The benefits and limitations of anonymous, electronic, cross-campus marking

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The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is Scotland’s largest modern university with the largest School of Health. There are approximately 4100 full or part time students studying at one of four campus sites across the West of
Scotland. Pre-registration adult and mental health programmes of study (BSc Adult Nursing or BSc Mental Health Nursing) run simultaneously on each of the four campuses. Internal drivers from within the School heralded the move to electronic management of written assessments.

This presentation shall explore our experience of using Turnitin to assess and provide students with feedback for a 2nd year module on the BSc Adult Nursing programme.

Anonymous, cross-campus marking with initiated for students who submitted their 2500 word context dependent assignment in August 2012. The module moderator highlighted that this approach demonstrated consistency of marking across all four sites and that the use of Turnitin had improved student feedback. However, those students who had been unsuccessful raised some concerns about the ease of accessing academic support to help them prepare for their
next attempt. Although the quality of feedback had improved, students were keen to have face-to-face discussions with the marker to enable them to
improve their work. As a result, it was decided to return to campus specific marking but still used Turnitin.

The move to Turnitin to facilitate electronic marking and feedback of student
assessments has been challenging but ultimately worthwhile. Although the decision to cease cross-campus marking was taken, Turnitin allows students to submit their work without having to come onto campus to deliver paper copies. It allows lecturers to mark from home, eases the processes of moderation and external examiner review and enhances the student experience by providing a range of feedback methods (comments within the text, general comments and electronic rubrics).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2014
EventRCN Education Forum conference and exhibition: partners in practice - The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Feb 201427 Feb 2014


ConferenceRCN Education Forum conference and exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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