Turnitin: Feedback Studio - Rubrics

Turnitin Feedback Studio allows you to create a Rubric that can be added to any assignment to assist in quick and consistent marking and feedback for students. A rubric is a set of criteria reflecting the assessment objectives, matched with a scale to indicate how the student has achieved against those criteria. A simple example is shown below:

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Research Please use the references provided to help develop your argument. Well done on the set references, but your future essays will benefit from further reading. A good selection of set and independent references.
Content The content presented does not show evidence that you are familiar with this topic. The argument and conclusion require further development. You have incorporated material from a wide range of sources to formulate a convincing argument and strong conclusion.
Expression This assignment was not presented in one of the styles described in week two’s tutorial. This assignment had some errors in expression. Allow time for editing your final submission. This assignment was in general well expressed and enjoyable to read, with evidence of careful editing.

A rubric may be: created when an assignment is created; created and attached at a later date; applied to several assignments; and modified to create a new rubric.

The most difficult part of rubric creation can be deciding on the scale and criteria definitions to use. It is often best to sketch out the descriptions for the criteria and levels of achievement and run them past colleagues before making the rubric in Turnitin. If you create the text in an Excel spread sheet, this may then be uploaded directly into the Turnitin rubric. For details see Create a Rubric via Excel.

As a rubric may not be edited once it has been attached to an assignment, it is very important to get it right before marking a real assignment. Because of this, it is recommended that you create a fake assignment in your playpen and have teaching staff practice using the rubric before it is attached to a real assignment.

A simplified rubric called a Grading Form is also available. Grading Forms allow you to set criteria, but do not allow you to create default descriptions for those criteria. When marking you instead enter a free-form comment for each criterion, plus have the option to enter a score not restricted by a scale. For more information on grading forms see Create a Grading Form.

Access the Rubric and Form Manager

  1. Open a subject in the LMS where you have a Turnitin assignment.
  2. From Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Turnitin Assignments open any Turnitin assignment by clicking its name.
  3. From the online grading toolbar, select the rubric icon to open the Rubric side panel.
  4. Click the Pencil Icon to view a student submission
  5. From the online grading toolbar, select the Rubric/Form icon to open the Rubric side panel.
Rubric side panel
Rubric side panel
  1. The Rubric attached to the assignment will be displayed. If you have not used rubrics before, no rubric will display in the Rubric side Panel. Click the down arrow next to the text ‘No Rubric’ or the name of the current rubric and select Rubric and Form Manager.
New rubric - no rubric displayed
New rubric - no rubric displayed
  1. If a rubric is attached then this rubric will be displayed in the Rubric and Form Manager.  If no rubrics exists a message is displayed.
No rubric manager
No rubric manager

Create a Rubric

  1. From the Rubric and Form Manager click the Menu button on the top left.
  2. Location of Rubric and Form Manager nenu button
    Location of Rubric and Form Manager nenu button
  3. Select Create New Rubric. The rubric appears as a table, with criteria entered as rows (Criterion 1, Criterion 2 etc.) and the scale as columns (Scale 1, Scale 2 etc.).
A new rubric
A new rubric
  1. Enter a name for your rubric by clicking on Enter Rubric name here in the top left of the Rubric and Form Manager. To save your title, click anywhere outside of the text field.
  2. Click on the Scoring drop down menu to select what type of scoring you want to use for your Rubric.  Rubrics can be Standard with a percentage given per scale (each criterion of a scale weighted the same), Qualitative with only feedback given and no scoring or Custom with a score per element (each element given an individual mark).
Selecting a rubrics type
Selecting a rubrics type
  1. Determine the scale to be used for your rubric e.g. Advanced > Intermediate > Basic >
    Very Good > Good > Acceptable > Needs Improvement > Unsatisfactory.
  2. For each criterion, edit the name (limit 13 characters), description (optional), or percentage value (standard rubric only) of a criterion, by clicking directly onto the relevant field and begin typing. Press enter or click anywhere outside of the text field to finish editing. You can also click the trash can icon in the bottom left to remove a criterion. This information will be visible to the marker when marking, and the student when viewing feedback.
  3. Edit the description for each cell in the Rubric by clicking in the cell, enter the description, and then click outside of the cell’s text field to finish editing.
  4. To enter the scale title or value (standard rubric only), click on the scale title or scale value and begin typing. Click anywhere outside of the text field to finish editing. Click the trash can icon in the bottom left to remove a scale.
  5. If using a Custom Rubric, click on the value in the cell to enter the value for that cell. Click anywhere outside of the text field to finish editing.
  6. If additional scales or criteria are needed, click the + on the top right to add.
    Note: If you add more than five elements in the scale you increase the probability that staff will have to scroll to see all options when marking.
  7. To delete a scale or criterion, click in scale or criterion, then click the trash icon to delete and confirm deletion when prompted.
    Note: If you accidentally delete a scale or criterion, you can click Cancel at the bottom of the screen and no changes since your last Save will be kept.
  8. Once the rubric is complete click Save, at the bottom right of the Rubric and Form manager. Your rubric is now saved in the Rubric and Form Manager and available to you whenever you are in Turnitin.
  9. If you wish to attach the Rubric to the current assignment, in the bottom left-hand corner of the Manager, toggle Attach to assignment to On
Attach to assignment option
Attach to assignment option

Toggling "Attach to assignment" to Off will detach a rubric from an assignment. Please note: changing or detaching a rubric will permanently remove all existing rubric scoring from papers in an assignment, including any scorecards which have previously been marked. The overall grades for previously graded papers will remain. We recommend that you do not detach a Rubric if you have already started to mark assignments with it.

  1. Click Close to exit the Rubric and Form manager

Access the Rubric and Form Manager from Turnitin Libraries

You can also access the Rubric and Form Manager from Turnitin Libraries

  1. Open a subject in the LMS where you have a Turnitin assignment.
  2. From Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Turnitin Assignments open any Turnitin assignment by clicking its name.
  3. Click the Libraries tab in the Turnitin window that appears.
Location of Libraries tab in a Turnitin assignment
Location of Libraries tab in a Turnitin assignment
  1. Click Rubric/Form Manager.
Location of Rubric/Form Manager option
Location of Rubric/Form Manager option
  1. Click View available Rubric and Rubric options and select and follow the instructions previously outlined for creating a rubric.

Create a Rubric via Excel

You may find it easier to create a rubric in Excel and then import it. Only qualitative rubrics can be made in Excel, but these may be imported and edited to add scoring later.

  1. Create an Excel file for your rubric with the following characteristics:
    • The scale of the rubric must be the first row and must not exceed 20 items.
    • The criteria of the rubric must be the first column and must not exceed 50 rows.
    • The criteria descriptions should be in the same cell as the criteria titles.
    • Criteria titles must be 13 characters or less.
  2. Below is an example of what a rubric created in Excel might look like. You can also download a copy of this example file.
Example of a rubric in Excel
Example of a rubric in Excel
  1. Upload the Excel file containing your rubric using the steps described in the section Upload a rubric or grading form. Once uploaded, it is possible to modify the rubric, adding scores or percentages if required.

Create a Grading Form

  1. From the Rubric and Form Manager click the menu button on the top left.
Location of Rubric and Form Manager menu button
Location of Rubric and Form Manager menu button
  1. Select Create New Grading Form.
Blank grading form
Blank grading form
  1. The screen that appears is similar to a rubric, but simpler. Enter a name for your Grading Form by clicking on Enter grading form name here in the top left of the Rubric and Form Manager. To save your title, click anywhere outside of the text field.
  2. Add additional criterion using the plus sign (+) at the bottom of the grading form screen.
  3. Remove criteria using the trash can icon to the right of any criterion.
  4. Click Enable scoring (top right) if required. If selected, staff will be able to manually enter a score for each criterion. This score may then be used to calculate a score for the assignment.
  5. Click Save.
  6. If you wish to attach the Grading Form to the current assignment, in the bottom left-hand corner of the Manager, toggle Attach to assignment to On. Toggling to Off will detach a Grading Form from an assignment.
Attach to assignment option
Attach to assignment option

Changing or detaching a Grading Form will permanently remove all existing scoring from papers in this assignment, including any scorecards which have previously been marked. The overall grades for previously graded papers will remain. We recommend that you do not detach a Grading Form if you have already started to mark assignments with it.

  1. Click Close to exit the Rubric and Form manager.

Note: Grading forms may be attached, duplicated, imported and exported using the same methods as used for rubrics.

Create or attach a Rubric or Grading Form during assignment creation

You can access the Rubric and Form Manager while creating an assignment and either create a new rubric or attach an already created rubric to the assignment you are creating.

  1. Open your subject in the LMS.
  2. Navigate to the content page where the Turnitin assignment is to appear.
  3. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  4. From Assessments select Turnitin Assignment.
  5. Select the type of assignment e.g. Paper, and click Next Step.
  6. Enter the assignment details (Title, Point value, Start/Due/Post dates).
    Note: If you unsure about what an option does, click the blue question mark for pop-up assistance.
  7. Click + Optional settings to enter instructions to students (on naming conventions etc.) and to change default options for originality reports, matching and submission.
  8. At the bottom of the Optional settings is a section called Attach a Rubric to this assignment.
    If you have a rubric already created, click the drop down menu to select a rubric to attach to your assignment. If you do not have an existing rubric, or need to modify an existing rubric, select Launch Rubric Manager.
  9. Click View available Rubric and Rubric options and select either Create new Rubric or Create a new Grading Form or click on the desired rubric or grading form from the list to attach. Follow the instructions previously outlined if creating a new rubric or grading form.
  10. Click Submit.

Attach a Rubric or grading form after assignment creation

Two methods are described below for attaching a rubric or grading form after an assignment has been created. 

If you open a student submission to start marking with a rubric, then realise the wrong rubric has been applied, you can still change it, however, any grading already completed will be lost.

Attach a Rubric or grading form from Feedback Studio

  1. From the online grading toolbar, select the Rubric/Form icon to open the Rubric side panel.
    If you have not used rubrics before, no rubric will display in the Rubric side Panel. If a Rubric is attached to the assignment it will be displayed.
Rubric side panel
Rubric side panel
  1. Click the down arrow next to the text ‘No Rubric’ or the name of the current rubric and select the appropriate Rubric or Grading Form from the rubrics and forms listed in your library.
Selecing a rubric
Selecing a rubric
  1. The Rubric or Grading Form is now attached to this assignment and will be displayed in the Rubric side panel.
Rubric or Grading Form
Rubric or Grading Form

Changing or detaching a rubric will permanently remove all existing rubric scoring from papers in this assignment, including any scorecards which have previously been marked. The overall grades for previously graded papers will remain. We recommend that you do not detach a Rubric if you have already started to mark assignments with it.

If you change the rubric attached to an assignment you will be prompted with this message prior to making the change.

Changing rubric warning message
Changing rubric warning message

Attach a Rubric or Grading Form by editing the assignment

  1. Open your subject in the LMS.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Turnitin Assignments.
  3. Open the assignment where you want to create the rubric. By default the Assignment Inbox is the active tab.
  4. Click the Edit assignment tab.
  5. Click + Optional settings.
  6. At the bottom of the optional settings in a section called Attach a Rubric/Grading Form to this assignment.
  7. Click the down arrow to select the appropriate Rubric/Grading Form from your library.  Rubric/Grading Form from the dropdown menu.
  8. Click Submit.

Only the person who attaches the rubric to the assignment is able to see it listed via the Edit Assignment >> Optional Settings. If another staff member looks at Optional Settings, they will see No Rubric listed. If the second staff member attempts to attach a rubric to the assignment, they will be warned that detaching a rubric may result in data being lost.

Grading an Assignment using a Rubric or Grading Form

Once a Rubric/Grading Form has been attached to an assignment it can be used for consistent marking and feedback for students.

  1. Open your subject in the LMS.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Turnitin Assignments.
  3. Open an assignment that has a submission.
  4. Click the Grade icon next to any student submission.
Grade icon
Grade icon
  1. From the online grading toolbar, select the Rubric/Form icon to open the Rubric side panel.
Rubric side panel
Rubric side panel

Marking using a Rubric

Each criterion will be displayed, with numbers or markers on a slider to represent the different levels of achievement.

  1. Set your score or feedback maker level using the rubric sliders. Either click the blue circle and drag it to the correct score or simply click on the appropriate score or maker. Detailed descriptions of each criterion are displayed below the sliders.
  2. If you wish to view the rubric in its table format click Use full size Rubric in a new window and click in appropriate cell to grade.
Use full size Rubric in a new window button
Use full size Rubric in a new window button
  1. If the rubric you are using is scoring (not qualitative) you will need to click the Apply to grade button at the top of the rubric side panel to use the rubric to calculate the grade and have that grade flow through to the LMS Grade Centre.

Marking using a Grading Form

  1. Each criterion will be displayed, with a box to enter comments related to that criterion.
Grading with Grading Form
Grading with Grading Form
  1. Enter comments as required for each criterion.
  2. Enter scores if applicable.
  3. If you wish to view the full Grading Form and the details of each criterion click Use full size grading form in a new window and add comments and grades from here.

Click Apply to grade at the top of the rubric side panel to use Grading Form to calculate the grade and have the grade flow through to the LMS Grade Centre.

Associate a comment with a criterion

If you have attached a Rubric/Grading Form to the Turnitin assignment you can then associate Bubble Comments and QuickMarks with a particular Rubric or Grading Form criterion.

  1. Insert a QuickMark or Bubble Comment into the student’s document.
  2. Click on the QuickMark or Bubble Comment and select Assign Criterion
Assign Criterion button
Assign Criterion button
  1. In the Associate a criterion drop-down menu, select the criterion that you are commenting on.
    Note: Criteria are listed by their name, so something named Criterion 1, Criterion 2 etc. will not be helpful with this process.
Associate a criterion drop-down menu
Associate a criterion drop-down menu
  1. After associating comments with Rubric criteria, the QuickMark icon or Bubble Comment will now show a Rubric icon, and the Rubric/Grading side panel will also show that comments are associated with that criterion.
Rubric icon Icon indicating that comments are associated with that criterion
Rubric icon & icon indicating that comments are associated with that criterion
Comment bubble in the Rubric/Grading Form
Comment bubble in the Rubric/Grading Form
  1. Click the numbered comment bubble in the Rubric/Grading Form to see the attached comments.
Rubric showing associated comments
Rubric showing associated comments
  1. Put your mouse on a comment in the list to jump to that location in the document.

What do students see when viewing their feedback?

Students will only be able to view feedback, including Rubric/Grading Form feedback, once the Post Date of the assignment has passed. Students may be able to see the grade for the assignment from My Grades prior to this, depending on whether the Grade Centre column is displayed to students or not.

To view feedback:

  1. Students will navigate to the Turnitin assignment and click View/Complete.
  2. The Assignment Inbox will be visible. Depending on assignment options selected, students may be able to see a rubric, their similarity score and feedback. Students are also able to take a copy of the document including feedback from this screen.
Student experience when opening a Turnitin assignment after the post date
Student experience when opening a Turnitin assignment after the post date
  1. When the Post Date has passed, comments and Rubric feedback becomes visible to students, and the View button becomes available. Students click View.
  2. Students may need to click the instructor feedback button in the toolbar to view the instructor feedback.
Instructor feedback button
Instructor feedback button
Instructor Feedback panel
Instructor Feedback panel

The View Rubric button, Voice feedback and Text comments will be visible in the Instructor Feedback panel on the right. QuickMarks, Bubble Comments and in-line text comments will be visible on the document itself, the same way that it appeared to the marker. QuickMarks and bubble comments associated with Rubric or Grading Form criteria will have a different icon appearing in the text and a numbered icon in the rubric.

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  1. Rubrics and GradingForms (if used) can be viewed in a separate window by clicking on the ‘View Rubric’ button.
Rubrics and Grading Forms viewed in a separate window
Rubrics and Grading Forms viewed in a separate window

By clicking the download button, the students can download their feedback, including Rubric or Grading Form feedback. Click download button

Student download button
Student download button
  1. Select Current View
Student download options
Student download options
  1. Save the downloaded PDF to their computer.

The full Rubric or Grading Form will be included in the download with the student’s position on the scale in bold. Bubble comments and QuickMarks will be listed, including the linked criterion if used.

Duplicate a Rubric or Grading Form

Being able to duplicate is useful when you have made a Rubric or Grading Form and just need to tweak it so that it can be used for a different assignment.  Once a Rubric or Grading Form is attached to an assignment and grading has commenced, it cannot be edited, but it can be duplicated as necessary to make changes.

  1. Access the Rubric/Form Manager.
  2. Click the menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Select the Rubric/Grading Form you want to duplicate so that it is displayed on screen.
  4. Click the icon in the top left corner of the table to display options.
  5. Select Duplicate
  6. A duplicate of the Rubric/Grading Form will be displayed with _copy added to the name.
  7. Make changes as required and Save.

Download a Rubric or grading form

You can download a copy of your Rubric/Grading Form if you have a colleague who would like to use it in their own subject or assignment. Staff marking your assignment will automatically have access to the Rubric or Grading Form you have attached which they can duplicate or download. The export file that is created has an .RBC extension and can only be opened inside Turnitin.

  1. Access the Rubric/Form Manager.
  2. Click the menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Select the Rubric/Grading Form you want to export so that it is displayed on screen.
  4. Click the menu button in the top left corner and select Download.
  5. Save the .RBC file. This file may now be shared with others.

Upload a Rubric or Grading Form

You can use Upload to convert an appropriately formatted Excel file into a Turnitin rubric (see Create a Rubric via Excel for details), or to import a Turnitin rubric created and downloaded by a colleague (see Download a Rubric or Grading Form for details). Once uploaded, it is possible to modify the Rubric, adding scores or percentages if required.

  1. Access the Rubric/Form Manager.
  2. Click the menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Click Upload Rubric/Grading Form.
  4. Either drag and drop or browse to the XLS or .RBC file to import.
  5. Open.
  6. The imported Rubric or Grading Form may now be edited and attached to an assignment as needed.
  7. Save.

This guide was last updated 08 Dec 2016.
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