How do I add comments in Turnitin?
You will learn how to create comments in your Turnitin assignment which students can then view. The types of comments include highlighting text from the student's work, pointing out grammar and punctuation mistakes where they occur within the paper, and providing an overall evaluation via text or audio recording.
You must have already created a Turnitin assignment within your course and at least one student must have already submitted a paper.
1. Click on the Turnitin assignment link within your course.
In this case, the Turnitin assignment is called First Draft - Final Report. You will be taken to the "Assignment Inbox" within the Turnitin container.
2. Click on the Pencil icon to select a paper to grade.
When you click on the Pencil icon, the Turnitin Document Viewer will open in a new window to display the GradeMark tool. A tool for adding comments and notations to a student's work.
3. The Document Viewer displays the student's paper on the left and the marking menu on the right.
The selected paper will open in a new window called the Turnitin Document Viewer. If you do not see the newly opened window you may need to disable your web browser's pop-up blocker. The GradeMark tab should be selected by default, but if it is not, then click on the the GradeMark tab.
The sub-steps below this image will guide you through the major aspects of grading and commenting within GradeMark®.
4. Highlight and comment on some text on the paper.
4.1. Highlight text by dragging the mouse pointer across some text.
4.2. Click on the highlighted text and type a comment.
Or, you can also change the color of the highlight. There are five color choices.
4.3. Click on Save.
4.4. A Speech bubble will now display where you placed your comment.
5. Add a QuickMark comment to the paper.
5.1. Click on the Change QuickMark Set menu.
The QuickMark comments are in categories. Use the menu to select the category you want.
5.2. Select the desired category.
5.3. Hover your mouse to see the description for a given term.
5.4. Drag the comment to a location on the student paper.
5.5. Release the mouse and the description will display.
5.6. Now the word bubble displays at the chosen location.
6. Create a new QuickMark comment.
6.1. Click on the desired location in the student's paper.
The text comment box will appear.
6.2. Type a text comment.
6.3. Click on Save as new QuickMark.
6.4. Type a Title for the new QuickMark.
6.5. Select a category.
6.6. Click on Save.
6.7. The Text bubble will appear on the paper.
6.8. The new QuickMark will appear in the desired category.
7. Create a custom comment.
7.1. Drag the Comment button to the desired location on the paper.
7.2. Type a text comment.
7.3. Click on Save.
7.4. A text bubble appears in that location.
7.5. Hover your mouse over the text bubble to display the text or to edit.
8. Type text directly on the student's paper.
8.1. Click on the Text Comment icon.
The Text Comment icon looks like a capital T located on the right side of the Turnitin Document Viewer window.
8.2. Click on the desired location on the student's paper.
8.3. Type a text comment.
8.4. When finished, click outside of the text box.
The text comment will then be saved.
9. Create a general comment/feedback for the entire paper.
9.1. Click on the icon called View/edit a general comment for the entire paper.
The icon to create and edit a general comment on the entire paper is in the bottom right of the Turnitin Document Viewer window, and looks like a text bubble.
9.2. Click on the Text Comment area.
9.3. Type the text comment.
5000 characters is the maximum comment length.
9.4. Click on Save when finished.
9.5. Click on the X at the top-right of the Turnitin Document Viewer window.
This will close the Turnitin Document Viewer window.
You have learned how to use the GradeMark to create useful comments on a student's paper within a Turnitin assignment.