This post is a guide to all of the options available when creating a standard Blackboard submission point. Rather than go through the process step by step, I have instead listed all of the options that you will see when you go to create a Blackboard or Turnitin submission point and explained the purpose and function of each one.
Blackboard Assignment Submission points
Name and colour: Here you can give a name to the submission point. The name should give a clear indication of which assignment should be submitted and also signal to students that they must submit here and to the Turnitin submission point. The colour simply affects the colour of the text for the assignment title.
Instructions: Here is where you can write instructions for students on submission. This should include information such as the word count, reccommended file types and the due date. A template for these instructions, which you are free to copy and paste, is available on the HWB TEL example module site. If you are not already enrolled on this site please e-mail us at ! HWB TEL and ask to be enrolled.
Assignment files: This button allows you to attach files to the submission point such as the marking/assessment criteria.
Due dates: A due date does not restrict the availability of a submission point, or a student’s ability to submit. Any submissions made after the due date will still appear in Grade Centre but will be categorised as a late submission and students will be notified of this. A due date it will be visible to students when they open the submission point but you should also include this in the instructions.
Grading: Here you can enter the points possible in the assignment. It is important to put the correct number in here in order that the Grade Centre column attached to the submission point is configured correctly. In most cases the number will be 100. You can also attach a feedback rubric at this point. For more information on feedback rubrics click here.
-Submission details: Here you can choose whether the assignment is an individual or group assignments (this setting defaults to individual). you can also choose the number of attempts and which attempt is marked. The default setting is multiple attempts restricted to 2 attempts with the latest attempt being graded, these are the recommended settings for .
–Display of grades options: The primary display is the form in which the grade will be typed into Grade Centre and will display to students in My Grades. The secondary grade will only display in Grade Centre next to the primary display. Selecting ‘Include in Grade Centre grading calculations’ means that the grades for this assignment will be included in a total column in Grade Centre and can contribute to a weighted column. If ‘Show to students in My Grades’ is selected, students will be able to see any grades entered for this assignment in My Grades. This option can also be controlled using the ‘Hide from students on/off’ option in Grade Centre. selecting ‘Show Statistics to students’ will allows students to see the average score for the cohort on that particular assignment.
Availability: Selecting ‘Make the assignment available’ allows students to see the submission point. Any restrictions subsequently placed on availability dates or via adaptive release will take precedence over this so it should be left ticked if these are being used. The availability dates determine when students can see and use the submission point. If ‘Display After’ is left blank the submission point will become immediately available, provided ‘Make the Assignment Available’ is ticked. Selecting ‘Track number of views’ turns on statistics tracking for the assignment so a report can be generated on the number of times it was accessed although the tool’s accuracy has not been formally assessed.
Click ‘Submit’ when you have finished to create the submission point.
Turnitin submission points
When viewing the options below in Turnitin, each setting has a blue question mark next to the title which will provide information in addition to the below about that particular setting. Hover over the question mark to view the information.
Select your assignment type: Paper Assignment is the default option and the one that should be used for a summative submission alongside the Blackboard submission point. A Revision Assignment should be used when you would like students to be able to submit multiple drafts and compare the submissions against each other.
Assignment title: Here you should type a title that makes it clear which assignment should be submitted here and that this is the Turnitin submission point.
Start date and Due date: These function similarly to availability dates for a Blackboard submission point, determining when the link is available to students. You can choose to leave the submission point open for late submissions in the optional settings.
Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality/Allow any file type: This setting will default to the first option and it should be left this way to avoid any submissions failing to generate a report.
Optional settings: Click on this heading to view the additional settings for the submission point.
Enter special instructions: Here you should type in instructions that signpost the Blackboard submission point above and briefly indicate what the submission point is for. Students should also be made aware that it is compulsory to submit here AND to the Assignment submission point. Exemplar instructions are available on the HWB example module site.
Allow submissions after the due date: This setting will default to no and this is the recommended option.
Generate originality reports for submissions: This will default to yes and should be left this way as this is the reason for using Turnitin at SHU.
Generate originality reports for student submissions: It is recommended that you leave this option as the default: ‘immediately can overwrite reports until due date’
Exclude bibliographic materials…: If this option is set to “Yes”, any content appearing in the work after one of the following keywords/phrases will be excluded from the similarity index:
- references cited
- references and notes
- works cited
- The keyword/phrase should appear on a line on its own.
note: if you choose no (the default option) you can still choose to individually view the reports with the bibliography excluded at a later date.
Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment: It is recommended that you leave this option set to no.
Reveal grades to studnets only on post date: You can leave this option as the default ‘no’ as grades should not be provided to students via the Turnitin submission. If you do find that you need to provide a grade for this submission, you will still be able to do so and release it via Grade Centre.
Submit papers to: ‘Standard paper repository’ this option should be used for summative submissions and means the work will be added to the pool of work submitted to Sheffield Hallam that Turnitin will check for matches in the future. ‘No repository’ can be used if you want to check/allow students to check the originality of the work without adding it to this pool.
Search options: This determines which repositories of work the submission will be checked against. It is recommended to leave this as the default with all options selected.
…Save these options as your defaults for future assignments?: As most of the recommended settings are the default you can leave this box un-ticked.