What is the difference between Blackboard and Turnitin rubrics?

Rubrics are a powerful teaching and learning tool that improve the clarity of assessment expectations, guide students when completing assessment and aid in the feedback process. Whilst Blackboard rubrics and Turnitin rubrics are very similar, there are some key differences that may guide the preference of one over the other in a given teaching scenario.

Specific guides on rubrics can be found at: Blackboard assignments and Turnitin assignments. Also available are LMS workshops on both Turnitin assignments and Blackboard assignments; both of which cover rubrics.

To help decide whether the Blackboard or Turnitin rubric tool is right for a given teaching scenario, the table below compares the functionality between the two.

Rubric functionality Blackboard rubrics Turnitin rubrics
Attached to assignments for easy marking Yes Yes
Attached to journals, blogs, wikis, discussion boards, manual Grade Centre columns, and some question types for easy marking Yes No
Self and Peer review with short answer question and rating rubrics No Yes
Self and Peer review with student commenting feature and supplied external rubrics via journals, blogs, wikis and discussion boards tools Yes No
Qualitative rubrics (No scores, just written descriptors of criteria and levels of achievement) Yes Yes
Quantitative rubrics – Percentage and Score Yes Yes
Quantitative rubrics – Percentage and Score range Yes (Check granularity) No
Control over whether students can view rubric and when Yes No
Ability to make additional personalised comments for each rubric criteria/level of achievement Yes No
Inline comments on student paper can be linked to a specific rubric criteria No Yes
Summary (minimised) and expanded (maximised) views of rubric for marking Yes Yes
Grading Forms (simplified rubrics) available This functionality can be emulated Yes
Ability to use a rubric when there is no submission (oral/visual presentations, etc.) No Yes (See, Grading Template)
Overriding a rubric calculation is always transparent to students (unless rubric is hidden from students). Yes Yes
Detaching a rubric to edit it whilst in the midst of marking will remove all rubric marking that has been completed for all assignments in a class Yes Yes
Students able to download a copy of their rubric feedback for offline review Yes
Statistics and reporting on which comments and rubric selections used in the marking of an assignment is available No Yes
Summary rubric reports Yes No
Staff able to grade offline Yes ( 21/7/17 ‘Blackboard Instructor’ app launched for both Android and iOS) Yes (via the Turnitin iPad app for iOS)
List of all assessments or items associated with a particular rubric Yes No
Rubric is attached/owned by subject/community Yes No
Rubric is attached/owned by individual staff user No Yes
Other teaching staff can view rubric attached to assessment before student submissions have been made Yes No
Only the staff user who attached the rubric to the assignment can view rubric until student submissions have been made No Yes
Grading template can be used to emulate start of marking
Ability for staff to bulk download all feedback to students including rubrics No Yes
Ability for staff to import rubrics from excel No Yes

The above table provides a summary of the differences between Turnitin and Blackboard assignments rubric options. To compare the assignment options for Turnitin and Blackboard, see Blackboard assignments and Turnitin assignments compared.

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Written by
Catherine Manning

Learning Environments support centre