Add inline feedback in Turnitin

What is it?

In addition to providing a mark and overall feedback, you can use Turnitin’s Feedback Studio to add in-line feedback directly on the student’s submission.


What does it do?

There are three main ways to provide in-line feedback in a Turnitin submission:

  • add a comment
  • put a line through selected text
  • add a QuickMark

What Should I know?

QuickMarks

Quickmarks is the easiest way to annotate a student’s paper with your most frequently used comments. You can use the pre-defined sets of QuickMarks created by Turnitin and you can also create your own custom ones. The sets are groupings based on a topic such as composition, punctuation, or academic integrity. 

QuickMarks are buttons that you can drag and drop to a specific point on a student’s submission. The button itself is a one or two-word description that when opened has more text to explain the comment or provide advice for improvement. 

Adding QuickMarks to a paper

There are two main ways to add QuickMarks to papers. The first way described is best for when you are first familiarising yourself with the available options, as there is a larger area to see the text associated with the QuickMark. The second way is a bit faster, especially when you know what QuickMark you want to use. 

First method

Step 1: In the blue box on the right-hand side of the essay, click the blue tick mark button.

Step 2: Use the drop-down menu at the top of the sidebar to navigate between the pre-existing sets of QuickMarks.

Step 3: Click on QuickMark to view the text that is associated with that QuickMark. 

Step 4: Once you have found the QuickMark you want to use, simply drag, and drop it to where you want it to appear on the submission.

Turnitin QuickMarks screen showing the different QuickMarks options

Second method

Step 1: Click the area on the submission where you would like your QuickMark to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T. 

Step 2: Click the black tick mark button. This will open a QuickMark menu on the submission.

Step 3: Use the drop-down menu to navigate between the QuickMark sets to find the mark you want to use. 

To add any additional text to a QuickMark that has been added to a student’s paper, simply click on the QuickMark and scroll to the bottom of the provided text. There will be a small text box here to add your own custom comments. 

To remove a QuickMark that’s been added to a student’s paper, simply click the QuickMark and click on the trashcan icon that’s in the bottom left-hand side of the box. 

Adding text comments

To add a text comment on the submission itself, simply click on where you want the comment to be. You then have two choices – you can either add a text comment that will appear as a bubble icon for the student to click on to reveal your comment, or you can add it as text that appears directly on the submission.

Comment bubble

Step 1: To add the comment bubble, click the area on the submission where you would like the bubble to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T.

Step 2: Click on the speech bubble and fill out the text box that will appear.

Step 3: Click outside of the text box when you are done to save the comment. 

If you would like to tie this comment to a highlighted bit of text, select the text you want to be associated with the comment. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter S that has a strike through the middle of it. Click on the speech bubble and fill out the text box that will appear.

You will notice that this text box has a colour box in the top right corner – click on this to choose what colour to highlight the selected text. Again, click outside of the text box when you are done to save the comment.

Text

Step 1: To add text, click the area on the submission where you would like your text to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T. Click on the letter T and type out your comment.

Note: Remember to be careful where you start the comment as you do not want it to appear over the student’s text.

Striking through text

Step 1: To strike through the student’s text, select the chosen bit of text. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter S that has a strike through the middle of it. Click on the S. 

Updated on 12/05/2022

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