Turnitin is a great resource that teachers have come to rely on for digitally grading and reviewing papers. Like many of those teachers, I learned the basics and failed to educate myself on some of the hidden functionality. One of those functions – the ability to compare drafts and revisions side by side – is something that I wasted far too much time on.
Depending on your assignments, you may have students writing multiple drafts of essays or term papers. Because Turnitin opens whatever draft you select into a predesignated popup window, I was never able to open two drafts at the same time. This led me to clicking on the “versions” dropdown menu and trying to keep comparisons in my head as I switched back and forth.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve commented on the wrong draft.
There had to be a solution.
After some digging around, I was able to find a fairly simple solution nestled into the hidden back chambers of Turnitin. Let’s take a look:
But that’s not all!
Turnitin has a “hidden in plain sight” function that allows you to view both the GradeMark and the Originality report at the same time.
First, Open your regular GradeMark page:
Second, click on the “lamp tab” connected to the Originality Report
The Originality Report will show up as a lighter layer underneath the GradeMark – continue to mark as normal!
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