Turnitin Feedback studio comprises two services:

  • similarity checker
  • marking and feedback interface

Turnitin assignments can be set up to allow students to review drafts of their work and the associated similarity report, before final submission, as part of the practice of learning good writing and referencing practice. To enable this, staff should both select that draft work does not go into the Turnitin database and also that students know how to interpret a similarity report.

Advice for students

Further information is available on Finding my Voice: Plagarism support at QMU

Student Guides to using the similarity checker tool

The Guides are available as .pdf's and .docs, you can choose to open in your browser or download.

The Similarity Checker Tool allows you to check draft versions of your work before final submission. 

Using the Similarity Checker Tool.pdf opens in a new window

Using the Similarity Checker Tool.doc  download and open on your computer

Similarity reports do not say whether plagiarism has taken place; the report simply highlights sections of the submitted text that match other sources. It remains an academic decision as to what the similarity means and what happens as a consequence.

Interpreting the Similarity Report links to the Turnitin UK support page containing advice on how to interpret the reports

Student Guides to Submitting your assignment to Turnitin

The Guides are available as .pdf's and .docs, you can choose to open in your browser or download. 

Student Guide to submitting assignments to Turnitin.pdf opens in a new window

Student Guide to submitting assignments to Turnitin.doc download and open on your computer

Turnitin student quick start guide - is the Turnitin support guide for students.

You can watch a video which shows how to Submit your assessment to a Turnitin Dropbox 

After submission you will receive an email digital receipt which you should keep safe in case of any disputes.

After submission you will receive an email digital receipt which you should keep safe in case of any disputes.

Accessing your feedback

Feedback Studio is a tool to mark Turnitin Assignments electronically. This means that you do not need to collect a paper copy of your feedback from the School office. Instead the feedback is made available by the School office once the Module tutors have completed marking. This allows for easy access and prompt release of your feedback, which can help you in your future submissions.

You can login to the hub and go to the assignment drop-box where you submitted the assignment to view your feedback.

The Guides are available as .pdf's and .docs, you can choose to open in your browser or download.

Accessing Feedback for Turnitin Assignments.pdf will open in a new window

Accessing Turnitin Assignment feedback.doc download and open on your computer

Accessing your marks

Once they have been released, you will be able to access your marks through the student portal or the myqmu mobile app.

Assessment Submissions & Feedback

This online marking service allows a Tutor to "mark" student submissions on-screen. Feedback studio provides the ability to place comments in an electronic copy of the student text in various ways.

Tutor Guides:

A new iPad app is available to mark online. Web resources are available from the Turnitin website.  It is strongly recommended that you:

  1. sync the app, i.e. connect to your Hub area. This will ensure that all data is synced especially if you are in the process of marking.
  2. upgrade the app.

Issues have been reported with loss of data and black screens if you upgrade the app without syncing first.

Similarity checking

What is a Similarity Report?

Turnitin Similarity report is an online service which accepts submissions electronically and compares them with a database consisting of web pages, a repository of previous students work and a range of electronic resources to produce a similarity score and report. If there are instances where a student's writing is similar to, or matches against, one of the sources, then they will be flagged for review.

Staff and students should understand that similarity reports do not say whether plagiarism has taken place; the report simply highlights sections of the submitted text that match other sources. It remains an academic decision as to what the similarity means and what happens as a consequence.

More information on understanding plagiarism and Similarity Reports can be found below:

What are rubrics/grading forms in Turnitin?

Your Turnitin submission dropboxes should now have been set up in your modules, and if you plan on using a Grading Form or a Rubric you will need to attach it to your assignment before the marking begins. 

N.B. It is important to know that if you change/edit a rubric during the marking process then all of your existing marks/comments that have been added to that Rubric will be lost, so it is best to plan how you are using your rubrics before marking begins.

What is a Rubric / Grading Form in Turnitin?

In simplest terms a Rubric / Grading form is a structured template for marking against set criteria.  This structure can include multiple sets of criterion and be graded to different levels of achievement.  Depending on the nature of the Rubric, marks and feedback can be calculated and auto-populated with the option to add further feedback if required.

A Grading Form differs to a Rubric because it is a simpler form structure that has multiple criterion but does not offer an additional axis of level of achievement to be populated.

Image of an example rubric

How do I use a Turnitin rubric/grading form in my module?

How do I attach a Rubric / Grading Form?

Every time you create a new Rubric or Grading Form it is associated to your account so you can use the same marking structure consistently across your assignments.

If you have never created a Rubric / Grading Form before you also have the option of using the creating new structures from scratch from within Turnitin Feedback Studio, or you can choose to upload an existing structure that you have been given.

What happens if I need to change my Rubrics?

Once a Rubric / Grading Form has been attached to an assignment and has been used for marking it can no longer be edited.

If you need to make adjustments to an existing rubric you will need to "Duplicate" the rubric and make your changes to the new version, which can then be attached to your assignment.  For this reason it would be useful if you considered a naming convention for your structures so you can be sure which Rubric you are using. i.e. Summative Assessment Criteria 2019-01

How can I share a Rubric with a colleague?

Because Rubrics are associated directly with your account you might not be able to see the Rubrics used by your colleagues. To share an existing Rubric you can choose to export your rubric from the Turnitin interface, this will generate downloaded file which can then be shared via email, etc.  Your colleague can then upload the Rubric into their assignment and make any changes required before attaching it to their assignment.

How to download Rubrics / How to upload Rubrics

 

You can watch a video on adding, creating and using a grading form.

Where can I find out more about rubrics/grading forms?

If you are interested in using Rubrics for the first time, or you are looking at ways to improve your marking workflows across a programme / department then feel free to get in touch via Assist to tell us what you are trying to achieve and we can point you in the right direction.

 

Full documentation and support for Rubrics and Grading forms via Turnitin Help

 

You can watch a video on adding, creating and using a grading form.