Turnitin is still the primary assessment tool used within Marjon Canvas courses. The main difference being that in order to create a Turnitin assignment, you will need to add it as an external tool. Marjon Canvas additionally has its own assessment system available through assignments and quizzes. (you can chose to use Canvas assessment, but all exams MUST be setup using Turnitin.

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Introduction to Turnitin Feedback Studio


Turnitin is an online submission system that has been used at the University for a number of years. It enables students to submit their assignments via Marjon Canvas and allows tutors to mark online using a range of tools, for example: inline, bubble and quick mark comments, rubrics, general comments and audio feedback.  Turnitin also checks against 45+ billion webpages, 337+ million student papers and 130+ million articles to provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in each submitted paper.

What is Turnitin Feedback Studio?

Turnitin Feedback Studio is the new updated version of Turnitin that will be used for online submissions at the University from July 13th 2017.  Feedback Studio provides the same tools and functionality as its predecessor but has a new and improved mobile responsive interface that is simpler and more intuitive to use. It also brings together grading, feedback and similarity checking so that all can be viewed together.

Turnitin Feedback Studio Walkthrough

Whether you are totally new to Turnitin or have used it extensively in the past, the video below is worth a watch to see the new Turnitin Feedback Studio.


Marking using Feedback Studio

From within the Turnitin Feedback Studio you can access the ‘Grading’ layer to use the electronic grading and feedback tools.

1. Click on the layers icon and check the tick box to activate the Grading layer.

 2. The Grading tools can then be accessed from the Grading controls on the right toolbar.

 3. The Grading layer contains several tools that academic staff can use in grading and assessing work. This tutorial will cover the use of:

 * Bubble comments
 * Highlighted text comments
 * Inline comments
 * QuickMark comments
 * General comments


A comment is equivalent to a note that a tutor may write in the margins of an essay. A comment might be:

“This is a very good introduction, you’ve clearly identified the focus for the essay and how you intend to answer the question”

 A comment can be up to one thousand characters in length.

Adding a bubble comment to a paper

 4. Click on the ‘Layers’ icon  and tick the checkbox to view the ‘Grading’ layer.

 5. Click the point in the paper you want to add the comment to and select the ‘Bubble comment’ icon from the pop up (Centre button).

 6. Type your comment into the pop up window which appears.

 7. Click out of the pop up to save your comment.

 8. The comment will be added to the paper as a hover-over bubble

Editing or deleting a comment

Comments can be deleted by clicking back on the bubble to open the pop up and clicking ‘trash can’ icon

Highlighted text comments

A tutor can associate a highlighted section of text with a comment, to reference a specific area of text

 1. Highlight the text you want but clicking and dragging

 2. Release your mouse to bring up the comments pop up and select the type of comment

 3. Enter the comment into the text field of the comment bubble. Within feedback studio you can add some text formatting to comments, including bold and italics, you can also include hyperlinks using the link button.

 4. Select a highlight colour from the 5 colour options

 5. Click out of the pop up to save the comment

 6. The comment icon will appear where the highlight was made

 7. You can now drag the comment icon away from the highlight and it will be associated with the highlight by
a connecting line

Striking through text

 1. You can strike through text within the Feedback Studeio by selecting the text and releasing your mouse to bring up the comment pop up

 2. From this pop you can select the Strikethrough button

 3. To delete the strike through hover over the text you have applied it to and then click on the trash
can icon that appears

Adding an Inline comment to a paper

Inline comments ‘overlay’ paper text and so are suitable to use at the beginning, end or between paragraphs of a submitted paper

 1. Make sure you have the grading layer active

 2. Click on the place on the paper where you want to add the comment

 3. This will bring up the comment pop up and you can select the text comment button

 4. When you have finished, click elsewhere on the paper

 5. You can edit or delete an inline comment by clicking directly on the text or trash can icon

 6. To move an inline comment click and drag on the comment text


Turnitin has a number of built in ‘QuickMark’ comments that you can use when marking

 1. To open the ‘QuickMark’ panel click on the ‘QuickMark’ button on the right hand side

 2. You can add ‘QuickMarks’ directly form the side panel by clicking on and dragging the ‘QuickMark’ onto the paper.

 3. Alternatively you can click on the point in the paper where you want to add the ‘QuickMark’ and select ‘QuickMark’ from the  4. comment pop up

 5. QuickMarks are stored in ‘sets’. The image below shows an example QuickMark Set

 6. To change to another set, click the down arrow next to the name of the ‘QuickMark’ set and select the set that you want from the list

 7. You can also add a ‘QuickMark’ to highlighted text. To do this, highlight the text and click the ‘QuickMark’ button from the pop up. You can then drag the ‘QuickMark’ comment away from the highlight text and it will still be associated by a connecting line

General comments

The general comment tool allows for a longer, general feedback. Content that you would normally write on the Coursework Report Form can be entered here.

The general comments area can be used to record a shadow mark, if required (as this is not captured elsewhere) and can also be used to capture second markers comments, although you may consider clearly identifying this for students, e.g. First marker name and comment, second marker name and comment.

 1. Click on the general comments icon in the right sidebar

 2. Enter your name and comment within the text field

 3. Click away from the text comment box to save your comment

Allocating a grade

When you are ready to give the paper a final grade, click in the grade box at the top right of the screen

You can now manually type in a grade

Click outside the grade box when you have entered a grade (it will save automatically)

Feedback Studio Originality Report and the Similarity Layer

Originality Reports provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper. Turnitin checks against 45+ billion web pages, 337+ million student papers and 130+ million articles from academic books and publications.

The colour of the report icon indicates the Similarity Index of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100%. The possible similarity indices are:

blue           no matching text

green        one word to 24% matching text

yellow     25-49% matching text

orange      50-74% matching text

red             75-100% matching text

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How to access an originality report

To access the originality report for a submitted paper:

1. Click the assignment on your Marjon Canvas page

2. Click a student paper to open it

3. Then check the ‘Similarity’ layer checkbox from the ‘Layer’ button (note this is likely to be checked by default)

Originality report contents

The Originality Report is separated into three main areas:

Similarity Sidebar – Shows the Similarity Index for the report

Paper text – The submitted paper’s text in its original formatting. Matching text is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the matching source listed on the right side of the Originality Report

Matching sources sidebar – The list of matching sources for the highlighted areas of the paper text to the left. The sidebar also displays the Filter and Settings (exclusion options) and the Exclusion List

View mode icons

The view mode icons allow users to switch between the Originality Report viewing modes: Match Overview and All Sources view. The default viewing mode is the Match Overview.

1. To change the view mode for an Originality Report to the All Sources view, click on the All Sources icon

2. The sidebar will automatically update to the All Sources view mode

Match breakdown mode

By default the Originality Report opens in Match Overview mode. In some cases, matches to smaller areas of similarity may be obscured by larger matches and not shown on this view mode.

1. To find the underlying sources click on the arrow icon to view the underlying sources

2. In this mode all sources that are obscured by the selected top source are listed below the top source. Click on a source to display the highlights for the match

3. The highlight for the top source match will become lighter and the match to the selected underlying source will be displayed with a darker highlight

4. To return to the Match Overview mode click on the back arrow next to Match Breakdown at the top of the sidebar  match breakdown icon.fw

Direct source comparison

Direct Source Comparison allows a user to quickly compare matching text to the source in the Turnitin repository. Matches to other student papers are not available for Direct Source Comparison viewing unless the students’ are enrolled in your class. Direct Source Comparison can be accessed from the Match Overview or the All Sources view mode of the Originality Report.

Users can either view the Direct Source Comparison as a glimpse within the paper or as the Full Source Text within the sidebar. The glimpse only provides the matching text within context of a few outlying sentences from the source while the Full Source Text loads in the sidebar and contains the full text of the source and all the match instances.

1. To access a direct source comparison click on a highlighted area of text on the left hand (student paper) side

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2. A pop-up window will appear above the highlighted text displaying the matching text within the source of the match

3. To view the matching text within the full source text click on the ‘Full source text’ button

4. The full source text will load into the sidebar

5. If there are multiple matches to this source, click on the arrow icons to quickly navigate through the match instances

6. To exit the ‘Full Source Text’ view click on the ‘X’ button

Watch a video tutorial to learn more

Excluding specific matches from the originality report

There may be situations in which you want to exclude a particular source/match from the originality report for an assignment. This will mean you are able to view/mark the assignment without the similarity score/report being affected by particular sources.

From within the Turnitin Originality report window you are able to select and remove specific sources from the overall report and the match view.

Excluding Matches

1. Open the Feedback Studio and then select the Match Overview on the right hand-side of the window, from here you can identify the sources you want to exclude and use the arrow to open the ‘Match Breakdown’ view.

match overview

2. At the bottom of this panel you will see the option to ‘Exclude Sources’, selecting this button will allow you to individually select the sources to remove.

exclude sources button

3. Once you have selected the sources, by checking the tick boxes, click on the ‘Exclude’ button at the bottom to recalculate the originality score without the selected sources.

Resetting/Including excluded matches

If you decide you no longer want to exclude a source or want to reset the originality report to its original result (this may be particularly useful if there are multiple markers on the same assignment) you are able to do this from the ‘Excludes Sources’ panel from within the originality report view mode.

1. From the Originality report view open the ‘Excluded Sources’ panel using the “stop sign” icon.

excluded sources

2. This will open a panel displaying all of the sources currently excluded from the originality report, use the check boxes to select which sources to include or use the ‘Restore All’ button to reset the report to include all sources.

Watch a video tutorial to learn more

Turnitin for iPad App

Turnitin for iPad is an App that enables you to use Turnitin to grade student submissions on your iPad both on and offline.  It contains several tools that academic staff can use in grading and assessing work. These include: QuickMark comments, highlights with comments, bubble comments, inline comments, strike through text, voice comments, general comments and rubric grading. The Turnitin for iPad App is available as a free download in the Apple App Store.

Important: The Turnitin for iPad App should only be used on courses where there is one marker as the app is not designed for use by multiple markers on a course

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Accessing feedback via iPad

How to get the Turnitin App

Using the Turnitin for iPad App

View the originality report

Marking a paper withe the Turnitin for iPad App

Add a QM (QuickMark) comment

Add a highlighted QM comment

Add a bubble comment

Add an inline comment

Add a general comment

Add a grade

Work offline

Watch the video

Accessing feedback via iPad

Thanks to a recent update (Mar 18) you can now access feedback using the Turnitin app without needing a code.

To do this:

 1. Download the latest Turnitin app from the iOS store

 2. Go to the module and Turnitin assignment you wish to view

 3. Open the feedback studio

 4. Click on the submission information icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the toolbar

 5. Enter your email address and confirm, then press the ’email me’ button.

 6. Open the email in your iPad from Turnitin

 7. When you’re ready, click on ‘Add class’

 8. The app will automatically open the class

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How to get the Turnitin for iPad App

Once you have generated your unique 16 digit class code, you are ready to download and begin using the Turnitin for iPad app.

 1. Go to the App Store and search for the ‘Turnitin for iPad’ App

 2. To begin the download/install process, tap the ‘Open’ button

 3. When asked which Turnitin you use, you need to select Turnitin UK

 4. You will also be asked how you usually access Turnitin. For this question, you should select Integrated LMS (as you usually access Turnitin through Marjon Canvas – our Learning Management System)

 5. Before you can go any further, you will now need to enter your unique ‘class code’

 6. The final step in setting up the Turnitin App is to enter a 4 digit passcode. This will act as a password for the App so that no one else using your iPad can access your student assignments and grades etc on Turnitin

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Using the Turnitin for iPad App

When using the App to grade assignment submissions for the first time, you will need to be online in order to download submissions. The App will automatically download submitted papers in the background; so that you can then mark submissions offline (see the Mark Offline section for synchronisation information). This section will take you through the steps needed to access your student submissions and also how to access a fantastic interactive Turnitin for iPad tutorial.

 1. Tap the Turnitin icon on your iPad to launch the App

 2. You will be prompted to enter your 4 digit passcode – note: you will see your ‘account(s)’ in the background

 3. Once you have entered your passcode, the passcode box disappears

Note: Tap the blue ‘Try Tutorial’ button to access an interactive tutorial that shows you how to use features in the App to mark and grade a paper as though it were an actual student submission

 4. To access student submissions the first step is to  tap ‘University of St Mark and St Jo…’  in the ‘Accounts’ pane

 5. Next you need to tap the module that has the submissions you want to access


Note: In this example there is only one module showing, but all modules that you have generated a code for will show here

 6. You will be taken to the Assignments pane which displays the name of the assignment, submission date and a progress bar that shows the number of submissions out of total expected and how many have been graded

 7. Tap the progress bar and then tap the right hand side of the screen to view submissions

 8. You will see that assignments are organised into three categories: ungraded, graded and not submitted


 9. Tap an assignment title in the ‘Ungraded’ section to open it. You are now ready to mark and grade the paper

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View the originality report

 1. To view the originality report tap the originality report icon.fwicon

 2. Then toggle the originality report to ‘On’

 3. Matching text will be highlighted

 4. Tap the originality percentage and then toggle originality report to ‘Off’ to hide the originality source matches

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Marking a paper with the Turnitin for iPad App

The comment and grading options when using the App are the same as in the regular Turnitin environment. This section will show you how to use the different comments when marking a student paper.

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Add a QM(QuickMark) comment

 1. Tap on the paper to open up the comment options and then tap the QM icon QMark

 2. Tap the comment you want to add and it will appear on the paper

 3. To move the comment, tap and drag

 4. To select a different QMSet, tap the change seticon and select a QM set from the list

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Add a highlighted QM comment

 1. Tap and hold the text to highlight it. You will see that it highlights the line of text in blue

 2. To reduce or extend the selection, simply tap and drag the ‘markers’

 3. With the text selected, tap the QM icon, then tap a highlight colour to select it

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Add  a ‘bubble’ comment

 1. Tap on the paper and then tap the ‘bubble comment’ icon  bubble comment

 2. Enter your comment and then tap elsewhere on the paper to save

 3. Follow instructions in section above to highlight a bubble comment

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Add an ‘inline’ comment

 1. Tap on the paper and then tap the ‘text’ icon  inline comment

 2. Enter your comment

 3. Tap anywhere in the paper to save the comment

 4. Tap and drag to move the comment

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Add a general comment

 1. Tap the ‘pencil’ icon (top right corner)

 2. Enter your feedback

 3. Tap ‘Done’ to save

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Add a grade

 1. Tap the ‘pencil’ icon (top right corner)

 2. Tap the ‘Edit Grade’ button (to the left of the ‘general comments’ area)

 3. Enter a grade

 4. Tap outside the grade box to save

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Work offline

The ‘Turnitin for iPad’ App allows you to download papers that you can mark and grade either on or offline.  Whenever your iPad is connected to the Internet, any changes will be automatically synchronised with Turnitin every 5 minutes.   If you have been working offline and then connect to the Internet, there is also a ‘Synchronise Now’ option

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