Last week I did a quick workshop on using the new Turnitin app to mark assignments. I started with the ‘Potential benefits of using the app’ and perhaps the most important advantage is the ability to mark ‘off line’. So many lecturers I meet are really impressed with the Grademark marking tool in Turnitin but what they find frustrating is that up until now they are tied to their pc if they want to do any marking. The new app will allow lecturers to download their students assignments to their iPad and then mark them anywhere they want and then when they return to the wifi upload them to the VLE …great news just what everyone’s been asking for – well done Turnitin!
Here are the 7 easy steps for using the Turnitin app:
1. Open Regent’s Blackboard https://blackboard.regents.ac.uk/ – (or whatever VLE you are using)
Open one of you students assignments and click on the second icon on the bottom left of the screen.
This will give you the ‘Turnitin for iPad Class Access Code’.
Take a record of the Access Code.
2. From the Apps Store download the Turnitin app to your iPad.
Once the app is loaded click on the app and enter your ‘Access Code’
3. You will now see your assignment submission areas on the left of your screen.
Click on the assignment submission area you want.
4. To ‘upload’ the assignment to your iPad so you can mark them ‘off line’ click on the ‘cloud icon’
5. Open the student’s assignment.
You will now see two icons on the top left of the screen.
The ‘pen’ icon will take you to the place to enter the overall grade/comment and voice comment.
The ‘graph’ icon will take you to the originality report.
6. When you open the originality report – You must first ‘switch it on’ so that it goes green.
7. When you open the overall comments page you have three options
- Enter grade
- Add overall comment
- Add voice comment.
This is all very easy to use BUT there is one major problem – when you create new ‘bubble comments’ and then put them into sets (using the pc version) you CANNOT access these comments on the app – very frustrating! Hopefully Turintin will get round to fixing this issue.
In conclusion, a great app that could make the marking process a little bit easier!