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SLIDE: Student Learning in a Digital Environment: Submitting Assessments

Learning in the Digital Environment

Your Learning Environment


Submitting Assessments


Communicate and Collaborate



Module 3

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Submitting Assessments in the Digital Space (Turnitin, BB, quizzes)


What do I do before I start?

Regardless of your course, unit or lecturer, you should aim to develop three basic habits when doing assignments:

  1. Read the assignment carefully as soon as you receive it and start working on it reasonably early – they usually take longer to complete than first anticipated!
  2. Ask the lecturer or tutor questions if you are unclear about anything relating to the assignment. It is best to receive assistance before you attempt the assignment.
  3. Check the assessment criteria as it identifies the mark allocations and grading system.This might take the form of a list of criteria or a rubric.

Good habits for assignment work infographic

Turnitin at ECU

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is the most common assessment submission and feedback tool that we use at ECU.  Turnitin is a text-matching tool that checks the work you submit against a large selection of journals, websites and other students’ submissions.  Turnitin generates an Originality Report that shows you and your instructors any portions of your assessment that match other existing texts out there.  Just because parts of your assessment have been matched does not mean that this is plagiarism - you might have quoted a journal or simply used a commonly used phrase.  When checking your own Originality Report do not get hung up on the overall percentage - rather, use your judgment as you read each highlighted text match and ask yourself "would I or my lecturer consider this to be plagiarism?"

Why do we use Turnitin?

Turnitin’s Originality Reports reduces unoriginal content and fosters more confident writers by helping you to catch places where you have not referenced properly or have not paraphrased correctly and allowing you to refine your writing skills and style.

Not only does Turnitin generate Originality Reports, it also allows your instructors to give you personalised and timely feedback while helping identify areas for your own growth and improvement.

How do I use Turnitin?

Turnitin is not automatically available in each unit site in the Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard.  If you need to use it, your instructor will set up a link to a Turnitin Assessment in the unit site and will give you instructions in the unit plan. 

To submit your assessment to Turnitin:

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Click on the link to your unit site
  3. In the unit site, click on the menu item for your assessments - typically it is labelled ‘Assessments’
  4. Scroll down to the assessment item and click the ‘View/Complete’ link
  5. This will show the Turnitin assignment list
  6. Click the ‘Submit’ button
  7. In the submit form, enter a ‘Submission title’
  8. Then click the ‘Choose from this computer’ button, then select your assessment file - then click the ‘Upload’ button
  9. Your assessment has not been submitted until you click the ‘Confirm’ button and you receive your digital receipt.


Blackboard Assignments

Sometimes your instructor will not use a Turnitin Assessment link but will instead use a Blackboard Assignment.  This is usually because you have to submit a file type that Turnitin does not produce Originality Reports for.  Submitting a Blackboard assignment is similar to submitting a Turnitin assessment - and more help can be found at Blackboard Submit Assignments help for students

Blackboard Tests (Quizzes)

Instructors use tests to assess your understanding of course content and objectives. Your instructor assigns point values to questions in a test. You submit your test for grading, and the results are recorded. You can view your grades when your instructor makes them available to you.

Full instructions on how to submit a Blackboard test can be found at Blackboard Tests and Surveys help for students

How to Submit a Student Video with Panopto

Panopto is a video capture service supported by ECU.  Panopto provides a range of viewing enhancements for accessibility and to engage the learner with embedded tools such as discussion, notes, bookmarking and keyword search. With Panopto you can create, edit and submit video assessments using a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Installation of software on a Windows or Mac computer is not required to view Panopto recordings in Blackboard.

Recording with Panopto is only available for video assessments.  A link to the PC or MAC recording application is provided within the video assignment instructions on Blackboard.  Recordings can also be made from the Panopto mobile application for a video assignment.

For instructions on how to submit a student video into Blackboard visit Panopto for Students.

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