The Turnitin App will allow you to mark student assessments using the iPad even if you do not have a Wi-Fi connection.
The app is currently only available for iPad and you should follow the brief steps below to configure your device. Importantly, you will need to download papers to the device when you have an internet connection, to allow offline marking later on.
App setup is done in Minerva. This can be done on your PC or via the iPad browser (Chrome or Safari). Loading the app directly before completing the setup will display a username and password box. We do not use this method to access Turnitin. This is NOT your University username and password. Please follow the instructions below.
To access assignments on the app, you need to give permission for the app to read the data from Minerva. You will need to get permission for each module you want to access on the app. To do this, go to the relevant module on Minerva and navigate to a Turnitin assignment, as if you were going to mark it.
Once the assignment is open in the document viewer, click the Information icon in the grey section of the toolbar.
If you are accessing Minerva via an iPad browser (Chrome or Safari), you will get an Add Class button to launch the module within the Turnitin app. You will need to confirm that you want to open the class within the app before receiving confirmation that the module has been added.
If you are accessing Minerva via a PC then you will need to enter your University email address twice and click Email Me to generate the email with permissions. On your iPad, access your emails and find the one from Turnitin. Click the Add Class button to launch the module within the Turnitin app.
Both methods will provide the same confirmation message that the class access has been enabled.
All of the modules you have added will be displayed on the Turnitin module page. You will need to add each module in the same way to gain access to assignments.
When you enter an assignment area, you will get a similar interface to what you see in Minerva. You have a range of sorting and filtering options along the top which will allow you to customise your viewing window.
Next to each submission you are presented with the standard submission information, including date of submission, mark for the assignment and the similarity percentage.
To mark offline without a Wi-fi or data connection, you will need to make sure that the papers have been downloaded to the device. To do this, click the Download icon (to the left of the submission) and allow all the papers to download whilst you have a connection.
The app will try to automatically sync papers back to Minerva whenever you access a wireless connection. Syncs will not occur when the iPad has no internet connection or is on a data connection.
You can manually perform a sync by selecting the menu icon on the Course Homepage and selecting Sync Now.
This menu will also allow you to Log Out. Selected log out will remove all modules and assessments from the app, for good. You will have to select confirm on a warning message to continue with the log out.
You should make sure all papers have been synced back to Turnitin before you log out. This will delete ALL content.
When you click into a paper to mark, you will be presented with the Overview Screen. This is the interface from where you can add coments, highlight text, add a summary comment, add the final grade and use the Rubric/Grading Form.
How to use all the options from the Overview Screen are on the tabs above, but here is a summary of the screen:
Tap where you wish to add a comment to see the marking features available. You will have the same marking options as on the desktop version.
A tap on the submission will load a box with the 3 main comments types:
To highlight or strikethrough text, select the text by holding your finger down on the line you want to comment on. This can then be changed by using the sliders until you have the selection that you require.
You can add either a Quickmark, Bubble Highlight or Strikethrough.
You can leave the final Summary Comment in two different places. The quick comment area will always be visible just above the paper and this can be used as you are reviewing the submission. You can either write the full comment in this area or write notes to help shape the comment at a later stage.
To access the full comment area, select the Summary Comment button from the Overview Screen. This will load a larger text area and will contain any comments made in the quick view.
To add an audio comment, select the Voice Comment button from the Overview Screen.
The page will not change, but the recording bar will have appeared at the bottom of the screen. Click the red record button to begin your audio comment.
The comment can be up to 3 minutes in length and will use the built in iPad microphone. Once the recording is finished, the bar will remain at the bottom of the paper at all times, to signify a voice comment has been left, unless you click the Hide button.
A rubric is a way of marking an assignment that shows how the student has performed against the success criteria. Grading Forms can also be accessed through this method.
To mark how a student has performed against the rubric, select the Rubric button from the Overview Screen and then select each area by tapping the box. This information will save automatically and you can go back by clicking the cross in the top left hand corner.
If no rubric is attached to the assessment then you will not see anything when you select the Rubric button from the Overview Screen. Rubrics and Grading Forms must be added via a web browser; they cannot be added on the iPad interface.
By default, the Similarity Report is turned off within the app. It can be enabled by selecting the Similarity button from the Overview Screen and selecting the toggle button.
This will overlay the Similarity Report on top of the submission document; numbered and coloured like the web view. The report can be turned off in the same way.
When viewing a submission, you can select the i icon in the top right hand corner to view further Submission Information. This includes the Paper ID, Submission Date, File Name, File Size, Word Count etc.