Turnitin is set to automatically display the Feedback Studio viewing option for grading as the default. The classic viewer has been discontinued and is no longer supported. If not already done so, please switch to the enhanced Feedback Studio interface.

Access your Turnitin Assignment submissions


1. Find the Turnitin submission link on your module page or look under the This Course menu, select Turnitin Assignments and find the required assignment :


2. On the Turnitin Assignment page, you will see all the student submissions showing when students submitted and if a submission was late (displayed in red). If you have applied groups to your assignment for the purpose of distributing papers between multiple markers then you can use the group filter drop down menu in the top left corner. Be aware that you need to return to this page to use the function, the group setting will not apply once you are in the Turnitin grademark tool.

3. Click the “pencil” icon to open a submission and grade. If you have more than 1 part to the assignment (i.e. you asked students to submit more than one file) then you will need to click on the different tabs at the top of the page to view the different file submissions.

Turnitin submission inbox

4. After clicking a student’s submission, the Turnitin paper will open in a new page.

5. Click on the Layers icon layers in the top right corner to view the menu options.

6. The Grading menu should be ticked so you can start grading and feedback. You can also choose to select the Similarity (Originality) Report.

Note: While marking, if you do come across a paper where the formatting seems to have been lost, you can download a copy of the original file submitted by clicking on the download icon in the Turnitin inbox as shown below.

Similarity Report

Turnitin provides an originality report when students submit their assignment. The report is used to identify instances of matched text across a wide range of online materials including journals, ebooks, websites and work submitted to the Turnitin database i.e. submissions from other Universities as well as Roehampton. The originality report is available to;

  • Assist students in understanding best practice when it comes to correctly referencing work
  • Assist staff in identifying where plagiarism might have taken place. It is important to note that Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. It detects instances of matched text. A paper that displays a high percentage of matches can in some instances be entirely free from plagiarised content.

similarityWhen viewing a students work ensure you have clicked on the layers button layers and ticked the Similarity option.This will highlight matched text in the students paper. Different matches will be highlighted in different colours and numbered.


Using the Similarity Menu



1. Click on the number in the red menu to menuview the match overview on the right hand side. This will show you the percentage of matched work and a breakdown of the sources and the individual match percentages. You can click on the number for any matched text on the paper or click on sources in the right hand side – the matching source displays in a pop‐up window.

Please click here to refer to our guidance pages on interpreting similarity reports and detecting potential plagiarism.

Providing feedback and grades incl. Quickmarks, Rubrics and Grading Forms

When preparing to mark a students work ensure you have clicked on the layers button to open the side menu and ticked the Grading option.


1. To add comments, highlights and/or saved comments (Quickmarks) directly onto the students paper;


  • Add inline comments – Click anywhere on the page and choose the T icon inlin  and begin typing your comment. It will auto save. Click on the comment to move it. Hover over and select the bin to delete it. Please find further information on this topic
  • Strikethrough text – highlight the text and click the strikethrough option strikt. Hover over and select the bin to delete it. Please find further information on this topic
  • Add speech bubble comments – Click anywhere on the page or highlight text and choose the speech bubblebubble_001icon bubble. Add your comment. You can use a few formatting tools here including adding in a link. If you would like to reuse the comment for other papers you can convert it to a Quickmark comment. You may also link the comment to a criteria in a rubrics (if you have set up a Turnitin rubric). Click on the comment to edit or select the bin icon to delete it. Further information on this topic
  • Use Quickmarks – QuickMarks allows you to create a library of feedback that might be applicable, on multiple papers, across multiple modules and assignments thereby avoiding you re-typing commonly used comments over and over. Click anywhere on the page or highlight text and choose the Quickmark icon qm_001. Search categories to find the Quickmark you wish to use, then click on the appropriate quickmark from the category. Quickmarks can be created via the speech bubble tool (above) or via the blue side menu (see below). For more information on Quickmarks Further information on this topic
    • Import and Export QuickMarks – QuickMarks created in Turnitin Feedback Studio are only available to the person creating them. If you wish to share QuickMarks, to multiple academics within a programme or across a department, to save staff time recreating frequently used QuickMarks then you can import and export them very quickly in a few steps using our guidance.

Second marking – please note: If the assessment is using second markers, your additions to the page will need to be identified as your own by the addition of the markers initials or name. We hope to adapt this option in the future to enable this option automatically for inline marking – Further information.


2. Use the blue side menu to add an overall summary (text or audio), rubrics or grading forms;


  • Insert overall feedback (text or audio) – Use the Feedback Summary of to add in an overall text comment for the paper. Write your summary in the text field and it will autosave as you write. Or use the audio feedback option to record audio (3 mins max and ensure you have a good quality mic). If you are using second marking ensure you type in your initials next to your comments and instruct the second marker to do the same. Further information on this topic click here NB If you copy feedback from a different document into Turnitin, make sure you strip it off all the formatting by first opening it in a text editor such as Notepad before pasting it into Feedback Studio.
  • Use the Quickmarks option qm – see above.  Further information on using Quickmarks.
  • Use the Rubrics or Marking Form option rubrics to deliver feedback based on pre-set marking criteria.


Rubric scorecards help to evaluate student work, based on defined criteria and scales.

  • Quantitative rubric – used for numerical scoring. This type of rubric allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The criteria percentages combined must equal 100% as each criterion represents a percentage of the student’s overall grade. The maximum grade value for this type of rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
  • Qualitative rubric – used for providing feedback without the use of numerical scoring. The scale and criteria used for this type of rubric are more descriptive than measurable.
  • Custom rubric – can be modified to suit your grading needs. Descriptive scales and criteria can be entered while each rubric cell can be allocated its own point value as well as written feedback.

Grading Form

  • Grading form – used for providing feedback with or without the use of numerical scoring or scaled criteria. The criteria used is more descriptive than measurable and each criterion is standard as opposed to having scaled levels like in rubrics. Numerical scoring can be added for each individual criterion and these will be added together to create an overall grade.

3. To add a total grade;


  • If you are not using Graded Rubrics or the Grading Form you can add gradethe total grade in the top corner of the page. This mark will come through to the students gradebook in Moodle.
  • You can click on the arrow icon > next to the grade to go to the next student paper.
  • Marks and feedback will be released to students when the Post date for the assignment has passed.

For excellent, easy hands-on training you can do Turnitin’s quick feedback studio (5 min) online interactive tutorial on grading and giving feedback using its GradeMark tools.

Note on Turnitin Classic; On 1st August 2017, Turnitin retired their classic version and made Feedback Studio the default service. If not already done so, please switch to the new Feedback Studio interface by clicking on the link at the very top when in the viewer. Please contact your eLearning Advisor if you would like training on Feedback Studio.

Filtering student papers for multiple markers (using Groups)

Staff can choose to easily auto-create groups to assign students to multiple groups. Students can be allocated to groups either at random or based alphabetically by first, last names or student ID. This is a quick solution if you need to divide marking between teachers whilst maintaining anonymity. This function can be set up either before or after submissions. Once set up teachers will be able to select their group of students from a filter menu in the Turnitin inbox.

If staff already have pre-set student groups organised it may be possible for eLearning Services to create your set group membership as required. Please contact your eLearning Advisor for assistance.

How to auto-create your groups


  • Go to Course Management > Users > Groups > click auto-create groups.
  • For the Naming scheme, enter the group name you would like to use. Moodle will automatically generate names based on what you enter.
    • An “@” sign will generate a letter (e.g., “Group @” will generate Group A, Group B, Group C)
    • A “#” sign will generate a number (e.g., “Group #” will generate Group 1, Group 2, Group 3)
    • If you want the name of the groups to be the name of the teachers, go for one of the above naming options and rename them later (see step 9.)
  • From the Auto create based on drop-down menu, choose how you want to divide your students:
    • By the number of groups you require. If you are creating groups for marking purpose, select this option and state the number of markers in the next step. Or.
    • By the number of students you want in each group. Note: If you select Members per group, check the Prevent last small group to avoid a group of 1 or 2 students being created. These students will be added to the other groups to create a couple of larger groups instead.
  • Group/member count (dependant on previous selection)- enter the number of groups/members you would like in each group.
  • Select members with role- choose ‘Student’
  • Allocate members, select how you want students to be assigned to groups. The default setting is Randomly or you can also sort alphabetically by First name, Last name, or Student ID.
  • Tick Prevent a last small group if you need to
  • Under the Grouping settings;
  • Grouping of auto-created groups – ‘No grouping’.
  • Click Preview to see a preview of the groups. If you are satisfied, click Submit.
  • (Optional): If you wish to rename the group names, select the group you wish to rename and then click on ‘Edit group settings’, type the new group name in place of the old group name and click ‘Save changes’.


Set up an assignment to filter by groups (for multiple markers)


  • Turn editing on. Click on the settings option for the Turnitin assignment you wish to add the groups to, or set up a new Turnitin assignment with the settings you would usually use. If you need further information, see our guide on how to set up a Turnitin assignment.
  • On the settings page, scroll-down to ‘Common module settings’. Here you need to set:
    • Group mode: visible groups
    • Grouping: select none
    • Available for group members only: should be unchecked
  • Click on ‘Save and display’.

Now when you go into the Turnitin inbox, you will see a drop-down box at the top left of the screen. It will show All participants by default, but staff members can select the appropriate group, and the inbox will be filtered to show only the submissions from members of that group.

Important! If you start to use the navigation arrows within the Turnitin Grademark tool it will not apply the group filter. To continue to make use of the group filter functions; after marking each student paper you will need to close the Turnitin Grademark window and navigate back to the Turnitin assignment to select the next paper from the list of papers.

Anonymous submissions : Un-anonymising Turnitin submissions

If a Turnitin assignment is set to ‘Anonymous Marking’ , the names of students submitting to the assignment remain hidden whilst you are marking until the Assignment POST DATE has passed and the feedback and results/grades are revealed to students.


Un-anonymising a single submission


1. To view the student associated with a particular submission, (NOTE: you will not be able to anonymise it again). From the submission inbox, find the student submission that you wish to unanonymise, click on the blue text ‘Anonymous Marking Enabled’ for that submission – this will open a new pop up window.

2. Enter a reason for unmasking the student (this is logged in the Turnitin database) and click Reveal.

Un-anonymising submissions made by the whole class (to a particular assignment)


NOTE:  Once this is done you WILL NOT be able to anonymise student names again.

1. The Post Date of an assignment determines when feedback and results/grades will be released to students and if anonymous marking is turned on it is also the date that names of students are revealed to the lecturer.

2. If you would like to view the names of all the students before the post date but you DO NOT wish for students to view their grades, ensure you ‘Hide’ the link to the assignment before you change the post date –

  • On the module page, turn editing on and click edit settings next the assignment link, choose Hide.

3. Once the assignment is hidden, to de-anonymise all students, click on the assignment link, click on the post date and change the date to a day that has passed. Click the blank area beneath the date to save the change. Please note that this will RELEASE any added grades and feedback to students if the assignment has not been hidden as outlined in step 2.

4. Change the date back to the original future date if you do not want students to see grades and feedback, as above, click on the post date and change the dates as required. Click the blank area underneath the date to save the change. You can then unhide the assignment in the settings as outlined in step 2.


Making submissions anonymous for an inbox where the students names and their submissions are revealed– Contact your eLearning Advisor

Releasing Grades Early

Releasing grades early

NOTE:  This action will de-anonymise student names and once this is done you WILL NOT be able to anonymise student names again.

1. The Post Date of an assignment determines when feedback and results/grades will be released to students and if anonymous marking is turned on it is also the date that names of students are revealed to the lecturer.

2. On the module page, click on the assignment link, click on the post date by clicking on the little editing pencil and change the date to a day that has passed. Click the blank area beneath the date to save the change. This will release all added grades and feedback to students.


Downloading Turnitin assignments with the feedback


Download individual papers


1. Navigate to the specific assignment and open up the graded paper in tii2document viewer.

2. Click on the print icon and choose your download option.

3. To download a copy of the graded paper, choose the option ‘current view’ (ensure you have the grading and/or similarity boxes ticked in the side menu to include grades and/or matched text)

4. Follow the prompts to either Save, or Open the document.

5. All the bubble comments will be included in the printed/downloaded file. A list of all comments, grade and feedback will be listed on the last page of the printed/downloaded document.


Download all papers at once


You can also choose to download all papers with grades and feedback from the assignment submission page.


  1. Change the number of entries (students) to show All so that you can see all the students on one page.
  2. Click on the check-boxes to select the submissions you wish to include in your bulk download.download
  3.  Click on ‘Selected Grademark Files’ to view submissions with grades and feedback or original files without the grades and feedback.
  4. You will get a message, you can either click out of the message or wait until the download process finishes. The download process may take a long time to complete depends on the number of submissions, for example 40 submissions may take up to 25 minutes. You can re-visit the page without cancelling the download process.
  5. Refresh your page to see if you have received a new message in your ‘Turnitin Message inbox’ then click on your inbox to view your message.
  6. The submission files may come in two zip folder. Click on the links to download the zip folders
  7. To unzip, allocate the zip folders on your computer and follow the instructions below for the operating system you are using:


  • Right-click on the file and choose Extract All… and click Extract.
  • A new folder with the same name will appear containing all the assignment files.

Apple Mac

  • Double click on the file.
  • A new folder with the same name will appear containing all the assignment files.

How can I tell if students have looked at their feedback?

feedback_students_1617The column next to the grade shows whether a student has spent more than 30 seconds looking at their feedback. This time is set by Turnitin, in order to exclude students who only skim their feedback briefly.

The column shows a small dot for students who have not viewed their feedback (circled in red), and when they have spent more than 30 seconds with the feedback layer showing, this changes to a student with a tick (circled in green).

Please note, in order to retrieve accurate details, you will need to first refresh the Turnitin inbox.

Refreshing the Turnitin inbox

Turnitin is able to keep track of whether students have looked at their feedback with the help of the so-called response column.

  1. In order to retrieve accurate details for an assignment, it will first have to be refreshed from the Turnitin end: Turn editing  on, select the relevant Turnitin Assignment < Edit Settings < Click Refresh all Grades from Turnitin in the top right hand corner.
  2. Return to the assignment inbox and check the response column next to the mark. A grey dot indicates that students are yet to open their papers following the release of the marks or haven’t looked at them for longer than 30 seconds.
  3. An icon of a person with a tick implies that students have looked at their paper in Feedback Studio after the post date and stayed on the page for more than 30 seconds. It can be assumed that students will have taken note of their feedback and comments.


Uploading files on behalf of a student


A few things to note before undertaking the above task;

  • If you are attempting to submit a students work to an inbox with anonymous marking enabled you will not be able to upload the work unless they have already submitted something to the inbox that you are replacing. In that case you would need to get the Paper ID from the student to be able to identify the correct submission to replace.
  • If you are setting up an assignment in order to upload the work of all students  on your module ensure you do not set up the inbox as anonymous.
  • When uploading submissions on behalf of a student, students will still receive a receipt for that submission to their UR email so they should be made aware that someone is submitting on their behalf to avoid any confusion.
  • If you are submitting papers after the due date set in the inbox then the work will show up as late.
  • Go to the assignment inbox and in the relevant row for the student look for the upload icon (upwards arrow in a cloud).
  • Click on the icon

  • This will take you to a page where you can drag and drop the file or click on the file icon in the top left corner. Add in the submission title and click Add submission.

Delete a file submitted by a student

Turnitin does not allow students to delete work they submit to a Turnitin submission area/link, they must upload a new assignment to remove any prior submission and this is only possible before the due date has passed and not after. However, it does allow Teachers and those with editing permissions to delete student papers from Turnitin assignments on their Moodle module sites.

  • A Teacher may need to delete a student’s work from a Turnitin assignment if the:
    • student needs to resubmit a paper but the deadline for the Turnitin assignment has passed
    • the deadline hasn’t passed but Turnitin submission link/area created does not allow students to resubmit their work
    • student submits their paper to the wrong Turnitin assignment.

How to delete a paper

An instructor can delete papers at any time:

  1. If the inbox is anonymous you will need to have requested the submission receipt from the students submission so that you can use the Paper ID to know which file to delete
  2. Opening the Turnitin assignment submission inbox
  3. Search for the paper using the ‘Paper ID’
  4. Click on the rubbish bin/trash icon to the far right of the paper you want to delete (see screenshot below)
  5. Click on the OK button in the pop-up window that appears to permanently delete this submission.

IMPORTANT! These papers are removed from the assignment inbox but not from the Turnitin database. Once the incorrectly submitted paper has been deleted in the assignment inbox, and the student submits the correct paper, the Originality Report will not show a match between papers when submitted to the same module site, and by the same student. However, if the same paper is submitted by the same student to a different module site, then there will be a self-match. In this scenario we would advise contacting the Moodle helpdesk so that they can contact Turnitin to request of they can remove the original submission from their database.