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Creating and Grading Assignments


To grade all your assignments online, creating the assignment using Turnitin in Moodle (through the Add an Activity or Resource link) may be the best choice. The video here will show you all the steps of creating the assignment and a grading rubric that will speed up your grading significantly and make the TA’s job much easier. The rubric creates graded blocks with comments for each level (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor) justifying the number of points given to the students. The TAs/instructor then go into the submissions, apply the rubric with a few clicks, and quickly grade the assignments providing consistent feedback. Specific comments can also be added for each student, but if you setup the rubric with numeric values to excellent, very good, good, fair, poor, then those comments generally speak for themselves.

Below is an example from MIE 302 (click to enlarge). We thank Stephen Nonnemann for this example and the Turnitin suggestion!

As you may know, Turnitin also checks for the originality of the papers submitted and checks online to assess potential plagiarism.

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