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Collaborative partner staff moodle & Turnitin essentials


This comprehensive guide provides a one-stop shop for existing and new collaborative partner staff delivering or administering Roehampton franchise and validated programmes.


Getting started

Different moodles, browsers, accessing your modules, passwords, help & support

Partnerships moodle: https://partnerships.moodle.roehampton.ac.uk/ – current and future modules

Roehampton moodle 2017-18: https://moodle.roehampton.ac.uk/– franchise teaching staff have access to the Roehampton version of their modules only

Recommended browsers: Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox

Accessing your modules: Dashboard or My modules links in header menu or via the search box

Help & Support: access the Roehampton eLearning help portal or contact your designated eLearning Adviser

Lost passwords/invalid login: Ring the Roehampton IT Helpdesk. Please note Roehampton has a new password self-service facility which replaces the old one and no longer supports collaborative partner staff. 

moodle basics

Tweaking your page, communicating with students, gradebook, reading lists & LibGuides

Module page naming conventions: If your institution has several annual intakes, your modules run multiple times a year with different suffixes, mainly A, S & H. Once a term all module pages are archived and a prefix is added to distinguish current from last year’s modules: 2017/18.1_ is added to modules that ran in term 1 of the Roehampton academic year 2017/18 and so forth. Modules that don’t carry a prefix are either yet to run or run in the current term.

Staff test page: play around with and test resources and tools on your test page accessible via Dashboard/My modules

Enrolling fellow colleagues onto your pages: Administration block < Users < Enrolled Users < Enrol Users

Communicating with your students: create an announcement or a discussion forum or email them through moodle using Quickmail

moodle gradebook: Students do not see the grade book, only staff have access for marks admin purposes only. NB The course total should be disregarded as it will never be correct due to mit circs/resit Turnitin submission inboxes.

Administration block < Grades: downloading grades as an excel spreadsheet – also see how the gradebook works for anonymised inboxes.

Tweaking your moodle page:

  1. Enter a blurb and your contact details to the right hand side About this module block, 
  2. layout & sections,
  3. adding/changing/rearranging blocks,
  4. adding/updating files,
  5. using labels
  6. make sure the assessment and resit sections include all relevant details and are clearly signposted and structured – update the assessment table with the correct due dates & assignments.

Resource/reading lists: Please enquire with your institution’s library or with your relevant subject librarian at Roehampton (if appropriate) who will be able to guide you on how to add library resources, e-books etc. to your moodle page.

LibGuides: staff & student Roehampton Library Guides – databases/e-resources, software and IT infos

Learning Resources: Encourage your students to check out their Learning Resources and Academic Skills pages.

Student view: Don’t forget to check your page in student view.


Setting up inboxes, marking in Feedback Studio, anonymous marking, using rubrics & troubleshooting

Student Turnitin test page: All students have access to one of those, please encourage them to submit a test assignment ahead of their formal submission and familiarise themselves with the concept of Turnitin. This can be done when you first introduce them their assignment and what is expected from them. The moodle guide that goes out with the student user details and student IDs also includes a section on Turnitin. Also pin-point your class to guidance on how to interpret their similarity score which is also explained again on their Turnitin test page.

Turnitin submission links: Setting up standard, mit circs/authorised late & resit inboxes including groups and hiding assignments from students

Turnitin submission practice: QAHE guidelines for the most common submission scenarios

(Anonymous) marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio: Quick interactive tutorial on the main marking features, another brief tutorial on the commenting tools & more detailed help guide including de-anonymising submissions and issues related to anonymising inboxes prematurely such as marks not syncing to the gradebook NB If you copy feedback from a different document into Turnitin, make sure you strip it off all the formatting by first opening it in a text editor such as Notepad before pasting it into Feedback Studio.

Grading without a submission: using a Grading Template for group work or similar

Rubrics: creating & sharing rubrics, attaching rubrics to assignments and marking papers with rubrics

Known Turnitin glitches: M14: 11 – Loading error – paper not available, papers in read-only mode

Encourage your students to look at their feedback: How students can access their grades and feedback. 

Find out whether students have looked at their feedback in Turnitin: Who has accessed their feedback? Who hasn’t?

moodle assignments

Setting up & marking moodle (group) assignments/non-Turnitin & multimedia assignments

Podcast, video and similar types of assessments need to be facilitated using the in-built moodle assignment function.

Marking: How to grade moodle (group) assignments

Quizzes/in-class online tests

Setting up quizzes & questions banks, providing feedback, running in-class tests & administering individual user overrides

Generally as part of a franchise, the existing UR quiz is copied to your moodle page by your Roehampton eLearning Adviser, however feel free to set up a quiz of your own that may be better suited for the needs of your students. It is your responsibility to double check the quiz settings such as timings, question behaviour (are students allowed to return to questions? How many attempts do they have? Are the questions selected at random from a question bank?), general & specific feedback etc. Also do a test run by previewing the quiz and double check whether there are any duplicate or incorrect questions.

  1. Quiz settings, populating your questions bank & providing feedback
  2. Also check out the extensive quiz guide on moodle.org
  3. User or group overrides – grant individual students or groups extra time, resetting attempts etc. Quiz Administration block > User/Group overrides – NB If your have set your browser up to save your login details, make sure you erase them from the user overrides settings as students will otherwise be asked for your password before they can take the quiz.
  4. Guidance for running in-class tests: advise students to test their moodle logins prior to the test, have them ring the UR Helpdesk for a reset
  5. Manual grading of essay type questions rather than wading through each individual attempt: Administration> Quiz administration >Results > Manual grading. Offers an alternative way of splitting the marking between multiple lecturers.

Exploring other moodle activities and eLearning tools

Tracking student engagement, using booking & scheduling tools, chats and other activities

Tracking student engagement: What moodle can tell you, reports and analytics of how your moodle page is used.

Conditional activities: Each moodle activity can be restricted to according to certain conditions such as dates, other completed activities, grade obtained etc.  In the activity settings, select Restrict Access and set your conditions.

Group self-selection: The Group selection activity module allows students to select a group in the course that they want to be members of. Groupless students can create new groups (optional feature). Non-editing teachers may be randomly assigned to groups and group data is exportable as a spreadsheet.

Face to Face: voluntary booking system to manage workshops or training sessions – each activity is offered in one or more identical sessions. These sessions can be given over multiple days. Confirmation emails are sent when users sign-up for a session or cancel. Reminder emails are are also sent to users a few days before the session is scheduled to start. It also provides the ability to record attendance in relation to a booked session via the moodle interface; the attendance records can then be exported to a spreadsheet for further analysis.

Feedback for course evaluation: The feedback activity enables the creation of custom surveys for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.

Chat: How to set up text-based chat sessions.

Glossary: The glossary activity enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or to collect and organise resources or information.

Checklist: set up a checklist for your students to work through

Scheduler: schedule 1:1 appointments with your students

Wiki: create a collection of collaboratively authored web documents.

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