Time constrained assessments (TCAs) have been devised as a method of delivering online assessments in a student’s home.  TCAs involve using timed release content on Blackboard, to administer an assignment to students with a time-bound Turnitin assessment point.  It is important that the assignment content and Turnitin submission point are released under controlled conditions, and that the Grade Centre is managed to allow for marking and feedback without early grade release.

This page will detail how to set up TCAs on your Blackboard module.

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A visual representation of the steps involved in setting up a TCA or Short Format Assignment (SFA) appears below:

Flow diagram of 5 stages: "Check the total column is hidden in grade centre", "Adda a content item with detailed instructions. Set adaptive release", "Create a Turnitin submission point. Set adaptive release", "Check the adaptive release and post date settings", "Ask one or more colleagues to peer review the settings".
Setting up TCAs.

Below you will find a links to detailed guides, in five parts, describing the process of creating and managing TCAs on Blackboard.

Walkthrough of the TCA process with Kevin Jacques (College of Science, Director of Academic Quality and Standards)

Part 1: Introduction: YouTube Video (Opens in a new tab)

Part 2: Setting up on Blackboard: YouTube Video (Opens in a new tab)

Part 3: Setting your TCA: YouTube Video (Opens in a new tab)

Part 4: Creating a Turnitin upload area: YouTube Video (Opens in a new tab)

Part 5: Adjusting for Learning Support Plans (LSP): YouTube Video (Opens in a new tab)

N.B. For upcoming timed assessments, if there is a requirement for a cohort of students to be able to access a specific ebook title, please get in touch with your Academic Subject Librarian as soon as possible. 

Support resources

For further support in setting up TCAs or SFAs, please see the documentation linked here.
Conducting Time Constraint Assessments (TCA) and Short Format Assignments using Turnitin | Doc(opens in a new tab) | PDF