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How do I provide an assignment with feedback using Grademark? Activities | Assignments

An instructional video is included for this subject. This instructional video will provide a step-by-step explanation about using GradeMark to provide assignments with feedback. A written manual can be found below the video.

Give feedback

To assess assignments in Turnitin, you have to use a tool called GradeMark. You can turn this feature on by going to the Turnitin® tab and checking the box for Enable GradeMark. In this window you will also find the Originality Check® option, which is Turnitin's plagiarism check.

  • Navigate to Activities in the navbar of your course.
  • Click Assignments. You will be navigated to the Assignments homepage.
  • Click the desired assignment.
  • Click the file box icon to upload the assignment to Turnitin. It might take a while for Turnitin to process the assignment: the text In Progress will appear during this process.
  • Click on the pencil icon to open the Feedback Studio. A new window will open. If you have turned on the Originality Check, you will see the plagiarism score in front of the assigned grade.

You can also use the Turnitin Feedback Studio app (iPad only). You read how to do this in the article How do I use the Turnitin Feedback Studio app?

  • Add your feedback, for example with the help of Quickmark or a rubric. Close the screen when you are finished (changes will be saved automatically).
  • On the right side of the screen you will find a menu with several buttons. From top to bottom:
    • Quickmarks: Frequently used feedback terms which can be dragged to the document.
    • Feedback Summary: Here you can provide general feedback on the opened document, both in text and in speech. 
    • Rubric/Form: Here you will find the Rubrics you can use to assess the document.
    • Match Overview: Here you will find the results of the Originality Check, meaning you will see how much of the document is similar to other texts.
    • All Sources: A list of all sources that are the same as the text in this document. 
    • Filters and Settings: Settings that determine which sources will be checked during the plagiarism check.
    • Excluded Sources: Here you can exclude specific sources from the plagiarism check. 
    • Download: This option allows you to download the student's assignment.
    • Submission Information: Here you will find the details about what has been handed in when. You will also find information about the number of pages and words.

Feedback options

There are several ways to provide feedback using Turnitin, namely Quickmarks, inline comments, Text Comments and Rubrics. Below you can learn more about the different options.


  • Quickmarks are previously created sentences which can be dragged to the student's work. This method allows you to streamline the feedback process and assess submitted work quickly. The sentences can be dragged from the bar on the right side of the text.
  • Delete Quickmarks by clicking them and then clicking the trashcan icon.

Inline comments

  • Inline comments allow you to put you commentary directly into the text. The comments can be converted to Quickmarks using the Convert to Quickmark function, which makes it easier to enter a certain part of the feedback multiple times throughout the assignment.
  • You can add inline comments by clicking on the text in the place where you want to add the comment. Then click on the speech balloon and submit your feedback.
  • You can delete an inline comment by clicking the blue speech balloon and then clicking the trashcan icon.

Text Comments

  • Text Comments are remarks that apply to the entire text. They allow you to enter more information than would be possible for an inline comment. They can be found under the menu item Feedback Summary.
  • Enter your feedback in the blue bar that says Text Comment. You can alter the text to make it bold, in italic, or underlined. You can also add links.
  • You can also leave a Voice Comment at the top of this field. This function allows you to leave up to three minutes of spoken feedback.


  • Rubrics allow you to leave feedback based on a previously set up assessment model. This allows you to give feedback based on previously determined criteria, meaning you can quickly provide elaborate feedback to a student.

Publish feedback

  • If you have entered feedback in Turnitin, Brightspace will display this with a speech cloud and possibly an assigned grade behind the assignment in the submissions list. However, the student will not be able to see the feedback if it has not been published to Brightspace.
    Select the box in front of the assignment of which you want to publish the feedback and then select Publish Feedback. You can also click on the name of the assignment and then click Publish/Update (bottom right).
  • The synchronisation of grades between Brightspace and Turnitin does not always go automatically.
    To enable this function, go to the Turnitin® tab, and then select Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace in the settings of the assignment. After you have activated this setting, the grade you have entered in Turnitin will directly be visible in Brightspace. This way it is immediately ready for publication.

Adjust grade at a later moment

Do you want to adjust a grade you have assigned in Turnitin at a later moment? You can do so in GradeMark. Go back to the Feedback Studio to adjust the grade.