Turnitin assignments normally pass grades to the Blackboard Grade Center but only show grades and comments to students when you are ready. You determine, through the Post Date and the assignment settings, when students can see your feedback.
The Default Settings
- “Reveal grades immediately” – “No”, means “Don’t let students see my grades until the Post Date.
- That double negative, “Ignore Turnitin Grades” – “No”, means “Yes – please pass grades from Turnitin to Learn.”
- “Use GradeMark” – “Yes”, means “Do let me use Turnitin’s commenting, and let students see the comments once they are available.”
In the Submissions Inbox, you can click the (blue) pencil icon to edit Start, Due and Post dates.
Before the Post Date, not only are students unable to see their grades by going to the Turnitin Assignment in Learn, but the grade is also hidden from them in “My Grades,” and it is excluded from any calculated column in the Grade Center, such as Total or Weighted Total.
For instance, in the Grade Center view at left, the column called “A + B” is the sum of “MidTerm (A)” and “Date Test (B)”, a Turnitin assignment. Since the Post Date has not been reached, however, the Turnitin grade is hidden from students in My Grades (indicated by the red slash) and is not included in “A + B”.
Once the Post Date is passed, though, the grades become visible to students in My Grades (the red slash disappears), and the column will be added back into any calculated columns (as long as you did not save the calculated column while the Turnitin column was unavailable).
To avoid having grade columns disappear from Weighted Totals, we recommend setting Reveal Grades Immediately to Yes. Beginning an assignment with Ignore Turnitin Grades also set to Yes (to ignore the grades) will hide the grades from students. Grades will not be transferred from Turnitin to the Grade Center, and the grades will not display in the Turnitin Direct Submission Inbox. Once the instructor has graded the submissions through the Turnitin Submissions Inbox, s/he can release the grades to students by setting Ignore Turnitin Grades back to No (i.e. to stop Ignoring Turnitin Grades). This will update the grades in both the Submission Inbox and in the Grade Center.