Turnitin PeerMark

What is Turnitin PeerMark?

PeerMark is a peer review assignment tool offered by Turnitin. It enables students to read, review, and evaluate each other's work and learn from peer feedback.

What is the purpose of Turnitin PeerMark?

Though Western’s license with Turnitin, all instructors and students have access to PeerMark. However, while some elements of Turnitin are integrated with OWL, PeerMark is not. This means that manual steps must be taken to get set up via the Turnitin Web App to set up your course and its roster and to import grades back into OWL. WTS offers tailored support for navigating this process. To connect, email turnitin@uwo.ca

How to use Turnitin PeerMark

For information about writing a peer review for an assignment, visit the Turnitin PeerMark Overview site

Tool Evaluation

Evaluated: August 2017

Functionality overall rating: 3 starFunctionality

Rating Rationale
Scale rating: 3 star

Scale

PeerMark can be scaled to accommodate any size class with the flexibility to create smaller sub-groups or communities of practice

Ease of use rating: 3 stars

Ease of Use

PeerMark has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and personalize

Tech Support/ Help Availability rating: 3 stars

Tech Support/Help Availability

In-person or email based technical support is readily available and aids users in troubleshooting tasks or solving problems experienced

Hypermediality rating: 3 stars

Hypermediality

PeerMark allows users to communicate through different channels (audio, visual, textual) and allows for non-sequential, flexible/adaptive engagement with material

Accessibility overall rating: 2 starsAccessibility

Rating Rationale
AODA Friendly rating: 2 stars

AODA Friendly

Some versions of Turnitin (e.g. LTI route) currently conform to WCAG 2.0 standards for accessibility, while other versions (Turnitin Feedback Studio) are not yet fully compliant. Users may experience variability in the degree to which the tool supports accessibility needs. For more information see Turnitin’s Accessibility page

Assistive Technology rating: 3 stars

User-focused participation

PeerMark is designed to address the needs of diverse users, their various literacies, and capabilities, thereby widening opportunities for participation in learning

Required Equipment rating: 3 stars

Required Equipment

Proper use of PeerMark does not require equipment other than a computer and access to the internet

Technical overall rating: 1 starsTechnical

Rating Rationale
Integration/Embedding within OWL rating: 1 stars

Integration/Embedding within OWL

PeerMark can only be offered in OWL through a link or static representations of the tool (i.e. PDF), rather than a functional version of the tool itself

Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Operating Systems

Users can effectively utilize the tool with any standard, up-to-date operating system (i.e. Windows 10, Apple OSX, etc.)

Web Browser rating: 3 stars

Web Browser

Users can effectively utilize the tool with any standard, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 etc.)

Additional Technical Requirements rating: 3 stars

Additional Technical Requirements

Users can effectively utilize the tool without any browser extensions or downloaded software

Mobile Design overall rating: 1 starMobile Design

Rating Rationale
Mobile Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Mobile Operating Systems

PeerMark is fully functional with a range of electronic mobile devices (laptops, tablets, touchscreens, mobile devices, etc.)

Mobile Functionality rating: 3 stars

Mobile Functionality

There is little to no functional difference between the mobile web app and the main tool

Offline Access rating: 1 star

Offline Access

The PeerMark platform cannot be used in any capacity offline

Usage and account set up overall rating: 1 starUsage and Account Set Up

Rating Rationale
Sign Up/Sign In rating: 1 stars

Sign Up/Sign In

PeerMark is included in Western’s Institutional license with the Turnitin Suite. This means that access is free of charge, however single sign-on with Western credentials is not supported. Accounts with the Turnitin web login must be set up manually for both instructors and students. For support with this please contact turnitin@uwo.ca .

Cost of Use rating: 3 stars

Cost of Use

All aspects of PeerMark can be used free of charge to Western account holders

Archiving Saving and Exporting Data rating: 3 stars

Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data

Users can archive, save, or import and export content or activity data in a variety of formats

Data Privacy and Ownership rating: 3 stars

Data Privacy and Ownership

Users maintain ownership and copyright of their intellectual property/data; the user can keep data private and decide if/how data is to be shared

Social Presence overall rating: 2 starsSocial Presence

Rating Rationale
Collaboration rating: 3 stars

Collaboration

PeerMark has the capacity to support a community of learning through both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities for communication, interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users

User Accountability rating: 3 stars

User Accountability

Instructors can control student anonymity; PeerMark provides technical solutions for holding students accountable for their actions

Diffusion rating: 2 stars

Diffusion

Student familiarity with PeerMark is likely mixed, some will lack basic technical competence with its functions

Instructor Presence overall rating: 3 starsInstructor Presence

Rating Rationale
Facilitation rating: 3 stars

Facilitation

PeerMark has easy-to-use features that would significantly improve an instructor’s ability to be present with students via active management, monitoring, and engagement

Customization rating: 3 stars

Customization

PeerMark is adaptable to its environment: easily customized to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes

Learning Analytics rating:3 stars

Learning Analytics

Instructor can monitor students’ performance on a variety of responsive measures)

Cognitive Presence overall rating: 2 starsCognitive Presence

Rating Rationale
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s) rating: 3 stars

Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s)

PeerMark enhances engagement in targeted cognitive task(s) that were once overly complex or inconceivable through other means

Higher Order Thinking rating: 2 stars

Higher Order Thinking

PeerMark may engage students in higher order thinking skills (given significant consideration to design, facilitation, and direction from instructor)

Feedback on Learning rating: 3 stars

Feedback on Learning

Through PeerMark, students can regularly receive formative feedback on learning (i.e. they can track their performance, monitor their improvement, test their knowledge, etc.)

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