Instructor Training

Tracking Grades in the Grade Book

The grade book product allows an instructor to track student grades and attendance for a class. To access the grade book, click on the "grade book" tab.

Students enrolled in the class appear in the left column of the class grade book. Turnitin assignments for the class are listed along the top of the grade book view.

There are multiple methods that allow an instructor to enter grades into the grade book. Grades may be entered directly from the grade book from the main grade book window or from the assignment and student pages. The grade book will also accept grades entered for papers and peer reviews outside of the grade book. For example, an instructor can enter grades using GradeMark, a GradeMark rubric scoring card, or for Peer Review assignments. Student grades may also be entered when viewing a student paper from the assignment inbox.

  • attendance- instructors can check a box indicating an absence or late arrival for a student on a specific date
  • add entry- create a new entry on Turnitin for an assignment not created in Turnitin
  • prefs- instructors may set the specific grading format for a course
  • key- opens an informative pop-up window that displays the meaning of all information on the grade book page
  • graphs- statistical graphs that can be used to display student and class performance
  • scale- used by an instructor to weigh the value of assignments as part of the possible total number of points in the class
  • export- download a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet version of the current grade book
  • grade- access to the grading page for a specific assignment
  • assignment name- click on an assignment name to access further information about this assignment and the grades given in the assignment as well as statistics

Point Values

Each assignment in grade book carries an assigned point value. From the grade book, an instructor can add a point value to an assignment or adjust the point value for an assignment at any time.

The grade book assignment point value can be overridden by the GradeMark rubric scorecard point value. Please see more information under Chapter 4: GradeMark, in the Rubric Scorecard section.

To add or modify the point value of an existing assignment:

  1. Enter the grade book for the class by clicking on the "grade book" tab
  2. Click the "grade" button beneath an assignment to open the grade book assignment page
  3. Enter the desired value in the maximum points field
  4. Click "submit" to save the new assignment value

Adding Entries

Assignments that have been added to Turnitin such as paper assignments, peer reviews, and revision assignments are automatically assigned a grade book entry. Any additional entries, such as in-class exams or presentations, must be added manually by the instructor.

This allows instructors to track and save grades in a single location through Turnitin and automatically return this information to the students on the post dates for the assignments that have been graded.

Adding an entry to grade book:

  1. Click the "add entry" button
  2. On the add entry page, fill in:
    • an entry name
    • a point value for the entry
    • (optional) additional information for the entry
  3. (Optional) To group the new entry with an existing assignment, use the pull down menu to select the assignment. Grouping an assignment places the entry in the grade book as a subset of the assignment selected
  4. Click "submit" to save the entry and add the entry to the grade book

Grade Book Preferences

The preferences page allows an instructor to control the format in which the grades in the class are displayed. The available grade display options are letter, point, scale, or custom. This area also allows instructors to customize the percentage values that equate to any given grade, for example: A = 92-100%, C+ = 78-79%.

To open the grade book preferences page, click the "prefs" button.

From the preferences page the instructor can select and customize how grades are displayed and the percentage value used to determine the grades. The instructor can choose to display grades as a percentage, a letter grade, or using a 4.0 scale.

If using a different grading system, the instructor can create their own grading format by selecting other and entering the percentage breakdowns and grades desired for the class.

Warning: When creating a customized grading scale, be certain that all possible ranges of percentage are accounted for. If there are any gaps, an error message will be generated.

Once a format has been selected for the grades, determine the breakdown that should be used for each grade. If the instructor would like to import the values from another class, use the pull down menu to select the class. When the modifications are completed, click on "submit" to return to the grade book.

Entering Grades

Grades can be entered from the grade book assignment or grade book student pages.

The grade book "assignment" page lists all student submissions to an assignment. To open an assignment page, click the "grade" button beneath an assignment.

The grade book "student" page shows a selected student’s submissions and grades. To open a student page, click on a student’s name.

To grade a submission, enter an integer point value next to the submission. To view the grades before submitting them to grade book, click the "calculate" link.

When point values are entered, click the "submit" button. The grades will be entered into the grade book and the instructor will be returned to the grade book main page. The main page will display the point values entered along with the corresponding grades.

Grade Book Student Page

The top of the student grade page gives the instructor a summary of a student’s grades and attendance. If the grades in the class have been scaled, an asterisk will show up next to the student’s overall grades indicating that the values are scaled values.

The view can be toggled between scaled and natural grade values by using the "show totals based on:" pull down menu to select "scaled values" or "natural values." Refer to Scaling and Dropping Grades in this chapter for more information on how scaled grades work in grade book.

The instructor may also view the student’s grades in a variety of graphical formats using our graphic tools. To access the graph displays, click on the "graphs" button for the student. For more information on using grade book’s graph tools, please refer to the section Graphing Tools in this chapter.

Notes

The instructor is able to send a note to a student for the grade given to the student for their submission in a particular assignment.

To enter a note for a student on an assignment, click on the note icon next to a submission.

On the note page, enter the text of the note for the student in the text box provided. Once this is complete, click "submit" to save the note making it viewable for the student.

The instructor is also able to enter a general note for a student from the student notes page. To open the note page, click the "notes" button.

From the student notes page, add a general note by clicking the "add note" button.

From the student notes page, the instructor can also perform these actions:

  • toggle between viewing assignment specific and general notes using the show pull down and selecting "all notes," "assignment notes only," or "class notes only"
  • update and delete notes by clicking on the icons under the update or delete columns
  • return to the student’s grade page by clicking on the "back to student" button

Scaling and Dropping Grades

With grade book the instructor can scale grades in the class and recalculate them instantly. The instructor may also select whether to drop the lowest grade for each student in the class. To open the scale page, click the "scale" button on the grade book main page.

The scale pages shows all of the instructor’s assignments and entries along with the assignment point values. The natural value column shows the value of the assignment without scaling. For example, if the grade book shows four assignments each with a 100 point value, the natural value of each would be 25%.

To increase or decrease value of an assignment, enter a new value in the scaled value field. Make sure the values total to 100% by the end of the class. To view the new scaled grades, click on "submit" to be returned to the main grade book view where the scaled values are now displayed.

Warning: Scaling grades does not change the point values of assignments. Scaling grades creates new values for assignments relative to each other and the total value of all assignments in the class. These relative values are reflected in the total percentage and final grades only.

The grade book will now display grades based on the new scaled values entered by the instructor. To view the grades based on their natural value, click the "scaling: hide" link. Changes can be made to scaled values by returning to the "scale" tab and adjusting the grading scale.

Dropping Grades

An instructor can automatically drop the lowest grade for all students in a class.

To drop the lowest grade, go to the "scale" page and from the drop down menu labeled "drop lowest grade for all students?" select "yes."

When the lowest grade has been dropped, each student’s lowest grade is marked in grade book by placing the grade in a highlighting square. These grades can be reinstated at any time by returning to the scaling page and changing the "drop lowest grade for all students" drop-down menu to "no."

Graphing Tools

With Turnitin’s graphing tools, an instructor can effectively track class and student performance. To access grade book’s graphing tools, click the "graphs" button on the main page of the grade book for the class.

On the graphs page, use the "show:" pull down menu to choose what type of graph to display. The graph types available are:

  • graphs showing class performance for all assignments
  • graphs showing class performance for one assignment
  • graphs showing performance of a student for all assignments or one assignment
  • a graph comparing the performance of a student to the rest of a class

Most graphs are available in a line graph or as a pie chart.

When a graph for student performance or assignment performance is selected, a new pull down menu will appear labeled as "for:" and the instructor will need to select a student or assignment to display, depending on the graph type that is being viewed.

When viewing a line graph, the user has the option of showing grades instead of showing percentages. To show grades, use the "show breakpoints as:" pull down menu and select "grades." To hide the grades and only display percentages, select "percentages."

When viewing a bar graph for class performance in an assignment, an option is provided for viewing percentages or points. Use the "break down distribution using:" pull down and select "percentages" or "points" to change this option.

Printing Graphs

All of the grade book graphs are printer friendly. To view a graph in print format, click the "print view" link below the graph. This will open a separate window. Use the browser print command to print the selected graph.

Attendance

An instructor can use the grade book to track student late arrivals and attendance by using the attendance page. To open the attendance page, click the "attendance" button on the grade book main page.

The attendance form lists students enrolled in the class. The top of the form shows the current date. To mark an absence or tardy for a different date, use the pull down menus to select the date to record attendances or late arrivals for.

To mark a late or absent student, click the check-box to the right of the student name in the correct column.

Once all student absence or late arrivals are recorded for the selected date, click on the "submit" button to save the information. Absences and late arrival totals show up on the grade book main page for all students.

Exporting from Grade Book

An instructor can save an offline copy of the grades entered in the Turnitin grade book for a class. The grade book information can be exported as a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet.

To export grade book information, click the "export" button on the grade book menu page. This will create the spreadsheet and initiate a download of the grade book data to the instructor’s computer.

Grade Book Key

Click the "key" tab to view a visual key explaining the meaning of the asterisks and other indicators that can appear on the grade book page for an instructor.

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