‘TEL’ Me About… Improving your feeback through Turnitin

We recently ran one of our lunchtime ‘TEL’ me about… sessions covering using Turnitin to improve feedback for students. Staff at the university can choose whether to set assignments through the Moodle assignment or via Turnitin.

Turnitin has evolved into more than just a plagiarism checker and offers a few tools for recording feedback for students. These tools include:

  • Inline comments
  • Highlighting (and striking through) text
  • QuickMark comments
  • General text comments
  • Audio comments (up to three minutes)
  • Rubrics and grading forms

You can view the slides from the session below:

Some useful blog posts on using Turnitin for marking:

One issue that was raised was that students may not be familiar with viewing their feedback through Turnitin, the digital training team over in ILS have created this help sheet.

If you’re current YSJ staff member and are interested in attending our ‘TEL’ me about… sessions the next one, covering content curation, is at the end of January. Sign up on our Eventbrite page or why not check out the others on the Eventbrite calendar to the left of the blog.

Do you use currently use Turnitin for marking and feedback? If not do any of the features covered make you think it’s something you would like to use for future assignments? Are there any TEL me about sessions you’d like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments.


Emma Fletcher

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Emma’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus is to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. Before joining YSJ Emma was a teacher of computing at Castleford Academy. Emma is interested in mobile learning / BYOD and open education.

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