23 to Alphanumeric Marking Diagram

Uses of the Marking Diagram

The current 23 to Alphanumeric Marking Diagram that is in all Ultra modules is the same base marking schema that was in all Original modules. However, Original modules allowed for multiple schemas to be in use in a single module, so often there were additional schemas in place that instructors could use or modify.

At present, the Marking Diagram should only be used for Blackboard assignments marked using the 23 point reporting scale, and the diagram will automatically convert that into the alphanumeric equivalent. In this case, the diagram will produce an accurate conversion from the points to the alphanumeric scale.

It is not suitable the following:

  • Automatically marked Blackboard quizzes (even if the total score is set to 23)
  • Any external tools that generate a % based score. (Mobius, QuestionMark etc)
  • Turnitin – even if marked out of 23
Screenshot of the 23 to Alphanumeric marking diagram in Ultra modules

Turnitin and the Marking Diagram

Currently, if you use the 23 to Alphanumeric marking diagram with Turnitin assignments, it will automatically set the maximum points of the assignment to 100. 

We strongly recommend that you set the maximum points for Turnitin assignments to 23, leave them to be marked as points and refer students to the university assessment scales

If you have already changed your Turnitin assignment to be marked using the alphanumeric marking diagram, you can change this following the steps below.

Step 1: Go to your Gradebook and download a CSV file. In our tests, we never had any issues with marks disappearing; however, it’s always better to play it safe and to have a record with this information before you make any changes. For a reminder on how to do this, check out our Ultra 101 video and guide for the Gradebook. 

Step 2: If the assignment due date has already passed, go into the assignment and take a screenshot of any students who have submitted late. You will need to change the due date of the assignment in step 4, so this is important for keeping a record of the original due date and student submission time. 

Step 3: Go to the Course Content page and click on the three dots to the right of the Turnitin item and click Edit. Please note that this does not launch the LTI.

Screenshot of a Turnitin item from the main course page with a circle around the three dots and an arrow pointing to edit in the resulting menu

Step 4: Change the Mark using drop-down menu to select Points and set the Maximum points to 23. Click save when you’re done. 

Step 5: If the due date has already passed, you may need to change the due date and time to a future date before you can save. If this is the case, be sure that you’ve completed step 2 above. 

Screenshot of the edit window with arrows pointing to the 'Mark using' option and the 'Maximum points' text box

How to view and edit the Marking Diagram

Step 1: To view the marking diagram for your module, go into the Gradebook and select the cog wheel to go into settings. 

Screenshot of the gradebook with a circle around the gradebook icon and with an arrow pointing to the settings cog wheel

Step 2: From there click on the link for 23 to Alphanumeric that will be at the top of the side panel, under the heading for Mark Diagrams.

Screenshot of the Gradebook Settings with an arrow point to the link that says "23 to Alphanumeric".

Step 3: You can then view the current settings and make any changes necessary, including adjusting the points to include decimals. To change the name of the marking schema, click into the black bar at the top that has the name of the marking schema, and start typing. Click outside of this area to save the new name.

Be sure to click “Save” at the bottom when you are done!

Screenshot of the Marking Schema editing window, with an arrow pointing to the titles and the editable text boxes.
Updated on 18/10/2022

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