Feedback on assessment tasks is central to student learning and enables the student to judge or acknowledge their level of performance and also indicate how the student can improve.

Turnitin Feedback Studio provides a digital environment and a range of options for grading and commenting on submitted assignments. Feedback may include a combination of predefined or custom comments embedded in the assignment, overall assignment feedback, and via a rubric or grading form.

How to open Feedback Studio

  1. Click the Turnitin Assignment link in your LEO unit.
  2. Click the title of the assignment you wish to give feedback on:
    Assignment submission title
    The assignment will open in Feedback Studio in a new browser tab or window.

How to access the feedback options

The blue Instructor Feedback panel on the right is collapsed by default. Click one of these buttons to open the panel begin providing feedback:

  • QuickMarks and Comments
  • Overall Feedback
  • Rubrics and Grading Forms

You can use the X button in the top right corner to close the panel.

See the topics below to learn how to use each of these feedback options.

Adding a grade manually

The Overall Grade boxYou can manually enter a numeric grade for an assignment:

  1. Clicking in the Overall Grade box at the top of the screen (see image right).
  2. Enter the numeric score for the assignment.
  3. Click off the box (i.e. click anywhere else on the page). Deselecting the grade box will make it automatically save.

Applying a grade formula

If your assignment uses a rubric or grading form that calculates the total scores of each criteria:

  1. Click the Rubric/Form icon to view your rubric or grading form
  2. Adjust the sliders or enter the scores for each criteria as required
  3. Click the Apply to Grade button:
    The Apply to Grade button
    The calculated grade will be added to the Overall Grade box at the top of the screen.

An example of a QuickMarkQuickMarks are frequently used comments that can be used to quickly provide feedback to students. They can be placed anywhere on the submission assignment for students to read.

There are several sets of QuickMarks to choose from, the default being the Commonly Used set. You can click the dropdown box to select another set.

To add a QuickMark:

  1. Select the QuickMarks button in the menu on the right tiiquickmarkicon to activate the Instructor Feedback layer.
  2. Click directly on the assignment where you want the QuickMark to appear or click and drag to highlight a selection of text.
  3. Click the QuickMark icon from the pop-up menu:
    The Quickmark Icon
  4. Select any of the QuickMark tags from the available options to add it to the page.
  5. From the panel that appears, you may click the Assign Criterion button to select a criterion that this QuickMark references or enter addition comments in the Add Comment box (optional).
  6. Click off (that is, click anywhere else on the assignment) to close the QuickMark panel and save the QuickMark.

QuickMarks can be edited at any time by selecting the QuickMark on the page, making your changes, and clicking off it again. QuickMarks will automatically save when you click off them.

To delete a QuickMark, select it and click the Trash icon.

An example of a custom commentA Comment allows you to quickly add annotations anywhere on the assignment. Students may click these comments when reviewing their feedback to view the comment text in context of their assignment.

To add a Comment:

  1. Select the QuickMarks button in the menu on the right tiiquickmarkicon to activate the Instructor Feedback layer.
  2. Click anywhere on the assignment where you want the comment to appear or click and drag to highlight a selection of text.
  3. Click the Comment icon from the pop-up menu:
    The comment option
  4. Type your comment into the Add Comment box.
  5. You may optionally click the Assign Criterion button to select a criterion that this comment is directly related to (optional).
  6. Click off (that is, anywhere else on the assignment) to save the comment and close the panel.

Comments can be edited at any time by selecting the comment on the page, making your changes, and clicking off it again. Comments will automatically save when you click off them.

To delete a comment, select it and click the Trash icon.

Inline comments

The third option in the popup menu is the Inline option (the "T" symbol). This can be used to write directly onto the page, however it is less commonly used as it can make the assignment appear cluttered and less readable for students.

Whereas individual comments and QuickMarks are added directly into the student assignment and function similarly to an annotation, overall feedback is used for providing general comments about the whole assignment.

Overall feedback can be either text or audio (voice).

To add overall feedback as text:

Example of the text comments box
  1. Select on the Feedback Summary button tiioverallfeedbackiconin the menu on the right.
  2. Click in the box marked Text Comment and type in your feedback. With this text box selected, you have access to the formatting options bold, italics, underline, and web links.
  3. Click off the comments box (that is, click anywhere else on the page) to deselect it and it will be saved automatically.

The Text Comment box can accept up to 5000 characters.

If you need to edit your overall feedback, you can repeat the above steps. Note that you can also paste text from other programs into the text comment box if you wish, though it may require some work to fix up any formatting issues.

To add overall feedback as audio:

  1. The Voice Comment panelSelect on the Feedback Summary button tiioverallfeedbackiconin the menu on the right
  2. In the Voice Comment panel, select the record button to start recording your voice.
  3. To pause recording, click the record button again. The recording will display a pause icon. To resume the recording click on the record button again.
  4. When finished, click the stop button.
  5. Review the recording before saving by selecting the play button
  6. When you are happy with the recording select the save icon. If you want to record the comment again, click the Trash button to remove the current recording. Repeat the above steps to make another recording.

The Voice Comment option can record up to 3 minutes of audio per comment.

Note: The Voice Comment option requires Adobe Flash player to be active and may not function in modern web browsers or on iPads.

If your Turnitin Assignment has a rubric or grading form attached to it in the activity settings, you can mark the rubric inside Feedback Studio. Students will then be able to see the results of the rubric when reviewing their feedback.

An assignment rubric may be qualitative (not strictly used to calculate a final grade) or quantitative. Quantitative rubrics and grading forms may accept manually entered scores per criterion or as defined by the rubric, then calculated automatically and saved as the final grade using the Apply to Grade function.

A Rubric sliders exampleHow to mark the rubric

  1. Select on the Rubric/Form button tii-rubricicon in the menu on the right.
  2. Mark each of the criterion in your rubric by either:
    1. Using the slider bars to select a score for each criterion in your rubric.
    2. Click the expand button tii-fullsizerubric to open the rubric in a new window. In this expanded view, you may click the appropriate box for each criterion to indicate the score.
  3. Changes are saved automatically as you adjust the sliders, or when you close the expanded window.

Calculating grades

If your rubric is quantitative, you will see the calculated final grade displayed above the sliders (see image right) or at the bottom of the expanded view window. When ready, you can click the Apply to Grade button to copy this score into the Overall Grade box at the top of the screen.

Grading form exampleHow to mark a grading form

  1. Select on the Rubric/Form button tii-rubricicon in the menu on the right.
  2. For each criterion, enter a numeric grade and your feedback in each box (see image right).
  3. Click the Apply to Grade button to calculate the total score and copy it to the Overall Grade box at the top of the screen.

You can also click the expand button tii-fullsizerubric to open the grading form in a new window, which may give more room to enter feedback.

Marking multiple assignments

Feedback studio navigation optionsWhen you've finished marking an assignment, you can close the browser tab to return to the list of student submissions and open another assignment if you wish.

Alternatively, you can use the Next and Previous buttons at the top right of the screen to move between submissions, or choose a specific one by clicking the the dropdown box and choosing one from the list (see image right).

Downloading a copy of a submission

Download iconIf you require a hard copy of the submission or the graded work, click on the grey Down Arrow icon in the Feedback Studio menu. You can select choose to download the originally submitted file or the current view, which includes all the information from any active feedback or similarity layers.

Submission information panel

Info iconClick the grey Information icon to see details about this submission, such as the date the assignment was last graded and the total word count.

View text matches while adding feedback

Layers iconIf you want to see the text matches overlaid on the assignment as you are marking, show the Similarity layer:

  1. Click the navy blue Layers button at the top of the menu (see image right).
  2. Check the box marked Similarity, and the text matches should appear on the assignment.

How to add strike-through to text

You can add a strike-through effect to text in an assignment submission in Feedback Studio to indicate that a portion of text is irrelevant or should be removed.

  1. Click and drag on the assignment to select the text
  2. Click the Strike-though icon that appears:
    Example of strike through text effect and button

Converting to QuickMarkHow to create your own QuickMarks

A comment you've made on an assignment can be saved as a QuickMark so you can use it again in other assignments.

  1. Click an existing comment in the assignment.
  2. Click the Convert to QuickMark option at the bottom of the comment panel.
  3. Give the QuickMark a name and choose a set to add it to (see image right), then click the Save button.

Providing feedback when there is no file submission

Not all Turnitin assignment require a file submission in order to provide students with feedback via Feedback Studio. For example, you can use the Feedback Studio functionality to provide feedback to your students regarding a presentation or live performance done in a classroom. Feedback may be provided via a Turnitin assignment if:

  • A document is submitted that generates an originality report e.g. a PowerPoint, Excel, PDF or Word file.
  • A document is submitted that does not generate an originality report e.g. a image file or scanned document.
  • No document is submitted.

Even if a student did not submit a file to the Turnitin assignment drop box, you are still able to provide them with feedback.

To do this you need to:

  1. Click on the grey pencil icon next to the student's name in the Turnitin submission inbox.
  2. A popup message will appear, asking if you want to continue even though the student has not submitted an assignment, and warning a grading template will be created. Click 'OK'.
  3. The pencil icon will now appear as blue, and the submission title change to 'Grading template'.
  4. Click the blue pencil icon to open the grading template and add comments using the different options available.

To find out more about setting up a Turnitin assignment, go to LEO guides:How to create a Turnitin Assignment.

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