Turnitin GradeMark is the primary platform we use to receive and assess summative/final assessment.
We've created a range of student-focused resources concerning Turnitin GradeMark at our eSubmission support site. Staff will also find a number of these resources helpful, both in understanding what our students experience and what information is helpful to know.
Below is a range of staff-focused resources to help you use Turnitin GradeMark. You will note that the terminology is changing. This is because Turnitin has updated its ‘assessment’ feature (which was GradeMark), and this is now called Feedback Studio.
Please open our drop down menus below for more information on each area:
You will need to use your full Anglia Ruskin staff email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@ anglia.ac.uk) as your username and the current Turnitin password associated with this email address.
If this is the first time you’ve logged into Turnitin, you’ll have to enter a temporary password sent to you by email from Turnitin. Please check your email inbox for this. You will be asked to change this temporary password when you log in for the first time to Turnitin. Some faculties operate set password systems. If you’re unsure, please check with the administrator supporting GradeMark for your module.
Account Basics for Turnitin
Introduction to Feedback Studio
Using Feedback Studio for Assessment
A quick note on the word count produced by the Turnitin system.
On submission, Turnitin counts everything in the submitted document – on every page. There is nothing we can do to adjust that.
As we are sure you are aware, our Academic Regulations have clear exclusions which don’t contribute to the official word count for a submission (at para. 6.67), which a generic system simply cannot factor in. This is particularly compounded as each university using Turnitin will have different regulations about this, the variation across the sector is likely immense.
The Turnitin word count cannot therefore be used as an accurate indicator of the student's stated word count for a submission (against the maximum or allowed word limit for that assessment).
Instead, the 'stated word count' should be calculated by the student (as before) and provided by them on the submitted document, as recommended in the student guidance we have provided (Preparing my Assignment).
We currently offer two different types of workshop for Turnitin GradeMark throughout the year. Please see below for a summary of each and the email address for bookings.
Getting Started with GradeMark
This session introduces Turnitin GradeMark and considers how we are using the system for online assessment. This includes a review of the student support available, the practicalities of accessing and marking assignments, and the various tools available in the GradeMark product. The sessions identify common student and staff problems and offer solutions. They take place on a monthly basis on both the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.
The hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for attendees to explore the GradeMark grading tools within their own Turnitin account, with support and time to ask specific questions as they go. The sessions also briefly look in more detail at some of the features available within GradeMark. However, the main focus of the session is a practical and interactive opportunity to become more comfortable with the GradeMark tools and resources.
In addition to the hands-on time available, Interactive and Analytics briefly looks at the developing analytics feature within GradeMark, which can be a useful aid in understanding group performance and remedial input needs.
The Grade Anything and Grading Templates session takes a look at the wider range of submission and assessment opportunities now available in GradeMark, as a result of the 'Grade Anything' feature. During the session, the Grading Template can be reviewed, which is a core feature supporting this development. Alternatively, you may just want to come along and practise in a supported environment.
Attendees must have access to their own Turnitin account and should have something meaningful to grade within it.
If you would like to attend any of these workshops in the future, please contact us.
We have created an LMS microsite specifically dedicated to ensuring that you and your students have access to centralised and updated information about using Turnitin GradeMark.
We would recommend that you encourage your students to review the material on that site early on in their module. It has been laid out so as to offer explanatory text with screen shots, videos, and downloadable hand-outs.
If you are introducing Turnitin GradeMark to your students, the Resources page on the GradeMark support site contains a range of videos that you may find helpful. Videos that are possibly most relevant for this are the full guide to submission, using the Check Originality Report class, and the short guide to submitting to the Final Submissions area of the student account. Students may also review guidance on things like resetting their password (should they need to), formatting their assignment for submission, compressing images (to reduce their size) and zipping up multiple documents into one .zip file (if you have asked them to).
If you’re meeting your group in a classroom, you can play one or more of the videos in the session. This will enable you to walk through the submission process etc. without having to do it yourself. If you are working within a distance/blended learning model, you can direct your students to the support site and ask them to review specific videos from the selection available.
The GradeMark support site also contains a range of other page based resources, such as a helpful FAQ page, details on where the student can get additional support, how they obtain a receipt or view their feedback from you, and links to a range of library resources, which can help them when preparing their assessments.
1) Introduce your students to the resources available on their support site and encourage them to login and engage with the GradeMark system early on.
Experience has shown that most anxiety arises when students haven’t accessed the system at all, and then experience uncertainty immediately leading up to the hand-in period.
Most problems arise simply because the student is not using our link to turnitinuk.com (the UK site, not the American one), their full student email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) as their Turnitin username, and hasn’t taken the time to change the temporary password they were originally sent by Turnitin, to one that they find more memorable (this is different to their Active Directory password used to access the LMS etc.)
2) One of the most helpful things you can do to support students to become more comfortable using GradeMark, is to follow the process below:
This process is most effective when staff use it to keep a record of who has and who hasn’t uploaded a test document and then target those who have not, to ensure it is done during the module delivery. Often, the forwarded emails are managed simply by creating a new folder in the Inbox and dropping the forwarded emails straight into that. However, other staff have used the process to keep a rough tally of how many have engaged with the GradeMark system and have sent out 'group' reminders/encouragement to complete the task.
If you cannot find the answers you need to your query on the Canvas support site, your faculty has staff available to answer Turnitin queries – please look out for directions to these individuals (usually contactable through a dedicated email address and/or telephone number). Contact details for faculty support are listed below:
FHEMS Students - email@example.com
FSE Students - SEfirstname.lastname@example.org
FBL Students - BL-Grademark-Support@aru.ac.uk
ARU London - email@example.com
AHSS Students - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact Anglia Learning & Teaching with any general queries.
If you have any specific assessment questions, please get in touch with Dr James Trueman.
Please also remember that we have produced a separate student- facing resource concerned with eSubmission through TurnitinUK. This contains a wealth of information that you may find useful. In particular, the FAQ page could have the answer you are looking for.