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Using a Rubric With a Turnitin Assignment

Using a rubric with a Turnitin assignment works differently than with Blackboard Learn Assignments.

To add a rubric to a Turnitin assignment, you will need to create the Turnitin assignment, wait for a submission, then create the rubric using Grademark. Students will not be able to see the rubric. If you would like to communicate the rubric to students, you should use an alternate method, such as posting a PDF document.

Note: Turnitin offers two types of grading schemes. A Rubric allows you to create pre-defined criteria and scales. However, you cannot add free-form comments when grading with a rubric. A Grading Form allows you to give free-form feedback to each student across pre-defined criteria, but does not allow you to set pre-defined scales. Use a rubric if you want a traditional grading rubric with criteria and scales; use a grading form if you want to be able to give free-form feedback for each criterion. 

  1. Create a Turnitin assignment
  2. Go to the assignment, and click View Assignment.
    View Assignment link under assignment
  3. Click Submissions Inbox to check for student submissions.
    Submissions Inbox tab under Turnitin assignment
  4. Once you have student submissions, click on the GradeMark pencil of the submission you want to grade. A new GradeMark window or tab will open.
    Grademark pencil
  5. In the Grademark panel, click on the tiles icon to open the Rubric panel.
    Tiles on Grademark panel
  6. Click on the wrench icon to open the Rubric manager.
    Wrench icon
  7. Click on the menu icon in the upper left and choose Create new rubric.
    Create new rubric under menu
  8. Give the rubric a name, and populate the rows and columns.
  9. Use the plus "+" signs to add a new column or row.
  10. To delete a column or row, hover over it and click on the delete (trash can) icon that appears.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Then click the chain-link icon to attach the rubric to this assignment.
  13. Click Close.
    Rubric template
  14. To grade this submission, click on the appropriate point values for each criterion. Click Apply rubric percentage to grade.
    Grading with a rubric by selecting rubric scores
  15. Future student submissions to this assignment will already have the rubric attached. To grade using the rubric, click on the tiles icon link to open the Rubric panel (see step 5). Be sure to click Apply rubric percentage to grade (see step 14).