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Qwickly JOT assignment

Qwickly Jot is an assignment tool available in My Dundee. Using Qwickly Jot you can create assignments with diagrams, charts, maps and more for students to write on directly in Blackboard. This type of assignment isn’t marked by the tool – it’s one that the lecturer has to mark. Qwickly have developed this  video  to demonstrate what could be done. [Video starts part way through – the first section is how to install the app for...

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My Dundee upgrade: Improvements to Turnitin integration.

At the same time as upgrading the main Blackboard set of tools, we also upgraded the integration that we have between My Dundee and Turnitin. The key improvement for staff is that we now have the ability for staff (not students) to see a list of all of the Turnitin submission points in all Modules in a single location. In order to do this, go to Course Tools in the Course management section, and look for Turnitin Direct Assignments. Click it, and you’ll see a page with all of your current assignments, in that particular module. If you have many, there’s even a search box to help you find...

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Blackboard assignments: New Box View

This covers aspects of marking work that was submitted via Blackboard’s assignment tool. As well as some differences in the way that staff can add comments to work, the new view also supports a greater range of file types – though note that if you also want to use Safe Assign for similarity checking, the range of file types remains similar to before. Important: In order for students to see their feedback, staff have to add a mark. It’s not possible to give feedback (visible by students) without also giving the work a mark.  In order to ensure that this works, you will have to have 3rd party cookies enabled. Most users already have them enabled, however, if you try to use the annotation tool, and you get a white screen, you’ll need to enable 3rd party cookies. At present, there are some features that were available in Crocodoc that are not yet available in the New Box View. Box are, however, working with Blackboard to bring in these features, though no time scales are currently available. Additional Information. Blackboard’s Guide Reading University Guide (.pdf) Reading University Guide (web...

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Accidentally created an extra part in Turnitin?

It can be very easy to accidentally create a 2nd part in Turnitin – the impact can be a very worrying for staff, as it looks as if all your students have failed! If you look at the top, you’ll see a 2nd tab labelled Part 2. Click on the pencil, and then delete the 2nd part – make sure you select the correct...

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Converting grades from numeric to alphanumeric in My Dundee & Turnitin

When marking in Blackboard and/or Turnitin, you’ll find that you have to enter them as a number, rather than being able to directly enter the alphanumeric grade (e.g. A4) Grading Schema. In order to convert numbers to alphanumeric, you need to have the correct grading schema in your module. To check to see if you have it, go to Course Management / Grade Centre / Full Grade Centre / Manage – then select Grading Schemas. Manage Grading Schemas List of grading schemas The grading schemas you need are Alphanumeric – marked out of 23, or 23 to Alphanumeric. If you also need to have the conversion from % to Alphanumeric, there are also schemas for that. If you see letter – that is the US letter grade (A+ etc). Uploading a new schema If you find that you need to add the alphanumeric conversion to your module, we have a file containing both the grading schema, (as a zip file) and a Word Document explaining the process. You’ll need to unzip the package, so you have a zip file & a word document.   Download file [UoD Staff only] Attaching the grading schema – Turnitin. When you are setting up a Turnitin assignment – ensure that the Grading Schema is set to the Alphanumeric – 23 scale. You can change this at any point, though if the post date...

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