Summer School 2017 – June 7th – 16th

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We’re delighted with the line-up of sessions the team has put together for this year’s Technology Enhanced Learning Summer School. As well as our regular introductory sessions we’ll be looking at classroom polling technologies, getting started with Twitter for HE, tools and tips for visual presentations in lectures, introducing you to the new version of PebblePad, and our Multimedia Network will be meeting. It’s the final hurrah for our series of workshops on Turnitin and Blackboard Assignments which support the University’s policy on electronic submission so book in quick if you want to attend one of these (but don’t panic, these will return in revised guises next academic year).

The complete schedule follows below. This year, for bookings please email eddev @ liv.ac.uk if there are any sessions you want to attend. Full descriptions for each session are available on the CLL booking page here. You can also book from this page, but please bear in mind that this year bookings are being managed by email, so clicking the ‘book here’ link generates an email with the subject filled in with the workshop you want to attend.

2017 Summer School Schedule

Wednesday 7th June (13:00 – 15:00) – VITAL Essentials – Entry-level practical session on using VITAL also covering the VITAL Baseline, copyright and accessibility.

Wednesday 7th June (13:30 – 16:00) – An introduction to technology-enhanced learning. Looks at the technologies we have available centrally at Liverpool, their applications for learning and teaching, and highlights policy, strategy and guidelines relating to TEL. Reflect on your digital capabilities and that of your students within the context of your own discipline.

Monday 12th June (13:30 – 15:30) – Engaging Learners visually in lectures – tools, tips and tricks. Examining principles of communication and good design for the presentation materials we use in lectures. We will explore sharing approaches and tools that allow you to make engaging slides in PowerPoint, access Creative Commons images, and present data in appealing and engaging ways.

Tuesday 13th June (10:00 – 12:00) –  Multimedia Network – Production of Video in HE. NB This is not a training session. This is a usergroup network meeting and discussion on the use of video in education. See note below about contact details for joining this session.

Tuesday 13th June (13:30 – 15:30) – VITAL online tests – an introduction. We introduce the tool through the whole life cycle of running online tests via VITAL. The session will include practical experience of creating and managing tests and analysing test results, as well as taking a test from the student’s point of view.

Wednesday 14th June (10:00 – 12:00) – PebblePad – an introduction. Pebblepad is the University’s online system for a range of activities such as portfolios and student placements. This summer Pebblepad will be getting upgraded to Version 5 which will update the look and feel, become mobile friendly and have increased functionality. This session will introduce users to the new features and identify different ways the system can be used.

Wednesday 14th June (12:00 – 14:00) – The Turnitin Assignment tool for e-submission (part 1) and GradeMark for feedback (part 2). A practical session looking at how you set up and manage coursework submissions through the Turnitin Assignment tool (part 1) and how you can offer feedback electronically (part 2) using GradeMark. Stay for either or both parts of this session.

Wednesday 14th June (14:30 – 16:30) – The Blackboard Assignment tool for e-submission (part 1) and feedback (part 2). A practical session looking at how you set up and manage coursework submissions through the Blackboard Assignment tool (part 1) and how you can offer feedback electronically (part 2) using Inline Grader. Stay for either or both parts of this session.

Thursday 15th June (10:00 – 12:00) – Classroom Polling Technologies. A look at some of the classroom polling systems widely available and their applications. NB this session will use technologies and software which are currently not available centrally through CSD, but you will be shown low cost or free (but limited) systems which you can use in your teaching.

Thursday 15th June (13:30 – 15:30) – Wikis and blogs in VITAL. This practical workshop introduces using the VITAL wiki and blog tools. We will look at some case studies of the use of these tools for learning and teaching, as well as their built-in assessment and tracking facilities. 

Friday 16th June (10:00 – 12:00) – An introduction to Twitter in Higher Education. This session will provide an overview of the tool, demonstrate examples of how it is used in teaching to support learning, event hashtags and sharing of information.

Friday 16th June (13:30 – 15:30) – Stream Capture for screencasting, lecture capture and podcasting. Key concepts, practical considerations, examples and case studies, and how Stream Capture can be used in these contexts.

All of the workshops are listed on our booking site linked to here.

The main pre-requisite for the summer school sessions (apart from the introductory workshops) is that you are familiar with VITAL and using its main facilities, but please contact us if you want to discuss the suitability of any of the sessions. You are welcome to book on as many sessions as you wish, although we would ask that if you find yourself unable to attend to unenrol as soon as possible.

Please also remember that we are able to run tailored workshops for schools and departments (with a minimum of five attendees). Get in touch with the eLearning Unit to discuss this option.

Dan

Multimedia Network – Production of Video in HE – Usergroup meeting

This network and discussion on the use of video in education is aimed at staff working on all scales within the University, who either have direct involvement in Multimedia creation or have access to a team that create educational resources. We will look at a series of video resources, considering them in the context of the institution’s goals, before looking at what ‘free’ editing software exists on the internet to help achieve quality products that aid learning. Before this meeting you are asked to fill out a ‘pre session’ idea map that will help generate discussion for the start of the session.

If you’re keen to work together with a small group to improve the multimedia output of the institution then this Network group could be for you. We will have more meetings coming up. Feel free to email phil walker (pwalker1 @ liv. ac .uk)  for more details.

Report: e-Learning Network Meeting – January 2017

We were delighted to welcome Professor Helen O’Sullivan, APVC Online Learning, as speaker at the first e-Learning Network meeting of 2017. Helen spoke to us about the University’s new Education Strategy, giving the network an overview of the structures, leadership teams and immediate priorities. The recording of that talk is linked-to below. Helen then led a discussion workshop on what an institutional Digital Education vision might look like (this part of the session is not recorded). We also managed to make time for a couple of extra items: a first look at Turnitin Feedback Studio, the new design for GradeMark we will be moving to in July; and an introduction to the Go Mobile user group that began meeting this academic year. A pretty busy lunchtime for the forty staff members who came together for this valued networking event.

Professor Helen O’Sullivan

So much is going on at the University at the moment it was a welcome opportunity to spend some time thinking through and discussing how current strategies relate to our own interest area and Helen did a great job of this, even in the sweltering conditions of our meeting room. The Education Strategy’s core values, ‘Liverpool Hallmarks’, of ‘research-connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment’ are immediately appealing to anyone interested in learning and teaching, and learning technologies can play a critical role in these. I won’t go into micro-detail but what I found really useful was an update on the top priorities for the coming year, including the setting-up of a new Programmes Development Team, a media technical support team, continued work on the Electronic Management of Assessment project, and also hearing about less familiar things including the focus on the London Campus portfolio and degree apprenticeships. Click the image below for the (Stream Capture) recording, about 32 minutes long.

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Click the image above to watch the recorded talk by Prof O’Sullivan (32 minutes)

 

We then moved to some group discussions to consider a Liverpool take on David White’s digital leadership framework which is designed to help high-level discussion and decision-making about all things digital, giving some coherence for thinking about the whole organisation and how decisions can affect all of these layers. The framework diagram below is taken from David’s blog post (click the diagram to read) and was the starting point for the activity. In my group we focussed quite a bit on the Digital Service layer, which possibly reflected the areas we work in but which we felt was the bedrock of an organisation’s culture and medium.

Turnitin Feedback Studio – Dan Roberts

There was also a bit of time for a couple of extra items. First up was a look at the new design for Turnitin GradeMark, called Turnitin Feedback Studio. This was an out-of-the-box walkthrough and we were only examining the feedback environment. Essentially the desktop version has been rebuilt and the design is very similar to the current iPad app version, but now you will be able to use it on any device. This video below maps the key differences between our current version of GradeMark and what we will see after this summer’s upgrade. You can also try out a live, online demo if you follow this link.

No horses seemed to be startled by this new look. From a design point of view I think it is a much-improved, cleaner system, tidying away a lot of the distracting array of menus and buttons we are used to, and instead putting the most commonly-used feedback tools directly in front of you whilst marking work; no more hunting around for different comment types for instance. The rebuild has also focussed on making GradeMark fully-accessible which is great. Asking about what kinds of things people would be interested to test in the lead-in time to the summer upgrade, long-standing functionality/workflow requirements such as double marking were top of the list. Looking through the release notes whilst writing this post I can see that there is a Beta version of the multiple markers facility for which Turnitin are looking for some testers, so we will organise this through the network and the e-submission/EMA project board. Get in touch directly if you want to be a part of this testing.

Go Mobile Usergroup – Alex Spiers

We rounded off chatting about the new user group for anyone interested in anything mobile that Alex  has set up and has met a couple of times already this academic year. It is as wide-ranging as that sounds, so we’ve looked at apps, devices like the iPad pro and pen, and the kinds of things staff and students from all parts of the University are doing with mobile technologies for learning and teaching. Look out for the next meeting which we hope will be this side of Easter and we’ll release details ASAP or keep up with #LIVUNIGO.

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Next meeting – April 27th

Many thanks to Helen for the valuable and engaging insight into the strategic thinking and work going on for the University’s Education Strategy, and the role that Technology-Enhanced Learning has to play as it moves into its implementation phase. It was also a great opportunity to have a first say on some emergent ideas around a Digital Vision for the University of Liverpool. This is an ongoing process and Helen would welcome more comments and feedback on anything covered in the presentation or discussion.

The next e-Learning Network meeting is scheduled for Thursday 27th April 12:30 – 2pm. The network lunch is intended primarily as a sharing event so if you have an idea for one of our meetings or anything you want to share about something you have been doing with TEL and to get some feedback and discussion from the group then please let us know.

Dan

2017 New Year – back to VITAL!

A slightly belated Happy New Year to everyone and in this truly chilly January we hope this post will help defrost VITAL for you, ready for the new term. We’ve put together a checklist with follow-on links and resources on:

  1. Finding a missing VITAL module
  2. Course copy (copying module content from previous/other modules)
  3. The VITAL Baseline
  4. E-submission and e-marking support
  5. Was there anything new in VITAL this year?
  6. Known Issues and Bugs
  7. More help and training for VITAL

1. I can’t see my module in VITAL! Where is it?

If you log in to VITAL and cannot find the module(s) on which you are teaching this coming year in your module list then for most standard taught modules click here for a checklist on how to resolve this problem.

2. How do I copy content over from another module?

The easiest way to copy the bulk of your content from another module (e.g. last year’s version) is to use the Course Copy facility. You need to be at the Instructor level on both the source and destination modules. Here is the latest version of our guide to the course copy process. The screenshot here shows you where to locate this facility on the Control Panel menu. Once on the course copy page do use the Browse button to find the Destination Course ID and do not  select the Include Enrolments in the Copy option (at the bottom of the copy page). There are also some useful tools and tips on course copy below this screenshot.

Course copy – useful Link-checker tool. See all of the weblinks in the copied module content on one page and check whether any are broken so that these can be hidden and/or fixed. Access this from the module’s Control Panel in the Course Tools section. When you click the Link Checker link the tool will start the checking process so there may be a few seconds until the results display.

Course copy – Date-manager tool. See all of the due dates, availability dates and date adaptive release rules for the copied module content on one page and adjust these for the new academic term (also useful if you need to make changes to the schedule of a module during term-time). Again, access this from the Control Panel in the Course Tools section. Click the Date Management link here. Select the List all Dates for Review option at the start of the process to see and adjust dates individually. 

Course copy – Tidy up modules. Course Copy is also an opportunity to think about tidying up modules. For example, does every content area from the older module still need to be copied over? You can specify which sections you want copying and which to leave (and you can always come back and copy individual sections over if it turns out you need them after all). Thinking about the VITAL Baseline, are the sections you have copied over organised in a structure that is easy to navigate for your students and are folders, content areas and files clearly labelled? The VITAL Baseline guide below offers some advice on doing this. A word of caution though, there is no Undo facility in VITAL and if you delete anything it cannot currently be recovered.

Course copy – Video content. Something else to think about is any video content uploaded directly to your module. Firstly, please do not upload any further video content to VITAL modules, it is too large and the way that VITAL works means that students have first to download it before they can view it which can be highly problematic. Instead, where you own the copyright to the video then use the University’s streaming media service to host and to stream the videos. If the video is hosted on another streaming site (YouTube for instance) you can embed it in your VITAL module. For material broadcast on UK television you can use the Box of Broadcasts service and stream full programmes and extracts from here. For video that does not fall into these categories then please contact the eLearning Unit for help. Then for video content that is already in the module please have a chat with CSD technical team about moving your video content out of VITAL and storing and streaming it elsewhere. For advice on copyright of video please see this library guidance site.

Copyright – scanned journal articles/book extracts. One more thing to check for is the copyright status of materials in your module, in particular what to do about journal articles and extracts from books which you have scanned/have previously been scanned from a hard copy and then uploaded to VITAL. If you do have items like this and they have not been uploaded by following the CLA clearing process detailed here (click on the ‘Procedures for VITAL’ section) you need to ensure that these items comply. You can make things easier by using the library’s new digitisation service and offering the resource through Reading Lists @ Liverpool (click the ‘Digitisation Service’ link on the same page). Your liaison librarian can help you with this.

3. What’s the VITAL Baseline again?

Once course copy is completed, check that the module will meet the VITAL Baseline. The Module Overview page link and the Exam Resources section now appear by default in your module menu. You will still need to manually add a link to any Reading Lists @ Liverpool list you have set up for a module. This quick guide to the six elements of the Baseline shows you how to add this link and for you to check your module meets all six elements. There is also a module in VITAL on which you are enrolled ‘VITAL Baseline and guidance’ which takes you through the Baseline in more detail.

You’ll notice another default section in your module called ‘Stream Lectures’. If you are using Stream Capture to record Orbit-timetabled lectures then this is the section of your module where the recordings appear automatically. If you are not then this section will not appear to students (as does any empty module section).

4. What help is available for e-submission and e-marking?

The e-submission project has a regularly-updated project page here which contains some details on how it is managed and what work is going on at the Institutional level to facilitate the e-submission policy. You will also find a list of school/departmental contacts who you can contact about local implementation and approaches. If you would like to attend a workshop where you can find out how to use the tools supported centrally, their uses, limits and feedback contexts then we run monthly e-submission and e-marking days looking at Turnitin and Blackboard Assignment tools (dates below). In the VITAL Baseline and Support module you will also find a section on e-submission and e-feedback tools and workflows, current recommendations and so on. We will also be moving to a new-look Turnitin GradeMark called Feedback Studio and will be running sessions on this in the summer and into the new academic year, as well as providing online support materials. The eLearning Unit will help your school or department plan your approach to e-submission and e-marking, run training sessions for your staff and offer ‘phone and email helpdesk support.

E-submission days.

We run three sessions on one of our e-submission ‘days’. The titles and times they run are:

  • An introduction to e-submission (09:30 – 10:30)
  • The Turnitin Assignment tool for e-submission and GradeMark for feedback (11:00 – 13:00)
  • The Blackboard Assignment Tool For e-submission and feedback (14:00 – 16:00)

And the dates they are running this year are:

  • Weds 22nd Feb
  • Weds 15th March
  • Weds 26th April
  • Weds 14th June

You can book onto any of them at the CLL booking page here.

We also have a set of student guides and videos on submitting work and accessing feedback which are held on this page and which you are welcome to adapt for your own use (please note these pages are currently being redeveloped).

5. Was there anything new in VITAL this year?

No major additions to the toolset were made in the summer upgrade, which was mostly focussed on bug fixes and improvements to the hardware running our installation of VITAL. The Retention Centre was restored and the Self and Peer Assessment tool is now working fully. There were some important new features added to VITAL in the December 2014 upgrade, including a student preview mode,  anonymous marking for Blackboard assignments and delegated marking for Blackboard assignments which allows double marking and moderation of Blackboard Assignments (this does not apply to Turnitin assignments).

From previous upgrades to Turnitin there were a couple of useful enhancements, most importantly the file size limit for student assignments has doubled to 40 MB. You can also directly email late-submitting students from the assignment’s Turnitin classlist.

6. Any problems you can tell me about now?

There is a regularly-updated Known Issues page here which also covers Turnitin and Campus Pack problems. Some of the main current problems are:

  • Tracking statistics reports do not include Mobile app access of modules.
  • Bringing forward the post date of a Turnitin assignment marked with GradeMark  appears to make any final grades entered go missing (in fact they re-appear later on but this is alarming to see).

If you encounter a problem with VITAL which is not listed on the Known Issues page please do report this to the CSD ServiceDesk.

7. Where can I get some more help, training or online resources for VITAL?

Workshops. We’ve just run our 2017 Winter School and are now in the process of scheduling in workshops for the rest of the year. As well our Summer School (7th – 16th June) we’ll be organising a new ‘mini’ Easter School, and yes there will be chocolate eggs. Our e-submission and e-marking days run every month and are all bookable from the CLL booking page here (and see above). If you want a session running for your school or department then please contact us to arrange this as soon as possible.

VITAL Help Module.  All staff are enrolled on the module VITAL Baseline and guidance which has support sections for:

  • how to meet the Baseline standard (and get a basic introduction to VITAL)
  • e-submission and e-marking
  • lecture capture and screencasting

If you come on one of our workshops you will also be enrolled on our workshop resources module which contains further guides, examples, case studies, research and more on the specific sessions that you attend.

Guides. VITAL Self Service has searchable FAQs and Known Issues as well as some useful administrative tools for working with VITAL.This A-Z guides page has functional help on setting up and using the toolset in VITAL. If you don’t see the guide you need just ask us and we’ll find something for you!

Email and ‘phone support. Contact us for advice and help. We also run a bookable Studio Wednesday drop-in.

Is there anyone else out there I can talk to?

As well as the eLearning Unit (we’ll help with how you can use these technologies for your learning and teaching) and CSD Servicedesk (who will deal with all student queries and all technical problems like enrolments, error messages and so on) if you want help with the Reading Lists @ Liverpool tool or digital copyright then please contact your liaison librarian. There is also a University mailing list for people interested in learning technology where you can ask questions and get updates on what is happening with learning technologies around the institution, find out dates of upcoming workshops and e-learning network meetings and other similar groups around the University; get in touch with the eLearning Unit if you want to join.

Dan

Winter School 2017 – Week 2 Workshops – 16th – 20th January

The Winter School began today with a great session on engaging students visually in lectures with loads of ideas for presentation materials. There are a number of other sessions in the first week , which you can read about here and still book the last few places here.

This year we are also running a second week of sessions (Monday 16th to Friday 20th January) looking at technologies for learning and teaching beyond VITAL and a number of which are designed to tie-in with the online Bring Your Own Device for Learning 2017 events. All sessions listed below and bookable at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

  • Monday 16th Jan – An introduction to Twitter (2 – 4pm)
  • Tuesday 17th Jan – GoMobile user group meeting (1 – 3pm)
  • Wednesday 18th Jan – e-submission and e-marking workshops
    • An Introduction To Electronic Submission Of Coursework (9:30 – 11am)
    • The Turnitin Assignment Tool For e-submission (Part 1) And GradeMark For Feedback (Part 2) (12 – 2pm)
    • The Blackboard Assignment Tool For e-submission (Part 1) And Feedback (Part 2) (2:30 – 4pm)
  • Thursday 19th Jan – Student as co-creators (11am – 1pm)
  • Friday 20th Jan – Advanced Twitter (2 – 4pm)

Finally, after these two weeks are a couple of events which might interest you.

  • Wednesday 25th Jan – Building good VITAL modules – a practical session looking at ways of building on the VITAL Baseline to create well-designed modules.
  • Thursday 26th Jan – eLearning Network meeting. In this meeting we will be getting a first look at the new Turnitin Feedback Studio.

All sessions bookable at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

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Winter School 2017 diary dates

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A quick post to let you know about the eLearning Unit’s 2017 Winter School. All sessions bookable at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

We’ve scheduled the first full week of sessions as listed here.

  • Monday 9th Jan – Engaging Learners visually in lectures – tools, tips and tricks (1 – 3pm)
  • Tuesday 10th Jan – VITAL Essentials (10am – 12pm)
  • Tuesday 10th Jan – An introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning (13:00 – 16:00)
  • Wednesday 11th Jan – Running webinars and online classrooms with Adobe Connect (10am – 12pm)
  • Thursday 12th Jan – 2nd annual Pedagogic Research Conference (all day)
  • Thursday 12th Jan – Turnitin GradeMark (2 – 3:30pm)
  • Friday 13th Jan – Stream Capture for lecture capture and screencasting (1 – 3pm)

This year we are also running a second week second week of sessions (Monday 16th to Friday 20th January) a number of which are designed to tie-in with the online Bring Your Own Device for Learning 2017 events. All sessions bookable at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

  • Monday 16th Jan – An introduction to Twitter (2 – 4pm)
  • Tuesday 17th Jan – GoMobile user group meeting (1 – 3pm)
  • Wednesday 18th Jan – e-submission and e-marking workshops
    • An Introduction To Electronic Submission Of Coursework (9:30 – 11am)
    • The Turnitin Assignment Tool For e-submission (Part 1) And GradeMark For Feedback (Part 2) (12 – 2pm)
    • The Blackboard Assignment Tool For e-submission (Part 1) And Feedback (Part 2) (2:30 – 4pm)
  • Thursday 19th Jan – Student as co-creators (11am – 1pm)
  • Friday 20th Jan – Advanced Twitter (2 – 4pm)

Finally, after these two weeks are a couple of events which might interest you.

  • Wednesday 25th Jan – Building good VITAL modules – a practical session looking at ways of building on the VITAL Baseline to create well-designed modules.
  • Thursday 26th Jan – eLearning Network meeting. In this meeting we will be getting a first look at the new Turnitin Feedback Studio.

All sessions bookable at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

Learning technology workshops – September and October 2015

The eLearning Unit has scheduled some introductory workshops to limber people up for the new academic year including sessions for people new to VITAL, a look at Stream Capture (the new University system for lecture/session and screen capture), an introduction to the GradeMark online marking system, and an overview session looking at the University’s technologies for learning and teaching. The sessions are listed below firstly by session title and then again in date order.

Sessions by title (dates are links to booking page)

  • VITAL Essentials – a short, practical, beginner’s guide to VITAL (16th September and 14th October)
  • Stream Capture for screencasting etc  – a practical look at the applications of the University’s new capture system (23rd and 30th September)
  • An introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning – a broader overview of  learning technologies at the University and planning to use these in your learning and teaching (15th October)
  • One hour GradeMark (28th October)

Sessions by date (dates and titles are links to booking page)

Watch out for other term-time offerings and the January 2016 Winter School (11th – 15th).

Other support resources

Guides. This A-Z guides page has functional help on setting up and using the toolset in VITAL. If you don’t see the guide you need just ask us and we’ll find something for you!

VITAL Modules.  Everyone is enrolled on VITAL Baseline and guidance module which details how to meet the Baseline standard. If you come on one of our workshops you will also be enrolled on our workshop resources module which contains guides, examples, case studies, research and more.

Email and ‘phone support. Contact us for advice and help. We also run a bookable Studio Wednesday drop-in.

Dan

New Turnitin features – August 2015

In this summer’s upgrade to VITAL there were a couple of enhancements to Turnitin worth knowing about.

1. New 40MB file upload size limit. The previous limit was 20MB. Students can now submit one file of up to 40MB to a Turnitin assignment.

2. ‘Email late submitters’ facility.​ Send an email to all students who have not yet submitted to an assignment. This feature also works with anonymised assignments.

And as a refresher, there have been a number of useful new features introduced into Turnitin over the last couple of years which are listed below along with some links to more details. Any questions about any of the below please do contact the eLearning Unit (elearning@liv.ac.uk).

1. Submit PowerPoints, Excel and Google docs for originality checking. The range of file types that can be submitted by students and which Turnitin will scan for originality and create an Originality Report includes PowerPoint, Excel and Google Docs as well as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), and plain text. They should be less than 40MB and contain at least 20 words of text. When creating the assignment, on the page where dates and titles are entered select the option “Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality”.

2. Submit images. Students can submit images in the JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, or PICT formats. These are not originality checked so will not generate an Originality Report but can be opened directly in GradeMark for comment, feedback and grading. They should be less than 40MB. When creating the assignment, on the page where you add in the dates and title select the option “Allow any file type”.

3. Submit any file type. A new option at the assignment set-up stage will let students submit any file type they wish to the Turnitin assignment. (When creating the assignment, on the page where you add in the dates and title select the option “Allow any file type”). Originality checking cannot be guaranteed here. The Originality Check facility will try to scan student submissions but will not return a value or report if it cannot. GradeMark will also try to display the file directly in the Turnitin document viewer but again, if it cannot do this for a particular filetype then it will display the submission as a link to download the file to open in the relevant application. You can still use all of the GradeMark feedback facilities and a blank page for QuickMark comments is available in the case where the file is only available as a download. Files must be less than 40MB.

4. Grade without submissions. You can use the GradeMark facilities with no need for the students to submit work. An example context of this kind of use is an assessed presentation – GradeMark could be used during the presentation on an iPad or laptop to make grading notes, notes on any criteria marking, and offer the overall comment, grade, criteria marks and/or audio comment afterwards.

5. Link inline comments and marks with Rubric card criterion. If using a rubric card and also the QuickMarks to comment inline on student work you can choose to link a particular QuickMark/comment with one of your criterion which is then visible to the student on the rubric – extremely useful for evidencing the levels attained by students in the criterion. For more details of this feature see this blogpost from Turnitin.

6. ‘Grading Forms’ (simple criteria marking sheets). Essentially a scaled-down rubric/criteria electronic marking sheet, as exemplified in the screen shot below. For full details on this new feature see this blogpost from Turnitin.

An example of the new grading form for use with Turnitin Grade Mark

7. Upload criteria from Excel. Use the Turnitin Excel template to import your criteria from Excel which can make creating Turnitin criteria cards much faster when you have the cards existing in other digital formats. See this Turnitin item for details.

8. Student assignment submission ‘workflow’. The student submission workflow is a three stage process as it always has been. The stage where students check their work before submission is a paginated and expandable window on the submission confirmation page (stage two) containing the fully formatted work as submitted by the student (it used to be an unformatted view of the submitted text only). Students click on the image of their work if they need to enlarge it, and click through it using the on screen arrow icons to check their work.

This is an important detail as students need to confirm that the content displayed here corresponds to what they expect to submit (i.e. there have been no glitches etc in the upload process) and any submission guidance should be updated to reflect this. Students can also now submit directly from DropBox and GoogleDocs, as well as upload from their desktop machine. For more details please read this Turnitin blogpost.

9. Quantitative % grading schemes – do not need to add up to 100%. They can be less than 100% if required.

Turnitin continually seek ideas and feedback from users on how to improve the system (which includes GradeMark and PeerMark also). You can see the current list of ideas, vote for them, add you own etc on the Turnitin Roadmap forum from any Turnitin assignment classlist. See this blog post for more details on the Turnitin Roadmap.

We’re offering workshops on GradeMark and Turnitin this academic year. Keep an eye on the CLL Booking site or our twitter feed for dates.

Dan