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Workflow 1a: Old Turnitin Assignments

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Introduction to Turnitin rubrics

A qualitative rubric can provide quick, standardised feedback to students during the grading process. Students are then able to easily view an overall indication of their levels of achievement against the grading criteria. UoN recommends that these criteria align with the learning outcomes for the assignment. This section shows how to create a qualitative Turnitin rubric from the templates provided.

LearnTech does not recommend Turnitin rubrics for scoring and generating a gradeIf you wish to build up a score against a list of criteria, consider using Turnitin grading forms instead, which are covered in the next section of this guide, 'Using Turnitin Grading Forms'. This section shows one way to create a qualitative Turnitin rubric.


Turnitin rubrics belong to the person who created them until they are shared to an assignment, or shared via the export/import feature.

Creating a Turnitin rubric

In your NILE course, navigate to Course Tools, Turnitin Assignments.

The site tools menu is listed in alphabetical order. Turnitin Assignments is near the bottom of the list.

Click on the title of one of the Turnitin Assignments.

Turnitin assignments are listed in the order they were created, not alphabetically

Click on the Libraries tab. You may wish to right-click on the libraries tab and open in a new window for a clearer view.

The libraries tab is the fourth link in the top menu of the Turnitin window.​​

Navigate to the Rubric Manager tab, which is located just below the Libraries tab.

The rubric form manager link is the second option under the libraries heading.

Click on the  Rubric Options menu button

The alt text of the button is titled 'View available rubrics and rubric options'.

Select either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate rubric template from the list. The templates show [shared with you] in the title.

The shared rubrics are at the bottom of the list of available rubrics and options

Once selected, make a copy of the template by choosing Duplicate this rubric from the same menu.

The option to duplicate the rubric is the third item in the menu list

The settings of the rubric should be left as they are, i.e. the scoring options at the bottom of the rubric should display 0 which provides you with a qualitative rubric for feedback.

The scoring options are in the footer of the rubric window

Edit the main title, criteria titles and descriptions, and any cell descriptions by selecting the relevant areas and typing directly into them. You can copy and paste from another document.

The Save button in the bottom right corner is necessary to commit your changes. Consider saving regularly while creating your rubric.

The save option is in the footer of the Turnitin rubric window

Once you have saved your Turnitin rubric, you can attach it to multiple Turnitin assignments to use for grading. Ensure that the rubric is correct before you begin to use it, as it cannot be easily edited whilst in use. Once it is attached to an assignment, all instructor users of the NILE course can see and use it during the grading process.

Attaching a rubric to a Turnitin assignment

Turnitin rubrics belong to the person who created them. Once a rubric is attached to a Turnitin assignment, all instructors on the NILE module are able to use it for marking. The guidance below shows you one way to attach a Turnitin rubric.

In your NILE course, navigate to Course Tools, Turnitin Assignments.

The site tools menu is listed in alphabetical order. Turnitin Assignments is near the bottom of the list.

Click on the title of the Turnitin Assignment.

Assignments are listed in the order they were created, not alphabetically.

On the Edit Assignment tab, choose Optional Settings.

The optional settings expands when the link is selected.

At the bottom of the optional settings, use the drop-down menu and choose your rubric. 

The rubric name can be selected from the dropdown menu

Use the Submit button to save your changes.

The rubric will now be available for all instructors on the NILE course to use for marking.

Authored by Tim Guyett

Marking with a Turnitin rubric

Marking papers with a Turnitin rubric is a quick way to provide feedback. LearnTech only recommends the use of Turnitin rubrics for qualitative feedback. The below guidance shows how to give feedback using a Turnitin rubric:

In the Feedback Studio view, click on the Rubric symbol from the menu on the right.

The grademark menu is the first section of the sidebar and the rubric option is the third link down

You can either use the sliders to assign the correct levels of achievement for each criterion or click into the expanded view.

The expand rubric option is before the slider descriptions

In the expanded view, select the relevant cells of achievement for each criterion and use the Close button when finished. There is no save button, as changes are saved automatically.

Expanded view shows a complete table with headers and descriptions

The chosen feedback will now be allocated to that submission. The other grade tools are also available for use, including overall grade, quick marks, and feedback summary.

Authored by Tim Guyett

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