Feedback Studio 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.

Feedback studio allows teachers to provide a wide range of feedback options where students view comments and grades after the assignment 'Post date'.

Comments are embedded throughout the assignment by writing directly into comment boxes or using predefined QuickMark comments. To help efficiency, consistency and quality of feedback provided by academics, features include:

  • inline highlighting of text and marginal commenting;
  • embedded comments in the text of the student assessment;
  • predefined 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 Feedback Studio:

  1. Click on your Turnitin assignment from within your LEO unit.
  2. In the submission inbox either click the similarity percentage icon.
  3. An additional window or tab appears containing the student assignment submission.
  4. The Feedback Studio is collapsed by default. To drag and drop pre-defined feedback click on the 'tick' box to access QuickMarks.
  5. To add general feedback or audio comments, click on the box with pencil icon.
  6. To close the expanded view click on the cross icon:
    Turnitin QuickMark comments

Active Layers

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. To access active layers, select the stack of files folder at the top of the menu.

Display text matching while marking

To display text matches while providing feedback, click on the active layers icon and select 'similarity'

Feedback activity layers


If you require a hard copy of the submission or the graded work, click on the down arrow and from the pop-up window, select current view.


For information about how many times a student has submitted, the date, time, word count; select the 'i' symbol for the information. A pop up window will display further information.

Feedback with no file submission

Not all Turnitin assignment require a file submission in order to provide students with feedback via Feedback Studio. For example, you can use the Feedback Studio 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.

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.

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

Buckley, E. and Cowap, L. (2013). An evaluation of the use of Turnitin for electronic submission and marking and as a formative feedback tool from an educator's perspective [ in British Journal of Education Technology [online] accessed September 19th 2016

Kostka, I. and Maliborska, V. (2016) Using Turnitin to provide feedback on L2 writers’ texts in The Electronic Journal of English as Second Language [online],  accessed September 19th 2016

Hast, M. and Healy, C. (2016) Higher education marking in the electronic age: quantitative and qualitative student insight in 2nd International Conference on Higher education advances, Valencia, Spain [online], accessed September 20th 2016

Reed, P. (2015) Assessment analytics’ using Turnitin & GradeMark in undergraduate medical curriculum, in Journal of perspectives in academic practice {Online], accessed September 20th 2016

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