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e-rater® Grammar Check Technology

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Turnitin Feedback Studio will soon be replacing Turnitin Classic. Your new guidance for managing e-rater® feedback in Turnitin Feedback Studio can be found here.


The e-rater grammar feedback technology, developed by ETS®, automatically checks submissions to an assignment for grammar, usage, mechanics, style and spelling errors; providing in depth feedback with on paper marks. To use e-rater technology for an assignment it must be enabled during assignment creation.


Note: e-rater grammar and spelling check comments are not automatically shown to the student. These comments are released, with all other comments, on the assignment post-date. Students will also not see e-rater comments if the assignment has not been opened by the instructor and if no comments have been left on the paper. This is to ensure that all comments e-rater has generated have been approved by the instructor.

When viewing a paper in GradeMark for an assignment with e-rater settings enabled, e-rater technology will load the grammar and spelling marks once GradeMark opens in the document viewer. 


Note: It may take up to a minute for the e-rater feedback to load onto the paper.


The e-rater feedback appears on the paper as purple comments. Hover the cursor over the mark to view the description of the e-rater feedback.



The e-rater sidebar in GradeMark displays the five e-rater trait categories and the number of each type of mark found for the paper. To view the ETS sidebar click on the ETS icon at the bottom of the sidebar.



The e-rater sidebar displays each feedback category, a list of the traits for the category and the number of marks for each trait. The marks for a category can be hidden from the paper by unchecking the check box next to the category name



During assignment creation instructors can select which categories are hidden by default for all papers submitted to the assignment.



If e-rater marks were dismissed from the paper the top of the sidebar will track the # of dismissed marks. The instructor can restore the dismissed marks to the paper by clicking on the Reveal All button.



To add an additional comment to the e-rater mark hover over the mark and click on the Add comment button.



A text box will appear below the mark description. Enter the comment in the text box and click Save to add the comment to the e-rater mark.



Comments added to e-rater marks can be edited by hovering over the mark and clicking on the edit comment button.



When an additional comment is added to an e-rater mark an icon appears next to the mark’s title informing the student or the instructor that there is a comment added to this mark.






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