Should I use a Grading Form or a Rubric?

Turnitin Feedback Studio supports the grading of Assignments using both Grading Forms and Rubrics.

Differences and Considerations


  • Generate a grade according to the  cells selected by the grader (but this grade can be edited).
  • Include both Criteria and Scales ( i.e. a horizontal and a vertical axis).
  • May take longer to set up than a Grading Form.
  • Support greater consistency between graders.
  • Very useful for fact-based assessments but can also be used for other types of assessment.
  • Support faster grading, so are particularly useful with large cohorts of students.
  • Very transparent.
  • Can be qualitative.
  • More suited to grading out of 10 (or less) than out of 100. Or use large grading blocks, e.g. A, B, C, fail. Very large, very granular rubrics are difficult for both graders and students.
  • Can be shared with students and used with a grade allocated by the grader, rather than automatic scoring. Note: this may lower consistency of marks.
  • See Mark an Assignment using a Rubric.

Grading Forms:

  • Include Criteria only, but the weight and ranges for each criterion can be included in its name to aid transparency and consistency.
  • Allow graders to give an absolute mark based on preset criteria or learning goals.
  • Suited to very granular grading out of 100.
  • Include a comment box and can include a grade box for each criterion.
  • See Mark an Assignment using a Grading Form.


  • Multiple graders accessing the same Rubric or Grading Form at the same time, or one grader using the same Rubric or Grading Form on multiple devices, can result in marks being overwritten. To avoid this happening, either create a different Moodle assignment for each grader, or set up a grading timetable. Log out when switching from one device to another.
  • Populating Rubric and Grading Form cells gives students and graders a clear idea of requirements, but it is also good to keep Rubrics and Grading Forms simple and concise.
  • Ideally students should have access to the Rubric or Grading Form (either on Moodle or as separate shared files or documents) before they begin working, so that they understand the assignment expectations.
  • Consider sharing with students a link to the UoW Turnitin resources for students which include how to access feedback and how to view the Rubric or Grading Form before submission. You may also find this a useful preview to help you decide how to design your own Rubric or Feedback Form.
  • For more help, drop in to an Ask Me Anything session.
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