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The Assignment Inbox

Accessing the Assignment Inbox


Each assignment in a class has an assignment inbox. The assignment inbox contains any submissions that have been made by students or the instructor to the assignment.


1. To access the assignment inbox, click the All Classes tab, which will direct you to the Instructor homepage.


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2. From the Instructor homepage, click on the class name of the assignments you wish to access. You will be directed to the class homepage

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3. From the Class homepage, click on the View link under the Actions column next to the assignment that you wish to access


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Elements of the Assignment Inbox


The assignment inbox is a sorted list of columns containing information regarding submissions in an assignment. The assignment inbox can be organized by any of the criteria listed - for example, clicking on the column heading name of author will sort the contents of the assignment box by author last name from A to Z. Clicking the column heading again will sort it again by the reverse of the criteria, from Z to A.


The column headings in the assignment inbox are:


  • Author - A column containing the names of any enrolled students and the names given for any non-enrolled instructor uploaded papers in the assignment. Clicking on the name of the author opens the class portfolio page for any enrolled students. Enrolled student names appear as blue links.


  • Title - The title given for any paper submitted. If there is no submission for a user, this field will list "no submission". Clicking on the title of a paper will open the paper in the Turnitin Feedback Studio viewer. 


  • Similarity - The Similarity column contains the Similarity Report icon. The icon contains a percentage indicating the overall similarity of the paper to information in the Turnitin repositories: 100% being ‘fully similar’, 0% indicating ‘no similarity’. The icon is rectangular and contains the percentage number and the corresponding color. If only a grayed out icon is available, the report is not ready. A dash in the report column indicates no submission or that no Similarity Report is generated based on assignment settings. For more information, see the Viewing Similarity Reports section of this guide.


  • Grade - The grade column indicates GradeMark image availability. A blue pencil icon indicates that a paper is ready to be graded, but has not yet been graded. A grey pencil icon that no submission was made or that GradeMark digital assessment is not available for the class or account. Once a paper is graded, the point value given to the paper will replace the pencil icon in the grade column.


  • Response - The response column provides instructors with insight on which students have viewed their graded papers. A grey icon of a person with a check mark notifies the instructor that their student has viewed their graded paper in GradeMark for over 30 seconds. If the student does not view GradeMark for more than 30 seconds, the response column will not update. By hovering over this icon, you will be advised of the date and time that your student viewed GradeMark.


  • File - A page icon will appear in the file column if a submission has been uploaded to Turnitin. If there was no submission made, a dash will appear. Click on the page icon to download a copy of the submission as originally uploaded by the student to the assignment.


  • Paper ID - The unique numeric ID number assigned to every submission made to Turnitin. This column contains a dash if no submission was made. The paper ID is also provided to students or instructors when submitting by file upload or copy and paste as part of the digital receipt.


  • Date - The date of a submission. Any dates shown in red indicate a late submission made after the due date and time of an assignment. The format is day-month-year. If no submission was made after the due date/time for a student, this column shows (late) in red. If the due date has not passed, students in the class with no submissions have a dash in this column.


The assignment inbox also contains a number of items in the assignment inbox panel at the top of the assignment inbox. The items are:


  • All papers
  • Marked papers
  • Viewed papers
  • New papers


These allow an instructor to select which folder of an assignment inbox to view. By default, all papers are in the new papers folder. Papers can be moved between folders in the assignment inbox by using the move to function. Papers only can be placed in a single folder. Selecting a folder will display only that folder unless all papers is selected, which shows every submission in an assignment


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  • Submit button - Allows an instructor to begin submitting a paper or papers to this assignment


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Organizing the Assignment Inbox


Turnitin offers the instructor user many methods to organize papers in the assignment inbox to assist with handling large classes or simply to quickly sort the submissions and Originality Reports in an inbox. 

The following are the ways an instructor is able to organize the assignment inbox:


  • Sorting by column header - Click any of the following column names to sort the inbox by that column: author, title, similarity, grade, paper ID, date submitted, or once a student has viewed the paper by response.

    If you have a grading template submission as a part of the class you are also able to sort by file.  

    Click a second time to re-sort in the opposite direction.
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  • Delete - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the delete option will appear above. This will allow you to delete the paper

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  • Download - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the download option will appear above. Select from the Download dropdown list whether you would like to download the original paper or the GradeMark paper

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    • In selecting Original File, a dialog box will appear advising you that the file will be compressed and downloaded to your computer. Click OK to accept, or Cancel to abort the procedure
    • In selecting GradeMark paper, a dialog box will appear advising you that this action will compress the selected files into a zip file. You will be notified in your Turnitin Messages tab when the zip file is available for download. Click OK to accept, or Cancel to abort the procedure. This process is confirmed through a yellow notification at the top of the page. Select the Messages link to If view and download the zip file

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  • Move to - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the move to... option will appear above. This button will allow you to move papers to the viewed or marked folders. You will be directed to the move paper(s) page, where you can select the destination folder and destination assignment from their respective dropdown lists. Click submit to confirm this move

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Viewing and Exporting a GradeMark Report


GradeMark Report provides information on how many times each QuickMark was used on and each rubric criterion rating given for each graded paper in an assignment. This allows instructors to more quickly identify learning patterns among their students and determine which rubric criteria or writing skills their students show strengths or weaknesses in.


Within the GradeMark report there are two main viewing options: the rubrics tab or the QuickMarks tab. If e-rater grammar check is turned on for an assignment a third tab will appear titled e-rater® Marks.

QuickMark Report


1. To view the GradeMark Report summary click on the GradeMark Report button.


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2. By clicking on the QuickMarks tab, this will display the QuickMark sets used in grading the papers within the assignment and the number of QuickMark editing marks used in each paper from each QuickMark set.


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3. To view the specific QuickMark editing marks that were used from each QuickMark set, click on the details link under the QuickMark set that you would like to view


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4. GradeMark report tracks and records each QuickMark used within a students paper. This information is located underneath the QuickMark symbol column header to the right of the student name and paper title. Use the QuickMark set name tabs to navigate between QuickMark sets.


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5a. To make any changes to the GradeMark report, click on the gm link under GradeMark, which will open GradeMark. Once you have made these changes, close the GradeMark window 


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5b. For the aforementioned changes to update in the GradeMark report, click on the Refresh Report button in the top right corner of the  GradeMark report page. This will update the changes made


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5c. To export the GradeMark report click on the Export Report button in the top right corner of the GradeMark report page. Whichever page of the GradeMark report you are currently viewing will be exported to an excel file.


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Rubric/Form Report


1. Select the Rubric/Form tab to open the rubric portion of the GradeMark report.


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2. There are two viewing options for the rubrics tab: numerical scores or qualitative scores. Use the View as drop-down menu to move between the two options.


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3. Ensure the rubric or form scores are showing for each criterion. If the values aren't appearing, simply click the Refresh Report button.


3. Click Export Report to download the current view of the rubric/form report


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Training Video: Accessing the Assignment Inbox


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