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Rubrics are a matrix of criteria mapped to levels of achievement. Each matrix cell contains a description of the level of achievement and (optionally) a numeric mark attached; the marker selects the level to which a student has met each criterion and can optionally give further comments for each. If numeric marks are used the Rubric will calculate a total grade (though this can be overridden).
A Rubric can be standardised and therefore more obviously transparent about numeric grades (if used). Using Rubrics may be quicker for markers, which can help with large cohorts. Rubrics should be used alongside the general comment tools to provide more holistic feedback. This could be in the form of written text or voice comments.
There are 3 methods you can use to create a Rubric.
Once you have created a Rubric, you can attach it to the assignment you are grading. All tutors marking work submitted to the assignment will be able to use the Rubric. Note: once attached and marking starts, you will not be able to edit the rubric (it is possible to duplicate it and edit the copy) . Detaching a Rubric will mean you lose any grading the may have taken place.
Rubrics can be created using a Turnitin excel template and imported. Only qualitative rubrics can be created in Excel. Once imported, you can edit and add scores.
Standard rubric (percentage icon) - used for numerical scoring. This type of rubric allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The criteria percentages combined must equal 100% as each criterion represents a percentage of the student’s overall grade. The maximum grade value for this type of rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
Qualitative rubric (Zero) - used for providing feedback without the use of numerical scoring. The scale and criteria used for this type of rubric are more descriptive than measurable.
Use this method only when submissions have already been made.
4. Click on the list icon and select Create new rubric
5. Enter a rubric name in the text box that appears.
Refer to the section on this page titled, Editing a Rubric below for instructions on completing the Rubric table.
6. Select a scoring method using the scoring drop down menu.
Standard rubric - used for numerical scoring. This type of rubric allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The criteria percentages combined must equal 100% as each criterion represents a percentage of the student’s overall grade. The maximum grade value for this type of rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
Qualitative rubric - used for providing feedback without the use of numerical scoring. The scale and criteria used for this type of rubric are more descriptive than measurable.
Custom rubric - can be modified to suit your grading needs. Descriptive scales and criteria can be entered while each rubric cell can be allocated its own point value as well as written feedback.
7. Toggle on Attach to Assignment to attach the Rubric to the assignment.
8. At the bottom of the table click on SAVE.
9. To exit the pop-up window, click on Close in the top right hand corner of the background screen.
Checking your rubric
If you click on the rubric icon, as pictured below, when logged in as a Tutor or Course Administrator, Turnitin will display the first rubric in your library. To check the rubric attached you need to view the assignment as a student.
To check your rubric, switch your role to a student account as follows:
When you create a rubric, it 'belongs' to you. Once attached to an assignment, other markers can use it. You may however wish to share the rubric with colleagues who may be marking work on a different assignment.
Download the Rubric and email it as an attachment, or save it on a mutually accessible shared drive. Once received, it can be uploaded into the recipients own Turnitin account.