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Here we set out a comparison of main technologies for assignments at UCL.

Please note:


Key:

RedNo, or inconvenient.
OrangeProvisionally, with workarounds.
GreenYes - technically supported.
Your needMoodle AssignmentTurnitin Assignment.MyPortfolioMoodle Workshop
(Peer marking)
Your needMoodle AssignmentTurnitinMyPortfolio
Type of submission



Different media.Yes, any type.Word processed & image files.Yes, with embeds and attachmentsYes, any type.
Multiple files.Yes, up to 20 or any number zipped.Yes, multipart submissions with different deadlines.Yes.Yes, up to 20 or any number zipped.
Upload limit160Mb per upload.100Mb per upload.Default of 500Mb per user (and additionally 500Mb per group - embeds are a good way to include rich media.160Mb per upload.
Arrange and present different materials.May not be the best platform. However, students can upload a zipped up website or other files, or submit a link to where these are hosted outside Moodle.No.Yes.May not be the best platform. However, students can upload a zipped up website or other files, or submit a link to where these are hosted outside Moodle.
Collaborative work




Group submission.Yes.No.Yes.No.
Records of individual contributions.No.No.No.No.
Peer assessment of group work process i.e. other group members, not the product.No.No.No.No.
Peer / self marking



Peer / self marking - feedback only.Use Moodle Workshop.Use Turnitin Peermark (but note it's no longer under active development - consider Moodle Workshop as an alternative).Either in comments on pages or using Moodle Workshop.

Yes

Peer / self marking - including numeric grade.Use Moodle Workshop.

No grade but use Turnitin Peermark to give feedback only (but note Peermark is no longer under active development - consider Moodle Workshop as an alternative).

If in combination with Moodle Workshop - by submitting and marking a link to the wiki.Yes.
Peer / self marking with structured marksheet.Use Moodle Workshop.Use Turnitin Peermark (but note it's no longer under active development - consider Moodle Workshop as an alternative).If in combination with Moodle Workshop - by submitting and marking a link to the published material.Yes.
Marking and feedback
Moodle AssignmentTurnitinMyPortfolioMoodle Workshop
Staff can choose grading scale

Yes.

Including devising new scales.

No.

No.

But grading would usually take place in a separate Moodle Assignment where there is more freedom.

Yes

From an existing list.

Feedback appears in MyFeedback report.Yes.Via a link to the original.No - or not unless feedback is given via a Moodle Assignment or Gradebook item.Yes.
Similarity detection (possible plagiarism cases, poor academic writing, &c)

No.

However, it is possible to allow students to use Turnitin in advance, or to ask them to run the typographic parts of their work through Turnitin as well.
A check, not comprehensive so best used in the context of supporting students' academic writing development.

No.

However, it is possible to allow students to use Turnitin in advance, or to ask them to run the typographic parts of their work through Turnitin as well.

No.

However, it is possible to allow students to use Turnitin in advance, or to ask them to run the typographic parts of their work through Turnitin as well.

Markers can be notified (e.g. by email) of submissions.Yes.No - though these are only really needed if either there's no deadline, or you are expecting submissions after the deadline.No - though these are only really needed if either there's no deadline, or you are expecting submissions after the deadline.

Yes.

There is also a comprehensive dashboard showing who has completed which phase of the activity.

Inline comments.Yes - direct annotation on PDF submissions; otherwise download document for annotation and upload as feedback file.Yes - direct annotation with bubble comments or typing.Not technically, but comments can be enabled below each page, so if the pages are sufficiently granular, the comments can be too.May not be the best platform. Possible if the submission is in a format which enables comments e.g. word processed or PDF format.
Offline digital markingYes.Only on iPad.Possible but probably not practical

Possible but not really enabled.

Peer markers are usually expected to complete a form which acts as a framework for marking.

Print to paper for markingYes.Yes.Possible but probably not practicalDepends on whether submission is directly into Moodle or uploaded as e.g. word processed file.
Bulk upload / sync
Marks, feedback.
Yes - bulk upload of feedback files and marks.Sync only on iPad - with caveats.If in combination with Moodle Assignment then possible to use offline marksheet.No.
Rubric
Criteria plotted against levels of achievement.
Yes.Yes.If in combination with Moodle Assignment.

Yes.

Through design of the questions peer markers answer.

Structured marksheet (rubric)
Criteria with space for comments.

Yes.

Highly configurable, with space to comment on each criterion.

Can optionally be used to generate marks.

Yes.

But lacks space to comment on each criterion.

More straightforward (than Moodle) to generate feedback only.

If in combination with Moodle Assignment.

Yes.

Through design of the questions peer markers answer.
AdministrationMoodle AssignmentTurnitinMyPortfolio
Moodle Workshop
Export use of comments and rubric for analysisNo.

Yes.

CSV format.

No.No.
Grant extension (i.e. without being marked late or incurring penalties)Yes - extensions fully configurable at tutor's discretion.

No.

It's possible to Allow Submissions After the Due Date but not without being marked as late. The Turnitin/Moodle integration doesn't allow for extensions in Moodle Gradebook.

Not really - students can be allowed to submit after the deadline but tutor must keep records elsewhere.

Not really - students can be allowed to submit after the deadline but tutor must keep records elsewhere.

Automate penaltiesYes.No.NoYes
Marking policy Moodle AssignmentTurnitinMyPortfolioMoodle Workshop
Open second markingYes, there is a Workflow to help with the stages. However, markers need to manually initial any comments. No way to hide second marker's comments from students, unless they're deleted.Yes but markers need to manually initial any comments. No way to hide second marker's comments from students unless they're deleted.Provisionally - marking happens outside MyPortfolio eg in Moodle Assignment.
Blind second markingYes if the second marker downloads marksheet for offline marking.If workarounds are used e.g. markers record marks and feedback outside Turnitin.Provisionally - marking happens outside MyPortfolio eg in Moodle Assignment.
Anonymous markingYes, including after student receives first marker feedback, provided the anonymised submissions are downloaded beforehand.Only before students receive first marker feedback.No.Yes.

Configurable for either or both submitters and markers

External examiningYes but to maintain anonymity (if used), externals should be given the downloaded still-anonymous submissions and downloaded marks.Yes but to maintain anonymity (if used), externals should be given the downloaded still-anonymous submissions and downloaded marks.Yes.
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