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Update: Royal Holloway, University of London, Moodle Rollover & Archiving 2015

The annual Moodle course rollover is scheduled for the week beginning Monday June 15th.  This affects both Moodle ( and the Moodle Archive ( .  The schedule is as follows:
1.            Moodle Archive will be unavailable from 4pm on Tuesday June 16th.
2.            Moodle will be unavailable from 9am on Wednesday June 17th.
3.            Moodle and the Moodle Archive will be restored no later than 9am on Friday June 19th
These timings are subject to change, and we will provide you with updates as necessary.
Please refer to the dedicated E-Learning News Page at for further information about the rollover and archiving processes.
Thank you for your support and patience during the rollover and archiving period.

The E-Learning Team

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Five tips for marking with Turnitin / Grademark

1. Use a supported browser

    Internet Explorer 9,10,11
    Mozilla Firefox 15+
    Google Chrome 23+
    Mozilla Firefox 15+
    Google Chrome 23+
    Safari 5+

2. Refer to our Moodle-based resources

3. Navigate from paper –to-paper using the document viewer’s in-built navigation tool.You need not close the Document Viewer down

a) Move from one paper to the next using the forward and back buttons at the top right-hand side of the Document Viewer

b) Or, use the drop-down list to choose which essay to mark next

4. If the service appears to slow down or becomes unavailable – check the Turnitin status update twitter account @TurnitinStatus

If the service is experiencing problems then wait until they have been resolved

5. If there are no service warnings, a browser refresh and cache clean may help

a) close the document viewer
b) empty your browser cache -to find out how to do this visit

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Problem solved? QR Codes, anonymous submission & SpLDs

Using Quick Response Codes in support of anonymous submission of work to Turnitin by students with Specific Learning Difficulties

What is the problem?

‘the need for a simple and easy way of identifying students with declared Specific Learning Difficulties when marking anonymously using Turnitin and ensuring that these students are not marked adversely in any way. The second lesser point is that the system is not open to abuse by other students’

Some departments have no system in place to identify and mark accordingly the work submitted anonymously to Turnitin by students with declared Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). This becomes problematic when administering and moderating marks, and undermines one of the benefits of online marking by delaying the release of marks and feedback.

Other departments use the ‘Green Sticker’ approach, whereby students are provided with bespoke labels to apply to their printed assignments. This approach cannot work with e-submission and e-marking and needs to be replaced and improved.

It is possible to use Moodle Groups and Groupings to discretely set-up a Turnitin Assignment for those with declared SpLDs. This approach would requires greater administrative resource in the departments, something which is not often available. A far greater issue, however, is that the students’ identities are revealed when the assignment’s Post date is reached. As a Turnitin spokesperson said at a recent Moodle Users Group, ‘Anonymous submission is a minefield’.
What is the proposed solution?

We have been exploring the possibility of ‘digitising and extending’ the green sticker approach with the use of Quick Response (QR) codes. These can be rapidly produced, loaded with information, distributed to students and scanned – with an app and some light training – by markers and administrators.

What are Quick Response Codes?

    QR Code embedded with a link to Wikipedia

  • Quick Response Codes (QRs) are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read using smartphones and tablets
  • Users can scan QRs with a simple, free phone app
  • QRs can contain text, email addresses, links to websites, phone numbers, and many other types of information

Scan this QR code to find out more, it has been embedded with a link to a relevant Wikipedia page.

What equipment will this approach require?

How will it work? 

The marker’s view of a submitted document with an embedded QR Code

  • Students are provided with a personalised QR Code
  • Students paste their QR code into their essay.assignment document 
  • Markers can see that the work has been submitted by a student with a declared SpLD
  • The work is marked accordingly

The marker’s view of a submitted document with an embedded QR Code

  • The code is scanned from screen using the app
  • The marker can instantly see the student code and the URL for the marking guidelines
  • Other information can be included

 Roles & workflow


    • Create spreadsheet with Student Numbers of those with declared SpLDs
    • Create QR Codes, embedding the Student Number and the URL for the relevant marking guidelines
    • Maintain a spreadsheet matching the QR Codes with Student Numbers
    • E-mail QR Codes to students
    • Scan QR code to check its validity – does it contain a Student Number which matches one of those held in the spreadsheet?


      • Save their QR Code
      • Paste QR Code into documents prior to submitting to Turnitin

      Academic staff

      • Look for and acknowledge QR Code when marking
      • Scan QR code to check its validity – does it contain a Student Number which matches one of those held in the spreadsheet?


      • No capital outlay
      • Not bleeding-edge (QR Codes have been used by industry, libraries, commerce since 1998)
      • Not technically difficult (investigation has been carried out using a 6 year old iPhone 3)
      • Quick to produce, share, use, and scan
      • Bespoke and personal to each student
      • QR codes highly visible to marking staff
      • Offer greater security and personalisation (when compared to having no system in place or the green sticker approach)
      • Reusable – one per student per duration of study
      • Can be discrete (25mm)
      • Consolidate cohorts’ submissions – No need to use Moodle Groups/Groupings or set-up additional Turnitin activities


      • Risk of abuse by students e.g., sharing and faking
      • Not visible from the submission in-box , only when viewing the file
      • Requires some resource and consistent application
      • Staff require smartphones or tablets, and a free app
      • Only works if staff engage with it

      Further investigation

      • Tracking the number of times each QR Code is scanned
      • Providing students with a coversheet with QR Codes pre-embedded to simplify their workflow and to reduce the risk of sharing
      • Develop a workflow for those markers using the Turnitin iPad app
      • Streamlining the workflows for administrators
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      TEL in the dock

      Launching in October 2015,  our Law degree ( explores the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law.
      The newly validated and surprisingly popular Royal Holloway LLB demands innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment.  This in turn provides great opportunities for piloting, evaluating, and embedding Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) from the get go, without the obstacles which are present and often entrenched in existing programmes.  ‘E-Learning Carte Blanche’ is a new experience for both the teaching and e-learning teams, while we have in place a Faculty Administrator who is progressive and supportive in their approach to digitising the administration of programme delivery.
      We’re planning to use Turning Technologies Clickers to facilitate in-class interactivity, polls & tests, while our Panopto/RePlay service will support the capture of both lectures and student presentations.  Our GradeMark service – integrated with Moodle – will be used to provide rich, timely and legible feedback to our students.  
      We will begin with supporting the creation of large question banks of challenging, legal multiple choice questions.   Those who dispute the value (read: difficulty) of MCQs should have a look at these examples:

      We will provide updates on our decisions, progress and impact as we work with our new law colleagues.