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Creating and using a rubric

Rubrics help assess how well a student has performed in a submitted assessment task across a range of competencies.

Rubrics used in Turnitin are just one component of a suite of assessment tools used by teachers to provide feedback. As well as providing feedback via various types of comments embedded into the student assignment or via general or audio comments, GradeMark also allows you to create a rubric and attach this to the assignment to provide further feedback to the student and even associate comments to rubric criteria.

Rubrics in Turnitin have three main functions:

  • To allow students to view the marking criteria for an assignment before they submit their work
  • To standardise the marking process
  • To provide feedback for students

To ensure rubrics work effectively they should link to

  • national discipline standards
  • course learning outcomes and embedded graduate attributes
  • unit learning outcomes and embedded graduate attributes
  • assessment criteria

For more information see Providing feedback via GradeMark and QuickMark comment options

All Turnitin rubrics have a grid format, with marking criteria down the left hand side and a scale across the top. There are three different types:

Standard (percentage/weighted),: This rubric is displayed as a 'percentage' symbol meaning that criteria are weighted by a certain percentage. There are also grading scales displayed horizontally across the top of the grid. Each criteria and scale includes a cell to add descriptive text to both 'criteria' fields and 'scales' fields.

While it is possible to give varying weights to a criteria all scales within your rubric will have the same value. The column with the highest value will award the maximum percentage for a criterion, with other columns awarded proportionally.

standard rubric

When a standard rubric is attached to an assignment this type of rubric can calculate and add the overall grade  into to the grade field within the GradeMark view. This will be pushed through to the Gradebook and released to the student on the assignment post date.

Custom (points based): This Rubric is displayed as a 'pencil' symbol allowing you to enter individual point values into rubric cells. The cell underneath each value allows you to add descriptive text.

A custom rubric provides different points for scoring/grading. Marks are calculated based on your scale and cell selections.

Custom rubric

When a custom rubric is attached to an assignment this Rubric will calculate and input the overall grade into the grade field within the GradeMark view. Individual rubric values can contain decimal points however the total points available will be rounded off to a whole number. This will be pushed through to the Gradebook and released to the student on the assignment post date.

Qualitative (feedback only):This rubric is displayed as '0' symbol which means it is primarily used for providing descriptive information . As such if this rubric is attached to the assignment it will provide a guide for marking but does not calculate grades.

Qualitative rubric

With a qualitative rubric, values are added at the top of the grid and descriptive text added into individual cells for both the criteria and the scales.

In Turnitin you can create your own rubrics either directly via the Turnitin rubric manager or by importing an electronic format based on the Turnitin rubric template.

For more information see Turnitin rubric template (excel)

For more information about rubrics and criteria and standard scale levels as well as example rubric types go to 'About rubric'.