Add rubrics and grading forms to Turnitin

You can add rubrics and grading forms easily in Turnitin.

Make sure that you don’t try to add either a rubric or a grading form to an assignment that’s already using one of these. If you do, it will remove any marks that had been associated with the rubric or form. To avoid potential problems, it is recommended that in a marking team the module convener or a named administrator is tasked with attaching the rubric

The difference between rubrics and grading forms

The difference between rubrics and grading forms is small but important. Both use a pre-defined set of criteria to assess submitted work. Rubrics use a template to generate feedback provided to students, whereas grading forms provide the criteria and an empty text box so the marker can add in custom feedback. 

Adding a rubric or grading form

Sometimes a rubric or grading form will be attached to an assignment when it is set up. If this is not the case, you can add these once at least one student has submitted their work to the Submission Inbox. 

  1. Open a student paper in the Submission Inbox
  2. Open the Rubric/Form tab in the blue box on the left-hand side. 
  3. Click the cogwheel in the top right-hand corner of the Rubric/Form area
  4. In the window that appears, click on the menu button on the left-hand side
  5. In the menu, go into the area for Rubric Library or Grading Form Library and select the rubric or grading form you want to use
  6. At the bottom on the left-hand side of the window, turn the Attach to Assignment toggle from Off to On
an image showing the user which settings to choose

Using a rubric

To use a rubric once you’ve attached it, go back into the Rubric/Form tab. You’ll now see the list of criteria from the rubric and a slider. You can use the slider to change the feedback provided to the student. To see a larger view of the rubric, including the text feedback associated with each point on the slider, click on the button with four arrows pointing outward. This will open the rubric in a new window. You can select the boxes in the rubric to provide feedback and click Close when you’re done. 

Using a grading form

To use a grading form once you’ve attached it, go back into the Rubric/Form tab. You’ll now see the list of criteria and an empty text box for each where you can provide your directed feedback. Depending on if the grading form was set to enable scoring, you may also see a small box to the right of the criteria name to enter a numerical grade. It can be quite tricky to allocate marks to criteria when you’re using the 23 point scale. For example, if someone gets five points for their introduction, ten points for evidence and argument, and five points for their conclusion is that necessarily a 20 point/A4 essay? Be aware of any potential complications when marking within criteria. If you do want to enter marks for criteria and then use the total for the overall grade, simply fill in each of these grade boxes and then click Apply to Grade when you’re done.