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Blind double marking with Turnitin

May 16th, 2018 at 09:05

Neither Moodle nor Turnitin goes very far in technically enabling double marking, second marking, moderation, sampling, etc., let alone blind double marking. In most cases, an external document such as a spreadsheet, or two spreadsheets, are still the best way to manage double marking. The two are then compared and an agreed final mark and feedback put into the online assignment, whether Moodle Assignment or Turnitin Assignment.

If you’re using Turnitin Assignments, Feedback Studio now has layers – each marker annotating with QuickMarks gets their own “layer” – a set of comments to which their initials are appended.  A second marker can choose to hide that layer so that they do not see the comments previously made.  Students will see the initials of each marker on the annotations left on release of feedback on the Post date.

However, the grade field and the overall comments field (and any audio feedback) cannot be hidden, and there is only one version.  So one option is for the first marker to put their grade and overall comment into a labelled QuickMark, and the second marker can hide it with the rest. Once both markers have done their work, the layers can be made visible and the feedback and final mark discussed and agreed upon, then transferred to the overall comment and grade fields. The interim QuickMarks can then be deleted before feedback is released to the students (on the Post Date).  By saving off the “Current View” before they are deleted, the process can be recorded.

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