Common Core Rubrics Reports – Winter 2012
Common Core Rubrics – Summer 2012
Add a Voice Comment – Spring 2012
Share Papers Within an Institution – Winter 2012
Download Active Student List – Winter 2012
New Interactive Student Homepage – Winter 2012
Translated Matching – Winter 2012
Striking Text in GradeMark – Winter 2011
Easier Rubric Viewing and Scoring – Winter 2011
Smarter, Faster Grading with ETS® e-rater® – Fall 2011
Save Time with 'Class Copy' – Fall 2011
Monitor 'Student Engagement' – Fall 2011
Improved Originality – Fall 2011
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Winter 2012 Release Highlights
Common Core Rubrics Reports
Administrators at schools with access to the Turnitin Common Core State Standards-aligned rubrics (secondary and 2-yr. colleges in the U.S.) can now download account data regarding the use of the CCSS rubrics. The report is formatted as an Excel® spreadsheet that includes:
- date range for a selected rubric
- cumulative report on rubric usage for the account and for each class
- report on each assignment that uses the rubric
- average overall rubric score by assignment
- assignment score broken down by the rubric criterion
- number of assignment papers receiving a score, by criterion
Instructors interested in viewing the CCSS rubric report for a class should contact their institution’s Turnitin administrator.
Summer 2012 Release Highlights
Common Core Rubrics
Preloaded writing rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now available to U.S. GradeMark users in K-12 schools and community colleges. Instructors can attach a rubric to any assignment to better convey their expectations to students, grade submitted work against the CCSS, provide critical feedback to support student success, and track student progress. The six rubrics were developed in conjunction with the English Professional Learning Council and include informative, argumentative, and narrative rubrics for grades 9/10 and 11/12.
Spring 2012 Release Highlights
Add a Voice Comment (Beta)
The ability for an instructor to leave a personal voice comment is a powerful tool for providing feedback to a student. With just a few clicks, instructors can quickly record a detailed message of up to 3 minutes in length and attach it to a paper. This new GradeMark feature is especially useful in disciplines with written assignments that are graded primarily on content vs. writing skills, such as science lab reports. Additionally, those who teach ELL students can more fully explain their feedback in more understandable terms.
Students hear the content of the message, and, more importantly, the context of the feedback and tone of the instructor's voice.
Winter 2011 Release Highlights
Share Papers Within an Institution
Turnitin administrators can now allow instructors to view source text from a matching student paper without submitting an instructor request if the original student paper was submitted at the same institution. This feature helps instructors access student papers submitted to an instructor who is no longer at their school. To view a student paper submitted at a different school, instructors will continue to submit an instructor request.
Download Active Student List
Turnitin administrators can now download a list of students enrolled in active classes. The list includes the student name, email, class names, instructor names, and more.
New Interactive Student Homepage
The new design of the Student Homepage makes it easier for students to view assignments, submit papers and access GradeMark feedback. From the new student homepage, students can quickly access a read-only version of the rubric that is attached to their assignment before they submit their paper, helping students obtain a clear focus for their writing and the specific criteria that will be used to assess their performance.
* May not be available for all integrations.
A Global Approach to Plagiarism (Beta)
Turnitin OriginalityCheck now features an innovative, cross-language approach to identify "translated plagiarism." Translated plagiarism consists of students taking existing source material in one language, translating it into the language used at their institution and misrepresenting it as their own work. With our new translated matching capability, international and multi-language schools can identify unoriginal content that has been translated from English into other languages.
The beta release of translated matching is offered in the following language versions of Turnitin: French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese and Turkish. Translated matching also works on submissions in Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish and Romanian.
* Translated matching is not available to customers using an integration to access Turnitin.
Striking Text in GradeMark
A popular feature that has returned to GradeMark is the ability for instructors to cross out text on a student paper. Try it! Just select some text, then hit the backspace or delete key. Strikethroughs added to a paper will also appear on the instructor's sidebar Comments List.
Easier Rubric Viewing and Scoring
We've made it easier for instructors to view and score papers using rubrics. While viewing a paper in the GradeMark Document Viewer, instructors can now see the full rubric table they previously set up in the Rubric Manager. The expanded rubric opens in a new browser window and instructors just click on the rubric cells to score a student's paper.
Fall 2011 Release Highlights
Smarter, Faster Grading with ETS® e-rater®
Turnitin has partnered with Educational Testing Service to integrate its e-rater grammar analysis tool within GradeMark, our online markup tool.
The e-rater technology automatically flags grammar, style, usage, mechanics and spelling errors so instructors can spend less time correcting and more time teaching. Instructors can easily edit or remove individual marks on the student paper or choose to expose or hide entire categories of feedback. Using this tool, instructors across the curriculum who do not typically focus on writing mechanics can still provide students with guidance and reinforcement on how to improve their writing skills.
Students can view their marks and access writer's handbooks that offer feedback in ten languages.* Additionally, students can view the marks from the ETS e-rater engine simultaneously with feedback from OriginalityCheck, GradeMark and PeerMark for deeper insight into their written work.
* ETS e-rater is only available for U.S. customers and select markets.
e-rater, ETS and the ETS logo are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS), and used under license.
Save Time with 'Class Copy'
Have a Turnitin class you want to reuse this term? The new Class Copy feature allows you to copy a class from one term to the next. This new feature saves you time by copying all assignments, associated rubrics as well as instructor-created discussion topics into your new class.
Monitor 'Student Engagement'
Instructors who've adopted online grading in their classrooms are thrilled with the time savings and rich feedback they're able to provide their students. But how can you be sure students are actually getting the feedback, and not just looking at their grades? The new Student Engagement feature shows you if students have opened and viewed the GradeMark feedback on their papers.
We are always working to deliver the most useful originality reports to our instructors. As the Turnitin database closes in on 200 million student papers, we're tuning our algorithms to reduce the number of random matches to student papers. Our fundamental matching algorithms are the same, but what is displayed as a match may change.