tutors to leave a voice comment and/or write a text comment about the paper as a whole. 



General feedback can also be left in SOL under 'Feedback comments'.  

Grades must go into SOL. See other chapters in this book about added grades to SOL.
Please do not add a mark out of 100 in Turnitin as it conflicts in unpredictable ways with the grading with SOL 


Similarity reports

Once students have submitted their work via Turnitin, they will receive a similarity report. The highlighted text within a student's paper matches text from a different resource or another student's paper. Some extracts can be highlighted as suspected matches, but they can be correct because they are properly referenced material.

Other features:

  • filters to remove all properly quoted materials from the report. In the right-hand set of 'red' icons, click on the 'funnel' icon (Filters and Settings) and select 'Exclude Quotes'. Turnitin recognises the major referencing styles.
  • exclude bibliography' to remove a properly titled reference list or bibliography list that Turnitin officially recognises.

The Turnitin system only matches text. The decision whether there is some type of misconduct or not remains an academic decision. Discuss this with the Student Registry team at student.registry@solent.ac.uk.


Rubrics

The assessment criteria sets out the level of understanding and skills required by the student for an assignment, so they can see exactly what is expected of them at different grades. The digital assessment criteria tool which uses a Turnitin rubric means you can indicate to your students where they have met certain scales on the marking criteria you've set.

This is an advanced tool so if you are using it for the first time, its best to contact ltu@solent.ac.uk in the first instance to arrange some training. 

Make sure you have attached the 'Attach a rubric to this assignment' setting  to your desired rubric.  This can be added when you set up the assignment or when you are ready to start marking. 


1. Click on the assignment link that requires a rubric.



2. Click on the Gear menu (cog icon) in the top right hand corner and select Edit settings.

Gear menu edit settings





3. Scroll down and open the section 'Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings'. 

 

4. Scroll down to 'Attach a rubric to this assignment' and attach a previously created rubric.



5. Click on Launch Rubric Manager to create a new rubric.  Follow the guide from Turnitin on Creating a qualitative rubric.  



As previously stated, if you are new to rubrics it's best to get some training so please contact ltu@solent.ac.uk.



Grading group submissions

1. Click on the assignment link that requires grading:

 

2. Click View all submissions:

 


3. The 'grading table' shows all students and submissions.  It is possible to click on column titles (if they show as a link) to 'sort' them. For example, click on 'surname' to sort A-Z.

The example below shows how the submission is displayed next to both students in Group 1.



4. If students are missing from the table and/or it shows Nothing to display, check the 'filter' options in the 'View and filter options' section underneath the table. Make sure that all filters are set to No filter.

 

Also check that the student name selection tool has All selected for first name and surname (this is not available with anonymous marking).

 


Filters will change the number of students viewed in the grading table and will remain set for all other assignments across all units. Please use with caution.


5. To begin adding feedback and grades, click on the Grade button in the 'Grade' column. 


This goes to the individual students 'submission status' page showing all submission details.  In this example, a file has been uploaded to go through Turnitin so it includes a link to the similarity report and GradeMark in Turnitin's Feedback Studio but you could be viewing any submission type for groups.

Turnitin does not support groups.  Any feedback placed in Turnitin can only be read by the one student who submitted the work. Please read the next sub-chapter about Using Turnitin to help with group feedback if you wish to use Turnitin.


6. To check the Similarity report, click the 'similarity percentage' icon below the Turnitin ID. 



7. To access the GradeMark, click the 'blue pencil' icon next to the 'similarity percentage':



Turnitin's Feedback Studio will open in a new browser tab or new window.  When you close the tab or window, you will return to the students individual 'submission status' page as you must put the grade in SOL. Please read the next sub-chapter about Using Turnitin to help with group feedback if you wish to use Turnitin.

Please do not add a mark out of 100 in Turnitin as it conflicts in unpredictable ways with the grading in SOL


8. Set Solent's alpha-numeric grade in the 'Grade' drop-down menu:



9. Set the 'Marking Workflow State' (if desired).  This is especially useful if multiple markers are used or can be a 'note to self' to show, for example, that it is in marking or ready for release.  When this workflow state is used, it can be seen by students but this does not mean that anything has been released.  Only the text is updated.

 

10. Add any feedback files or feedback comments, if required. 

 

11. To apply the grades and feedback to all members of the group, ensure that the setting under the 'Group submission settings', is set to Yes. To apply different grades and feedback to the group members individually, select No



12. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage, as this is controlled by releasing the grades and feedback later on.  

13. Click Save changes and go through the same process again.




Click here for information on bookReleasing grades & feedback

Using Turnitin to help with group feedback

Turnitin does not support group submissions so only the member of the group that uploaded the assignment will see any feedback within Turnitin.  However, if you wish to apply feedback within Turnitin, in either QuickMarks or General Comments section, it is possible to save this feedback as a PDF.  This PDF can then be uploaded in the 'Feedback files' area of SOL to be seen by all members of the group.


1. Once feedback is complete within Turnitin's Feedback Studio, click on the Download icon in the right-hand menu panel.

 

2. Select the option Current View. This will package up all the comments, so that it can appear at the end of the PDF. The PDF may open automatically so go to File Save as or you may get the 'Open / Save' pop up options so click Save.

 

3. To upload to SOL, follow the same process shown in previous chapters.
Go into the assignment link and click on View all submissions.  Click on Grade icon next to one member of the group.      

 

4. Scroll to the bottom of this screen to 'Feedback files' so that you can 'drag and drop' the Turnitin's feedback PDF there.

 


5. To apply the feedback to all members of the group, ensure that the setting under the 'Group submission settings', is set to Yes

  


6. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage, as this is controlled by releasing the grades and feedback later on.  


7. Click Save changes.


Grading video

1. Click on the assignment link that requires grading: 



2. Click View all submissions:

 


3. The 'grading table' shows all students and submissions. It is possible to click on column titles (if they show as a link) to 'sort' them. For example, click on 'surname' to sort A-Z.

Click on the link View Submission under the 'Video/Audio Submission' column.



If students are missing from the table and/or it shows Nothing to display, check the 'filter' options in the 'View and filter options' section underneath the table. Make sure that all filters are set to No filter.



4. Also check that the student name selection tool has All selected for first name and surname. However, this is not available with anonymous marking.



Filters will change the number of students viewed in the grading table and will remain set for all other assignments across all units. Please use with caution. 


5. In the pop up window click the arrow to play the video:



6. Click the 'burger' icon to reveal more options.



7. Any additional uploaded files can be viewed by clicking Resources (clicking a file will also download it) and the video can be downloaded by clicking Download Media:



8. Once the video has been viewed, close this pop-up window and go back to the grading table.
To begin adding feedback and grades, click on the Grade button in the 'Grade' column. 


This goes to the individual students grading page showing all submission details. It is also possible to view the submission on this screen too. 

9. Set Solent's alpha-numeric grade in the 'Grade' drop-down menu:



10 Set the 'Marking Workflow State' (if desired).  This is especially useful if multiple markers are used or can be a 'note to self' to show, for example, that it is in marking or ready for release.  When this workflow state is used, it can be seen by students but this does not mean that anything has been released.  Only the text is updated.



11. Add any feedback files or feedback comments, if required. 



12. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage, as this is controlled by releasing the grades and feedback later on.  

13. Click Save changes and go through the same process again.

Save changes


Click here for information on bookReleasing grades & feedback

Grading myPortfolio

1. Click on the assignment link that requires grading:



2. Click View all submissions:

 


3. The 'grading table' shows all students and submissions.  It is possible to click on column titles (if they show as a link) to 'sort' them. For example, click on 'surname' to sort A-Z.

Click on the student's submission in the 'urlmyPortfolio (Mahara)' column.



4. The submitted page/collection will open in a new window for viewing. Comments can be left on the submitted page/collection but students will see these instantly. The overall feedback must be added to SOL along with the grade. If comments are left in urlmyPortfolio, be sure to inform students as most will look in SOL.

5. If students are missing from the table and/or it shows Nothing to display, check the 'filter' options in the 'View and filter options' section underneath the table. Make sure that all filters are set to No filter.


Also check that the student name selection tool has All selected for first name and surname. However, this is not available with anonymous marking.



Be careful when using filters as they will change the students viewed in the grading table and will remain set for all other assignments across all units. Please use with caution.


8. Once the portfolio has been viewed, go back to the grading table. 

To begin adding feedback and grades, click on the Grade button in the 'Grade' column. 


This goes to the individual students 'submission status' page showing all submission details. It is also possible to view the submission on this screen too. 

9. Set Solent's alpha-numeric grade in the 'Grade' drop-down menu:



10 Set the 'Marking Workflow State' (if desired).  This is especially useful if multiple markers are used or can be a 'note to self' to show, for example, that it is in marking or ready for release.  When this workflow state is used, it can be seen by students but this does not mean that anything has been released.  Only the text is updated.



11. Add any feedback files or feedback comments, if required. 



12. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage, as this is controlled by releasing the grades and feedback later on.  

13. Click Save changes and go through the same process again. 


Click here for information on bookReleasing grades & feedback


Grading non-online assessments or adding grades only

1. Click the assignment link, then View/grade all submissions

If anonymous marking is enabled only the student ID's will be visible, so reveal student identities now; select Reveal student identities in the menu in the cog in the top right hand corner.

Gear menu reveal student identities


If the assessment is Grademark exempt (specified in the unit descriptor) and numeric grades are required, go to the menu in the cog in the top right hand corner and select Edit settings:

Edit settings


Then in the 'Grade' section change the 'Scale' to 2018 Solent numeric grade scale. Click Save and display



2. In the 'Options' section at the bottom of the 'Grading table', check the box next to Quick grading (ensuring all filters are set to 'No filter'). 



Do not use 'Quick grading' if you are adding feedback or viewing Turnitin as the page on SOL may time-out and you will lose all unsaved work.

3. Certain sections of the table are now editable; set the grade using the dropdown menu in the 'Grade' column:


Also, the columns of the 'grading table' can be 'sorted'. For example click 'Surname' to sort A-Z or if it anonymous, sort by 'Student ID'.


4. When marking is complete, click 
Save all quick grading changes underneath the grading table:



The option 'Notify students' at this stage is not important as grades/feedback are yet to be released.  


Once 'Quick grading' is selected it will apply to all other assignments on different units, so remember to switch it off when finished. 


Grading physical submissions

1. Click on the assignment link that requires grading:



2. Click View all submissions:

 


3. If students are missing from the table and/or it shows Nothing to display, check the 'filter' options in the 'View and filter options' section underneath the table. Make sure that all filters are set to No filter.


Be careful when using filters as they will change the students viewed in the grading table and will remain set for all other assignments across all units. Please use with caution.


4. Click the Grade button in the 'Grade' column. 



The individual students 'submission status' page will be displayed, showing their submission details. 

5. Select a grade in the 'Grade' drop-down menu:



6. Set the 'Marking Workflow State' (if desired).  This is especially useful if multiple markers are used or can be a 'note to self' to show, for example, that it is in marking or ready for release.  When this workflow state is used, it can be seen by students but this does not mean that anything has been released.  Only the text is updated.



7. Add feedback comments and if required, any feedback files. 



8. It is not necessary to notify the student at this stage, as this is controlled by releasing the grades and feedback later on.  

9. Click Save changes and go through the same process again. 


Click here for information on bookReleasing grades & feedback


Setting up groups for grading

If there are a lot of students on a unit they can be split into 'tutor' groups to help with grading.

1. On the unit homepage click the cog in the top right hand corner and select groups.

Gear menu groups


2. There are two options for setting up groups - the first option is for 'Auto-create groups', the second to manually 'Create a group'.



3. To create groups automatically (when it is not important who marks which students) click the Auto-create groups button. 

The settings are:

  1. Naming scheme: The default will be 'Group @‘.  'Group @' will automatically generate groups named Group A, Group B, Group C, but this can be changed to ‘Marker @‘ 
  2. Auto create based on: Leave the next option to 'Number of groups’
  3. Group/member count: Add the number of markers there will be (it will set up this many groups)
  4. Select members with role: Set to student
Leave the rest of the options as default and click Submit.

auto create groups

  

The groups will be created with students allocated to them:




4. To create groups manually click the Create group button.  Add the name of the group, for example, the name of the tutor. Leave all other default settings and click Save changes to go back to the groups page.  



5. Select the group created and click on Add/remove users.

add remove users


6. Select the students (hold down 'Ctrl' on the keyboard and click multiple students to bulk add) and click Add, then click Back to groups.



7. Repeat this for process to create a group for each marker.

8. Once complete, click the assignment link to apply the markers to the assignment.




9. In the Administration block click Assignment administration > Edit settings



10. In the section 'Common module settings', change the 'Group mode' to Separate groups then click Save and display

separate groups


11. Click on View/grade all submissions.  A new drop down menu at the top of the screen shows 'Separate groups - All participants'.  Use this to select the marker and the table will filter its results to just show the students for that particular marker.



Click here for information on how to Releasing grades & feedback to students

Double marking

This option is available when editing an assignment, and enables two extra marks to be added to the student grading page, in addition to the final grade:

Select double marking


When marking an assignment, only one grade can be entered per marker. Either mark can be entered first, however once a mark has been added the other grade selector will become unavailable:

Grade selector will become unavailable


The grade and grader will then be displayed in the grading table for each student as follows:

Display double marks


Information about which assignments are subject to double marking can be found by clicking the Grade icon icon to the right of the Double Marking assignment setting:

Description of double marking

If 3rd marker moderation is required, add a moderation statement including name and date to the folder named 'Moderation (External Examiners) Private Folder'.

Samples (moderated sample indicator)

This option allows specific assignments to be marked for inclusion as part of a moderated sample. If the 'sample' setting was not enabled at set-up, edit the settings of the assignment to switch it on.  To do this:

1. Select Turn editing on from the Gear menu (Cog icon) in the top right-hand corner of the page.

Gear menu turn editing on

2. Find your assignment link. To the right of this link, click on Edit, then Edit settings:

Image shows where to click on edit settings

3. Scroll to the section 'Feedback types'. Select Sample:

Sample

For information on which assignments should be moderated, click the  icon next to the Sample assignment setting:



4. Click Save and display:



To indicate that a submission is then part of a moderated sample:

5. Click View all submission to enter the grading table:

View all submissions

6. Click on Grade button in the 'Grade' column alongside any student:

Grade button

7. Click on the 'Sample Indicator checkbox' above the 'feedback comments text box' on the student’s grade page:

Select part of the moderated sample


8. When ticked, this will show in the grading table as follows:

Grading table sample


Also see the book on pageModeration which explains how to add a moderator to a unit.

Student grade report

To access a report of grades entered for summative assignments, click the Settings icon (cog icon) in the top right-hand corner and select Grade Report.

Gear menu grade report

The report will look similar to the one below:

View of grade report

If 'Sample' was enabled in the assignment settings, a column will be displayed indicating the submissions selected as samples during the grading process. The blue 'Yes' link provides access to the selected sample of work.

Samples in grade report