GradeMark Overview (GradeMark)

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2014 04:07PM PDT

With GradeMark® an instructor is able to edit and grade student work online.

Instructors can use GradeMark to grade student's written work (i.e. papers, essays, thesis, powerpoint files), non-written work (including images, videos, music files) or work not submitted to a Turnitin assignment (i.e. speeches, presentations, performances, or works of art).

For student papers instructors can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics, assess the student’s performance within the class and enter a grade for the paper that is automatically saved into GradeBook (optional).

For student's non-written work GradeMark may or may not be able to display the file within the Document Viewer.

The following image file types are able to be displayed in GradeMark: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, and PICT. Instructors are then able to comment directly on an image within GradeMark.

For files where GradeMark is unable to display the file in the Document Viewer, the file is available for download within the GradeMark window. Instructors are then able to evaluate the file using a grading template in GradeMark. The grading template maintains all of the functionality of GradeMark except for the ability to view the file within the Document Viewer.

Instructors may use the grading template for assignments that do not require a submission (i.e. speeches, presentations, performances, or works of art)

Browser Compatibility

GradeMark is currently designed for full compatibility with the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7.x and 8.x (Windows)
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.x (Windows, Mac OS X)
  • Google Chrome 4+(Windows, Mac OS X
  • Safari (Mac OS X)

Other browsers can be used to view or access this product but may not have access to the full functions and features. GradeMark is best used with one of the approved browsers.

Note: GradeMark works best when the text of the submissions have double spaced text.

Accessing GradeMark

An instructor can access the GradeMark system from any one of four locations within Turnitin:

  • the assignment inbox
  • a student portfolio
  • viewing a paper after clicking on the paper title
  • from the GradeBook grading page

To mark a paper in the GradeMark system from the assignment inbox, student portfolio page, or GradeBook grading page the instructor will click on the "GradeMark" icon under the "grademark" column to the right of the paper that needs to be marked. A new window will open displaying the GradeMark interface. Using this interface, an instructor can add marks, general comments, and location specific comments to a student paper as well as entering a numeric grade.

Note: If a gray pencil icon appears in the GradeMark column, then a file has not been submitted by the student to the assignment. The instructor can grade a student without a submission by clicking on the gray pencil icon.

Grading without submission allows an instructor to grade student work such as presentations, speeches, performances or works of art using GradeMark. 

If an instructor grades without a submission and the assignment is set to generate reports “Immediately (first report is final)” the student will not be able to submit to the assignment once a grading template is created.