Below are sample teaching tips that can be sent out to instructors throughout the term, semester or year. These brief teaching tips work great as parts of newsletters, general emails, status updates, and tweets.
These are just ideas and the numbers are arbitrary, so the Trainer/Administrator can choose, add to, edit, and adapt these tips to their individual campus’ needs.
Teaching Tip: Master Class
In order to manage the assignments for multiple sections of the same course, convert your class or create a class as a Master Class. The Master Class allows you to create assignments once and push those assignments and due dates to the various sections.
Teaching Tip: Double-blind Peer Reviews
In PeerMark you can have double blind review if you ask students to not put their names on their assignments. Instructors will still know whose assignment is whose, but the students performing PeerMark peer review will not.
Teaching Tip: Reflection Assignments
You can have students do Reflection Assignments for each round of feedback they receive from Turnitin. For example, once students receive their Originality Report, they can reflect on what changes need to be made and why; students can reflect on their peer feedback following a PeerMark peer review to demonstrate what improvements they plan to make; and students can reflect upon their grade, rubric performance, etc. once the instructor provides evaluative feedback on the final draft of the assignment.
Teaching Tip: GradeMark Statistics
Did you know that you can review graphs of student performance on assignment, rubrics and QuickMark comments throughout the course of the semester? Simply click on the students paper through GradeMark and select “Tools” and “Statistics.” This information is also available through the “graphs” selection within the course grade book.
Teaching Tip: Discussions
A course discussion board comes with any Turnitin account, so instructors can get the benefit of asynchronous discussion of course material. Instructors might, for example, ask students to discuss course content, respond to a given reading assignment, or post assignment topics for class discussion.
Teaching Tip: Resubmissions
In order to help students self-assess their ability to integrate sources, instructors can allow them to view their Turnitin Originality Report and make changes up to the due date. It does, however, take 24 hours for each new report. In order to allow for multiple submissions when creating an assignment, click on “more options” and under “Generate Originality Reports for student submissions,” select “immediately: can overwrite reports until due date.”
Teaching Tip: Revision Assignments
Revision is a key element to writing well. Students need exposure to the revision concept, and instructors can do this by evaluating and scoring papers through GradeMark and ask students to submit a revision assignment. To create a revision assignment simply “Create New Assignment” and select Revision Assignment.
Teaching Tip: Collaborative Assessment
Engaging students in peer review on course assignments can enhance their collaborative and critical thinking skills, both of which are important to learning and communicating in the 21st century. Instructors of all disciplines can set up peer review sessions through PeerMark and allow the work to happen all online. Students get the benefit of the collaborative assessment, and instructors have the ease of set up and paper distribution through PeerMark. Students might even perform multiple rounds of feedback for one assignment, evaluating different assessment criteria each time.
Teaching Tip: Course Statistics
From the instructor’s Turnitin homepage, he or she can access statistics that provide valuable assessment data. The statistics icon to the right of the course name details the number of papers with certain percentages of similarity and by selecting “QuickMark breakdown,” instructors can identify the frequency of errors for a given class to help the instructor determine new teaching opportunities.