Why use online assignment submission and marking tools?

Online assignment submission and marking tools facilitate efficient and reliable assignment submission for students, and more efficient assignment marking for teaching staff. Asssignments are immediately available to teaching staff for marking, and once marked, are quickly available to students for reflection.

What assessment tools are available?

There are a range of centrally supported tools available:

  • Turnitin: set up individual or group assignments with a similarity report and mark online.
  • Blackboard assignments: set up individual or group assignments and mark online.
  • ePortfolio: set up individual assignments mapped to assessment outcomes and track student progress.
  • Kaltura video assignments: set up individual or group assignments and mark online.
  • Learn.UQ Tests: create automatically or manually marked online quizzes, tests and exams.
  • Group Peer Assessment: collect student responses on the contribution of individual group members.
  • Discussion Board: post discussion items and reply to other posts.

Complete the questionnaire to help determine which assessment tool is recommended to best suits your needs. 

Assessment Tool Questionnaire

What assessment types are available?

Individual assignments

Turnitin is the most popular choice for individual text-based assignment submission (i.e. Word, PDF and PowerPoint files). Turnitin includes text-matching functionality and a similarity report which can be used to investigate possible cases of plagarism. Turnitin also has  online marking and feedback capabilities.

The Blackboard assignment tool is an alternative option, but is not recommended if you need a similarly report. 

  Turnitin BB assignment tool
Features
  • Similarity report.
  • A range of rubrics are available, including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Comment bank functionality.
  • Rubrics allow mark ranges.
  • Final results include decimal points.
  • Allows the submission of all file types.
  • Allows the submission of links to artefacts produced online (i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites).
Limitations
  • Final results are rounded to a whole number (i.e. 9.5 will be rounded to 10).
  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges. A Grade form is an alternative option.
  • Does not allow the submission of links to artefacts produced online (i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites).
  • No similarity report.
  • No comment banks.
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Group assignments

Turnitin is recommended for group assignments that require a similarity report, although it does not have built in group functionality. One member of the group will need to submit on behalf of all group members and marks will need to be manually entered for non-submitting group members. The student who submits the assignment will need to download the feedback and share it with the other group members.

turnitin group assignment

* Select Create Smart View for this group when setting up groups

** Use Smart Views to locate group members

The Blackboard Assignment tool is recommended for group assessment that does not require a similarity report. Using the Blackboard groups and assignment tool in combination allows you to set up group project submission links. Any student in the group can submit the assignment and all members will automatically receive the assignment results and feedback. 

blackboard group assignment

The Blackboard Groups tool can be used to streamline student group enrolments, although groups are not connected to Turnitin assignment submissions. For more information, refer to the Groups tool page.

The Group Peer Assessment tool allows you to collects student responses on the contribution of individual group members, calculate averages scores (Likert option), PAFs (Peer Assessment Factors) and SAPAs (Self-Assessment over Peer Assessment). The tool also allows you to view collated responses and facilitate moderation of results. For more information, refer to the Group Peer Assessment tool page.

  Turnitin assignments BB assignments
Features
  • Similarity report.
  • A range of rubrics are available, including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Comment bank functionality.
  • Rubrics allow mark ranges.
  • Final results include decimal points.
  • Allows the submission of all file types.
  • Allows the submission of links to artefacts produced online (i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites).
Limitations
  • No group submission functionality
  • Final results are rounded to a whole number (i.e. 9.5 will be rounded to 10).
  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges. A Grade form is an alternative option.
  • Does not allow the submission of links to artefacts produced online (i.e. Prezi, Padlet or websites).
  • No similarity report.
  • No comment banks.
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Non-submission assignments

There are two options for non-submission assignments such as oral presentations, performances or physical artifacts:

  1. A non-submission Turnitin assignment. 
  2. A Grade Centre column (with an attached rubric or manual grade entry). 

Note: You may want to consider changing the design of your assessment to include file submissions, such as presentation files (i.e. a PowerPoint or script) which will allow you to use standard options. Refer to the Individual assignments and Group assignments sections.

  Non-submission Turnitin assignment Grade Centre column
Features
  • A range of rubrics are available, including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Comment bank functionality.
  • A blank page will automatically be added for comments.
  • Can attach a rubric with mark ranges.
  • Can use general comments.
Limitations
  • Final results are rounded to a whole number (i.e. 9.5 will be rounded to 10).
  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges. A Grade form is an alternative option.
  • No group submission functionality.
  • No group submission functionality.
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Video assignments (Kaltura)

UQ's video server, Kaltura, can be used by students to submit video or audio assignments. You can also set up submission links using the Blackboard assignment tool which allows you to use the online marking function to provide comments and feedback using a rubric.

There are two video or audio assignment submission options:

  1. Set up a Blackboard assignment and have students use the Kaltura Media mashup in the text editor to upload and embed the file.

a. For individual video assignments, students simply submit their assignment which then can be marked through Grade Centre.

individual video assignment process

b. For group video assignments, the Blackboard groups and assignment tool can be used in combination so one student, on behalf of the group, submits the assignment which then can be marked through Grade Centre. See the Group assignments section. 

group video assignment

  1. Students upload their video or audio file to 'My Media' and contribute it to their course gallery.
  Blackboard assignment Course gallery
Features
  • Can use the Blackboard assignment tool for marking and feedback. 
  • Students can attach written responses in addition to a video. 
  • Can be used for group assignments.
  • Videos uploaded into My Media are retained in the student's personal media gallery.
  • Students can select to submit their video to their course gallery.
  • Staff can add a link to the course gallery in the course menu.
  • Staff have the option to individually make student videos visible to the rest of the cohort.
Limitations
  • Students are unable to share their videos with the rest of the cohort.
  • For group assignments, one student will need to submit to the course gallery on behalf of the group.
  • Will need to use a non-submission Turnitin assignment or Grade Centre column for marking and feedback.
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ePortfolio assessments

The ePortfolio system can be used for work integrated learning, reflective, showcase and collaborative assessments across a program or major. Assessment can be mapped to outcomes (i.e. professional standards, learning outcomes or graduate attributes) and student progress against these outcomes can be tracked.

Features

  • Assessment feedback can be provided by non-UQ staff (i.e. Practicum supervisors).
  • A range of rubrics are available including points, percentages and qualitative.
  • Final results include decimal points.
  • Comment bank functionality.
  • Tracking of outcomes across a program or major.
  • Learning analytics.

Limitations

  • Rubrics do not allow mark ranges.
  • No group assignment functionality.

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Quizzes, tests and exams (Learn.UQ tests)

The test tool allows you to create online quizzes, tests and exams that include both automatically and manually marked question types.

Features

  • Automatic marking with select question types (i.e. multiple choice, true/false).
  • Results automatically transferred to Grade Centre.
  • Randomisation of answers and question order.
  • Questions can be randomly selected from question pools.

Limitations

  • Unable to restrict students from accessing external content during test.

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Short question and answer (Discussion boards)

A discussion board is a place where Course Coordinators and students can post discussion items and reply to other posts. A Discussion Board should be used for short question-and-answer-style collaboration between students.

Features

  • Allows for marking of individual submissions or student contributions over a semester.
  • Students can give feedback on each others' work.
  • The "post first" set up can be used to ensure student enter their own response before they can view the responses of other students.

Limitations

  • No similarity report.
  • Posts are visible to all students.

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