PeerMark is an online tool for distributing student papers for peer review. Using PeerMark, papers submitted through Turnitin can be electronically assigned to one or more students in the class for their review using criteria established by the instructor. Papers can simply be evaluated against those standards, or peer reviewers can also be encouraged to add inline comments, overall comments, and/or some basic editing marks. Instructors may also write a PeerMark review. Upon completion of the PeerMark assignment, reviewed papers are returned to students directly through the PeerMark assignment within Blackboard.
Instructors must first set up a Turnitin assignment in their Blackboard course to have students submit their papers. Detailed Turnitin assignment creation instructions are available on the ITS Turnitin within Blackboard (Instructor) web page. Once the initial Turnitin assignment has been created, instructors must create a second, PeerMark assignment, based upon the original paper assignment.
The PeerMark instructions below are intended to help instructors use this resource within Blackboard. Information is also available for using PeerMark outside of the Blackboard environment. Consult this Blackboard Tips and Tricks handout for an overview of PeerMark. Consult the ITS Training site to register for an upcoming session on Turnitin and all of its components.
When creating a Turnitin assignment to be shared with peers through PeerMark, make certain to incorporate the following into the assignment instructions.
PeerMark is a feature within Turnitin. Therefore, you must first create a Turnitin assignment within Blackboard in order to use PeerMark. Whether you choose to use the Originality reporting or not will be determined by your settings when you create the Turnitin assignment. See the Using Turnitin within Blackboard web page for detailed instructions regarding how to set up the initial Turnitin assignment.
To create a PeerMark assignment in Blackboard:
Instructors can view the student's peer reviews, add their own reviews, and grade the reviewers through the PeerMark link within the course content area where the PeerMark Assignment has been deployed.
Consult these Turnitin tutorials for additional information: PeerMark Overview, Creating a PeerMark Assignment, Writing a Review of a Student Paper, Reading Peer Reviews. In addition, ITS has created a Quick Guide for GradeMark designed to highlight the basics of using the product.
Why do I not see the PeerMark option when adding a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard?
Instructors must first set up a Turnitin assignment in their Blackboard course to have students submit their papers. Once the initial Turnitin assignment has been created, instructors must create a second, PeerMark assignment, based upon the original paper assignment.
What file formats does Turnitin support?
Turnitin supports Microsoft Word (.doc & .docx), plain text (TXT), rich text (RTF), PDF, HTML, WordPerfect, PostScript. Files must be less than 20 MB. The maximum paper length is 400 pages.
How many Turnitin Originality Reports can be generated?
According to the Turnitin site, when multiple submissions are permitted, only one Originality Report will be processed in a 24 hour period; reports "for second or subsequent submissions will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing."
What are the technical requirements of Turnitin?
Will there be times when I cannot access Turnitin?
View the Turnitin scheduled maintenance times to see when the system will be unavailable.
For additional information on instructor usage of PeerMark, view the Turnitin training site or consult the following resources:
For more information about or additional help with Turnitin, contact Information Technology Services at (618) 650-5500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.