PeerMark – what you need to know

Turnitin made their PeerMark function available through the VLE earlier this year.

Instructors using this tool need to be aware that the Turnitin inbox in the VLE will include:

  1. Any students with an unavailable enrolment on the module (if a student signed up for the module and then changed their mind they will have an unavailable enrolment)
  2. Staff or students who have been given student access to the module although they are not studying the module officially.

This means the Distribution of Papers settings must be changed (in Step 2). Click ‘Show more distribution options’ and then ‘Exclude Students’. Click ‘Browse for student’ to see all enrolled and then highlight the user’s name as relevant and click ‘Save exclusion’. Repeat for each user as necessary. Excluded users will be listed in the blue box. This process is also described in the guide.

If you do not do this the allocation of papers for review will most likely include people who are not studying your module. This means some students will be asked to review papers for people who will never submit.

The VLE Service have raised the issue of unavailable enrolments being included with Turnitin, if this cannot be resolved we may have to remove the PeerMark tool. We will update this blog in due course.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the ISS helpdesk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or

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