Feature Comparison of e–submission methods in Blackboard

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Turnitin UK in Blackboard

eAssignment System

Blackboard Assignment Feature

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Accessible within Blackboard course Yes No Yes
Size limit for student submissions 40 MB None, although for plagiarism detection the file size limit is currently 20 MB. None, but we do not recommend that students try to upload files larger than 35 MB from off campus.
Filetype limit for student submissions There is no restriction on filetypes. However, only certain filetypes (text based) can be checked for plagiarism. There is no restriction on filetypes. However, only certain filetypes (text based) can be checked for plagiarism. None
Group hand-in (one student hands in for a group, whole group receive mark) No, but on roadmap. Yes Yes
Anonymous assessment possible Yes. Using anonymous assesment in Turnitin requires the user to complete the full assesment process using Turnitin.  Whilst it is possible to download submissions made to assignments which will be anonymously marked, we do not recommend that such assignments are marked offline (on paper). Yes Yes. Assignments can be marked online or offline.  The submissions can be downloaded, an attempt ID is appended to the filename of the document which can then be matched to the Attempt ID shown on the “needs marking” screen.
Email Notification (Submission Receipt) Yes – Students are sent an email of the receipt they see on screen during the submission process. Yes Yes – Students are sent an email of the receipt they see on screen during the submission process.
Detects for similar text Yes – Originality reports are produced if desired. Students may view originality reports if instructor has enabled this feature. Yes, integrated with Turnitin, but only staff can review originality reports, not students. No
Online Marking Yes, via web interface or iPad app. Yes, via web interface. On vendor roadmap.
Multiple markers It is possible for multiple markers to add comments to a submission using GradeMark, but there currently is no audit trail specifying which marker made which comment. Multiple markers should not mark a single submission concurrently. Yes Marking may be delegated and marks reconciled.
Mobile App Yes. iPad only. No Yes. iPad only, but our testing found it to be poor in comparison to Turnitin’s app. Those who desire the ability to mark on a mobile device should use Turnitin.
Ability for instructors to build a “comment bank” of regularly used comments. Yes. Quick Marks allow markers to gain marking effiencies by providing quick access to their regularly used comments. No No
Use criteria / rubric for marking purposes Yes. Criteria / rubrics may be added in GradeMark, but must first be setup in the GradeMark rubric manager. Yes. Marking criteria may be set up for marking purpose in eAssignment. Yes. One may use Blackboard’s rubric tool. It is essential to create the rubric in advance of the assignment.
Batch download of student submissions Yes. Instructors may select any number of submissions and then download them in a single zip file. The zip file contains a file for each submission; prefixed by the first initial and surname of the student. Anonymous submissions are not available for download until after marks have been made available to students. Yes. A column under student submissions allows one to select as many files as required to then download. Yes. Instructors may select any number of submissions and download a single zip file; containing each submission, prefixed by the student’s iSolutions username.  If anonymous marking is enabled an Attempt ID is appended to the filename.
Send feedback / files back to student Yes- feedback can be left using the integrated ‘GradeMark’ online marking feature. This does not include the ability to send a file back to the student. Students view all feedback and marks online through the Turnitin interface via Blackboard. Yes – feedback files can be made available to the student. Yes – comments and files can be made available to students, who access them via the Blackboard interface.
Blackboard Grade Centre integration Yes – creates new column in Blackboard grade centre for each assignment. No Yes – creates new column in Blackboard gradebook for each assignment.
Marks automatically sent to Banner Gradebook No. This is currently a manual process Yes No. This is currently a manual process