Turnitin - Using GradeMark in D2L or Canvas

Last Updated: 11/20/2017
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This tutorial is operating system independent.


GradeMark is a feature of Turnitin (a plagiarism protection tool) that allows an instructor to make comments on student papers, similar to Track Changes in Microsoft Word. The documentation below demonstrates how to access and use GradeMark from within a Desire2Learn or Canvas course.

*Note: In order to use GradeMark you must enable plagiarism protection in a Dropbox folder. To use GradeMark in Canvas, you will need to set the assignment type to External Tool and select Turnitin from the list of tools available. Instructors who would like to use GradeMark should also familiarize themselves with Turnitin.

To learn about how to use Turnitin with your D2L course please visit the Turnitin Plagiarism Protection page.

Step 1

Accessing Grademark in D2L

Log into your course, and from the Assessments drop-down menu, select Dropbox.

Step 2

Select the assignment that you wish to markup using Feedback Studio, then click on the colored rectangle in the Turnitin Similarity column next to the desired student submission.

*Note: In order for students to see your feedback, Plagiarism Detection must be enabled for the Dropbox folder and the Allow submitters to see Originality Reports check box must be selected on the Turnitin tab of the Dropbox folder’s properties screen. Learn more about this process at the Using Turnitin with D2L page.

Step 3

Accessing Grademark in Canvas

Log into your course, and navigate to the Assignment you would like to markup using Feedback Studio. Note that this Assignment must have been set up under the External Tool assignment type, and with Turnitin selected as the tool.

Step 4

Click on the colored circle or percentage in the row labeled Similarity Score, next to the desired student submission.

Step 5

Using GradeMark in Turnitin’s Feedback Studio

Click on the blue Checkmark icon on the right-hand side of the page. This will bring up the QuickMarks pane.

Step 6

You can leave a pre-set comment by either highlighting text in the student submission and clicking the Checkmark icon that appears, or by dragging comments from the QuickMark pane onto the page. Feedback Studio offers many collections of mark sets, which can be selected from the drop-down dialogue at the top of the QuickMark pane. Commonly Used Marks include:

  • Awkward
  • Comma Splice
  • Citation Needed
  • Vague
  • Missing Quotations
  • Run-on

Step 7

You can write your own comment by highlighting text and clicking the Comment icon that appears. A small comment window will open where you can type your comment.

Step 8

Click Save and your comment will minimize. To view, simply hover over the comment with your cursor and the comment will expand. You can edit or delete your comment by clicking the Trashcan icon.

Step 9

If you would like to enter text directly onto the document, click the place in the document you would like to type, then click the Text icon in the bubble that appears. When you’re finished typing, click elsewhere on the page to exit the text input field.

Step 10

If you wish to edit mark sets or view them in further detail click the Settings gear icon. A new window will appear displaying the sets and the marks they contain.

Step 11

To create a new mark set, click the Menu sign in the upper left-hand corner of the Settings page, and select Create New Set. Type a name for your set, then click Save.

Step 12

To add marks to a set, select the mark you’d like to add and click + Add to Set. Select the set to which you’d like the mark added.

Step 13

To create a new mark, click the + sign in the Marks section. Enter a title and description for the mark and click Save.

Step 14

There are several editing views for Feedback Studio:

  • Hide Instructor Feedback Layer: Clicking this icon hides/shows instructor marks and other feedback within the document.
  • QuickMark: Add QuickMarks or comments (see steps 6-12).
  • Feedback Summary: Add any general comments for the submission. Simply type your comments in the text area, then click Save.
  • Rubric: This option should not be used. It is recommended to create a rubric using Desire2Learn in order to have the scores link to a course grade book.

Step 15

When you are finished commenting, close the Feedback Studio browser window/tab. Changes and comments are saved as they are made, so there is no need to save your work when finished. You may also navigate between submissions by clicking the Arrow icons at the top of the Feedback Studio page.

Step 16

In the Dropbox submission feedback window it is recommended to leave instructions for users about how to view GradeMark feedback, as it can be a bit confusing. You can also direct students to the Viewing GradeMark Feedback tutorial.

Sample Instructions:

To view comments for your paper,

  • Click the Originality Report icon above (displays a percentage and color as an indication of similarity index).
  • Hover mouse over markups to view markup details.

Step 17

When finished adding comments, click Publish. To leave the feedback screen and view other submissions, click Back to Folder Submissions.