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Ensuring students can access the feedback you provide

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The assessment dropbox is a powerful tool within VU Collaborate that allows you to provide meaningful feedback to students for a variety of different assessment tasks. Leaving quantitative and qualitative feedback can be done with ease.

Can students see their feedback instantly?

Students can see all comments entered by you in the dropbox once you publish it but you can ‘save as draft’ to delay the publishing until all assessments are marked. If you are using Turnitin Feedback Studio, they will be able to view the grade and comments once the GradeMark date in the dropbox lapses. To check this date, navigate to your Assessment Dropbox Folder, click Edit Folder and select the Turnitin tab on the right; the GradeMark section is at the bottom. You will have the ability to adjust the date that GradeMark becomes available to students. For more information view Step 5 in this guide.

Students cannot view their feedback in Turnitin Feedback Studio, what’s the problem?

Ensure that students are opening their Originality reports and clicking on the blue comment bubble in the top right hand corner of the page. Secondly, verify that feedback has been left for them and that the GradeMark Available to Students date setting within the Assessment Dropbox settings has been set correctly. Your students may find this guide on accessing Turnitin Feedback Studio on VU Collaborate helpful.

My assessment tasks don’t require students to submit anything, what’s the best way to evaluate them?

You can still use the assessment dropbox tool to provide meaningful feedback to students for assessment tasks such as in-class presentations. Create an assessment dropbox folder and, when ready to mark, change the ‘Submissions’ search to “Show users without submissions”. Here you will see the list of students, allowing you to select “Evaluate Submission” just above the student’s name, despite the student not uploading anything. Publish this feedback when ready in order for the student to receive it.

Want to leave audio or video feedback for students in VU Collaborate?

By using the Video Note tool instructors can leave short audio and video clips of feedback for their students. This can help in giving students individualised and engaging evaluations of their work.

For more information on providing feedback in VU Collaborate, please visit the Connected Learning Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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Turnitin reports and feedback in VU Collaborate

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Turnitin Feedback Studio allows educators to check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated scholarly databases. It also provides a method of commenting on written work and providing personalised feedback in a time saving manner.  This software has been integrated into VU Collaborate and is located within the Assessment Dropbox tool.

What is an Originality Report and how do I use it?

The Originality Report enables you to monitor written assignments and identify potential cases of plagiarism by automatically comparing submissions to an online database of original content. You can then view Originality Reports which highlight key areas, provide a percentage of similarity with other content, shows a breakdown of matching sources, and provides direct links to the matching content.

What is QuickMarks (GradeMark) and how do I use it?

The QuickMarks component of Turnitin Feedback Studio provides the option to mark assessments and provide feedback entirely online.  The great thing about QuickMarks is that it has a database of dozens of detailed pre-made comments about written work that you can use, options to add your own custom made comments to the assignment and/or your database of comments, as well as options for either written or verbal overall feedback.

Students are unable to view their Originality report, what do I do?

If you are using Turnitin with your Assessment Dropbox folders and you wish for your students to view their Originality reports, ensure you select the Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their dropbox folder checkbox underneath Display in the OriginalityCheck Options in the Dropbox. For more information check Step 5 in this guide.

The originality report won’t generate for a student’s submission, what’s gone wrong?

Turnitin Feedback Studio will only accept MS Word (Doc, Docx), WordPerfect (WPD), PostScript (EPS), Acrobat PDF (not scanned), Rich text (RTF), Plain text (TXT) documents. Please also ensure that the file size is less than 20Mb and the content of the document has at least 20 words.

For more information on Turnitin Feedback Studio in VU Collaborate, please visit the Connected Learning Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.

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