Creating a Turnitin rubric

Note: When creating Turnitin rubrics it is important that you also address SCU policy requirements, particularly Standards-based assessment with explicit criteria (Assessment procedures, section 2).

For an overview of how to create Turnitin rubrics, you can watch this short video

New rubric

Start by adding a Turnitin assignment in your unit Blackboard site (if unsure how, see How to set up Turnitin assignments).


  1. Under New Assignments, open Optional settings and scroll down to Online grading.
  2. Select Launch Rubric/ Form Manager.
  3. Locate the View available rubrics and rubric options icon in the top left corner of the Rubric Manager window.
  4. Select Create new rubric.
  5. Select a rubric type icon (Standard, Custom or Qualitative- see below for descriptions) from the menu bar at the bottom of the Rubric Manager window.
  6. Enter a name for the rubric, and add criterion and scale details.
  7. Click on Save.

Your new rubric will be listed under Rubrics and Forms in the View available rubrics and rubric options menu.

Rubric types:

  • Standard rubric: Used for numerical scoring. This type of rubric allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The criteria percentages combined must equal 100% as each criterion represents a percentage of the student’s overall grade. The maximum grade value for this type of rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
  • Custom rubric: Can be modified to suit your grading needs. Descriptive scales and criteria can be entered while each rubric cell can be allocated its own point value as well as written feedback.
  • Qualitative rubric: Used for providing feedback without the use of numerical scoring. The scale and criteria used for this type of rubric are more descriptive than measurable.

Alternatively, you can select the Grading form instead of a rubric at step 4 above.

  • Grading form: Used for providing feedback with or without the use of numerical scoring or scaled criteria. The criteria used is more descriptive than measurable and each criterion is standard as opposed to having scaled levels. Like in rubrics, numerical scoring can be added for each individual criterion and these will be added together to create an overall grade.

Further help on creating a rubric or grading form during assessment creation is available on the Turnitin website:

Modifying a rubric

Rubric scorecards can be modified after creation. However, if the rubric scorecard has been used to score student papers, modification of the rubric scorecard will not be allowed. Rubrics that you need to reuse will need to be duplicated (instructions below).

Duplicating a rubric

Rubrics that have been attached to an assignment cannot be edited. Duplicating a rubric helps instructors reuse a rubric that they would like to modify. 

Exporting a rubric

Within the Rubric Manager, instructors can export rubrics to share with other instructors. Unlike sharing, once a rubric set has been imported into an account, it is then owned by that instructor, who may then make any desired changes to the rubric. 

Importing a rubric