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How to Turn it In again.

With students across the University making submissions this time of year, you will find they have a variety of questions about their assignments.

The following student resources can be a useful way of answering some of these common queries: https://uwtel.co.uk/support-resources/#studentresources

Resubmissions, Resits and Mitigating Circumstances.

As assessment deadlines approach, further preparations should be made for any of your students who need to submit assessments outside of the normal timeframe, due to resubmissions, resits or mitigating circumstances.

For these types of resubmissions, Blackboard or Turnitin Assignments must have a new separate submission point created, so that students have the opportunity to resubmit after a deadline has passed. The new submission points need to be clearly marked, to clarify the meaning of each submission point.

The following instruction pages can be found in our TEL support resources:

Blackboard: https://lttu.uk/support/Blackboard/Manual/assignments.html

Turnitin: https://lttu.uk/support/Turnitin/Guide/LateSubmissions.html

PebblePad assessments can be configured in a number of ways, to permit resubmissions. Therefore, you may prefer to contact us, to seek direct support from a TEL Learning Technologist: tel@worc.ac.uk. If you are confident with altering PebblePad assessment settings, please ensure that you communicate any changes with your students, so that they are fully aware of how they can resubmit their assessment at a later date.

Managing Turnitin Submissions

Turnitin is our most frequently used system for assessment and is where students can submit their text-based assignments, such as, essays, reports, and presentations.

With various assessment deadlines occurring in the coming days and weeks, you may wish to refamiliarise yourself with our guide to Turnitin, and submission points within Blackboard:


Useful points to remember:

  • Students can resubmit work to the submission point as many times as they like, until the due date.
  • After the 3rd upload, there will be a delay of 24 hours until the similarity report is received.
  • Once the due date has passed, students will be unable to resubmit again. However, if they have not made a submission until after the due date, this will appear as a late submission, highlighted in red. (We recommend using ‘allow late submissions’ as a setting.)
  • Resubmissions, resits and mitigating circumstances, will require a new Turnitin submission point to be created.
  • Before you begin grading, you will need to hide the Blackboard ‘Grade Center’ column from students – otherwise they will be able to access their grades as soon as they have been entered. (Instructions can be found in ‘Part 1’ of the Turnitin guide, linked above.)
  • Grades and feedback are automatically released to students on the ‘Feedback Release Date’ and ‘Time’, through Turnitin.
  • You may wish to share relevant student support sources, in the run up to submissions: https://uwtel.co.uk/support-resources/#studentresources

If you have any queries, feel free to contact the TEL team at: tel@worc.ac.uk

All systems go for September!

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As we prepare to launch another semester, it is time to ensure you are ready for take-off. Here is a handy countdown to help you tick off all those important tasks and ensure a smooth journey.

10… Enrol on your modules

You need to enrol on each of your modules, using the request form on the staff homepage. Please allow up to 24 hours for the request to be actioned and your modules to appear on your dashboard. If you are a new member of staff or taking on a new module, you are also able to sign up for last year’s iteration of the module using the Blackboard Access 2022-23.

9… Migrate your content

All of the new modules are empty and ready to be populated with this year’s content. The easiest way of ensuring that you have everything your students need is to copy the content from last year’s module. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. Please remember to not copy assignments or announcements to your new module.

8… Delete any old files

It is very easy for your course file area reach it’s maximum size and migrating a module is a good opportunity to delete any duplicates or files that are no longer needed. More information about this can be found here.

7… Check your accessibility

Did you know that Blackboard includes Ally – a handy tool to help you check that your content is accessible to all users? The coloured indicators next to the content you’ve uploaded reflects the level of accessibility for that item.

The accessibility indicators are only visible to tutors in the module so students won’t see them and are not a reflection of quality, only indicators of accessibility. If you click on the indicator, Ally will tell you the things that need to be adjusted to make your content more accessible.

Meanwhile, students can select the ‘A’ icon to download the document in a way that works best for them.

Ally menu of download options for a document

6… Check permissions

If you are adding One Drive or Panopto links to your module please make sure that the sharing permissions will allow access to students and colleagues who are enrolled on the module. The best option to choose is ‘share with anyone who has the link’.

5… Set up your new assignments

As previously mentioned, you should not copy your assignments from a previous module as this can cause problems with the Grade Centre. New assignments should be created, under the assignment tab on the left hand menu, and named clearly for the students. More information on creating assignments can be found here.

4… Enrol on relevant Organisations

Unlike modules, the TEL team need to enrol users to Blackboard Organisations. Please let us know if you require access to or removal from any Organisations.

3… Ensure your students have access

Often you will be the first port of call for students who are unable to see their modules which can be very stressful for them in their first few weeks. Please ask them to check that they have registered and selected modules for this academic year on their SOLE page as this controls their student access to Blackboard and is not something that TEL can bypass.

If they are unsure or are having difficulties with their registration, ask them to email studentrecords@worc.ac.uk.

2…Check visibility

Once you have migrated the content, deleted files, checked accessibility and made sure the links work, it is worth double checking that the content that you want the students to see is visible, and the content you don’t want them to see is hidden!

1… Utilise the TEL team

No matter how well you prepare, there are always niggles and problems that pop up once the semester gets underway. The TEL team are here to help with this. As well as being available via our dedicated TEL@worc.ac.uk email address, on 28th September we will be available for you to chat to and ask for help in person! Come and visit us in the main reception at St John’s Campus for advice and cake.

Turnitin Again

Turnitin Again

As it is currently peak assessment season, it is worth thinking about how to handle late submissions due to mitigating circumstances.

If you have any students who need to submit outside of the normal timeframe, make sure you create a separate submission point so that they have the opportunity to resubmit after the main deadline has passed.

Time to Turnitin

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With courses now in full flow, it is a good time to for a quick reminder on how to set up a Turnitin submission point. This is just an overview; further information and step by step instructions can be found on our website.

What is the process?

Turnitin submission points are created via the ‘add content’ option on Blackboard. At this point you can add the assignment name, instructions, maximum grade and the relevant dates.

Clicking on the Optional Settings’ will bring up additional tick boxes to customise the assignment to fit with University protocols. If you are unsure what any of the options mean, hover over the question mark icon and an additional text box will pop up to give clarifcation.

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A newer feature that you may wish to use is the grammar checker. By ticking this option an additional report will be generated that allows you to view any grammatical errors in the submission. More information about this feature can be found here.


Before you save your submission point, you may wish to add a Rubric. These are completely optional and provide quick way of adding standardised feedback. Further information about how to import a rubric can be found here.

Ready to go

Your submission point is now ready to go and will appear as a link in Blackboard.

Things to remember

  • Students can resubmit work to the submission point as many times as they like until the due date.
  • After the 3rd upload, there will be a delay of 24 hours until the similarity report is received.
  • Once the due date has passed they will be unable to submit again.
  • Resubmissions, resits and mitigating circumstances will require a new Turnitin submission point.
  • Before you begin grading you will need to hide the Blackboard Grade Center column from students – otherwise they will be able to access their grades as soon as they have been entered. Instructions can be found here
  • Grades and feedback are automatically released to students on the Feedback Release Date and time through Turnitin.

Grammar and Spelling Reports on Turnitin

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Gud news U can now use the grammer and speling report on Turnitin!

When creating a new submission point in Turnitin you now have the option to turn on additional spelling, grammar and punctuation checks. When activated, they will generate an e-rater® report that can be accessed by students and tutors in the same way as similarity reports.

How can I use this feature?

To enable the feature to be used you will need to check the ETS® e-rater® tick box when creating your submission point. This will generate an additional list of options.

Image showing the tick boxes needing to be selected to enable grammar check

When work is submitted and the report is generated, you will see additional options to view the e-rater® report. The results can be turned on or off from the right-hand panel.

Image showing the button to select for the grammar report

If you have any questions about how to use this feature please email us tel@worc.ac.uk

Releasing Turnitin grades in the Grade Centre

The move to Ultra based navigation has seen a number of changes to the way Blackboard looks when the user first logs in. Primarily, this is built around a clearer, cleaner look and feel.

One result of this is that the Grades panel – which replaces the My Grades area in classic Blackboard – is now far more visible to students. Consequently many more students are accessing this area to obtain their grades and feedback.

While Blackboard assignment results have always been released by unhiding the corresponding column in the grade centre, there was no imperative to do so with Turnitin assignments, as students almost always accessed grades and feedback via the submission point. Although this is still the method we would recommend to students, you may now find more students using the Grades panel. This means it is a good idea to release the columns for Turnitin assignments on the feedback release date to prevent confusion and unnecessary queries.

To do this, simply perform the reverse of the method you used to hide the column:

  1. Go to the Grade Centre
  2. Select Full Grade Centre
  3. Locate the column that relates to the assignment in question. Hidden columns will display the icon with the red line below.
  4. Click on the circle/arrow icon to bring up the menu.
  5. Select \’Hide from students on/off\’. When visible, the icon above will no longer appear.

If you have any queries, feel free to contact us at tel@worc.ac.uk

Scheduled Maintenance 8th January

Please be aware that two of our suppliers have scheduled downtime for updates early in the new year.

  • Panopto will be down on 8/1/22 from 10pm for 4 hours
  • Turnitin will be down on 8/1/22 from 0.00 to 8.00

Both systems will be unavailable during this time. If this will impact on your students, for example for assignment submission, we recommend that you send an announcement to make them aware.

Hiding Turnitin Assignments in the Grade Centre

A reminder that, following the changes to Turnitin in September 2020, it is possible for students to access their grades and feedback prior to the feedback release date via the Grades section if the assignment column is not hidden in the grade centre.

This is a simple step that just needs to be completed as part of the assignment setup process. If you did not do this at the time you set up the submission point, make sure that it is hidden before you start marking in order to prevent feedback being accessed prematurely.

See the \’Post Setup Actions\’ section of our Turnitin Guidance for instructions.


Technology Enhanced Learning Support Sessions for Academics

Following the government announcement that Universities should move to online teaching by 9th December, we thought it would be a good time to reinstate the TEL drop-in sessions for academic staff via Collaborate.

 We know that it can be daunting moving your tuition online and sometimes it’s not always clear where to begin, or how to effectively adapt your materials for online delivery so that your students still get the most out of your sessions.

That’s why the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit will be offering drop-in sessions over the next four weeks for academics to pop in and speak to us. We’ll be there to listen to your requirements and help you bounce ideas around for moving your sessions online successfully. We’ll be able to offer suggestions on various tools that you can use to achieve your learning objectives and offer expertise on how to adapt your existing face to face sessions so that they run smoothly when you come to delivering them online.

Sessions will run from 10am-11am every Tuesday and Thursday, with the first taking place on Tuesday 24th November and the final session on Thursday 17th December. There\’s no need to book. Just click on the link below to access the sessions:

Join Drop-in Session

As ever, make sure that you are using either Chrome or Firefox to join.