Using the Generic Assessment Descriptors with Turnitin and Moodle Assignments
With every level 1 module now expected to use the Undergraduate Generic Assessment Descriptors grid when providing feedback, the obvious question is how can Turnitin and Moodle be used in conjunction with the grid? There are two approaches outlined below; one for a Moodle assignment type and the other for providing feedback to a Turnitin assignment .
Using the Generic Assessment Descriptors in a Moodle Assignment
There is likely to be very little change to how you would usually provide feedback in a Moodle assignment.
- When creating the assignment link, there is an option to upload an associated file. Here, you can upload a Word Document containing the Generic Assessment Descriptors so it is easily accessible to students.
- In the assignment description (and all assignment materials), instruct students to download this document, copy the Generic Assessment Descriptors table from it, and include it at the beginning/end of the document they submit for assessment.
- When you download and open the student’s submission, use the text highlighter tool in Word to highlight which section of the marking grid applies to their work.
- Provide any other feedback as usual.
- Save the feedback document and re-upload to Moodle.
Using the Generic Assessment Descriptors in a Turnitin Assignment
Turnitin has an inbuilt feedback feature called a Rubric which allows you to create a marking grid for your assignments.
A Rubric can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales, in the same way as a marking grid would. Whilst the Turnitin rubric allows you to specify where the student’s work sits on the grid, control for setting the overall final grade remains with the tutor.
The TEL team have created a rubric template based on the University’s Generic Assessment Descriptors grid. This template is available to all tutors from within the Grademark interface, in the Rubric Manager section, so you can simply attach it to any assignment and select the appropriate descriptor squares on the rubric to provide feedback to a student. See the guide below on how to access and attach the Generic Assessment Descriptors to any of your assignments. Note that you cannot make any edits to this shared template.
Use an edited version of the Generic Assessment Descriptors?
If it has been agreed at a local level that programme or module-specific changes should be made to the Generic Assessment Descriptors, you can import your own copy of the template we’ve created into your Turnitin rubric library, and make the necessary changes.
The initial steps you need to take are:
- Download the Rubric template folder from our Turnitin support pages and unzip the file
- Open an active Turnitin link (i.e. one with a submission in it) and open the Rubric manager
- Import the Rubric template
You only need to do this once! After that, the rubric will exist in your Turnitin Rubric library and can be duplicated, adapted and reused for any of your assignments, in any module.
Follow the step-by-step instructions in the guide or video and read through the FAQs below for full details.
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