Instructor Training

Managing Instructor Libraries

The libraries section of an instructor’s Turnitin profile stores information from assignments and question sets that the instructor has created. The instructor can use the libraries to import assignments to new classes, manage QuickMark comments and QuickMark sets, manage rubrics, or to manage PeerMark question libraries and PeerMark assignment questions for use in new PeerMark assignments.

Accessing the Libraries

To open the library page, click on the "libraries" tab from within a class.

The Libraries Page

The Turnitin libraries page is separated into four pages accessible by using the appropriate tab. The initial page is the assignments library.

The areas of the library page are:

Assignments- a list of assignments created in any class controlled by the instructor

QuickMark Manager- a list of the instructors QuickMark sets, allows instructors to create new QuickMark sets and QuickMark comments, and manage their QuickMark sets

Rubric Manager- contains list of the instructors rubrics, allows instructors to create new rubrics, export or share their rubrics

PeerMark Questions- a list of the instructors current PeerMark question libraries, allows instructors to create new PeerMark libraries and to manage or create PeerMark Questions within a library

Assignments Library

The assignments library assists an instructor in managing the assignment sets created in all of the instructor’s classes on Turnitin. When an assignment is created for a class, the assignment is added to that class’ assignment set.

When the library page is opened, the assignment library displays the assignment set for the current class by default. To select a different class assignment set to view, use the pull down menu labeled "select assignment" set and choose the name of a class. The assignment set for the selected class will be displayed.

Importing Assignments

From the assignment library, an instructor can import assignments to copy them from one class to another.

To import an assignment:

  1. Log into Turnitin and click on the name of the class to import an assignment or set of assignments into
  2. Click on the "libraries" tab in the class
  3. Use the "select assignment" set pull down menu to choose a class to import assignments from
  4. Click the check box to the left of the assignment(s) to import to another class
  5. Click the "import" button above the assignment name list
  6. Select whether to use the assignment dates existing in the library or to enter new dates. To use library dates, click the "preserve dates" link. To enter new dates for a new school year or semester, enter the start and due dates and click "submit"
  7. The assignment(s) selected will be imported into the current class

Note: If more than one assignment is being imported, the selected dates are applied to all assignments imported at the same time. Dates can be edited later for individual assignments by clicking on the "assignment update" button. The user may also import assignments one by one, selecting new dates for each assignment.

QuickMark Manager

The QuickMark Manager contains every QuickMark that has been shared within an account or created by the instructor. The QuickMark comments are organized in sets. Turnitin provides instructors with five sets of QuickMark comments: Composition, Composition Marks, Format, Punctuation, and Usage.

Within the QuickMark Manager instructors can create new QuickMark sets, create new QuickMark comments, edit sets or comments, delete sets, delete comments from sets, and delete and archive comments.

Creating QuickMark Sets

To create a new empty QuickMark set:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "+" icon to the right of the "SETS" column header
  3. Enter the title for the new QuickMark set and then click "save"

To create a new set from selected marks:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on "All" above the set names
  3. Every QuickMark throughout all sets will be listed within the "MARKS" column. Select the Marks to copy. Multi select within the QuickMark manager can be done by holding the "command" button (for Mac users) or "control" button (for PC users) while selecting marks. To select all the marks click on the "Select all" link
  4. Click on the "Actions" link to the right of the "MARKS" column
  5. Click on the "New set" button
  6. Enter a name for the new set and then click on the "Save" button. The new set will be created with the marks that were selected

Creating QuickMark Comments

Instructors can create their own QuickMark comments in the QuickMark Manager. This allows instructors to create class or curriculum specific marks that may not be part of the sets provided by Turnitin or the account administrator.

To create a new QuickMark:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click the name of the set to add a new QuickMark to
  3. Click the "+" icon next to the "MARKS" column header
  4. Enter the following information for the new mark:
    • a title
    • a description
  5. Click "Save" to save the new QuickMark symbol into the selected set

Editing QuickMark Comments

QuickMark comments can be edited from within the QuickMark Manager. Any edits that are made to a QuickMark are applied to every instance where this mark appears in your students’ papers.

To edit a QuickMark comment:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the name of the QuickMark set containing the mark to edit. Then click on the QuickMark you would like to edit
  3. An "Edit" button will appear in the top right corner of the QuickMark manager. Click the "Edit" button to edit the QuickMark
  4. Edit the information for the mark
  5. Click "Save" to save the changes made to the mark in this QuickMark set

Copying Marks to an Existing Set

Marks within a QuickMark set can be copied to existing QuickMark sets.

To copy a mark to an existing QuickMark set:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click the name of the QuickMark set containing the mark(s) to copy
  3. Select the marks to copy. Multi select within the QuickMark manager can be done by holding the "command" button (for Mac users) or "control" button (for PC users) while selecting marks. To select all the marks click on the "Select all" link
  4. Click on the "Actions" link
  5. Click on the "Add to set" button
  6. Select the set from the list that you would like to add the marks to

Archiving or Removing a QuickMark from a Set

A QuickMark can not be completely deleted from the system but may be removed from all active sets and archived.

To remove marks from a QuickMark set:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the name of a QuickMark set
  3. Select the marks to remove
  4. Click on the "Actions" link and click on the "Other" button
  5. Click on the "Remove from this set" option

To remove a QuickMark from all sets and archive it:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the name of a QuickMark set
  3. Select the marks to remove
  4. Click on the "Actions" link and click on the "Other" button
  5. Click on the "Archive" option

Note:A QuickMark with a lock symbol to the right of its name in the "MARKS" list cannot be removed from the Turnitin provided sets: Composition, Format Punctuation, and Usage.

Warning:Archiving a QuickMark will remove it from all QuickMark sets in the QuickMark Manager

Warning:Instructors may only add, delete, copy, or edit QuickMark sets and marks that they own. QuickMark sets with a lock icon to the right of the set name cannot be modified and are provided by Turnitin or the account administrator.

Exporting and Importing QuickMark Sets

Within the QuickMark Manager instructors can export QuickMark sets to share with other instructors or import QuickMark sets to use when grading papers with GradeMark. Unlike sharing, once a QuickMark set has been imported into an account it is then owned by that instructor who may then make any desired changes to the QuickMark comments.

To export QuickMark sets:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the name of a QuickMark set to export
  3. Click on the "import/export" button and select "Export Set..." from the drop down menu
  4. A prompt will appear asking if you would like to save the file. Click "OK" to save the file. The file name will be the QuickMark set name with .qms appended.

To import QuickMark sets:

  1. Click on the "QuickMark Manager" tab from within the "Libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "import/export" button and select "Import Set..." from the drop down menu
  3. Click on the "Browse" button and locate the QuickMark set file on your computer. Only .qms file types may be imported into the QuickMark manager
  4. Click on the "Import" button
  5. To import additional QuickMark sets repeat steps 3-4.
  6. Click the "Close" button to return to the QuickMark Manager

The Rubric Manager

Rubric scorecards can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. The rubric scorecards can be created by the account administrator and shared to all instructors on an account. Instructors can also create and share rubric scorecards, allowing other instructors to upload the rubric scorecard to their classes.

There are three rubric types:

Standard rubric- allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The maximum value for the Standard rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered

Custom rubric- allows you to enter any value directly into the rubric cells. The maximum value for the Custom rubric will be the sum of the highest value entered in each of the criteria rows

Qualitative rubric- allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring

Creating Rubrics

To create a standard rubric scorecard:

  1. Click on the "libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  3. Click on the rubric list icon
  4. Select "Create new rubric" from the drop down menu
  5. Enter the rubric name in the top left of the Rubric Manager
  6. To edit the name, description, or percentage value for a criterion, click directly on the title, description or percentage value to open the text box field. Enter the new title, description or value and press enter to finish editing the field
  7. To add extra rows of criteria click on the "+" icon to the right of the "Criteria" header
  8. To enter the description for each cell, click on the cell, enter the description and then click outside of the cell’s text field to finish editing the description
  9. To enter the scale title or value, click on the scale title or scale value and enter the title or value. Click elsewhere on the screen to finish editing
  10. To add extra scale columns click on the "+" icon to the right of the "Scale" header
  11. Once the rubric is completed, click on "Save" at the bottom right of the rubric manager

To create a custom rubric scorecard:

  1. Click on the "libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  3. Click on the rubric list icon
  4. Select "Create new rubric" from the drop down menu
  5. Click on the rubric type icon for the custom rubric at the bottom of the rubric manager
  6. To enter the title and description for each criterion, click on the appropriate field and enter the new title or description within the text field that appears. Click elsewhere on the screen to finish editing the criterion title or description
  7. To add extra rows of criteria click on the "+" icon to the right of the "Criteria" header
  8. To edit scale titles click on the Scale title and enter new title. Click elsewhere on the screen to finish editing the scale title
  9. To add extra scale columns click on the "+" icon to the right of the "Scale" header
  10. To edit the cell descriptions click on the "description" field. Enter the description and then click elsewhere on the paper to finish editing the description
  11. Enter the cell value for each cell, by clicking on the "0.00" portion of each cell. In a custom rubric cell values are chosen by the instructor
  12. Once the rubric is complete click on "Save" to save the rubric scorecard

To create a qualitative rubric scorecard:

  1. Click on the "libraries<" tab
  2. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  3. Click on the rubric list icon
  4. Select "Create new rubric" from the drop down menu
  5. Click on the rubric type icon for the qualitative rubric at the bottom of the Rubric Manager
  6. Edit the criteria title and description, the scale title, and each cell description by clicking on either the title or description field
  7. When all the criterion, scales, and cells have been edited click on "Save" to save the rubric

Modifying Rubrics

Rubric scorecards can be modified after creation. However, if the rubric scorecard has been used to score student papers, modification of the rubric scorecard will not be allowed.

To modify a rubric:

  1. Click on the "libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  3. Click on the rubric list icon
  4. Select the rubric you would like to edit from the list of rubrics
    Note: Rubrics that have been shared with you cannot be edited
  5. Change the rubric as needed
  6. Click "Save" to save the changes

Note: Rubrics can only be edited if they have not been used to grade a paper before.

Duplicating a Rubric

Rubrics that have been attached to an assignment cannot be edited. Duplicating a rubric helps instructors reuse a rubric that they would like to modify.

To duplicate a rubric:

  1. Click on the "libraries" tab
  2. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  3. Click on the rubric list icon
  4. Select the rubric you would like to duplicate from the list of rubrics
  5. Click on the rubric list icon and then select "Duplicate this rubric" from the drop down menu
  6. Click "Save" to save the changes

Exporting and Importing Rubrics

Within the Rubric Manager instructors can export rubrics to share with other instructors or import rubrics to use when grading papers with GradeMark. Unlike sharing, once a rubric set has been imported into an account it is then owned by that instructor who may then make any desired changes to the rubric.

To export a rubric:

  1. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  2. Click on the rubric list icon
  3. Click on the name of the rubric to export
  4. Click on the "import/export" button and select "Export..." from the drop down menu
  5. A prompt will appear asking if you would like to save the file, select "OK" to save the file. The file name will be the rubric name with .rbc appended.

To import a rubric:

  1. Click on the "Rubric Manager" tab
  2. Click on the "import/export" button and select "Import..." from the drop down menu
  3. Click on the "Browse" button and locate the rubric file on your computer. Only .rbc file types may be imported into the Rubric Manager
  4. Click on the "Import" button
  5. To import additional rubrics repeat steps 3-4.
  6. Click the "Close" button to return to the Rubric Manager

PeerMark Questions Library

The PeerMark Questions library keeps track of all the PeerMark questions created in an account in instructor managed libraries.

Creating a New PeerMark Library

All PeerMark question libraries are listed within the PeerMark Questions tab. The instructor will be given the library "Sample Library." New libraries can be created by clicking on the "Add Library" button.

Name the new library by clicking on the current system given title.

Enter the name for the new library and click on the "Save" button to save the library name.

Adding Questions to a PeerMark Library

Free response and scale questions can be created within a PeerMark library just like how they are created for a PeerMark assignment.

A free response question example would be:

What is the thesis of the paper?

Free response questions allow an instructor to pose these questions to students and can include minimum length requirements.

A scale question example would be

How well does the introduction pull you in as a reader? Scale, Not very well to Really well

Scale questions allow students to grade the paper’s author on instructor chosen areas of writing.

To add questions to a PeerMark library click on the "Add Question" button.

Creating a free response question in a PeerMark library:

  1. Click on the "Add Question" button and select "Free response"
  2. Enter the question in the "Question" field and enter a value in the "Minimum answer length" field
  3. Once the question and minimum answer length have been entered, click on the "Add Question" button to add the free response question to the PeerMark assignment

Creating a scale question in a PeerMark Library:

  1. Click on the "Add Question" button and select "Scale"
  2. Enter the question in the "Question" field
  3. Select the scale size. The highest scale value is 5
  4. Enter in the labels for the scale in the appropriate fields. An example for labelling the scale question: “How well does the introduction set up the Thesis of the paper?” would be 1: Not very well to 5: Extremely well
  5. Click on the "Add Question" button to add the Scale question to the PeerMark assignment

Adding a question to a PeerMark library from another library:

  1. Click on the "Add Question" button and select the library you would like to add a question from
  2. Click on the "Add this question" link to the right of each question you would like to add to your library
  3. Click on the "Add all questions" button to add all the questions to the library
  4. Click on the "Finished adding questions from library" link when you have added all the questions you want from this library
  5. Click on the "Finished editing this library" to save any changes that you have made to this library

When the instructor has completed adding questions to the library click on the "Finished editing this library" link to save your changes.

Editing Questions within a Library

To edit a Library click on the "View/Edit" link to the right of the Library name.

Free response and scale questions can be edited by clicking on the "Edit" link to the right of the question.

Free response and scale questions can be deleted by clicking on the trash can icon to the right of the question you wold like to delete.

Clicking on the trash can icon will open a prompt asking “Are you sure you want to delete this question?” Click "OK" to delete the question.

Once the instructor has completed editing the Library click on the "Finished editing this library" link to save the changes.

Copying and Deleting Libraries

The copy and delete library options are accessed by clicking on the "More Actions" link to the right of the library names.

Click on the "Copy Library" option to copy the library to the PeerMark Libraries list. The the duplicate library will keep the name of the library that was copied but will have "- copy" appended to the name.

Click on the "Delete Library" option to delete a library from the system.

A prompt will appear asking “Are you sure you want to delete this library? This action cannot be undone.” Click "OK" to permanently delete the library.

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