FAQ Search

Search term:   

Turnitin Class list - Student(s) missing - Roster Sync View
Sometimes a Turnitin class list does not match the list in the Grade Centre. The reason for this is that the Grade Centre is 'live' and reflects the very latest enrolments in the module taken from SPIDER, whereas the Turnitin assignment takes a 'snapshot' view of the Grade Centre at the time it was created and is not updated again unless you tell it to update. If people join the module or drop out later in the semester then whilst this information is reflected in the Grade Centre it is not in Turntin.
To rectify this, open the Turnitin assignment page (Control Panel > Course Tools > TurnitinUk Assignments) and you will see in the upper right area a button called "Roster Sync" as in the screen shot below. Click this and after a few moments the Turntin class list should now match the Grade Centre list.

Click image to view a larger version.

Online tests in VITAL overview - Creating, running, grading and analysing View

The Test tool allows you to manage the creation, running, grading and analysis of online tests from a module.

For a full guide please see the eLearning Unit 'How to' guide here.

There are 17 question types which can be deployed in a test (in any combination) and questions can be reused across tests and modules. Sets of questions can be created, from which questions can be randomly added to a test. All question types can contain text, images, links to multimedia and other files to make the question itself. Most question types can include automated feedback for correct and incorrect responses. Overall individual test feedback can additionally be uploaded or directly written via the Grade Centre.


Most question types are automatically marked and tests that consist wholly of automatically graded questions will send test score totals for each student directly to the Grade Centre. Results and test responses can be viewed, marked and downloaded from the Grade Centre. An Item Analysis facility reports on result data, at the overall and individual question level, on discrimination, difficulty, graded attempts, average score, standard deviation and standard error. If problem questions are identified post-test, student grades can be automatically re-graded to reflect this.


Tests can be configured to suit a range of uses from remotely-taken, self-assessment type tests to a summative test taken under controlled laboratory-type conditions. Tests can be configured to allow different student groups more time on the test or that certain settings should not apply to specific students. Test feedback can staged to suit different strategies so that students can be shown: their score; automatic feedback on each question taken; general overall feedback; their response against the correct response. Any of these can be set to be shown at the end of completing a test, at a later point in time or not at all (e.g. correct answers could shown on completing the test and scores could be released at a later date).

The Test tool is best suited to agile, formative assessments (diagnostic evaluations or student self-assessments for example) where relatively few marks are awarded. There is a substantial risk involved in running high-value, summative tests which students can take remotely (rather than under controlled conditions) as there are no controls over collusion, cheating, ISP service levels, quality of home machines and operating systems etc.

Use GradeMark to feedback on Turnitin assignments and more View

GradeMark is an online grading facility which is a part of the Turnitin Assignment tool in VITAL. The quickest way to try out some of the kinds of feedback GradeMark offers is to try this interactive online guided demonstration. Follow the onscreen instructions to have a go at GradeMark now.


Alternatively, this short (4mins) film from Turnitin guides you through the main feedback features of GradeMark (please note we do not have the ETS Rater mentioned at the end of the film).



And you will find a complete step-by-step guide to GradeMark on these webpages (we do not have the ETS Rater described on these pages). 

Turnitin GradeMark Overview

Turnitin GradeMark is one of the two electronic feedback and marking tools available in VITAL. (The Blackboard Assignment tool also allows you to feedback directly on student work for certain filetypes. See this FAQ for details.)


GradeMark is part of the Turnitin suite of tools for grading submissions to Turnitin which facilitates a complete, paperless submission and feedback process. You can mark offline using an iPad (see this separate FAQ on GradeMark for iPads). It is also possible use GradeMark with no student submission (see below).


It can be utilised in four main ways.

  1. Grade papers that have been Originality-Checked. Where you wish to use the text-matching, originality-checking service. Here Turnitin will only accept certain file types for which it generates an Originality Report showing where submitted text matches against its three databases (archived web pages, student submissions, electronic journals and books). You will be able to use GradeMark to offer feedback and grades directly on all submissions in this mode.
  2. Feedback on image files. Here as well as the filetypes accepted in mode 1 above an extended range of image filetypes can be submitted and opened (JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, or PICT) with the GradeMark tool for commenting directly on the work. Turnitin cannot originality-check these image files. NB Any filetype can be submitted in this mode so students need to be told which filetypes they should submit if yu want to be able to add comments directly to their work.
  3. Grade any filetype submission. Any filetype will be accepted but you will not get the originality-checking service and only the filetypes accepted in mode 1 and 2 above can be opened for commenting directly on the work. All other filetypes will appear as a link to open in the relevant application separately and a blank page on which to offer feedback, as well as all of the other marking tools (Rubric, audio comment, text comment).
  4. Use GradeMark with no student submission. In this mode you are only using the GradeMark tools on a blank page. This is designed for marking presentations for example where you might wish to utilise the Rubric marking card, grade box and the text comment box.

Blackboard assignments - inline assignment grading - electronic marking View

Blackboard inline assignment grading lets you open student submitted work (specific filetypes only) directly on the screen and add feedback comments to their work.


Watch this quick video (1m 52s) to get an overview of how the inline grading system works for Blackboard assignments.




This short video goes into more depth on using the complete range of marking tools for Blackboard assignments.




And this webpage is the official guide to using the inline grading system and other grading tools.


Blackboard Assignment inline grading is one of the two electronic feedback and marking tools available in VITAL. (Turnitin GradeMark tool also allows you to feedback directly on student work for certain, broader range of filetypes. See this FAQ for details.)


Whilst less well-used than Turnitin (Blackboard does not currently offer a text-matching service or  submission receipts for students as Turnitin does) it does handle group submissions and multi-file submissions (which Turnitin cannot currently). The Blackboard Assignment tool is completely integrated with the Grade Centre so easier to administrate and for students to get their feedback.