Turnitin: Feedback Studio - Grading

Turnitin Feedback Studio allows markers to provide feedback on student submissions by way of in-text comments*, QuickMarks (pre-prepared comments), long-form text, audio, rubrics, attachments and number grades.

*Eligible formats for adding in-text feedback include Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice, Hangul and plain text.

Regardless of the file format of the student submission, long-form text comments, audio comments and rubrics can still be used for marking and providing feedback. Moreover, even if students have submitted no file at all, Feedback Studio may still be used to provide feedback using a Grading Form.

For further details on giving feedback without a submission see an assignment with no file submission in this guide.

Further details on Turnitin rubrics

Turnitin also provides a Similarity Report which checks student submissions for text that matches web content, electronically published material, or submisions to Turnitin's repository. For more information on using Turnitin Feedback Studio - Similarity Reports

View student assignments in Feedback Studio

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of the Turnitin assignment you wish to access.
  3. From the Assignment Inbox click on the title of the student’s submission, or on the pencil in the Grade column.
Pencil icon
Pencil icon

Adding feedback to student assignments in  Feedback Studio

Turnitin Feedback Studio gives you the opportunity to add the following feedback types:

  • QuickMarks: create a set of pre-prepared bubble comments to improve the speed and consistency of marking.
  • Bubble comments: add bespoke comments that can be dragged to different places on the student’s assignment.
  • Inline text: add words or sentences directly to the student’s assignment.
  • General Text comment: add a more general comment of up to 5000 characters.
  • Audio comments: add a voice recording of up to 3 minutes.
  • Strikethrough: put a red line through selected text on the student’s assignment.
  • Rubrics: rubrics and grading forms provide structured feedback and can be used to calculate a score if desired.

Adding QuickMarks

QuickMarks are an easy way to speed up the process of adding frequently used comments to assignments. Instead of typing the same comment repeatedly onto assignments, you can make your frequently used comment into a QuickMark and simply drop it onto an assignment wherever relevant, and as many times as you like.

Add an existing QuickMark using QuickMark icon on the paper

  1. Click anywhere on the student paper, then click the QuickMark icon
Location of QuickMark icon
Location of QuickMark icon
  1. A window with the default set of QuickMarks will appear. Simply click your preferred QuickMark, scroll down to add any additional comments below it
QuickMark set
QuickMark set
  1. Click anywhere else on the page to save it

Add an existing QuickMark using QuickMarks Side Panel:

QuickMarks can also be added from the QuickMark side panel by clicking in the QuickMarks icon in the tool bar and then clicking on the appropriate QuickMark in the Side Panel

Location of QuickMark icon in the QuickMark side panel
Location of QuickMark icon in the QuickMark side panel

Note: you can also choose to highlight some text before clicking the appropriate QuickMarks, and this will create a call-out line connecting the highlighted text to the QuickMark you have chosen. This can be helpful in making it clear to the student which part of their assignment your comment refers to.

Highlighted text
Highlighted text

You can also choose the colour that the text will be highlighted in.

Associate a comment with a colour
Associate a comment with a colour
  • To move a QuickMark comment: put the cursor on the comment and click and drag to the new location.
  • To delete a QuickMark comment: click the comment, then click the trash icon that appears.

Select a different QuickMark set

  1. Click the QuickMarks icon to bring up the QuickMarks side panel on the right of the screen.
  2. Click the dropdown arrow next to the current QuickMark Set.
  3. Choose from the other available sets.

See the section in this guide on creating your own QuickMarks set for more details on creating, managing, uploading and downloading QuickMarks

Adding Bubble Comments

  1. Click anywhere on the paper, then click the Comment icon.
Location of Comment icon
Location of Comment icon
  1. Enter a comment and then click anywhere on the page to save it.
  2. If you’d like your comment attached to text using a call-out line, simply highlight some text first, then click the comment icon. The option to change the colour of the highlighting will again be available.
  3. To review or edit the comment, click the bubble comment icon again. You will notice that you can also convert the comment to a QuickMark which allows you to reuse the same feedback elsewhere or on other student assignments. Click the Convert to QuickMark link, give the QuickMark a title and assign it to a particular set of QuickMarks.
Assign criterion
Assign a criterion to a comment
  1. When adding bubble comments, you will also notice that if you have attached a rubric to the assignment, you have the option to link the bubble comment to the rubric feedback, using Associate a criterion.
  2. To move a bubble comment: put the cursor on the comment then click and drag to the new location.
  3. To delete a bubble comment: click the comment, then click the trash icon that appears.

Inline text comments

  1. Click anywhere on the paper.
  2. Click the text icon to insert a text comment directly onto the paper.
Location of text icon
Location of text icon
  1. Type the inline comment text.
Text comment example: great work...
Example of a text comment
  1. Click anywhere in the document to save the inline comment.

Notes

  • Be careful where you place inline comment as they are sometimes difficult to see if placed near other text/content.
  • To move a text comment: put the cursor on the comment and click and drag to the new location.
  • To delete a text comment: put the cursor on the comment then click the trash icon that appears.

Strikethrough text

  1. Highlight the text in the document that you want to strike out.
  2. Click the strikethrough icon.
Location of strikethrough icon
Location of strikethrough icon
  1. A red strikethrough line will now appear over the selected text.
  2. To delete the strike through: put the cursor on the strikethrough text then click the trash icon that appears. The text remains, but the strikethrough disappears.

General and Voice feedback

In addition to comments added to specific areas of a student assignment, text and voice comments may be added that apply to the entire document.

To record audio feedback

To use this feature, you must have a microphone attached and already configured to work with your computer.

  1. Click the Feedback Summary icon on the right hand side of the screen.
Location of Feedback Summary icon
Location of Feedback Summary icon
  1. In the Voice Comment section click the Record button.
Location of record button
Location of record button
  1. If it is the first time you have made a voice recording in Turnitin, you will see a dialog asking permission to allow turnitin.com to access your camera and microphone.
Example of Adobe Flash Player settings
Example of Adobe Flash Player settings
  1. Click Allow (and select Remember if you don’t want to see this message again).
  2. Click Close.
  3. Recording automatically starts. Speak into your microphone for up to three minutes.
    You may ‘pause’ as needed during this time.
  4. When finished click the Stop button.
  5. You can review the message by clicking the Play button.
  6. Once happy with the recording you must click Save Recording.
  7. To overwrite a saved voice comment you must first delete the old voice comment by clicking the Discard Voice Comment icon.
Discard Voice Comment icon
Discard Voice Comment icon.

Note: Students are unable to download Voice Comment feedback from Feedback Studio.

To add a General Text Comment (5000 character limit)

  1. Click the Feedback Summary icon on the right hand side of the screen.
  2. Click in the Text Comment section and start typing your comments. You can also paste from another location using keyboard shortcuts. The text is saved as you type it.
  3. Use simple editing tools as needed. These are: bold, italic, underline and link to a URL.
Text comment
General Text Comment

Create your own QuickMark set

You can create your own QuickMark set using the QuickMark Manager. Your QuickMark set can be created  manually with your own QuickMarks, or you can make use of QuickMarks from other sets. You can also convert any bubble comment into a QuickMark at any time. A QuickMark set can be exported and shared with your colleagues to assist in improving consistency of feedback given to students. The QuickMark Manager is also the place to change your default QuickMark set.

  1. You can access the QuickMark Manager in two ways:
    1. To access the QuickMark Manager from the side panel, click the QuickMark icon in the toolbar. Click the drop down arrow next to the name of the currently displayed QuickMarks set and select the QuickMarks Manager.
    2. To access the QuickMark Manager from anywhere on the paper, click the paper to reveal the in-context marking tool. Click the QuickMarks icon.
  2. Click the drop down arrow next to the name of the currently displayed QuickMarks set and select the QuickMark Manager.
QuickMark Manager
QuickMark Manager

The QuickMark Manager is displayed.

The QuickMark manager dialog showing sets and marks within a set
The QuickMark manager dialog showing sets and marks within a set
  1. Click the menu icon and select Create New Set.
Menu icon
Menu icon
  1. Enter the name for the new QuickMark set and click Save.
  2. Click the menu icon and click on the name of the set just created. A blank QuickMark set will display.
Blank QuickMark set
An empty QuickMark set

Create your own QuickMarks from Bubble Comments

To create your own QuickMark from a Bubble Comment:

  1. Create a new bubble comment, or click on an existing one.
  2. Click ‘Convert to QuickMark’.
  3. Choose a Title for your QuickMark and which QuickMark set to add it to.
  4. Click Save.
Convert a comment to a QuickMark
Convert a comment to a QuickMark

Populate a QuickMark set manually

  1. Ensure you are in the QuickMark Manager and viewing the set you want to populate.
  2. Click the + sign next to QuickMarks on right or + Create Quick Mark in centre.
  3. Enter the title for the new QuickMark in the first box on the right.
  4. Enter the detailed QuickMark description in the second box, using editing tools as desired.
  5. Click Save to finish.
Adding a manual QuickMark
Adding a manual QuickMark

Populate a QuickMark set with marks from other sets

  1. Ensure you are in the QuickMark Manager.
  2. Click the menu icon and select set that contains marks you want to copy.
Menu icon
Menu icon
  1. QuickMarks will be displayed in the left column.
  2. Click the title of any QuickMark you want to copy. (Ctrl and/or Shift can be used to select multiple marks).
  3. Click the + Add to Set button.
  4. Select the name of the set to copy the QuickMarks too.

Share QuickMark sets with others

By default you can see all your own QuickMark sets, regardless of which subject you using, but other teaching staff in the same subject can not see any of your customised sets. You can share a QuickMark set by exporting a QMS file. Anyone who then imports this file will have your QuickMark set.

Download a QuickMark set

  1. Ensure you are in the QuickMark Manager and viewing the set you want to download.
  2. Click the menu icon and select Download Set.
Menu icon
Menu icon
  • A file called “set_name”.qms will be saved to your computer.
  • Share the file to whoever you want to share your QuickMark set.

Upload a QuickMark set

  1. Ensure you are in the QuickMark Manager and have QMS file of the set you wish to upload.
  2. Click the symbol and select Upload Set.
Menu icon
Menu icon
  1. Drag and drop the QMS file or use the Browse button to navigate to the QMS file on your local computer.
  2. Once the upload is complete Click Open to view the uploaded set.
  3. The imported QuickMark set will be displayed in the QuickMark Manager.

Note: If you are familiar with the GradeMark QuickMark Manage interface, you can still access this older interface via Subject Tools >> Turnitin Assignment >> Clicking on a Turnitin Assignments >> Clicking on Libraries Tab at the top.

Enter grades using Feedback Studio

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of the Turnitin assignment you wish to access.
  3. The Assignment Inbox is displayed, listing student submissions in similarity order, lowest to highest. This information may be reordered as needed by clicking the column title.

Note: The default is to view 25 students per page. Click the Preferences tab and change this to 1000 if you have more than 25 students in any of your subjects. This will save you time clicking Next Page options.

Turnitin assignment inbox screen showing three student submissions
Turnitin assignment inbox screen showing three student submissions
  1. From the Assignment Inbox click on the Title of the student’s assignment.
  2. In the upper right corner you will see the area for entering a grade.
Area for entering a grade
Area for entering a grade
  1. Click the - - , enter a grade and then click anywhere on the paper.
  2. Navigate to other submissions using the arrows in the upper right corner.
  3. Close the Document Viewer and return to the Assignment Inbox.

Notes

  • To view any grading changes you will need to click the Assignment Inbox tab to refresh the page.
  • Only numerical grades are currently available in Turnitin.

Hide grades from students until the Post date

When a Turnitin assignment is created you must nominate a Post date (date when written feedback may be viewed by students). Under Optional Settings you also have the option to Reveal grades to student only on Post date. The 'Reveal grades..' setting controls the number grade on the Turnitin assignment. If you set Reveal grades to student only on Post date to Yes, this will link the number grade to the written feedback so that both are available to students at the same time.

The 'Reveal grades..' option hides the Grade Centre column from students AND prevents the Grade Centre column from being included in any calculations e.g. Total or Weighted Total columns. Once the Post date/time has passed, the Grade Centre column will become visible to students and will be included once more in calculations.

Download student papers with feedback

It is possible to download a copy of the student's paper with all the written comments and feedback included.

  1. From the Control Panel select Subject Tools, Turnitin Assignments.
  2. Click the title of the Turnitin assignment you wish to access.
  3. Click the check box ( □ ) to the left of each person whose paper you want to download.
    A menu will appear notifying you how many papers you have selected.
  4. Click the Download button and select GradeMark Paper from the options listed.
    A dialog appears stating ‘This action will compress the selected files into a Zip file. You will be notified in your Turnitin Message tab when the zip file is available for you to download” Click OK to continue.
    Above the assignment inbox a message is displayed “Your files are being compressed. When compression is complete a zip file will be available for download in your Turnitin Messages tab.”
  5. Click the hyperlinked Messages to switch to that view, or click Messages button towards the top right of screen.
  6. Click the message title for full details.
  7. Click the title of the ZIP file in the message to commence download.

QuickMark reporting

If you want to see how frequently a particular QuickMark has been used within an entire assignment the GradeMark Report can show you. This could indicate trends within the subject or issues that may need addressing with the student cohort.

  1. From the Assignment Inbox click GradeMark Report.
Turnitin assignment inbox screen showing three student submissions
Turnitin assignment inbox screen showing three student submissions
  1. Students are displayed on each row. The QuickMark sets used when marking are displayed as columns on the right. The numbers indicate how often each set was used for each student.
Displays the GradeMark Report window
Displays the GradeMark Report window
  1. Click the details link of any QuickMark column to display information of how that set was used for marking e.g. which items were used and how often.
Displays details of the GradeMark Report, Composition tab
Displays details of the GradeMark Report, Composition tab

Feedback Studio and the Grade Centre

Feedback Studio allows staff to provide feedback and number grades for Turnitin assignments. Blackboard’s Grade Centre can also provide feedback and grades, so there can be confusion about which is the better location to do this.

The ideal workflow is to ensure that all students receive their grades and feedback at the same time. This removes any inequity caused whether there are multiple people in the teaching team grading at different paces, or if it’s just one staff member working their way through a large grading task. The interaction between Turnitin and Blackboard means grades appear in the LMS immediately when entered in Turnitin, even though feedback attached to grades may not be available until the Post date.

Example scenario

Students submit their papers to a Turnitin assignment link in an LMS subject. The assignment deadline is 30th September. Teaching staff will be using Feedback Studio to provide online feedback and grades, with students able to access their Feedback Studio reports from 10th October onward (Post date = 10th October). All students must receive feedback and grades at the same time.

Recommended workflow

  1. Create Turnitin assignment link in the LMS subject with:
    • Set Due date = 30 September
    • Set Post date = 10 October
    • Optional settings >> Reveal grades to students only on post date = Yes.
  2. Await submission of student papers through Turnitin assignment link.
  3. In Feedback Studio, provide feedback using feedback options and enter the grade in the upper right corner.
  4. On 10th October the grade and feedback becomes available to students via both the Turnitin assignment and their My Grades tool.

Notes

  • If Reveal grades to students only on Post date = No, students will be able to see their grades immediately after they are entered, but not access their feedback until the Post date.
  • General feedback added through Feedback Studio is not displayed in the LMS Grade Centre. Reciprocally, feedback added through the LMS Grade Centre is not displayed in Feedback Studio.
  • Grades entered through Feedback Studio flow through to the Grade Centre, but grades entered in Grade Centre will not flow through to Feedback Studio. For the best student experience, it is recommended to add grades in Feedback Studio when providing online feedback. This grade will then appear in context with the relevant feedback, and also will automatically appear in the LMS Grade Centre for staff grading purposes.

More information on using Feedback Studio, including rubrics.

An assignment with no file submission

From the Assignment Inbox, it is easy to see the students who have not submitted a file: they are the ones with -- no submission -- after their name. In the example below, there is an assignment where students were given the option of recording a song and submitting it for marking, or giving a live performance. Wei Hoo has submitted a file, but Simon and Terry each presented live to the class.

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Staff are able to create a grading template for Simon and Terry by clicking the grey Grade pencil in the assignment inbox.

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Staff can click the [Grading Template] or pencil icon again to open and grade the “no file submission” using the same tools as per for a submitted document.

Grading template option for when a submission is not made to a Turnitin assignment
Grading template option for when a submission is not made to a Turnitin assignment

Note: There is a possibility that students may accidentally overwrite staff comments the grading template, if the option allowing late submissions is still ON after staff grade that student.

This guide was last updated 05 Jan 2017.
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