With GradeMark, available through the Turnitin interface in WebCT, you can provide feedback and grades for student papers online.
The instructor can add comments within the body of the paper, both ad-hoc and from a bank of comments, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics, assess the student’s performance within the class and enter a grade for the paper that is automatically saved into the WebCT Grade Book (optional).
On this page you will find the following sections:
- Accessing GradeMark
- The GradeMark Interface
- Adding Comments to a Paper
- General Comments
- Inserting a Grade
- Viewing the Turnitin Originality Report in GradeMark
- What else should I know?
Note: Due to a current issue, when anonymous marking is enabled, students may not be able to see their grade - therefore we recommend that as well as completing the Grade box you also insert the mark into the General Comments area
For a quick introductory video showing the features of GradeMark please select the Using GradeMark in the Instructor area of the list of videos on Turnitin's own Support web page.
Within your WebCT section, navigate to the Turnitin Assignment Inbox for the assignment in question (ensuring you are in the WebCT Teach tab).
Within the Turnitin Assignment Inbox select the first paper you wish to mark by clicking on the Pencil icon under the grade column.
Alternatively, you can click on the GradeMark tab in the top-left of the Document viewer (for example when viewing the originality report).
GradeMark opens within the Turnitin Document Viewer and there are a number of elements that you need to be aware of.
Click on the image to open a larger version in a new window.
A comment is equivalent to the notes that a marker may write in the margins of a paper and may be up to one thousand characters in length.
GradeMark allows you to annotate student papers with three different types of comments.
1) Bubble Comments
These are the default type of comment, which are free text and provide a 'bubble' over which students can hover their mouse to display the detail of the comment.
- Click on the point on the paper at which you wish to add the comment
- Enter text into the text field of the comment bubble that appears
- Click the Save button to save the comment
The comment will be added to the paper and can be edited at any time by hovering the cursor over the bubble for the comment and then clicking the Edit button. To move a comment, click and hold on the mark symbol and drag the icon to a new location.
Note: It is useful to Highlight and Comment when using bubble comments, as this anchors the comment more firmly in the correct place on the paper. To do this select a portion of the text using your mouse and then either:
- Create a unique comment by clicking on the text you have just highlighted. This will open a blank bubble comment
- Use an existing comment by clicking on the QuickMark Comment you wish to use from the right-hand list
Deleting and editing a bubble comment
A comment can be deleted by hovering the mouse pointer over the bubble on the paper and clicking on the Delete icon (rubbish bin) at the top right of the comment bubble frame that appears.
To edit a comment hover your mouse pointer over the bubble and select the Edit button that appears at the foot of the comment bubble frame.
2) Inline (Text) Comments
Inline comments allow markers to add their own comments directly onto the paper. The inline comment appears as type overlaid on the paper, which is more like a traditional pen and paper annotation. To do this:
- Click on the type tool button within the sidebar (a large 'T')
- Click on the student page and start typing
Deleting and editing an inline comment
When you hover the mouse pointer over the comment text on the paper a Delete (rubbish bin) icon will appear. Select this icon to delete the whole comment.
Click anywhere on the text comment to place the text insertion caret (flashing vertical line) ready for editing the comment text.
3) QuickMark Comments
The QuickMark comments are commonly used or standard editing marks that you can use when marking papers.
You can drag and drop a QuickMark Bubble Comment from the right-hand sidebar to anywhere on a paper. To do this:
- If the QuickMark sidebar is not open, click on the QuickMark button [QM] below the sidebar
- Locate the QuickMark comment you want to use (hovering over a
QuickMark will display the description
of the mark in the blue tinted area
below the sidebar):
- Click on the QuickMark to add
it to the center of the paper or associate it with a portion of text you have highlighted;
- Click and drag the comment to the desired location on the paper
- Click on the QuickMark to add it to the center of the paper or associate it with a portion of text you have highlighted;
- If you wish, you can personalise the feedback by adding
further comments to a QuickMark;
- click on the Comment button while hovering over the QuickMark comment.
- enter the comment in the text box
- click Save
For more on creating, editing and sharing QuickMark sets please see Managing QuickMarks in our FAQ area.
Also there is a useful video about Using QuickMarks in GradeMark in the Instructor area of the list of videos on Turnitin's own Support web page.
You can write general comments regarding a paper, which allow for longer, less area-specific feedback to be provided, for example as a summary of the paper as a whole. This can be edited and can be used by more than one marker to collate general comments.
To add general comments:
- Click on the general comments icon (a rectangular speech bubble) at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar
- Click on the Edit button
- Type in the comment within the provided text box
- Click Save to save your comment
The general comment will be part of the printable version of the GradeMark page for student users and can also be viewed online by the student by clicking on the general comment icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.
Rubric scorecards can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. You can also create and share rubric scorecards; for more on this see the Managing Rubrics FAQ page.
If there is a rubric scorecard attached to your assignment it can be accessed within the rubric sidebar in the GradeMark paper view, by clicking on the rubric icon at the bottom right corner of the GradeMark window.
To grade with the rubric scorecard, the just click on the scale the paper has met for each criteria.
Only one rubric can be attached to each assignment. There are three types of rubric:
- Standard rubric - allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The
maximum value for the Standard rubric will be the same as the highest scale value
- Custom rubric - allows you to enter any value directly into the rubric cells. The
maximum value for the Custom rubric will be the sum of the highest value entered in
each of the criteria rows
- Qualitative rubric - allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring. The screenshot on the right shows a Qualitative Rubric.
If it is a standard or custom rubric then the score below the scorecard displays the total of all the selected cell values. The Rubric Percentage displays the percentage of the total points out of points possible for the rubric scorecard. You can click on the Apply rubric percentage to grade button at the bottom of the rubric sidebar to apply this percentage to the assignments total point value. This grade then appears in the Grade field at the top right corner of the document viewer.
If it is a qualitative rubric, then there are no scores or points associated with each value, but rather the scale is indicative of which banding the paper falls in This can be useful for both marker and student. A qualitative rubric can also act as an aide-memoir for the marker on grading criteria etc.
For more on creating, editing and sharing Rubrics please see the Managing Rubrics FAQ page.
When you have finished marking a paper, including annotations on the script, general comments, and completing the rubric where appropriate, you can enter a grade in top right of the document viewer (area B in this image). The student will be able to see this grade (only after the post date if anonymous marking is enabled) both from within the document viewer and within their turnitin inbox; in some cases they will also be able to see it in their WebCT Grade book (depending on settings in the WebCT Grade book column for the assignment).
Note: Due to a current technical issue beyond our control, when anonymous marking is enabled, students may not be able to see their grade - therefore we recommend that as well as completing the Grade box you also insert the mark into the General Comments area.
It is possible to mark an assignment in GradeMark while viewing a partial Turnitin report. This is particularly useful where a very high Originality Score has been achieved, as it highlights in light red the passages of the document that match external sources.
- In GradeMark mode, turn on partial Originality mode by clicking on the small box within the Originality button in the top left hand corner of your screen (as indicated in the screenshot). This will then highlight the areas which match external sources (without giving detail).
- You can move between GradeMark and Originality mode by clicking in the main body of the buttons in the top left hand corner of your screen.
- Turnitin has an anonymous marking option which should be turned on when you are marking in GradeMark. However, this does have implications; please see our GradeMark Anonymous Marking FAQ for more details.
- It is possible to create, edit and share both QuickMark sets and Rubrics, both from within the Document Viewer and from your Turnitin dashboard. For more on this please see our Managing QuickMark Sets and Rubrics FAQ.
- The number and type of the QuickMark comments added to each paper in an assignment is tracked by the Statistics assessment tool available within the paper information window. This can be a useful evaluation tool and can help inform future marking practice.
- GradeMark works best when the text of the submissions have double spaced text.