As an instructor for Brandman University, you may teach a course that includes a Signature Assignment. You will know there is a Signature Assignment in the course you are teaching because it will be noted in the syllabus.
As a best practice to promote academic integrity, all Signature Assignments for the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business and Professional Studies are submitted as Turnitin assignments. Turnitin provides Brandman the ability to collect learning outcomes data to improve student learning and educational effectiveness.
Once a Signature Assignment is submitted to turnitin.com, an originality report will be generated, which provides a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper.
As an instructor for Brandman University, you may teach a course that includes a Signature
You will know there is a Signature Assignment in the course you are teaching because it
will be noted in the syllabus.
As a best practice to promote academic integrity, all Signature Assignments for the School of
Arts and Sciences and the School of Business and Professional Studies are submitted as
Turnitin provides Brandman the ability to collect learning outcomes data to improve
student learning and educational effectiveness.
Once a Signature Assignment is submitted to turnitin.com, an originality report will be
generated, which provides a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted
To grade a Signature Assignment, first go to your course in Blackboard.
Next, click Course Tools and then select Turnitin Assignments.
On the Turnitin assignments page, you will see the Signature Assignment listed.
Click the title of the assignment.
Here you will see your Turnitin inbox, which displays all of the submitted assignments.
When viewing your Turnitin inbox, it is important to remember that the color of the report icon
indicates the Similarity Index of the paper, or the percentage of matches between a submission
and Turnitin’s database.
If the icon is blue, there is no matching text in a submitted paper with turnitin’s
Green means that the submitted paper has somewhere between one word and 24% of its text that
matches turnitin.com’s database.
Yellow means the submitted paper has 25 to 49% of its text that matches.
Orange means 50-74% matches.
And red indicates that 75-100% of the text of a submitted paper matches the turnitin
It is important to look closely at the similarities identified by turnitin.com because a match
found in a submitted paper does not always mean the paper was plagiarized.
We recommend that you take the time to review the similarities to make that determination.
Click the title of the student’s assignment you want to grade.
The student’s paper opens in the Feedback Studio.
The Feedback Studio is a grading tool provided by Turnitin.
Once students submit their Signature Assignments via the Turnitin assignment submission link
inside the course, they are automatically added to the repository.
After opening a paper, you are automatically being shown the feedback layer within the
You will know you have the feedback layer on because the feedback layer icon is highlighted
You can also view the similarity layer by activating the layer here.
You will see the similarity layer icon is now red, indicating it is active.
To zoom the paper in and out, use the slider at the bottom of the page.
You may wish to add text or leave a voice comment to the paper.
There are two ways to leave a written comment.
You can use GradeMark’s pre-existing comments, called QuickMarks, or you can type your own
To use QuickMarks, click the QuickMarks icon then click and drag a comment to the section
of the paper where you want the comment to appear.
To type your own comments, click the area on the paper you would like to leave a comment,
then click the Comments icon.
Note that you may also select a QuickMark from this menu as well.
After clicking on the comment icon, type your comment in the textbox, and click away from
the comment to automatically save.
After your comment is saved, it will appear as a speech bubble icon.
This icon can be dragged anywhere on the paper.
You can view or edit your comment by clicking on the icon again.
To delete a comment, click on the icon and then click the Trashcan icon.
A voice comment can be up to three minutes long.
Click the record button (the leftmost, circular button) to start recording.
During recording, the record button will change to a pause button.
Click pause to pause the recording.
Alternatively, click the trash can icon to delete your current voice comment.
Once you have stopped recording completely, your comment will then be available for playback
and can also be saved by clicking the Save icon.
If you need to reset the audio comment and start again, click the discard button (the
rightmost button) at anytime.
This will delete your current voice comment.
Now, it’s time to grade the Signature Assignment.
Click the Rubrics or Form icon.
Each Signature Assignment has a carefully designed and vetted rubric, which is pre-loaded
to the GradeMark repository.
In order to ensure that the data is collected from Signature Assignments, it is mandatory
that instructors grade signature assignments correctly.
The Signature Assignment should have the turnitin rubric attached.
If you find that there is no rubric attached, you can attach the rubric to the assignment.
Please note that you will not need to repeat the process of attaching the rubric after
you have attached it to the first assignment submission you grade within GradeMark.
To attach a rubric to the assignment, click the cogwheel icon to open the rubric library.
Since the repository is organized alphabetically by course number, a rubric that does not match
your class may display.
Click the list icon to the left of this page, to open the rubric library.
Find and select the rubric labeled with the corresponding course and assignment name.
Once you select the corresponding rubric, the GradeMark rubric will automatically populate
with the criteria and performance-level information.
It may take a moment to load.
Even though the rubric has been accessed in GradeMark, you must attach the rubric to the
assignment in order to load the rubric to GradeMark so that the grades will automatically
be entered in the Grade Center in Blackboard.
Click the Attached to Assignment ON/OFF toggle button located at the bottom left-hand corner
in order to attach the rubric.
To ensure that the rubic has been attached to the assignment, the ON/OFF toggle at the
bottom left-hand side of the rubric screen should indicate ON and be highlighted in blue.
Review the rubric, and then click Close so you can begin grading.
Please note that you cannot edit the rubric.
If you see any discrepancies, please contact your school’s Academic Technology Support
Now you can begin grading the Signature Assignment by moving the grading slider in the column
to the right.
Please be aware that you may need to scroll down in the column to use the entire rubric.
The description of each grading area is listed below.
When you finish grading be sure to click Apply to Grade to save.
This is an important final step.
By clicking this, grades are automatically calculated and populated in the Grade Center
within your Blackboard course.
Note that you can open the rubric in a larger window by clicking on the “Use full size
rubric in a new window” icon here.
When using this view, you only need to select the scale that applies to the criteria for
this student’s paper.
Once you have completed this, click Apply to Grade.
Click close to get back to the paper.
You will now see the grade has been updated and automatically saved.
To grade the next paper, click the right-arrow at the top of the page.
Once you have completed grading all student papers, you can exit the window by clicking
This will take you back to your Blackboard course.
Students can then access GradeMark to review comments, print, or save a copy of the graded
assignment with the completed rubric.
If you would like to check your students’ grades, go to the Grade Center by clicking
Grade Center and then Full Grade Center.
Locate the Signature Assignment column to verify students’ grades.
For any assistance throughout this process, contact your school’s Academic Technology
Support Specialists: For Arts & Sciences: firstname.lastname@example.org
And for Business & Professional Studies: email@example.com