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How to bulk download marked assignments from Turnitin

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If you have used the Turnitin GradeMark tool to mark student assignments online, the grades and feedback are stored on the Turnitin website. They can be accessed via QMplus by both staff and students however the data is not stored on QMplus.

If you need to keep local copies of the grades and feedback, as you should, you must download the data from the Turnitin website. Unfortunately, it is not possible to bulk download marked Turnitin assignments through QMplus. The only way to do this is to log in directly through the Turnitin website and download all the marked assignments from there.

Before you start

If you have not used the Turnitin GradeMark tool to mark the assignments you do not need to undertake this process. The original submissions can be bulk downloaded through QMplus without having to log in to Turnitin. See our guide on How do I bulk download Turnitin assignments for details of how to do this.

If you do not know your username and password for the Turnitin website, please see our guide on How to get your Turnitin password

You will need to have “Teacher”, “Non-editing teacher” or “Course Administrator” access to the course area on QMplus which contains the Turnitin assignment. Log in to QMplus and find the appropriate course and assignment. Click on the assignment and ensure you can see the student submissions. Make a note of the name of the assignment and the name of the QMplus course area it is in.

QMplus course area titleQmplus assignment title

Here we are using a course area called “ELU101 – Introduction to E-Learning” and a Turnitin assignment called “Coursework 1”

You will need to know this to find the appropriate assignment on Turnitin.

Downloading the assignments from Turnitin

Go to in a web browser and log in using your Turnitin user name and password.

Turnitin dashboard

  1. Ensure the All classes tab is selected
  2. Select the All classes tab in the lower pane
  3. Now find your QMplus course in the list. Here we’re looking for ELU101 – Introduction to E-Learning. Once you have found it, click on the class name

Class assignment list

Now find your assignment in the list of assignments for the class. In this example I have two assignments. I want the one called “Coursework 1”. Click on the View link for the appropriate assignment.

Assignment inbox

You are now viewing the assignment inbox. You will see the list of submissions along with similarity scores and grades. To download all submissions, click on the checkbox on the top left of the table.

Submissions selected

  1. You will see a warning in yellow stating that you have selected all the submissions for this assignment. In this case there are only 10. However, if you have large classes this could potentially be a large number of submissions which will make for a very large download.
  2. Select the Grademark Paper item from the Download drop-down menu

Zip file dialog

If you are happy to continue click OK


You will see a message stating that your files are being compressed. When this process is complete, you will receive a message in your messages tab, indicated above. The compression process may take some time if you have selected a large number of submissions. You may have to come back after a few minutes.

New message

  1. A new message has appeared in my messages tab. I can click on the tab to see the message
  2. Click on the appropriate message

Message with file download link

The message contains a link to download the zip file. Click on the link to start the download.

Note: This file may be very large and may take a long time to download.

What’s in the zip file?

Once the file has downloaded, you can unzip it to see the contents.

Zip file contents

Here you will see that there are 10 PDF files and a file called manifest.txt. The PDF files are the graded student assignments and the manifest file contains details of what has been downloaded and whether there were any processing errors.

Note that all the student submissions are in PDF format, regardless of the format they were submitted in. They are also named according to the title that was given to them by the student when they submitted them, and not according to the title of the assignment.

Manifest file

Here we can see the contents of the manifest file which shows that 10 files were downloaded with no errors. The student name, file name and Turnitin paper id can be seen for each of the files that was successfully processed. This will allow you to keep track of which file belongs to which student.

After you have downloaded the zip file, you should check to ensure that all papers have been downloaded correctly before archiving the submissions.

You can see an example of what one of the graded assignments looks like. Notice that Turnitin has appended a cover sheet giving the student name and all feedback is available, including any rubrics or grading forms that have been used. The only thing that is not included in the downloaded file are any audio comments that have been added to the assignment.

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Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.

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