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Grading assessments and giving feedback in Aula

This is a quick start guide to grading and feedback in Aula with links to the relevant advice and guidance.  

Aula assessment types 

There are two types of assessment in Aula – Handin and Turnitin.  

The native Aula assessment function is called Handin.  An introductory article on the Knowledge Base will run you through the basics. A step  by step guide will give you more information on the setup and use.  

Aula also integrates with Turnitin (and its marking tools in Grademark) which many staff will already be familiar with.  

Which assignment type should I use? 


Turnitin should be used where there is an individual text-based assignment that requires a plagiarism report.  


Handin should be used for: 

  • Group assignments 
  • Multimedia assignments 

If you need to create a group or multimedia assignment that needs elements checking for plagiarism, you can create the main submission link in Handin and a separate Turnitin link for the plagiarism check.  Notify students that they need to submit to both. With visual and audio presentations, you can ask students to upload a transcript of the audio as a word document or PDF to Turnitin.  

Grading and feedback 

This section covers: 

  • The use of rubrics in Handin and Turnitin 
  • Audio feedback 
  • Other forms of text feedback 

Using Rubrics in Aula 

Here’s a link to an article will give you a clear guide to applying and using rubrics in both Handin and Turnitin: 

How can I use rubrics for assignments in Aula? 

Audio feedback  

Audio feedback is also possible both in Turnitin and in Aula.   

In Handin, you can add your audio feedback either via the Add Feedback button underneath the grade, or in the Conversation underneath the submission.  Click the purple Plus sign in either box and record your feedback. If you use the Conversation box, this can act as a feedback diary for students which is common to all assignments.  

In Turnitin, click the Feedback Summary icon (the pencil and paper) on the right-hand side of your screen then choose the recording option.  You can offer up to 3 minutes of spoken feedback in addition to text comments. 

Different Types of Text feedback 

There are several options for giving text feedback in both assessment types. 

In Turnitin, you can add text feedback either directly into the script or through the three blue icons on the right-hand side (see image above: 

  • Click on the tick to add Quickmarks to the text.  These are commonly used feedback words or short phrases which you can add and share.  Just drag and drop onto the text where you need them. 
  • Clicking anywhere on the text will bring up three feedback options, as shown below. 
  • The tick will bring up the Quickmarks.  The Comment bubble will allow you to enter text and place an icon in the relevant part of the script which the student can click on to expand and read your feedback.   

The T icon allows you to write a comment directly inline with the text.  

  • The Feedback Summary (which we met in the Audio feedback section) can also be used to add text comments 
  • Finally, the rubric will have elements where you can enter text and score against a criteria.  

 in Handin, your options for text feedback are: 

  •  to type directly into the Feedback box on the right-hand side (being careful to remember to save your feedback before moving on to the next student) 
  •  or (recommended if using non-rubric feedback) to attach a feedback file using the plus icon in either the feedback box or in the conversation.  
  • Via an attached rubric 
  • With group feedback, you can choose to apply the same feedback to all students (with the option to add individual feedback through the conversation), or to choose individual feedback.  Both options are available via a tickbox in the feedback box on the right-hand side.  


  • Amanda Black

    By day, a learning technology manager more interested in tech-enabled engagement, collaboration and knowledge sharing than the latest gizmo. Huge ambivalence to social media and hatred of algorithmic bias. By night, a turner-off-of-technology and teen-wrangler.

  • Martin Jenkins

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Updated on December 16, 2020

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