Instructor Training

Marks and Comments


The GradeMark system contains several tools and types of mark that instructors can use in grading and assessing papers. These include:

  • comments
  • inline comments
  • QuickMark comments
  • rubric scorecards
  • general comments


A comment is equivalent to the notes that an instructor may write in the margins of a paper. A comment might be:

“Your thesis is unfocused. Consider refining your thesis in subsequent versions of this paper.”

A comment may be up to one thousand characters in length.

Adding a comment to a paper:

  1. Click on the "GradeMark" icon for a submission to access the interface
  2. Click on the point on the paper to add the comment to
  3. Enter text into the text field of the comment bubble
  4. (Optional) If you would like to make this comment into a reusable QuickMark comment, click on the "More Options" button
  5. (Optional) Enter a title for the QuickMark. This title will be displayed on the paper.

    Select a set to add this QuickMark to by clicking on the "Set" drop down menu.

    Click "Save" to save the comment as a QuickMark

    Note: QuickMark comments that are not added to a set will be located within "All" in the QuickMark manager

  6. (Optional) If a rubric scorecard or marking form is used to grade the assignment the instructor may associate the comment with one of the rubric’s criterion. Use the Associate a criterion drop down menu to select which criterion to associate the comment with

  7. Click the "Save" button to save the comment

The comment will be added to the paper.

The comment can be edited at any time by hovering the cursor over the mark for the comment and then clicking the "Edit" button. Edit the comment and click "Save" to save any changes made to the comment. To move a comment, click and hold on the mark symbol and drag the icon to a new location.

Associating a Comment with a Criterion

When a rubric scorecard or marking form is used to evaluate an assignment, there is an additional  option option to "Associate a criterion" when adding comments or QuickMark comments to the paper to associate the comment with one of the rubric's criterion. Use the "Associate a criterion" drop down menu to select the desired criterion for the comment.

If a comment was associated with a rubric criterion, the comment icon is replaced by the rubric icon for the on paper mark. Please view the Using rubrics for grading and evaluating training page for more information about rubrics.

Deleting a Comment

A comment and the associated mark can be deleted by clicking on the mark symbol on the paper. Click on the trash can icon at the top right of the comment bubble to delete the mark from the paper.

Highlighting Text for a Comment

An instructor can associate a highlighted section of text with a comment to reference a specific area of text.

To associate a highlight with a comment:

  1. Within the GradeMark interface select the text of the paper
  2. Click anywhere within the highlighted text to open up a comment bubble
  3. The selected text will be highlighted and the comment is placed where the highlighted section of text was clicked. Enter the comment into the text field of the comment bubble. Select the highlight color from the 5 color options. Yellow is the default color for highlights
  4. Click the "Save" button to save the comment
  5. The comment icon will appear where the highlight was clicked. The comment icon can be moved away from the highlight and still be associated with the highlight by a connecting line
  6. To move the comment icon click on the icon and drag it to the new location, release the held click

Striking Through Text

An instructor can strike through text within GradeMark by first selecting the text and then hitting either "delete" or "backspace" on the keyboard. To delete the strikethrough hover over the strikethroughed text and then click on the trash can icon that appears.

Inline Comments

Inline comments allow instructors to add marks directly onto the paper. The inline comment appears as type overlaid on the paper.

To add an inline comment, click on the type tool button within the sidebar.

The user can click on the paper where the comment should begin. The inline comment will show up as a light gray highlighted box over which typing may be done. When finished, click elsewhere on the paper. The inline comment will appear as blue text directly on the paper. To edit an inline comment click directly on the inline comment’s text and adjust the comment accordingly.

An inline comment can be deleted by moving the cursor over the comment and then clicking on the trash can icon that appears above of the inline comment. Deleted comments can be recovered by clicking on the "Undo" button at the bottom of the document viewer.

General Comments

An instructor is able to write a general comment or leave a voice comment regarding a paper. The general comment tool allows for a longer, less area-specific feedback to be provided to the paper’s author.

To add a general comment:

  1. Click on the general comments icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the pencil icon or within the text field to add your comment
  3. Type in the comment within the text field
  4. Click "Save" to save your comment

The general text comment will be part of the printable version of the GradeMark page for student users.

Note: The General Comments sidebar is the default sidebar that students see when they open up their paper in GradeMark.

Voice Comment

Instructors are able to leave a voice comment on the student’s paper from within the General Comments sidebar. Just like the written general comment the voice comment allows the instructor to leave an extended comment about the paper as a whole. To leave a voice comment the instructor must first navigate to the General Comment sidebar and have a computer microphone available.

To add a voice comment:

  1. Click on the general comments icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the "record" button to begin recording the voice comment

    Note: An Adobe Flash player settings pop-up will appear asking for permission to allow Turnitin to use the computer’s microphone. Select allow to be able to record a voice comment

  3. Once you have finished recording your voice comment click on the "stop" button to stop recording

    Note: A voice comment can be up to three minutes long. The length of the recording is noted in the top right corner of the Recording section

  4. To play back the recording before saving it click on the "play" button
  5. To save the voice comment click on the "save" icon
  6. If you would like to rerecord a voice comment after a voice comment was already saved, you must first delete the current voice comment by clicking on the trash can icon and then repeat steps 2-5