These FAQs are a collection of queries that have come in from users of Canvas at Hull.
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Blind second marking
Blind second marking is the process whereby 2 (or more) markers independently undertake a full and complete set of feedback and grades without sight of the other markers work until the grades and feedback are completed. A comparison exercise is then undertaken within the team to establish the grade and feedback that are given to to the student.
In blind second marking, a significant (>5%) variation in grading would be cause for concern and would normally be brought to the attention of the External Examiner.
Blind second marking is a useful exercise for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) who are in their first year in post. An established lecturer completes a full set of marks and then the NQT also completes a full set of marks unsighted of the first marker. They then compare results and discuss the variations in marking.
What is second marking?
Second marking is the process whereby two (or more) markers each undertake a full and complete set of marks and feedback which are recorded against the student work.
Sighted/collaborative second marking
Second marking can be sighted/collaborative where by the marking team see each others feedback and together award an agreed grade to the student. The process is fully collaborative and the markers discuss the work and provide independent feedback.
Both/all markers provide a full set of feedback (not just “I agree with the first markers comments”).
Process in Canvas
Collaborative marking can easily be done by the first marker logging in to Canvas, accessing the assignment submission and providing feedback. Then the second marker logs in to Canvas, accesses the same assignment and overlays their feedback, comments and mark-up on top of the first markers feedback etc.
Collectively they then agree on a grade together and the grade is input in to the box. The feedback must be consistent with the grade awarded and any significant variation on opinion between markers should be resolved before the feedback is entered in to the system and surfaced to the student.
Feedback completed using SpeedGrader (not Grademark) in Canvas, is kept for over 7 years. This was one of the requirements of any VLE vendor when the invitation to tender was put out.
Turnitin Grademark will only guarantee the storage of originality reports and feedback for 180 days which does not comply with the QAA requirements on feedback archiving.
Switching to SpeedGrader
The lack of archiving of feedback and student submissions in Turnitin and Grademark means the TEL team are advocating that people switch to using SpeedGrader at the earliest opportunity and stop using Grademark for marking and feedback.
In addition to this, SpeedGrader allows for multiple markers, unlimited audio feedback, the addition of video feedback and better document mark up for feedback. All good reasons to make the switch.
Information for Students.
Canvas uses SpeedGrader to deliver feedback, comments, grades to you quickly, efficiently and effectively; and is the Universities recommended approach to marking and feedback.
Prior to Canvas and SpeedGrader, some staff were using a marking tool that came with Turnitin originality checking software called GradeMark. This short video takes you through the process of accessing Turnitin via Canvas and into Grademark to receive your feedback from staff still using this tool.
For more details on how to access your assignments you can read this Canvas Guide (Links to an external site.) for students.
If you have additional queries regarding understanding your feedback when completed in GradeMark, you can read the Turnitin guidance documents here (Links to an external site.).