How to mark submissions using Turnitin

To mark each student’s assignment using Turnitin, click on the assignment name (preceded by e.g. “Part 1 -“)


Turnitin will open in a new window.  It is important Turnitin doesn’t open in the same window, or any changes you make in Turnitin will not be synchronised back into Moodle. This is why we do not recommend clicking on the pen icon in the Grade column to launch Turnitin’s GradeMark, as it sometimes opens in the same window.

  • Click the middle Grademark button so it turns blue to reveal the QuickMarks reusable comments feature in the column on the right.


If you would like to see the similarity report, click on the Originality button in the top left hand corner and you will be taken out of GradeMark into the Originality Report view. The originality button will turn red. To stay in Grademark and just see an overlay of any text that has been matched to other documents, click on the left side of the Originality button. The Grademark button will stay blue and only the oblong indicator to the left of the Originality button will turn red.

To minimize the sidebar on the right, click on the arrow on the bottom right hand corner beside the slider. If you hover over this, it should say ‘Hide sidebar’. To zoom in and view the text at a large size, use the slider to the right of the sidebar.

Add comments

  1. To leave in-text comments, click anywhere on the essay and a text box will appear. Enter your comment and click Save. There is an option to save your comment as a QuickMark if you want to re-use it later in this or another paper.
  2. You can select text before left-clicking to write a comment relating to specific words, sentences or paragraphs.
  3. The default [QM] view shown above displays a list of QuickMarks (preset comments):
  • You can drag and drop QuickMarks from the sidebar onto the assignment.
  • You can select text and then click on a QuickMark to relate that comment to the selected text.
  • To change the QuickMark category you are viewing click on the list icon with the 3 horizontal lines to the top, left of the sidebar.

You can create your own QuickMarks and QuickMark categories by clicking on the spanner icon to the top-right of the sidebar.

Leaving General Feedback for the entire submission


  • To leave general comments, make sure the sidebar is expanded (click ‘Show sidebar’) then click on the second icon to leave a general comment. Click Save when you have finished typing.
  • To save audio feedback make sure you have a microphone set up on your computer and then click on the record button (with the square icon) to record your audio. If you want to re-record your feedback, you can delete the last recording using the rubbish bin icon.

Using Marking Criteria (a rubric) to provide feedback

You can use marking criteria (a rubric) to do one of the following:

  • provide custom written feedback
  • provide pre-defined written feedback
  • provide pre-defined written feedback and calculate grades (Note: Turnitin uses %) or numbers out of 100) not recommended


To attach a rubric to your assignment click on the fourth button and then click on the spanner icon in the top, right corner of the page.

3. For instructions on how to create a rubric please refer to How to create a rubric

Once your rubric is set up you can attach it to the assignment and then use it to provide feedback to the student – the example in the screenshot below shows a rubric with pre-defined written content and calculated grades

For more help with comments and rubrics etc please see the Turnitin guides under Grademark at Tutorials and Webcasts

Assigning a grade and returning to Moodle  not recommended

To assign a grade, click beneath GRADE in the top right and enter a number. Once you have entered the grade, click back on the essay to save it.


Closing the window will save any grades and feedback, then return you to the Submission inbox in Moodle. You will see a ‘synchronising data’ message while grades are brought back into Moodle. Note: The in-text and general comments will only be available for students to view within Turnitin (they can’t be seen in Moodle). These will be available to students after the Post date.


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