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Release marks and feedback to students

1. Introduction

This guide explains how to release marks and feedback to students from Turnitin and Blackboard assignments.

You need to make the Provisional Grades link visible in your MyBeckett module navigation menu for students to access marks and feedback within your module.

a. By default, the Provisional Grades link is hidden from students. This is indicated by a square icon with a line through it that you will see when you are in Edit Mode.

Hidden icon

b. When you hover your cursor over the link, a message will confirm that This link is hidden from students.

Hover message

c. To reveal the Provisional Grades link to students, click the circular action button that appears to the right when you hover over the link area.

Action link

d. Click Show Link from the menu that appears.

Show link option

e. The square icon with a line through it will disappear from the module navigation menu, showing that the Provisional Grades link is now live for students using the module.

Live link

f. If you need to hide the link, click the action button again and select Hide Link.

Hide link option

3. Release marks and feedback from Turnitin assignments

When creating a Turnitin assignment, you are required to specify a start date, due date, and post date. 

  • Start Date: Determines when students can start submitting to the assignment.
  • Due Date: Determines when assignments are due. Set this to the due date specified in the Module Handbook. Students can't submit after the due date unless late submissions are enabled.
  • Post Date: The date marks and feedback will be released for all submissions. We recommend that you set this to the date in the Module Handbook to ensure you're following the policy of work being marked within four weeks of the due date.
    If circumstances arise which prevent work being marked by the post date, it is important that you edit this before the date passes and inform students of a new post date with a module announcement / email. NB: There is a risk of losing any graded assignments feedback when using Rubrics.

If you follow our recommended settings when setting up your Turnitin assignment, students will be able to view their marks and feedback once the post date has passed. The Grade Centre column will become visible automatically.

4. Release marks and feedback from Blackboard assignments

Blackboard assignments do not have the option of an automatic post date for marks and feedback. 

However, when creating a Blackboard assignment, you can hide student grades by deselectingthe options to Include in Grade Centre grading calculations and Show to students in My Grades.

Deselect grade options

Important: If you choose to hide grades from students, you will need to remember to make them visible after you have entered all marks and feedback. This is a manual process, described below.

a. Access the Full Grade Centre from the Module Management menu.

Access Grade Centre

b. Find the column for your Blackboard assignment (you may need to scroll to the right). Columns that are hidden from students are marked by a square with a red line through it.

Hidden column icons

c. Click the circular action link button (see image below) to the right of column that you want to reveal.

Action button

d. Select Edit Column Information from the drop-down list.

Edit Column Information button

e. Scroll down to the Options section. To reveal grades to students, change the following settings according to your requirements:

  • Include this Column in Grade Centre Calculations: Choose Yes if you want the data to affect calculated columns, such as the running total.
  • Show this Column to Students: Choose Yes. This allows students to view their grades.
  • Show Statistics (average and median) for this column to Students in My Grades: Optional. If you want students to be able to compare their grade against the module average and median, choose Yes.

Options set to Yes

f. Click Submit to apply the changes.

g. The square icon with a red line through it will disappear from the column heading, showing that the column is visible to students.

5. How can I tell if students have viewed Turnitin marks and feedback?

If a student has opened a Turnitin submission for more than 30 seconds, the eye icon in the column to the right of Date Submitted will change from grey to green. 

Feedback icons

You can hover your cursor over the icon to find out the date and time that the student viewed the paper.

Date and time

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Page last updated: 05/12/2019

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