Turnitin and Feedback Studio

Turnitin and Feedback Studio

To grade and view assignments in the iLearn environment you will be using Turnitin and Feedback Studio. Turnitin is the online platform where students go to submit their assignments online, it also checks submissions for elements of plagiarism. 

Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin which you will use to grade student assignments.There are many applications available to you within both products and it is important that you are familiar with all of them.

Learn more by searching through the guides provided below.

Turnitin: Creating and managing assignments using Turnitin

Turnitin is an online text-matching software that compares electronically submitted papers to databases of academic publications as well as other papers that have been submitted into the system. Turnitin assignments can be set up through iLearn using Moodle Direct Integration. This enables students to login to iLearn to submit assignments directly into Turnitin. You will then be able to access submissions, originality reports and provide feedback all within iLearn.

To create a Turnitin assignment:

  1. Click Turn editing on.
  2. Go to the week/topic you wish to add the Turnitin assignment to.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource and select Turnitin Assignment.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Enter a Turnitin Assignment Name.
  6. Enter a Summary giving details of the assignment. Click on to display full editing tools.
  7. Assign Submission Type from the available options. The default is File Upload. Text submission will require students to copy and paste their paper into a text box and Any Submission Type allows students to choose their submission type.
  8. Assign Number of Parts. (Multiple parts is not recommended if grading the assignment.)
  9. Assign a Maximum File Size.
  10. Assign Allow submission of any file type. Select No to restrict submissions to file types that can be checked for originality (Word or PDF). Select Yes to allow any type of file to be submitted to be available to download and marked through Feedback Studio where possible.
  11. Assign Display Originality Reports to Students, which controls whether students are allowed to view originality reports created for their assignment. Select Yes if you would like students to be able to see their originality report. The default is No.
  12. Assign Grade Display as a percentage or a fraction ie 45/60
  13. For Auto Refresh Grades / Scores, leave this as the default of Yes to automatically refresh grades and originality scores.
  14. Click to expand the Grade heading. Assign a value for Maximum points. This will create a column in the iLearn Gradebook with this value.
  15. The next sections gets its heading from the Turnitin assignment name you assigned and part number. Enter a Name or leave it as the default of Part 1.
  16. Edit the dates for this assignment. The due date will default to a week after the assignment was created. Assign Start Date and End Date. Assign Post Date (the date grades will be released to students) and Max Marks if you are using Feedback Studio.
  17. Click to expand the Originality Report Options heading.
  18. Select whether to Allow Late Submissions after the Due Date. Select Yes to allow students to submit after the due date. Any late submissions are marked as being late.
  19. Assign Report Generation Speed from the available options:
    Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed) - Students cannot resubmit papers and must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission. Originality reports will be generated immediately.
    Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date) - Students may resubmit as often as they like until the assignment due date to allow for self-review. Originality reports for the initial submission will be generated immediately and in 24 hours for subsequent submissions. Students will not be able to resubmit an assignment after the due date.
    Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date) - Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. This means that all submissions will be compared with each other at the end on the due date.
  20. Assign Store Student Papers from the available options.
  21. Select from the available repository sources (Student papers, Internet, Journals, periodicals and publications) to compare submissions against. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison is not needed.
  22. Select whether to Exclude Bibliography, Quoted material or Small Matches.
  23. Click to expand the GradeMark Options heading.
  24. If you are using a rubric in this assignment, select a previously created rubric from the drop down list or click on Launch Rubric Manager to create a new rubric.

    attention Refer to the Using Rubrics in Feedback Studio Quick Guide for information on how         to create a new rubric 
  25. Click on Save and Display.
  26. To edit the assignment settings, click Update this Turnitin assignment.

To submit an assignment for a student:

  1. Locate the student who you are submitting on behalf of.
  2. Click on the upload icon .
  3. Enter a Submission Title.
  4. Click on the paper icon  and select the file you would like to submit.
  5. Click Add Submission.

To access submissions and originality reports:

  1. Click on the Submission Inbox tab. This will display a list of students enrolled in the course and a summary of originality scores along with their submissions for download.
  2. The Submission Title column lists the students' assignment file.
  3. Click on the assignment file to open the assignment in the Turnitin document viewer.
  4. The Submitted field notes the date and time of submission. A late submission will display in red text.
  5. The Similarity field notes the overall similarity percentage for each paper. You can also click on the percentage value  to view the Originality Report in the Turnitin document viewer.

To add grades and comments using Feedback Studio:

If you use Feedback Studio, any grades and general comments entered into the Feedback Studio document viewer will automatically transfer to iLearn’s Submission Inbox and Gradebook.

  1. Click on the Submission Inbox tab.
  2. Click on the column headings to order submissions (e.g. by student name, similarity, grade).
  3. Enter a name into the Search field to find a particular student.
  4. Click on the Pencil icon  of the assignment you wish to grade.
  5. The assignment will open up in the Feedback Studio document viewer.Enter a score in the Assignment mark  field.

Other options

  • Click on the Launch Rubric Manager  icon to view the rubric.
  • Click on the Launch Quickmark Manager Quickmark_Manager_Tick icon to view Quickmark settings.
  • Click on the Arrow icon  to download the assignment file.
  • Click on the Bin icon  to delete the submission from the inbox.
  • Click Refresh submissions to check if more submissions have been entered or if new originality reports are available.

To download all student papers as a zip file:

  1. Under Export, click on the icon of the desired file type.
  2. Click  if you would like to download a zipped file of all submissions in their original format.
  3. Click  if you would like to download a zipped file of all submissions in a PDF format.
  4. Click  if you would like to download an Excel file with a summary of information about all student papers including name, grade, similarity.

Feedback Studio: Online marking and feedback of Turnitin assignments

Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin that facilitates online marking and feedback. To use Feedback Studio, you must first set up a Turnitin assignment.

Feedback Studio features


  1. Student name and title of assignment
  2. Assignment mark
  3. Go to previous assignment
  4. Current assignment you are grading (click on this to see the list of students)
  5. Go to next assignment
  6. Link to help on the Turnitin site
  7. Toggle page navigation
  8. Active layers
  9. QuickMark pane
  10. Feedback Summary pane
  11. Rubric/Form pane
  12. Originality Match Overview pane
  13. All matching sources pane
  14. Filter and settings pane
  15. Excluded sources pane
  16. Download assignment
  17. Submission information eg. word count and Turnitin for iPad access code
  1. Assignment page
  2. Collection of QuickMark comments belonging to set
  3. Example of text comment
  4. Example of QuickMark comment
  5. Example of highlighted text
  6. Example of deleted text
  7. QuickMark search field
  8. QuickMark/Comment/Inline text bubble
  9. QuickMark sets menu
  10. Name of QuickMark set
  11. QuickMark manager
  12. Page number
  13. Zoom

To start marking using Feedback Studio:

  1. Click on the Turnitin Assignment link within a week/topic or on the Turnitin Assignments link in the Activities block(this will take you to the list of all assignments).
  2. You will see all the students in your unit. Click Show All Entries to access the assignments.
  3. Click on either the submission title, similarity percentage or pencil icon to open the Turnitin document viewer.
  4. Click on the Layers icon Feedback_Studio_screenshot tab to access the marking features. You can keep the Similarity report visible while marking by ticking the similarity layer.


Using Feedback Studio, you can provide feedback for each assignment by:

  • adding QuickMark comments;
  • writing comments on the assignment page;
  • highlighting and/or deleting text.

Grading with QuickMark comments

  1. Click on the QuickMark view Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon.
  2. Drag and drop appropriate QuickMark comments to the assignment page. Hover your mouse over the comment to see how the comment will appear.
  3. To view other QuickMark sets, click on the dropdown list and select the QuickMark set you would like to view.
  4. To write your own QuickMark comment, click on the assignment page and select the Comment bubble Feedback_Studio_screenshot.
  5. Position the Comment bubble on the assignment page where you would like the comment to appear and click on it to open the bubble. Type in your comment and click out of the box to save it.

If you wish to save this comment for future use:

  1. Click on the Convert to QuickMark link.
  2. Give the comment an abbreviated title.
  3. Select the QuickMark set you would like to add the comment to using the dropdown menu.
  4. Click Save.
  5. If you wish to create a new QuickMark set, click on the QuickMark manager Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon.
  6. Click on the Plus icon and give your set a title.
  7. Click Save .

Grading with text comments

  1. Click on the assignment page and select the Text bubble Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon and start typing.
  2. Left click on the assignment page where you would like to add the comment and start typing.

To highlight or delete text:

To highlight text:

  1. Using your mouse, highlight the desired section and the bubble will appear.  Click on the comment Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon.
  2. Type in your comment.  You can change the colour of the highlighted text by clicking on the coloured square on in the top right.

To delete text:

  1. Using your mouse, highlight the desired section you wish to cross out and click on the Strike Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon.  Add a Comment bubble to explain why you have deleted the text.

To finish marking:

  1. To add a overall comment for the assignment click on the Feedback Summary Feedback_Studio_screenshot icon. 
  2. Enter a Text Comment or Voice Comment.
  3. To assign an overall mark, click in the Assignment mark field and type in your mark. Feedback_Studio_screenshot
  4. Student marks and feedback will be available to them from the post date that was entered in the Summary tab in your iLearn unit.

Using rubrics in Turnitin

You can create rubrics to grade Turnitin assignments via Feedback Studio. Rubrics can be either weighted, points-based, or qualitative for offering standardised feedback on student papers. A rubric makes the marking process very easy and provides clear and consistent feedback for students.

Rubric types

There are three types of rubrics. The default is the standard (weighted) rubric but you can create a custom points-based rubric or a qualitative rubric. Use these icons to select a rubric type.

Standard (weighted) rubric

The standard rubric is the easiest to use. To set up a standard rubric, you need to decide on criteria and the percentage weight, the different levels of achievement (e.g. excellent, good, average, poor), and the relative value of each level (e.g. 5 for excellent, 3 for average).

Custom rubric

The custom rubric allows you to assign a point value for each criterion and distribute those points across a scale of achievement. A total is calculated by adding the highest point values entered for each criterion. A grade is calculated by dividing the sum of the total by the total of possible points.

Qualitative rubric

The qualitative rubric allows you to create standardised feedback without applying numerical values. To set up a qualitative rubric, you need to enter a detailed definition for each criteria and scale mark.

To create a standard rubric:

  1. First you need to create a Turnitin Assignment.  See the Creating and managing assignments quick guide.
  2. When creating the assignment, you will attach your rubric under the GradeMark Options heading.
  3. If you have previously created a rubric you can select it from the dropdown list.
  4. To create a new rubric click on Launch Rubric Manager.
  5. Click on the Rubric list icon  and select Create new rubric .
  6. Enter a Rubric name. Hit the enter (return) key.
  7. Click on Criterion 1 and enter a name (up to 13 characters long). Hit the enter (return) key.
  8. Click on the grey space below the name you just entered. Enter a description of the criterion in the text box.
  9. Click on 0% and enter a weighted percentage.
  10. Repeat steps 7 - 9 for all other remaining criteria.
  11. To add additional criteria, click on the Plus  icon and repeat steps 7 - 9.
  12. Click on Scale 1 and enter a name. Hit the enter (return) key.
  13. Click on the grey space below the name you just entered. Enter a description of the scale in the text box.
  14. Click on 0 and enter a scale value.
  15. Repeat steps 12 - 14 for all other remaining criteria.
  16. To add additional scales, click on the Plus  icon and repeat steps 12 - 14.
  17. Click Save and Close.
  18. The rubric will now appear in the dropdown list. Select the rubric to attach it to the assignment.

  19. Continue with the remaining settings of the assignment and click on Save and display.

Marking with a rubric

The rubric scorecard allows you to easily score the performance of the paper against the set of criterion on a scale.

  1. When in the Feedback Studio view of an assignment, click on the Rubric/Form scorecard Rubrics_screenshot icon.
  2. Drag the scale value along the line (per criteria) the paper has met. A description of the scale value is displayed below the scales.
  3. The Rubric score displays the total to be awarded for the assignment.
  4. If using the weighted rubric type, click on the Apply to grade button. Once a grade is applied using the rubric it will appear in the Assignment mark field at the top right corner of the document viewer.

Sharing rubrics in Turnitin

Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin that facilitates online marking and feedback. Rubrics provide criteria for grading and can act as a grading template. Turnitin allows you to create your own Rubric, save and share with others.

Export (share) a rubric

  1. Click on the link to the Turnitin assignment.  Click on Update this Turnitin V2 in the top right corner.
  2. Scroll down and click to expand GradeMark Options.
  3. Click to Launch Rubric Manager.
  4. Click on the Rubric list Rubric_share_screenshot icon and select the required rubric. 
  5. Click on the Arrow icon  and select Export...
  6. A prompt will appear, save this file to your desktop. It will be an .rbc file.
  7. Email this file to the people you wish to share it with.

Import a rubric

  1. Click on the link for the Turnitin assignment.  Click on Update this Turnitin V2 assignment in the top right corner.
  2. Scroll down and cick to expand GradeMark Options.
  3. Click on Launch Rubric Manager.
  4. Click on the Arrow icon  and select Import...
  5. Click Select Files and locate the .rbc file in your computer. Alternatively, you can drag the file into the box to import the file.
  6. You will receive a message advising Import complete.
  7. Click  Back to Rubic/ Form Manager then click Close.
  8. The Rubric will now appear in your Rubric list.

Sharing Quickmarks in Turnitin

Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin that facilitates online marking and feedback. Turnitin allows you to create and save your own set of commonly used comments and share them with others.

Create a set of QuickMarks

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager Quickmark_share_screenshot icon.
  2. Click on the Menu Quickmark_share_screenshoticon and select Create New Set.
  3. Enter a title for the set.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click on the Menu icon and selct your newly created Set.
  6. To create a new QuickMark, click on the plus icon and enter a title and description.
  7. Click Save.
  8. To copy an existing QuickMark, click on the Menu icon select the name of the Set containing the QuickMark and select the QuickMark you wish to copy.
  9. Click Add to set and select the name of the new Set created.

Export (share) a set of QuickMarks

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager   icon.
  2. Click on the Menu  icon and set you you would like to export.
  3. Click on Menu and select Download Set.
  4. A prompt will appear, save this file to your desktop. It will be a .qms file.
  5. Email this file to the people you wish to share it with.

Import a set of QuickMarks

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager  icon.
  2. Click on the Menu icon and select Upload Set.
  3. Drag and drop or browse and locate the .qms file on your computer.
  4. You will see when the import is complete.  Click to Open it.

  5. The Set will now appear in your Set list.

Creating a voice comment

Feedback Studio is a product within Turnitin that facilitates online marking and feedback. Markers can leave a voice comment as feedback on students’ assignments, along with written comments, QuickMarks and rubrics.

To leave a voice comment:

  1. Click on the Turnitin Assignment link within a week/topic or on the Turnitin Assignments link in the Activities block(this will take you to the list of all assignments).
  2. You will see all the students in your unit.
  3. Click on the Submission title link. The assignment will open in a Turnitin document viewer.
  4. Click on the Feedback Summary Turnitin_voice_screenshot icon.
  5. Click on the Record icon to start recording.


    note iconThe record button is greyed out in the browser for Firefox but is active in all other browsers. 
  6. Click on the Stop button when you have finished recording.
  7. Click on the Play button to listen to your recording.
  8. Click on the Save button if you are happy with the recording.
  9. Click on the Delete button if you wish to start again.
  10. Students will access your voice comment once the Turnitin assignment’s post date is reached. The following screenshot shows the student view of Feedback Studio feedback.

Using groups for marking in Turnitin

In Turnitin you can apply group settings to organise and separate student submissions according to markers. This streamlines the marker’s view of the submission inbox. Depending on the group settings, markers will only see submissions from their tutorial class rather than having to search through all submissions.

To create marking groups in Turnitin

  1. Create a Group for each Tutorial class.
  2. Create a Grouping (e.g. Assignment marking grouping) and assign the groups created to this grouping.
  3. Make sure you put all of the markers into their relevant groups as well.

    Refer to the Groups and Grouping Quick Guides for more information on how to set up your Groups and Grouping. In addition to this there are several options for setting up groups depending on the number of students and the type of groups you want.
    • Set up groups manually if you only have a small group of students
    • Import groups if you have large student numbers and several groups all listed in a spreadsheet
    • Get students to enrol themselves in their groups
    • Create random groups
    • Create groups automatically for internal and external students if you wish to split up the marking between these two groups
  4. Set up a Turnitin assignment in your unit.
  5. Click on the link to go to your Turnitin assignment.
  6. Click Update this Turnitin V2 to access the settings page.
  7. Click to expand the Common module settings heading.
  8. Assign Group mode.
    Separate groups
    – Tutors will only have access to student submissions from their group.
    Visible groups – Tutors will have access to all student submissions, with the option to select their own group from a dropdown menu. Anyone with the Convenor or Lecturer role will have access to view all student submissions regardless of whether separate or visible groups is selected. You can navigate through the different groups using the drop-down menu.
  9. Click Add group/grouping access restriction.
  10. Click to expand the Restrict access heading.
  11. The Group option will appear.  Click on the X to delete this as it is not needed.
  12. Select the Grouping you created in step 2 using the dropdown menu.
  13. Click Save and display.

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