Advice for Markers

Rubrics and Grading Forms in Turnitin

This guide describes how Rubrics and Grading Forms can be used in Turnitin to provide assessment criteria-related feedback and contains advice for markers as a set of important considerations before using them.  These include the need to co-ordinate their creation and use within marking teams, choosing whether to use a Rubric or a Grading Form and the availability of Rubrics which include pre-set CCCU generic criteria for L0/4/5/6/7.

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the advice in this guide, and in the separate guide Adding Feedback, before using rubrics or grading forms in Turnitin.

Important Considerations in using Rubrics and Grading Forms

How Rubrics and Grading Forms are Shared

Rubrics and Grading Forms are personal to each marker – you have your own ‘library’ of them in Turnitin. However, when you ‘attach’ a Rubric or a Grading Form from your personal library to a Turnitin Assignment (submission point), it can be used by everyone marking submissions to that particular Turnitin Assignment. If another marker would like to use your Rubric with a different Turnitin Assignment, they can either download a copy or you can give them a copy of your Rubric to add into their own Rubric and Grading Form library. You do this outside of Turnitin using a specifically designed Excel spreadsheet.

The Need to Co-ordinate use within Marking Teams – RISK OF LOSING FEEDBACK

It only takes one person to attach a Rubric or Grading Form per Turnitin Assignment (submission point). If a second person were to try to add their own, feedback linked to any criteria against the first would be lost. This is a risk when marking in Turnitin in teams.

Our recommendation, where possible is to ensure a single person only for each Turnitin Assignment is responsible for attaching rubrics and grading forms.

It is recommend that programme directors/module leaders co-ordinate the development of Rubrics and Grading Forms, including managing a repository of shareable Excel spreadsheets and sharing with nominated people (e.g. course administrators) for attaching to each Turnitin Assignment. Contact your School’s Digital Academic Developer for advice.

Deciding whether to use a Rubric or a Grading Form

Turnitin allows you to attach a Rubric or a Grading Form to a given Turnitin Assignment (submission point), but not both.

Availability of Rubrics containing CCCU L0/4/5/6/7 Generic Criteria

You can download a master Rubrics of CCCU generic assessment criteria for Levels 0, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in Excel which you can upload into your personal Rubric and Grading Form library – see the Excel Importable Rubrics Toolkit page for more information. You can then copy the master Rubrics and remove the criteria not relevant to create individual Rubrics for each assessment. If you encounter an issue, either the Learning Technology Skills Developer or your School’s Digital Academic Developer can provide you with a copy.

Further Support

See the Technology-enhanced Assessment guidance within the Teaching Resources area on the Blackboard Institution page for evidence. In particular, see the Using technology to improve feedback section, notably Use Turnitin Rubrics to encourage learners to engage with assessment criteria and Using a range of feedback types in Turnitin.

See also our own research on influences of presentation of Turnitin feedback on learners’ engagement with their feedback.

Finally, contact your School’s Digital Academic Developer for advice.