Use Turnitin GradeMark to Annotate and Grade Assignments

A secondary feature of Turnitin is a grading and annotation tool, called GradeMark. You can use GradeMark to share in-line comments and feedback with your students. There are a few specific settings you'll need to make this work; this article only lists the steps needed to allow your students to view their GradeMark feedback in Turnitin, but not the Originality Report (the anti-plagiarism feature).

This article covers:

Enabling Turnitin Grademark for an Assignment Folder

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. Check the box for Enable GradeMark® for this folder.
  6. Enable, Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace, optionally. (This step is highly recommended if the assignment will be graded and you are using the D2L gradebook.)
  7. Click Save.

Using the GradeMark Tool

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.
  2. Click on your assignment folder from the list to view submissions.
  3. In the Turnitin GradeMark column, click the pencil icon to Edit or View GradeMark information for the selected paper.
  4. Find the sidebar on the right of the page. Clicking on the blue icons opens the grading interface. If you need help using the feedback tools, see Turnitin's Grading Tools support article.
  5. Optionally, enter a score in the Turnitin score field. Turnitin only accepts whole number values.
  6. Scores and feedback are saved automatically. Close the browser tab, and return to D2L when you finish.
    Note: Feedback will not be visible to students until it is published in D2L.

Make GradeMark Feedback Visible to Students

Your students can't see the GradeMark feedback you leave until feedback is published in D2L. Scores entered into the Turnitin site are not published to D2L. Once you have entered feedback and/or scores in Turnitin, complete the following steps to publish the feedback.

Note: In order for GradeMark scores to publish to the D2L gradebook, the D2L assignment must be connected with a grade item in D2L.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the assignment folder that you want to assess.
  3. Scroll down to the list of file submissions.
  4. A feedback icon and/or score will be present next to each submission for which you have provided feedback and/or graded via Turnitin.
  5. Select the box next to each student whose score/feedback you are ready to publish. Alternately, you may select the box in the upper left corner of the student list to select all users on the page.
  6. Click the Publish Feedback button at the top of the list.
  7. Confirm your choice via the dialogue box.
  8. GradeMark feedback will now be visible to students.

Manually Transferring Scores from GradeMark to the D2L Gradebook

If you did not enable to option to Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace during GradeMark configuration, you will need to manually transfer scores from GradeMark to the D2L Gradebook.

Note: This tutorial requires the D2L assignment to be connected with a grade item in D2L.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on your assignment folder from the list to view submissions.
  3. Click the file name of a submission.
  4. Near the top of the file, click Back to User Submissions.
  5. Click the Use This Score link to transfer the Turnitin score to D2L.
  6. In the right-side feedback area, scroll down to the Evaluation section. You should see a value in the Score box.
  7. Scroll down, and Click Publish or Save as Draft to save your score.
  8. Use the Previous Student or Next Student arrows to evaluate the next student.

Instructions for Your Students

When you've completed the previous steps, you can give these instructions to your students to view Turnitin GradeMark feedback.

How to View Assignment Feedback from Your Instructor in Turnitin

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment, and click the View Feedback link the Feedback column.
  3. Click the View Inline Feedback link in the Turnitin GradeMark column.
  4. In the new tab, agree to the Turnitin User Agreement if you haven't yet.
  5. Your instructor may have left in-line or general feedback. Use the question mark icon in the upper right corner if you need help using Turnitin.

Create a Turnitin Folder for Students to Self-Check Drafts

Students may want to check their own work via Turnitin before turning in a final paper or project. However, certain settings are needed to prevent the students' work from incorrectly flagging if submitted to another course. For example, students in a writing seminar may want to have their paper evaluated by Turnitin, but may need to submit a final draft to another course.

By rule, Turnitin does not flag drafts of the same paper, submitted by the same student, in the same course. It will however flag a paper submitted by the same student to two or more courses, if each course is using Turnitin. This guide gives the correct settings for a general purpose, student accessible Turnitin folder, that will not add their papers to the Turnitin database for future plagiarism checking.

Note: No due date or assessment settings are used for this assignment, it is intended to be an ungraded workspace.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. Check the box for Enable GradeMark® for this folder. (Note: GradeMark must be enabled in order to enable Originality Check).
  6. Check the box to Enable Originality Check® for this folder.
  7. Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder. (This will allow students to see their originality reports.)
  8. Click the More Options in Turnitin button.
  9. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  10. Scroll to the Submission settings dropdown menu.
  11. Select Do not store the submitted papers.
  12. Scroll to the Compare against settings.
  13. Uncheck the box for Student Paper Repository.
  14. Click Submit.
  15. Back in D2L, click the Save and Close button.

Note: It generally takes up to 30 minutes after a paper is submitted for the Turnitin report to generate.


View Turnitin Reports via D2L Assignments

The following instructions outline the process for viewing submissions in Turnitin using the Originality Report, once Turnitin Originality Check is configured for an assignment. Use the grading tutorial for instructions for scoring and synchronizing the Turnitin score back to the D2L Assignment tool.

Important: Turnitin will not be able to generate reports for some less commonly used file types. If your students are working in alternative word processors, such as Google Docs, OpenOffice, LaTeX, or Pages for Macs, make sure they save or export their files as a common file type, such as .docx or .pdf, before they submit. For a full list of supported file types, see the Turnitin Instructor User Manual.

Step-by-Step

View the Turnitin Similarity Report from D2L Assignments
Turnitin Originality Report
Turnitin GradeMark Tool
View Another Student's Paper
View Grammar Check Report
Next Steps

View the Turnitin Similarity Report from D2L Assignments

The Similarity Report is a quick indicator of copied work in a submission. The easiest way to view the Turnitin Similarity Report is in the D2L assignment tool. For each file submitted, you'll see a percentage next to a color indicator.

IMPORTANT: The percentage indicates the percent of the student text that is unoriginal. For example, a 75% score indicates that 75% of the student's text was matched with a source or sources in the Turnitin databases, while a 0% score indicates that none of the text matched any writing in the database.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar. 
  2. Click on the submission folder that you want to evaluate from the list.
  3. From either the Users or Files tab at the top of the page, scroll down to the list of file submissions.
  4. In the Turnitin Similarity column, you should see a percentage next to a colored block for each submitted file. Note that it can take 10-30 minutes for a new submission to be evaluated.
  5. Click the colored block to view the full Similarity Report. (Make sure you click in the correct column. If you click on the file name link, you'll end up in the D2L evaluation area, not Turnitin.)

Tip: The color codes refer to percentage ranges. For details, see the Turnitin Instructor User Manual.

Turnitin Similarity Report

Once you've opened the Turnitin report from the D2L assignment tool, you are taken to the Turnitin site. From here, you can view sources that match text from your student's writing.

For an excellent introduction to the Similarity report, take a look at this support video from Turnitin, Viewing the Similarity Report. Since your students are submitting work via D2L, you don't need to watch the first 23 seconds of the video. Here are some additional resources:

View Another Student's Paper

Use the Turnitin navigation to move through files in your assignment submission folder.

  1. In the upper right corner, find the Paper [#] of [#] text.
  2. Use the right and left arrows to move through the files in your assignment folder.

View Grammar Check Report

  1. Click the e-Rater to the right of the report page.

NOTE: If the ETS icon isn't visible, you need to enable Grammar Check in the Turnitin settings.


Enable and Configure Turnitin via D2L Assignments

You can access Turnitin via a D2L Assignment Folder or via turnitin.pdx.edu. For most instructors, using Turnitin via D2L is recommended. Turnitin is comprised of several apps with different functionality. GradeMark® is used to digitally annotate and grade papers. Originality Check® checks for plagiarism.

Enable Turnitin for an Assignment Folder

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. Check the box for Enable GradeMark® for this folder. (Note: GradeMark must be enabled in order to enable Originality Check).
    • Optionally, Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace. (This will automatically transfer Grademark grades to the D2L gradebook, if configured.)
  6. Check the box to Enable Originality Check® for this folder.
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    • Optionally, Allow learners to see Turnitin® similarity scores in their submission folder. (This will allow students to see their originality reports.)
  7. Click Save. Continue to the next section to configure your settings.

Additional Configuration Settings

Once you have enabled Turnitin for your D2L assignment submission folder, you have access to additional settings.The articles below will walk you through changing the default settings. You will need to change settings from the defaults for the following scenarios:

  • You plan on having students submit the same work multiple times or to multiple D2L courses.
  • You want to exclude student papers from being submitted to the Turnitin database.
  • You want to limit the databases that Turnitin searches through to generate the Originality Report.

Step-by-Step

Edit Turnitin Database Settings
Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database
Enable Grammar Check

Edit Turnitin Database Settings

Turnitin uses a combination of various online resources to generate originality reports. In most situations you will want submissions checked against all available resources to look for copied or improperly cited work. In situations where students are submitting multiple drafts of the same paper, or using materials from work they did in another course, you may want to limit the scope of the resources that Turnitin checks.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Under the Compare submitted papers against the following sources: section choose from the following checkboxes:
    • Student paper repository: This is Turnitin's database of previously submitted student papers. If you know your students have submitted the same work for multiple classes, or for multiple drafts, you will want to uncheck this setting.
    • Current and archived web site content: This is a general search of the internet. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
    • Periodicals, journals, & publications: Turnitin partners with publishers, and other content providers. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
  9. Click Submit.

Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database

When students submit work to Turnitin, it is automatically added to a database of existing student work. New submissions are checked against this database, to look for copied or improperly cited work. When you enable Turnitin for your D2L assignment folder, you can choose to exclude your students' submissions from the Turnitin database.

NOTE: When students submit multiple versions of the same paper to a Turnitin folder, Turnitin will not flag the text as unoriginal. If a different student submits the same text, or the student submits their paper to another course using Turnitin, the text will be marked unoriginal.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Scroll to the Submission settings: dropdown menu.
  9. Select Do not store the submitted assignments.
  10. Click Submit.

Enable Grammar Check

Turnitin includes a basic grammar and spell checking software, much like you see in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It is called ETS e-rater, and the functionality is disabled by default. Follow these steps to enable the grammar and spell checking features for submitted papers.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the course navigation bar.
  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.
  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for  is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.
  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.
  8. Scroll down to the Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology? buttons, and select Yes.
  9. Choose an ETS handbook (Advanced recommended).
  10. Click Submit to finish.