LEO Guides

Providing feedback via GradeMark

GradeMark is an online marking tool that provides academics with a digital environment for grading and commenting on student work.

Teacher-provided feedback on assessment tasks is central to student learning and enables the student to judge or acknowledge their level of performance and also indicate how the student can improve.

GradeMark allows teachers to provide a wide range of feedback options where students can view comments and grades either via the Turnitin submission inbox or directly via Grades after the assignment 'Post date'.

Comments are embedded throughout the assignment by writing directly into comment boxes or using pre-defined QuickMark comments. This helps increase the efficiency, consistency and quality of feedback provided by academics.

Some of the features of GradeMark include:

  • inline highlighting of text and marginal commenting;
  • embedded comments in the text of the student assessment;
  • pre-defined drag and drop QuickMark comments;
  • user-defined comments, so you can create your own set of frequently used comments;
  • general comments (written or audio) on the strengths and weaknesses of the assessment or suggestions for improvements;
  • automated feedback via a rubric or grading form;
  • comments linked to rubric criterion (if a rubric is attached to the assignment).

To access the GradeMark Report you need to be:

  1. Click on your Turnitin assignment from within your LEO unit.
  2. In the submission inbox either click the similarity percentage icon or the pencil icon.
  3. An additional window or tab appears containing the student assignment submission
  4. The Feedback Studio is collapsed by default, to view more detailed information about GradeMark and provide feedback click on the 'tick' box to access QuickMarks or the 'blue' feedback layer
  5. To close the expanded view click on the cross icon.


Sometimes it can be useful to see the Originality report details and GradeMark details at the same time.

To overlay any of the tabs including the Originality, GradeMark and PeerMark:

  1. Navigate to your Turnitin assignment and click on similarity percentage or pencil icon to open student submission
  2. To overlay the originality report and Grademark, click on the top layer icon in the Feedback Studio.

Active layers

3. Tick the box next to 'Grading' and/or 'Similarity' to compare

NOTE: Individual markers are indicated under the active layers option,in 'Grading', providing the names of instructors who have added feedback to the students assignment, This option is helpful for multiple marking as individual markers comments are identified on the student paper by their initials and specific feedback by an individual marker can be toggled on or off.

Not all Turnitin assignment require a file submission in order to provide students with feedback via GradeMark. For example, you can use the GradeMark functionality to provide feedback to your students regarding a presentation or live performance done in a classroom.

Feedback may be provided via a Turnitin assignment if:

  • A document is submitted that generates an originality report e.g. a PowerPoint, Excel, PDF or Word file.
  • A document is submitted that does not generate an originality report e.g. a image file or scanned document.
  • No document is submitted.

To find out more about setting up a Turnitin assignment, go to LEO guides: Setting up a Turnitin assignment

GradeMark Feedback with no file submission

Even if a student did not submit a file to the Turnitin assignment drop box, you are still able to provide them with feedback using GradeMark. To do this you need to:

  1. Click on the grey pencil icon next to the student's name in the Turnitin submission inbox.
  2. A popup message will appear, asking if you want to continue even though the student has not submitted an assignment, and warning a grading template will be created.
  3. Click 'OK'.
  4. The pencil icon will now appear as blue, and the submission title change to 'Grading template'.
  5. Click the blue pencil icon to open the grading template and add comments using the different options available.

LEO Guide: Individual comments

LEO Guide: QuickMark comments

LEO Guide: QuickMark Manager

LEO Guide: QuickMark export/import

LEO Guide: Release grades and feedback

LEO Guide: Mark Assignments

LEO Guide: Download GradeMark

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