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Setting up for assessments in VU Collaborate

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You need to ensure that students have access to all assessment information.  For information on how to build assessments and organise grades in VU Collaborate, read further for the common questions on these tools.

How do I initially setup the GradeBook in my Space?

Use the Setup wizard when building your grade book.

Where does assessment information go?

There should be a tab in the content titled ‘Assessment Information’ where information about all of the assessments are stored.  If you are using dropboxes for written assessments such as reports, you will also need to put the assessment information and description in the dropbox folder.

How do I create an assessment dropbox?

Creating a Dropbox folder is done in a few steps. When creating assessments, ensure that you always link to a grade item. You also need to be careful of your start date, due date and end dates when creating an assessment as these control accessibility of the assessment dropbox to students.

How can I add assessment information in my Dropbox folder?

Add in assessment instructions in the ‘Instructions’ field and attach the assessment instructions file with the ‘Add a File’ tab.  This will ensure that students have access to all instructions they need in multiple locations; no reason for not knowing what they need to do.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that compares text in a piece of work against a database of sources.  It can be useful for marking and as a learning tool for students to improve their academic writing.  There are Turnitin dropbox folders for students to test in the Student Induction Collaborate space. 

See how to enable Turnitin in Step 5 in this help guide.  Note that if you want students to view their originality reports after submitting to an Assessment Dropbox, ensure that the “Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their dropbox folder” setting is selected.

How do I create quizzes?

Before you create your quiz, you will need to have gone to the question library in the quizzes area.  This is where you add all of the questions you will use for quizzes in your unit.

What is an attendance register and how do I use it?

The attendance tool within VU Collaborate allows teaching staff to create and monitor attendance for teaching sessions. See how to create an attendance register for different parts of your unit such as tutorials and eliminate the need for paper based attendance recording.

For more information building assessments and your grade book in VU Collaborate, please visit the Assessment Section at the VU Collaborate 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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Evaluate assessments & provide grades in VU Collaborate


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You can use dropbox tools on VU Collaborate or add Turnitin Feedback Studio for marking and grading.  It all depends on how you prefer to mark assignments and the tools that make it easiest for you to do that. View our key questions on using the dropbox, GradeMark and Turnitin below.

I have created an Assessment Dropbox folder; why can’t I see it in the Gradebook?

In order for feedback left in the assessment dropbox tool to appear in the Gradebook, each Assessment Dropbox folder must be associated with a grade item. For more information on creating and linking grade items to an Assessment Dropbox, see step 3.2 in this guide.

How do I evaluate a submission through the Assessment Dropbox?

The 'Evaluate Submission' page in the Assessment Dropbox enables you to evaluate and leave feedback for student submissions. You can download submissions from the Folder Submissions page to mark the files offline, you can use Turnitin Feedback Studio (if enabled), or you can view and grade a file directly on the Evaluate Submission page. You can then choose to publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft to be released later. This enables you to revise individual assessments, review evaluations, and publish your feedback for all students at the same time.

How can I grade a student’s assignment in VU Collaborate?

There are two ways to mark a student’s assignment, through the Assessment Dropbox tool or through Turnitin. Ensure you know which tool you would like to use and communicate to students so they know exactly where to go to view their feedback.

How do I grade submissions using Turnitin GradeMark and QuickMarks?

In order to use QuickMarks, Turnitin must be enabled for an assessment dropbox folder. GradeMark and QuickMarks can be accessed through Turnitin by clicking on the Originality Report colour box in the Assessment Dropbox area and by selecting the QuickMark tab in the top left hand corner of the new window. Using GradeMark, you can add QuickMarks (comments) to specific areas of a student’s assignment, assign a numerical grade and provide overall audio and text based comments. Refer to this guide for more information on assessing submissions via Turnitin.

How do I send a score from Turnitin Feedback Studio to VU Collaborate Gradebook?

Please view step 5 in this guide for information on how to transfer marks from Turnitin to the Gradebook. Please note only the mark will be transferred across – students must access GradeMark to view any feedback given in Turnitin.

How can I upload grades from a spreadsheet to the Gradebook?

If you have a large cohort of students and use spreadsheets to record marks, it can be difficult to enter marks online one-by-one.  This guide on  Importing Gradebook Data will assist you with managing a large amount of student grades.   

For more information on grading assessments and using the dropbox in VU Collaborate, please visit the Learning Environments 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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