Save marking time, provide richer assessment criteria and feedback to students and support your post graduate teaching assistants in marking student work by using rubrics.
Rubrics are used to explain assessment criteria to students and to help clarify and speed the marking process for staff and improve the consistency of feedback to students. Rubrics are formed of several criteria that define define a number of weighted criteria for marking, with mark ranges for each criterion defining levels of quality from excellent to poor. Students . Staff mark the work by clicking on the level for each criteria that best describes the work being marked. The rubric produces a total mark for the work (that can be overridden in Turnitin GradeMark). Students can then read what it takes to achieve a high score for each criteria and staff click on the level that best describes the work being marked. Rubrics can provide students with valuable feedback that gives them a good sense of what they need to work on to improve their grade next time around. They
Rubrics can be used either on their own or alongside in-text comments and general feedback. In Turnitin, individual in-text comments can be attributed to a specific criteria in the rubric, so when it comes time to choose a level for the criteria, the marker can refer to the relevant comments made within the text.
Rubrics can be used to explain assessment criteria to students prior to submitting and can help to clarify and speed the marking process for staff and improve the consistency of feedback to students.
A new rubric takes less than 1 hour to set up. When one senior academic moved to using rubrics he found it much quicker to mark assignments, effectively halving the time it took to mark each essay. Another benefit this academic found when using rubrics was that it clarifies the marking process for teaching assistants and gives them confidence that they are marking uniformly.