This is common in the School of Literature and Languages on modules with large student cohorts and a large number of markers, and may apply elsewhere in the University.
Marking and Moderation are conducted anonymously, using Turnitin.
Each marker is allocated a group of papers to mark (there may be up to 8 markers, each marking 20-30 papers).
Once marking is complete, marker A moderates a sample of the papers marked by marker B, and so on.
The process for achieving this is as follows:
- Set up a Group Set > Random Enrol, with one group per marker. Students will be randomly assigned to a group.
- Markers filter the Turnitin assignment inbox by Group, to find and mark the papers allocated to them.
- Markers use a spreadsheet/form to record the Paper ID and grade for each paper they mark.
- Once complete, the spreadsheet/form is forwarded to the person moderating their sample.
- Moderators use that spreadsheet/form to identify the moderation sample.
- Moderators can then access the required papers via the assignment inbox, using the search and filter facilities to locate individual papers.
- For each paper moderated, the moderator records their comments and mark on the spreadsheet/form.
- The moderator and first marker follow the School’s procedures to agree a final mark, and record this in the moderation spreadsheet/form.
- If marks need to be changed as a result of the moderation process, the moderator and marker agree which of them will make this change in Turnitin.
- The agreed member of staff applies any changes directly in Turnitin:
- locate and open the relevant student attempts from the Assignment Inbox
- edit the grade in the Feedback Studio
- Moderator emails the moderation spreadsheet/form to the programme admin team.
- Individual moderation sheets can be collated by the Programme Administrator into one Excel file / Word document, for use as a moderation report for the assignment as a whole.