Inline Marking

Providing inline feedback in feedback studio.

Inline feedback is any feedback that takes place on the document itself as comments or annotations.

To start marking your students papers, click on the feedback icon (which looks like a pen) in the Grade column. This will open feedback studio.

grademark columns picture

To start adding feedback, click in the area of the document you want to add feedback. This will open the in-context marking tool.

The in-context marking tool contains:

In context marking tool

  • Quickmark comments
  • Free text comment tool
  • Inline text comments tool


QuickMarks are "bubble" style boxes than can be easily added onto a student’s assignment. There are several sets to choose from. A default set is provided, but if you click on the menu in the top left of that box, you can access further sets. You can also add your own QuickMarks for commonly used feedback quotes.

Using QuickMarks

  1. Click on the area of the paper you want to add a QuickMark comment.
  2. Click the QuickMark icon from the in-context marking tool.
  3. This will load the Quickmarks box. There is also a search tool and a menu to switch between quickmark types. You can also access the QuickMark manager by clicking the cog icon.
  4. Click on the appropriate quickmark to add.
    QuickMark Menu
  5. Once you have added a QuickMark you can add additional comments in the textbox that appears.
    Note: You can add formatting to this text (Bold, italic, underline) or link to an external website by adding its URL.
    QuickMark add additional comments
  6. Once you click away from a Quickmark this will be added to the page and the menu will close.
    You can edit the comments added to the QuickMark at any point by clicking the blue box.
    To delete the QuickMark, edit the QuickMark and click the bin icon.

    You can also add QuickMarks from the right hand toolbar. This will launch the QuickMarks menu.

QuickMarks Menu for drag and drop

  1. Click any of the QuickMarks to see the description associated with this QuickMark at the bottom of the panel.
  2. To add the QuickMark into the paper from this menu. Drag and drop any of the QuickMarks into the paper.

For more information on creating your own Quickmarks please click here

Free text comments

Free text comments are bubble boxes which allow you to add your own comment in and not use an existing comment (QuickMark).

  1. Click on the word where you would like to insert a comment.
  2. Select the free text comment tool
  3. Type in your comment, then click away from the box. This leaves a comment box over the top of the text and when a student hovers over it with their mouse, the comment appears

Inline text comments

You can choose to type text directly onto the assignment itself. There are some limits to this tool:

  • The writing colour is locked into light blue
  • The font size cannot be changed
  • There is no method of anchoring the comment to a portion of text
  1. Click on the page and select the "T" icon
  2. You should now be able to start typing. If it is not in quite the right place, you can drag it afterwards.
  3. To delete hover over a comment until you see the bin icon. Click this to delete.

Leaving a comment related to a particular sentence or paragraph

  1. For a comment which refers to more than one word or a paragraph, select a sentence of text by left clicking and dragging across until the text is selected by showing a blue bar
  2. Select the tool you want to use, note the ‘T’ is replaced with an ‘S’. This allows you to strikethrough text.
    Alternative in context menu
  3. If you choose QuickMark or Free text options, the popup box will allow you to pick a colour from the top right corner.
  4. Put in your free text or QuickMark comment and click "Save"
  5. You can drag the comment around the page (for example, placing it in the margin) and there will be a line to the section of text to which it refers.

Marking with Originality Check switched on

You can choose to mark whilst the Originality Check results are in view.

On the right tool bar you can select the layers you want to be available. For more information see using layers.

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