iOS Apps, and Optimization, and Offline Grading, Oh My!

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For teachers, the work day extends far beyond time spent in the classroom. Planning, prepping, and grading often happen outside of regular school hours, especially during the hectic back-to-school season. Our Feedback Studio for iOS app has always been a hit with our educators, and we are continuously refining the mobile experience for both instructors and students.

The latest round of updates is no exception. Now, it’s easier than ever to give feedback, encourage original writing, and ensure academic integrity anytime, anywhere. To get your devices ready for fall, download, the new Turnitin Feedback Studio mobile app for iPad and iPhone and take a look at all it has to offer. Here are some highlights:

 1. Now Available for iPhone

Are you an iPhone user? Have you ever had to submit, read, or comment on a paper only to find that you left your computer behind? We’ve got you covered. The Feedback Studio app is now available for iPhones. With adaptive screen sizes, students can submit work and instructors can deliver feedback and grading on all iOS devices.  

2. Optimized Mobile Experience

We’ve reduced the number of steps involved in accessing key features in the app. Previously, the rubric/grading form, summary text comments, voice comments, and submission information were available in the Feedback Summary View. Turns out, this view wasn’t necessary! These features are now all available from the document viewer for both instructors and students. That means fewer taps and a more streamlined feedback and submission process. When exploring the new app, you’ll also notice an improved user interface that is both in line with our ongoing accessibility efforts and aesthetically pleasing.

3. Offline Grading

Since Wifi isn’t quite ubiquitous (yet), and sometimes you find yourself without an internet connection, the Feedback Studio app offers instructors the ability to grade offline. Simply sync your papers to your iPad and grade as you normally would. When you reconnect to the internet, the app will sync all your grades and papers, and the information will once again be saved and stored on Turnitin’s servers.   

More in-depth information about recent mobile improvements can be found in our Release Notes and Guides.