We have two main systems that allow students to upload work to be assessed – Turnitin or My Dundee (Blackboard). While Turnitin remains the preferred option, there are some instances when My Dundee is more suitable. There are a number of reasons for recommending Turnitin generally, including improved similarity checking and a more consistent approach across the university.
N.B. If you are marking with student names visible, then many of the Blackboard features are also available if you want to use Turnitin for similarity checking.
|Type of assessment||Turnitin||Blackboard (My Dundee)|
|Text based artefact – individual student submissions.||Preferred||Will work, but not preferred|
|Text based artefact – single submission for a group of students||Does not work||Preferred|
|Artefact that contains a lot of text (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)||Preferred||Will work, but not preferred|
|Non text-based artefact (e.g video or code)||Not suitable at present||Preferred Cannot be similarity checked.|
|Offline submission (e.g. live presentation, sculpture, etc.)||Does not work||Preferred You can create a line in the Gradebook and include marks, feedback, and rubrics.|
|Students can upload multiple times.||Yes, but not after the due date After the first three submissions, similarity reports take 24 hours to generate While this can be prevented, it is recommended that students can reupload prior to the due date.||Yes, can restrict to a set number of times.|
(Note that the database of source material is more limited than Turnitin.)
|Anonymous marking possible.||Yes||Yes|
|Offline marking||Only via iPad||No|
|Attaching files with feedback.||Only via a link within the feedback box.||Preferred|
Yes – including multiple files.
|Overall text comment||Yes||Yes|
|Rubrics / marking criteria||Yes||Yes|
|Make rubrics available to students pre-submission||Yes||Yes|
|Second marking (true double blind)||No|
A current work round is to have 2 submission boxes, and request students submit twice
Yes, part of the delegated marking features.