Comment Crafting through QuickMarks

Audrey Wick is an English Professor at Blinn College and the 2014 Turnitin All Star MVP for Higher Education. She has been using Turnitin for over a decade and shares her best tips for quality feedback here.

We all know that quality feedback to students on their writing is essential. But with so many students and so many assignments, instructors can easily get overwhelmed. That’s where digital scoring and comments can be useful tools.

Turnitin’s array of QuickMarks provide standard editing marks that not only help students identify errors in their writing but also close the learning loop through continued instruction. The GradeMark system in Turnitin provides four QuickMark sets to all instructors:

  • Commonly Used
  • Composition
  • Format
  • Punctuation

Additionally, instructors can customize, combine, create their own sets, or download new ones from a community of peers thanks to the Educator Network. Consider this Presentation Set ( or this Halloween Set (

However instructors choose to engage with QuickMarks, there are three specific ways they can be customized to different disciplines, student populations, and grade levels.

  1. QuickMarks can be customized for assignment-specific feedback. Instructors can design and tailor marks to individual assignments, like paper outlines, lab reports, argument essays, and even visual presentations. Turnitin Classic and the new Feedback Studio both allow instructors to “save” a QuickMark and “add” it to a desired Set, making that mark accessible again and again across assignments and across classes.
  2. QuickMarks can be customized for hyperlink inclusion. Instructors can add links to webpages, YouTube videos, institutional sites, online calendars, and more within the “Comment” section of a mark. When a student clicks the hyperlink, a new window will open. This technique is especially effective for teaching concepts of research and documentation.
  3. QuickMarks can be customized with fun pop culture references. Each QuickMark includes a title that students see first before clicking on the mark. Puns, social media references, word mash-ups, and holiday-themed phrases are a fun way to get students excited about reviewing their papers.

Instructors have responsibilities to their students to provide feedback, and thanks to Turnitin QuickMarks, those tasks can be accomplished effectively.

To hear more from Audrey Wick regarding QuickMarks, watch her recorded webcast, “Comment Crafting: QuickMarks to Capture Students’ Attention” with Sean Tupa, Education Manager at Turnitin: