Turnitin – Creating a Rubric

What is a rubric?

Turnitin rubrics are created from assessment criteria for specific assignments. When linked to an assignment, rubrics can help to improve the consistency of marking and can also make it easier for students to understand how their mark was arrived at.

How do I create a Rubric?

Rubrics created in spreadsheets can be imported for use within Turnitin. In order for the rubric to work correctly, it is important that certain conventions are followed and for this reason, it is recommended that you download and use the rubric spreadsheet template provided by Turnitin.

Access the Rubric Manager

To download the rubric template you need to access the Rubric Manager within Turnitin. There are 3 ways to access this:

  1. From your LS module page, click on a Turnitin assignment to open the submission inbox, then click the ‘Launch Rubric Manager’ icon launch rubric manager 1.fw
  2. If you have opened a student paper , click the ‘rubric/form icon (from the menu on the right side of the window)    then click the cog icon
  3. When setting up a Turnitin assignment, click ‘GradeMark Options’ to expand the section, then click Launch Rubric Managerrubrics mgr 2

Download the rubric template and add assessment criteria

  1. Once you have accessed the Rubric Manager, click the ‘import/export’ icon import export icon
  2. Click ‘import’
  3. Then click the ‘Download Example Template’ button
  4. Open the template (click ‘enable editing’ if prompted) and save with a suitable name
  1. The next step is to replace details in the template with your own assessment criteria. You can use copy and paste to do this

Import your rubric

  1. Access the Rubric Manager and repeat steps 1 & 2 above
  2. You can then drag your rubric file into the space indicated or you can click the ‘Select files’ button to locate and import it
    import rubric
  3. A message will display to inform you that the import is complete
  4. Once you have successfully imported your rubric, click the arrow icon to return to the Rubric/Form Manager arrow icon

Amendments, weightings and scales

The next thing to do is to check your rubric and make any necessary amendments – e.g. to criteria text and to add weighting and scales information.

  1. Click the view available icon
  2. Click your imported rubric
  3. If you had to shorten criteria text, you can use the description field to enter the full criteria text (see image below)
    full criteria text
  4. Click the ‘percentage icon’ to enter scale values for each column and criteria weightings percentage
  5. Click the ‘0%’ box next to each criteria to enter weighting (35 in this example)
    weighting percentage
  6. You then need to add scale values for each column.  In the example below the values 1 – 7 have been used (displayed as 1.00, 2.00 etc)
    scales
  7. When you’ve made any amendments and added weightings and scales, click ‘Save‘ (bottom right corner)

Linking the rubric to an assignment

The rubric needs to be attached to an assignment before it can be used. This can be done in one of two ways:

Via the Turnitin assignment settings:

  • Turn editing on, locate the assignment and click edit, then edit settings
  • Click ‘GradeMark Options’ to expand the section, then click the down arrow to select the rubric you want and then ‘Save and return to courseFrom within the Turnitin Document Viewer:

When grading a student paper

  • Click the ‘rubric/form icon (from the menu on the right side of the window) then click the cog icon
  • Click the view available icon, select the rubric you want to attach
  • Click the ‘link’ icon to attach it to the current assignment, then click ‘close’ (bottom right)
    link icon

Watch the video to see this in action

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Tracey Eaton

Digital Innovation Technologist

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