TEL Me More about … Turnitin’s QuickMarks

At May’s Tel Me More session we saw some interesting way’s that Nick Turner had been using Quickmarks to help with marking his student’s assignments.

QuickMarks are a feature of Turnitin’s GradeMark tool, and as the name suggests, they’re a way of adding quick comments or marks to a student’s assignment. Staff can build up their own personal bank of comments, and can have different sets for different circumstances. Turnitin automatically provides you with five sets Composition, Composition Marks, Format, Punctuation, and Usage, but new sets of comments could be created for example each assignment, or as Nick demonstrated, to group together comments for different grade boundaries.

You need to have an assignment before you can begin creating QuickMarks, but once you have an assignment (it can be an old one) you can then access the QuickMark manager to start building up your sets and comments, and these will always be available to you from an assignment you’re marking.

Creating new QuickMark Sets

QuickMark SetsTo access the QuickMark Manager, navigate to one of your assignments and open up one of the submissions as though you’re about to start marking it. Then click on the spanner icon in the top right (highlighted in red).

From here you can begin to create new sets, or edit existing ones Although you can not delete QuickMarks that have been previously used in any of your student’s assignments, you can archive them, and any edits that are made to a QuickMark are applied to every instance where this mark appears in your students’ papers.


Accessing QuickMark Sets

To access the different QuickMark Sets you have created click on the icon highlighted in yellow. This will always be available when making a student’s assignment, enabling you to quickly switch back and forth between the relevant comments.
This was especially important for Nick as the QuickMark sets he created enabled him to quickly apply the relevant feedback for an assignment the different part of the assignment that might fall into different grade boundaries, but also being able to switch to QuickMarks that had assignment specific details in; such as highlighting all the areas that are required to get full marks (see example to the right).

Creating New QuickMarks

Adding a new QuickMark to a setA new QuickMark can be created as normal, and then saved to one of your existing sets. This can then be used in any future assignments.

QuickMarks can be shared with your colleagues so that you can all build up and use the same bank of comments. The individual sets can be imported out of the system and then just uploaded by anyone who needs to use them.

For more information on using Turnitin’s QuickMarks see their help pages –

For more information about how Nick used QuickMarks see his case study in the Ideas Factory. 

Your Learning Technologists are also available to help advise and build up QuickMark sets, and can be contacted on

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