Rubrics and Grading Forms

Rubrics and Grading forms, more commonly known as marking or assessment criteria are used to help assess how well a student has performed in a submitted piece of work across a range of competencies. They are often used to assist in assigning a mark to that work. 

In Turnitin, you can create your own assessment forms in an electronic format, which can then be utilised in the same manner as traditional paper-based assessment criteria.

Potential benefits of using Rubrics in marking

  1. You can make the criteria available to students, which helps them to understand what is expected from them and why they have received the grade they have on a piece of work
  2. Once created, you can attach a Turnitin Rubric or Grading Form to any assignment
  3. You can share Rubrics and Grading Forms with colleagues
  4. Once a Rubric or Grading Form has been set up and attached to an assignment, it allows for quicker marking
  5. You can tailor Rubrics and Grading Forms quickly and easily to different assignments.

Different types of Rubrics in Turnitin

Rubrics allow for different types of scoring and there are three main types in Turnitin.

Standard Rubric: This rubric is selected by clicking the % symbol at the base of the Rubric window. This means that criteria created will be weighted by a certain percentage. There are also grading scale values available. When attached to an assignment, this Rubric can calculate and input the overall grade within Feedback Studio, based on your grading scale selections.

Rubric Types

Custom Rubric: This Rubric is denoted by a ‘Pencil’ symbol. This type of Rubric allows you to enter any numerical and text value into the Rubric cells themselves. This allows for the most control over scoring or grading. When attached to an assignment, this Rubric will calculate and input the overall grade within GradeMark, based on your scale and cell selections.

Qualitative Rubric: This Rubric is selected by choosing the ‘0’ symbol at the base of the Rubric. This type of Rubric is for entering text, describing what each grade looks like, without awarding a grade for it. This Rubric will not calculate the score for you.

Grading Forms

Whilst rubrics provide a highly-structured and comprehensive set of standards by which to evaluate student work, they can be time-consuming if all you really want to do is evaluate student work quickly, based on a set of predefined criteria or learning goals.

Turnitin’s new Grading Forms are simple rubrics that allow an instructor to give free-form feedback and scores for students spread across a list of criteria.Note that Grading forms can be used without a ‘paper assignment’ being submitted, so they can be used to assess work such as a musical performance.

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