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Marking Tools and Methods in Turnitin - Staff Guide

Turnitin has a range of different methods available for marking and annotating submissions.

Quickmarks and commenting tools

Comments can be added by clicking on the paper, in the place where the comment should be displayed. Clicking will present you with 3 options which from left to right are; QuickMarks, Bubble comment and Inline text comment.

Options for adding comments

You can find guidance on how to add and manage Quickmarks, Bubble comments and Inline comments on Turnitin's help site.

Feedback summary and voice comments

Feedback Studio has the option to leave a final typed comment and/or record a 3 minute voice comment as a summary. Click the middle icon in the blue marking toolbar.

To add a text comment click in the text field. You are allowed 5000 characters and the counter at the top right shows how many you have typed. You can also use formatting tools such as Bold, Italic and Underline.

If you are copying and pasting a text summary written elsewhere initially, make sure that this is first pasted into Notepad in order to strip any existing formatting. Text boxes and tables created in Microsoft Word can sometimes cause problems for students when viewing their feedback.

Adding a feedback summary

Click away from the text box to save the comment. To delete it, use the trash icon.

Voice comments (up to 3 minutes duration) can be recorded by clicking on the blue circle icon - read the audio feedback guidance for more on how to record voice comments.

Rubrics and grading forms

A rubric is a grading methodology which measures how a student performs against a set of predefined success criteria. In Turnitin, you can create your own rubric from scratch, or you can export/import Turnitin rubrics if you need to share them between staff. Note that the Turnitin rubric is completely separate to Minerva (Blackboard) rubric.

There are 2 ways to create a rubric or attach a pre-existing rubric via the Rubric/Form Manager. This is either from the assignment settings, or from within a paper when grading.

To create or attach a rubric from the assignment settings

Click Edit Assignment from the inbox page and then expand Optional Settings.

Edit assignment icon

The very last setting is to attach a rubric/form. Select your rubric/form from the dropdown list if it has already been created. If it hasn't, click Launch Rubric/Form Manager.

Launching the rubric manager

You can only select one Rubric or Grading Form per assignment and you can only add rubrics/forms that you have on your account. If the rubric/form was created by another user then you will need to Import it.

Turnitin's help site explains how to build the rubric or grading form.

To create or attach a rubric from a submitted paper

From a submitted paper, select the Rubrics toolbar icon, which is the third icon in the blue marking toolbar. Click the settings cog to launch the Rubric/Form Manager.

Cog icon to launch rubric manager

Full guidance on how to create, manage, and import rubrics or grading forms is available on Turnitin's help site.

Final grade

To add a final grade, click on the dashes in the top right hand corner, next to the paging and enter the mark. Click away from the marking box; or press Enter to save the mark.

Inputting a mark on a submitted paper


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