Canvas & Turnitin – Marking Workflow Guide for Academics & Tutors

roviding rich feedback is a key part of helping students learn. In the past, the majority of staff performed grading and feedback using Turnitin’s GradeMark interface. The good news is that this still exists in Canvas (and as we mentioned previously, has been upgraded to the slick new ‘Feedback Studio’). The other good news is that Canvas itself also has a feedback and grading interface called SpeedGrader, which you may want to use instead of Turnitin’s Feedback Studio for certain types of submissions. Here we describe the key features of each, and how to get each of them working for you and your markers.
Whichever marking and feedback system you choose, it is essential to note that:
  • All markers must use the same approach; e.g. if you choose to use Turnitin Feedback Studio to mark and provide feedback, your entire marking team must also use Turnitin Feedback Studio, otherwise feedback and marks will be split into two locations; and
  • Turnitin must still be used to evaluate text similarity using its similarity report function for all written summative work.

For all written work, use Turnitin Feedback Studio

If your students are submitting written work, then the University’s policy is that this work must be submitted via Turnitin and a Similarity Report must be generated. We are also recommending that you use the Turnitin Feedback Studio tool for your feedback and marking on all written formative and summative work so you can benefit from Turnitin’s familiar range of tools.

Accessing Turnitin’s assignment inbox from Canvas Assignments

  1. Go to the Canvas ‘Assignments’ area to see a list of assignments. Click on the relevant assignment.
  2. Scroll down to view the Turnitin assignment inbox – this is similar to the view in Blackboard, just cleaner. The assignment inbox shows students’ names, submissions, similarity scores, date of submission, and whether they have viewed feedback left for them in Turnitin. You can also bulk download all assignment files.
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Accessing Turnitin from the Canvas Marks area

If you have a multiple markers and have set up ‘Sections’ via SEAMS to help administer your unit, then you may choose to use the ‘Marks’ area because it allows you to filter your view of student submissions by section. This is similar to the old ‘SmartView’ feature in the Blackboard Grade Centre.
  1. Go to the Canvas ‘Marks’ area to access your Gradebook.
  2. Hover your mouse over a student’s cell in the Gradebook for the Turnitin Assignment, you will see a paper icon in the cell if the student has made a submission, a number if a mark has already been assigned, or a dash meaning no submission has been received yet.
  3. Click on the upper right hand corner of the cell, there should be a small blue triangle when you hover your mouse over it. Click the blue triangle area and a pop up window will appear. To access Turnitin’s Feedback Studio, click on the similarity report score as in the screenshot below. *Note there have been some syncing issues where the similarity report doesn’t come through to Canvas’ Marks, so you may need to use the Assignments pathway described above at times.

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