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Leaving Accessible Feedback for Students in Turnitin
Voice Comments – Turnitin currently doesn’t have the ability to transcribe instructor voice comments into text form. Students with hearing disabilities will not be able to consume the voice comments provided by their instructor.
Student submission – The text of a student submission is image-based and cannot be read by a screen reader in its default view
Inline comments – Turnitin currently doesn’t allow the ability to navigate to comments left inline within the paper with a keyboard or screen reader in its default interface.
Non-student workflows – Strict conformance to WCAG 2.0 A and AA is limited to the student-facing interfaces. The below-mentioned workarounds are for student workflow only.
Workarounds and Suggestions
Leaving Voice Comments – When leaving comments for students with hearing disabilities, we recommend instructors leave a text-based comment instead of a voice recording.
Using a Screen Reader – Students using a screen reader can access a text-only version of their similarity report by pressing Tab + Enter upon accessing the Similarity Report.
Vision Impairments – Students can download a text-based PDF version of their report. When leaving comments for students with vision impairment, we recommend instructors include the original text alongside their comments so that students can associate the instructor’s comment with the text of their submission.