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How to Setup a Weighted Column in Gradebook

Part I: Create categories

First, you’ll need to place the columns you want to weight into categories. This example with use Discussions and Exams.

  1. Go to Full Grade Center.
  2.  Click Manage > Categories.
  3. Click Create Category.
  4. Name the category Discussions.
  5. Click Submit. Repeat steps 2-4 to create additional categories (e.g. Exams)
Part II: Add columns to categories

From Full Grade Center:

  1. Click Manage > Column Organization.
  2. Click the box next to your Discussion columns.
  3. Hover over Change Category to and select your newly created Discussion category.
  4. Click Submit. Repeat steps 1-4 to place columns in additional categories.
Part III: Add categories for weighting

From Full Grade Center:

  1. Click Create Calculated Column > Weighted Column.
  2. Name the column and determine any optional options.
  3. In the Select Column section, click Discussions and Exams from the Categories to Select.
  4. Click the > button to add them to the Selected Columns area.
  5. Determine how you would like each category to be weighted.
  6. Click Submit. You weighted column is created in gradebook.

How to create a Turnitin Assignment

To create a Turnitin assignment:

  1. From any content page click Assignments > Turnitin Assignments.
  2. From the Turnitin options, select Paper Assignment and click Next Step.
  3. Enter the necessary information on the Add Turnitin Assignment page by choosing the type of assignment that needs to be turned in. (Assignments Name, Start and Due Date, Optional Settings etc.)
  4. Click Submit. Student will then be able to see the assignment through the Turnitin link.
  5. Once submitted, you can access the submitted papers through Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments.

How to Share a QuickMarks Set

TurnItIn/GradeMark allows you to export a QuickMarks set and import it in another course. Here’s how:

Step1: Export the QM set:

  1. Expand Course Tools in the Control Panel and select TurnItIn assignments.
  2. On the TurnItIn assignments screen, click on title of the assignment you are working with to open up the TurnItIn Inbox.
  3. Click on Libraries and select QuickMark Manager.
  4. In the first column, select the QuickMark set you want to export, click on the Export/Import button at the top right and select Export. Follow the prompts to save the .qms file in a desired location.
    The saved file can be emailed to another instructor who can now import it into their course.

Step2: Import the QM set:

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 in the course where this set is to be imported.
  2. Click on the Export/Import button at the top right and select Import.
  3. Browse to locate the .qms file downloaded to your computer and click Import.
  4. The imported file will now be visible in column 1 (Sets). You can make this set active by clicking the button in the right column. 

How to Create a QuickMarks Set

Begin by creating a TurnItIn assignment as you normally would, or work with an already created assignment. Then follow the steps listed below to create your custom QuickMark palette.

  1. Expand Course Tools in the Control Panel and select TurnItIn assignments.
  2. On the TurnItIn assignments screen, click on title of the assignment you are working with to open up the TurnItIn Inbox.
  3. Click on Libraries and select QuickMark Manager.
  4. Click on the “+” sign in the first column (Sets), type in a name for the new set of QuickMark stamps, and click Save.
  5. Click on the “+” sign in the second column (Marks), enter the title of the first stamp in the top text field, and enter the description in the lower text box.
  6. Click Save. The title will be displayed in the second column (Marks). Repeat the steps for all the stamps you want to create.
  7. When done, click on the title of the set in the first column. In the third column, click on the button to make this set active. This allows you to apply the newly created stamps when grading the assignment.

 

How to Send a Gradmark Rubric to Another Instructor

TurnItIn/GradeMark allows you to export a rubric from one course and import it in another. Here’s how:

Step1: Export the rubric:

  1. Expand Course Tools in the Control Panel and select TurnItIn assignments.
  2. On the TurnItIn assignments screen, click on title of the assignment you are working with to open up the TurnItIn Inbox.
  3. Click on Libraries and select Rubric Manager.
  4. Click on the List icon in the upper left of the Rubric Manager and select the rubric to be exported.
  5. Once the rubric is displayed, click on the Export/Import button at the top right and select Export. Follow the prompts to save the .rbc file in a desired location.
    The saved file can be emailed to another instructor who can now import it into their course.

Step2: Import the rubric:

1-3. Repeat steps 1-3 from the instructions above to access the Rubric Manager in the course where this set is to be imported.

4.  Click on the Export/Import button at the top right and select Import.

5.  Browse to locate the .rbc file downloaded to your computer and click Import. When completed, click Close to return to the Rubric Manager.

6. The imported rubric will be displayed in Rubric Manager, and can be accessed later on through the List icon in the upper left.

How to Create a Rubric for Turnitin

TurnItIn assignments allow for instructors to create rubrics that can be shared by different graders in the course. There are three rubric types:

  • Standard rubric – allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The maximum value for the Standard rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered
  • Custom rubric – allows you to enter any value directly into the rubric cells. The maximum value for the Custom rubric will be the sum of the highest value entered in each of the criteria rows
  • Qualitative rubric – allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring

To create a Standard Rubric:

Begin by setting up your assignment as usual, then follow the steps listed below.

  1. Expand Course Tools and select TurnItIn Assignments
  2. On the next screen, click the title of the TurnItIn assignment you want to work with.
  3. From the TurnItIn Inbox, click the Libraries tab, and select Rubric Manager.
  4. Click on the Rubric List icon in the upper left corner of the Rubric Manager, and select Create New Rubric. By default, the Standard Rubric will be displayed.
  5. Edit the blank rubric by clicking on the name, criterion and scale to rename, add values, or add description. (See image.) Click anywhere on the screen to finish editing each component.
  6. To add extra criteria or scales, click the “+” sign. To delete a criterion or scale, mouse over the cell/field to display the trashcan icon.
  7. Once the rubric is completed, click on Save at the bottom right of the Rubric Manager.

This new rubric can now be attached to the assignment.

To create a Custom Rubric:

Begin by following steps 1-4 from the preceding set of instructions.

  1. Click on the pencil icon at the bottom of the Rubric Manager.
  2. Edit the blank rubric with the necessary text and values. (See image.)
  3. Once the rubric is completed, click on Save at the bottom right of the Rubric Manager.

This new rubric can now be attached to a TurnItIn Assignment.

How to Download Student Submissions from Turnitin

  1. Expand Course Tools and select TurnItIn Assignments
  2. On the next screen, click the title of the TurnItIn assignment you want to work with.
  3. On the assignment inbox, check the box next to “Author” to select all submissions for this assignment. A yellow bar with new options will be displayed at the top.
    If you need to download only an individual assignment, check the box next to the specific student’s name.
  4. Click on the Download button on the yellow bar.
  5. You will be presented with an option to download either the Original File (submitted by student) or the GradeMark Paper (with your comments).
  6. Once you make the selection, follow the prompts to download the files.

How to Delete a Student Paper from Turnitin

Be aware that this action will be permananet and cannot be reversed. The student submission will be removed from the assignment inbox, but not from the TurnItIn database used to compare papers (if this option was selected for the assignment).

  1. Expand Course Tools and select TurnItIn Assignments
  2. On the next screen, click the title of the TurnItIn assignment you want to work with.
  3. In the assignment inbox, check the box next to the name of the student whose submisison you wish to delete. A yellow bar will appear with more options.
  4. Click on the Delete button on the yellow bar.
  5. You will receive a message stating that the deleted paper will still remain in the database. Choose OK to confirm.

How to Submit a Turnitin Assignment for Students

Instructors can submit a paper on behalf of their student, but in such situations the student will not be able to view any comments or feedback that you mark on the assignment.

  1. Expand Course Tools and select TurnItIn Assignments
  2. On the next screen, click the title of the TurnItIn assignment you want to work with.
  3. Select the Submit Paper option on the upper left of the inbox.
  4. Use the Author drop down menu to select the name of the student. The first and last name will automatically be populated in the submission screen.
  5. Enter the title of the paper in the Submission Title field.
  6. Click on the Browse button to locate the file on your computer.
  7. Once the file name appears in the window, select the button to Upload.
  8. A new window appears with a preview of the student’s paper. The formatting is removed from the preview, so it does not appear as it would in the submission. Select the button to submit.
  9. Turnitin will confirm that the paper was successfully submitted by providing a digital receipt that shows a preview of the document.

How to Perform a Turnitin Roster Sync

The TurnItIn Inbox lists all the students in the course at the time of creating or deploying the assignment. If you don’t see all the students listed, follow the steps described below to sync up with grade center.

1. Open the Tii assignment inbox.

2. Click on Roster Sync in the upper right corner of the inbox.

3. Check that the student list now includes all names.

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