DMU E-Submission of Text-based Assignments

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From the 2017/18 academic year, it is expected that:

1.    Text-based assignments should be submitted by students online only.

2.    When assignments are submitted online, there should be no requirement for students to submit a hard-copy of their assignment.

3.    Summative assignments should be marked anonymously.

Any exceptions to this must be agreed at Faculty Programme Management Boards (PMBs).

It is accepted that in some instances (due to the nature of the assignment), online-only submission of text-based assignments is not practicable or possible. In these instances, alternative methods of submission should be agreed at PMBs. This also similarly applies to anonymous marking.

The standard method of e-submission of text-based assignments is via Turnitin (from within Blackboard), where work can be checked for originality.

Whilst text-based submissions are submitted online-only, it remains the module team’s choice if grades/feedback are delivered and/or returned to students online. There is no requirement to mark online, however utilising the online grading and marking features in Turnitin Feedback Studio is encouraged.

Aspects of the current DMU Assessment and Feedback Policy should be adhered to for text-based assignments, for example:

4.1 Adopt the use of Blackboard for written work submissions where appropriate and agreed by the module team (e.g. use Turnitin for online-only submission of text-based assignments).

4.5 Develop contextualised versions of the generic marking descriptors (e.g. you can make use of grading forms and/or rubric features if marking online using Turnitin Feedback Studio).

5.2. Encourage a ‘feedforward’ approach to feedback, ensuring that marked work is returned at the earliest opportunity (e.g. use Turnitin or Blackboard to return marked work/feedback to students at the earliest opportunity).

7.1. Mark anonymous submissions where possible and practical (e.g. use the Anonymous marking feature in Turnitin or Bb for summative assessments).


Key resources:

CELT People / Contact your Faculty ELT Project Officer

DMU Assessment and Feedback Policy

CELT Quickguide: Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard

CELT Quickguide: Using a grading form or rubric in Turnitin Feedback Studio

CELT Quickguide: Accessing student submissions for marking

CELT Quickguide: How students access marked/graded assignments via in Turnitin