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Create and attach a Turnitin rubric


1. Introduction

This guide contains information to help staff create and manage Turnitin rubrics. You can use a rubric to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. 

Before you start

If you will be marking and providing feedback as part of a team, it is a good idea to decide who will create and attach the rubric to the assignment. When you start marking, the rubric will be available to all instructors who access the assignment submissions in Feedback Studio.

Types of rubric available within Turnitin

  • Qualitative Rubric: allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring. You can use a qualitative rubric to indicate a student's level of achievement against marking criteria, and you have the option to enter an overall mark for the paper.
  • Standard Rubric: enter scale values and criteria percentages.
  • Custom Rubric: enter any value directly into the rubric cells.

Sharing rubrics

You can share rubrics with other instructors. For more information about this, see our guide to importing and exporting Rubrics.

Student perspective

If you attach a rubric to a Turnitin assignment, your students will also be able to access this via an icon in the Tools section of the submissions inbox.

Student rubric


2. Access the Rubric and Form Manager

You can access the Rubric and Form Manager in three ways:

  • when creating a new Turnitin assignment...
    click the blue rubric icon to the right of the drop-down list
    Rubric icon

  • via the Turnitin submissions inbox...
    click the blue rubric icon in the Tools section
    Rubric icon

  • within Feedback Studio when viewing a student's paper...
    click the blue rubric icon in the panel on the right, then click the cog icon
    Rubric icon

    Rubric cog icon


3. Create a qualitative rubric

a. Access the Rubric and Form Manager via one of the methods described in step 2 of this guide.

b. Click the menu icon at the top left. This will look like one of the icons below, depending on how you accessed it.

  • Image of the menu icon accessed via the submissions inbox:
    Rubric menu icon
  • Image of the menu icon accessed via Feedback Studio:
     Rubric menu icon

c. Click Create new Rubric.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Create new rubric
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Create new rubric

d. Change the rubric type to Qualitative.

  • Via the submissions inbox, this is at the bottom. The icon is a 0.
    Select Qualitative rubric
  • Via Feedback Studio, select Qualitative from the Scoring drop-down list at the top right.
    Select Qualitative rubric

e. Click Enter rubric name here and type a name for your rubric.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Enter rubric name
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Enter rubric name

f. Enter your scale titles, descriptions and values into each field. These are saved as you click outside of each field. You can use the plus icon to add further columns or rows.

g. Click Save then close the Rubric and Form Manager.


4. Create a standard rubric

a. Access the Rubric and Form Manager via one of the methods described in step 2 of this guide.

b. Click the menu icon at the top left of the Rubric and Form Manager. This will look like one of the icons below, depending on how you accessed it.

  • Image of the menu icon accessed via the submissions inbox:
    Rubric menu icon
  • Image of the menu icon accessed via Feedback Studio:
     Rubric menu icon

c. Click Create new rubric. This will look like one of the images below.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Create new rubric
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Create new rubric

d. Click Enter rubric name here and type a name for your rubric. This will look like one of the images below.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Enter rubric name
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Enter rubric name

e. Enter your scale titles, descriptions and values into each field. These are saved as you click outside of each field. You can use the plus icon to add further columns or rows.

f. Click Save (bottom right) then close the Rubric and Form Manager.


5. Create a custom rubric

a. Access the Rubric and Form Manager via one of the methods described in step 2 of this guide.

b. Click the menu icon at the top left. This will look like one of the icons below, depending on how you accessed it.

  • Image of the menu icon accessed via the submissions inbox:
    Rubric menu icon
  • Image of the menu icon accessed via Feedback Studio:
     Rubric menu icon

c. Click Create new Rubric.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Create new rubric
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Create new rubric

d. Change the rubric type to Custom

  • Via the submissions inbox, this is at the bottom. The icon looks like a pencil.
    Select Custom rubric

  • Via Feedback Studio, this is at the top right. Select Custom from the Scoring drop-down list.
    Select Custom rubric

e. Click Enter rubric name here and type a name for your rubric.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Enter rubric name
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Enter rubric name

f. Enter your scale titles, descriptions and values into each field. These are saved as you click outside of each field. You can use the plus icon to add further columns or rows.

g. Click Save then close the Rubric and Form Manager.


6. Modify a rubric

Important: You cannot edit a rubric that you have already started using with an assignment or that someone else has shared with you.

a. Access the Rubric and Form Manager via one of the methods described in step 2 of this guide.

b. Click the menu icon at the top left. This will look like one of the icons below, depending on how you accessed it.

  • Image of the menu icon accessed via the submissions inbox:
    Rubric menu icon
  • Image of the menu icon accessed via Feedback Studio:
     Rubric menu icon

c. Use the drop-down list to select the rubric that you want to edit. 

d. Make your changes to the rubric.

d. When you have finished editing your form, click Save.


7. Duplicate a rubric

As you cannot edit a rubric once it is attached to an assignment, you may instead want to duplicate the rubric to edit and reuse elsewhere.

a. Access the Rubric and Form Manager via one of the methods described in step 2 of this guide.

b. Click the menu icon at the top left. This will look like one of the icons below, depending on how you accessed it.

  • Image of the menu icon accessed via the submissions inbox:
    Rubric menu icon
  • Image of the menu icon accessed via Feedback Studio:
     Rubric menu icon

c. Use the drop-down list to select the rubric that you want to duplicate.

d. Click the menu icon, then click Duplicate.

  • Image via the submissions inbox:
    Duplicate
  • Image via Feedback Studio:
    Duplicate

d. Click Save.


8. Attach a rubric to an assignment

a. Open the submissions inbox for your Turnitin assignment, then click Modify.

Modify

b. Scroll down to the Assignment section.

Assignment section

c. Select your rubric from the Turnitin Rubric drop-down list.

Attach rubric

d. Click Update Assignment.

Important: Detaching a rubric will remove existing scores from the assignment.



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