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Rubrics in Turnitin

What is the difference between Rubrics and Grading Forms? 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). Grading forms on the other hand contain each criterion and its description; the tutor types in feedback and (optionally) a numeric mark for each, but there are no levels of achievement to choose from. As such, Rubric can be more standardised and therefore more obviously transparent about numeric grades (if used). Since Rubric feedback is granular and pre-prepared, Rubrics may be quicker for markers, which can help with large cohorts, whereas Grading Form feedback can be more individualised and discretionary. Since both Rubrics and Grading Forms break down credit into discrete aspects, Turnitin GradeMark provides a place for holistic feedback as general comments on each submission as either text or an audio recording.

Note: Grading forms allow overall grades & feedback to be given per criterion (like Rubrics, but without the quality levels).

You can also use rubrics if you are using Moodle Assignments.


Creating a rubric

To create a new rubric in Turnitin you must first have a Turnitin Assignment you can edit. You can only access the tool for creating a rubric or a grading form via a Turnitin Assignment, but you don't have to attach the rubric or form you create to that assignment.

  1. In the Settings block under Turnitin Assignment Administration select Edit settings
  2. Scroll to the GradeMark Options section and expand it.
  3. Click on Launch Rubric Manager (If a message appears read it and click OK)
  4. Click on the View available rubrics and rubric options button in the top left corner of the pop-up window and select the Create new rubric / grading form
    1. Refer to the section on this page titled, Editing a Rubric below for instructions on completing this table
  5. At the bottom of the table click on SAVE.
  6. To exit the pop-up window, click on Close in the top right hand corner of the background screen.


Adding a rubric

If you wish to add a rubric you have already created then follow these steps:

  1. Open an assignment in Turnitin (GradeMark)
  2. Click on the last icon in the right hand panel
  3. There should be a wrench icon in the top right of the panel, click on this
  4. A new window should be launched containing a blank rubric or the last rubric you created
    1. If you need to create a new rubric first please see the section on Creating a rubric
    2. If you need to open a different rubric to export then click the list icon in the top left corner of the window. Then select the rubric you want from the menu
  5. When you have the desired rubric open, click the link icon in the top right hand corner of the window to attach it
  6. After you have finished and wish to exit the window, click Close in the bottom right hand corner

Editing a rubric

Scales

  1. To edit the scale title (E.g from Scale 1 to Excellent) hover the mouse over the text 'Scale 1' and then left click the mouse. This will enable you to type your own title. 
  2. To delete a scale, hover the mouse over the grey bar containing that scale. You should see a dustbin icon appear, click this to delete the scale
  3. To add a scale click the plus icon in the far right of the window (located under the link icon)

Criterion

  1. To edit the criterion title (E.g from Criterion 1 to Spelling) hover the mouse over the text 'Criterion 1' and then left click the mouse. This will enable you to type your own title. 
  2. To add/edit the description left click just below the criterion title
  3. To delete a criterion, hover the mouse over the section containing that criterion. You should see a dustbin icon appear, click this to delete the criterion. 
  4. To add a criterion click the plus icon in the far left of the window (located next to the text that reads Criteria)

Sharing a rubric

Having created a rubric you may wish to share it with colleagues. To do this, you need to export it and then email it to them as an attachment, or save it on a mutually accessible shared drive. Once received, they can then import it into their own Turnitin account. 

When a rubric is attached to a particular assignment it’s available to anyone grading within that assignment. However, if they don't already have this rubric in their personal Turnitin account, they will NOT be able to attach it to other Turnitin assignments unless they first, export it using one of the methods below and then import it (see instructions below) into their own Turnitin account.

Export a rubric (2 methods)

  1. To export a particular rubric if you have:

    • already imported it into your own Turnitin account before, or

    • you are its author.

 Open a Turnitin Assignment in your Moodle course:

    1. Click on the Launch Rubric Manager icon located under the Submission Inbox tab to the far right under the Export sub-heading
    2. A pop-up window appears showing the last rubric/grading form you used, (if there is one), typically displayed in Turnitin Classic style. If this is the one you want to export go to step d.
    3. If you want to export a different rubric then click the View available rubrics and rubric options button in the top left corner of the pop-up window and select the rubric/grading form you want to download/export from the menu
    4. Once the desired rubric is open, in the top right hand corner of the pop-up screen, click on the View import/export options button/icon
    5. This should present two options, select Export...
    6. The *.rbc file will automatically start downloading and you will be prompted to save it. You can save it locally or in a shared repository from which you can email or share it with colleagues
    7. To exit the pop-up window, click on Close in the top right hand corner of the background screen.

  1. To export a particular rubric from a Turnitin Assignment in which you can edit/mark the submissions:

Open any submission* in a Turnitin Assignment in your Moodle course (by clicking on the Grade (i.e. the pencil icon))

It will open in Feedback Studio

    1. Click on the bottom blue Rubric/Form icon in the right hand margin
    2. Then click on the Manage rubrics and grading forms, grey star or cog wheel icon near the top of the right-hand panel. This should launch a window displaying the last rubric you used.
    3. If this is the rubric you want export, click on the 3-line Menu icon in the top left corner of this window and select Download.
    4. If not, use this menu to select and open the particular rubric first and then use the Menu button again to select Download.
    5. Depending on the Internet browser you are using you may be present with different pop-up windows:
      1. In Mozilla Firefox: Select Save File and click on OK then follow e.ii.
      2. In Google Chrome: Navigate to where you want to save the rubric and click on Save.
    6. Close the pop-up layer by clicking on the Close button – bottom left corner of the rubric display.

*If there are no submissions yet, but there will be, then:

"Clicking on the gray pen icon for a student who hasn't submitted a file creates a grading template, which will allow you to give the student online feedback for the assignment. A grading template takes the place of a submission and will prevent the student from submitting to assignments where resubmission is not allowed".

Hence, this grading template should be deleted as soon as you've downloaded the rubrics.


Import then attach a rubric to a Turnitin Assignment

To import a rubric, once your colleague has sent it to you and you’ve saved it (or them) on a shared drive or your computer or in a repository…

    1. Open a Turnitin Assignment in your Moodle course
    2. Click on the Launch Rubric Manager icon located under the Submission Inbox tab to the far right under the Export sub-heading
    3. A pop-up window appears showing the last rubric/grading form you used, (if there is one), typically displayed in Turnitin Classic style.
    4. In the top right hand corner of the pop-up screen, click on the View import/export options 3-line button/icon
    5. This should present two options, select Import...
    6. Select or drag files here to import… and click on the white arrow Back to Rubric/Form Manager on the top left thereafter. A tick in a green circle on each file signifies a successful upload.
    7. Click on the View import/export options 3-line button/icon again and select the rubric you just imported
    8. Now you can opt to edit it, by clicking on the MODIFY button (bottom right) and then the SAVE button to retain any changes you've made
    9. To use this rubric for marking tick the Enable scoring checkbox in the bottom left hand corner of the window followed by SAVE
    10. Then exit the pop-up window, click on Close in the top right hand corner of the background screen.


To attach this rubric to your assignment:

    1. In the Settings block under Turnitin Assignment Administration select Edit settings
    2. Scroll to the GradeMark Options section and expand it.
    3. Use the drop-down menu to select the rubric you just imported. (If a message appears read it and click OK)
    4. At the bottom of the page click on Save and return to course.


Note: To check that the rubric has been attached to your assignment:

    1. Change your role to that of student and click on the assignment link on your course page.
    2. You should now see the blue View the Rubric used for marking icon in the Marks Available cell on the right.
    3. Click on it to see the rubric.   


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