Improving Program-Level Assessments With Turnitin’s Rubrics

Consistent Assessment Across the Institution

Improving Program-Level Assessments With Turnitin’s Rubrics

Elizabeth Jones

Business Professor Notre Dame of Maryland University

"If you creatively use the data you create and collect on your Turnitin rubrics, you’re going to be more effective and more efficient at a course-level and in your program assessments."

Consistency in assessment is often a challenge, across time and across the institution. Elizabeth Jones uses Turnitin’s rubrics to facilitate course and program-level assessments and improve student learning outcomes. Jones developed her rubrics by carefully examining student grades from assignment to assignment, and then from course to course. Jones exports student grades and curates the data in Excel, all in the service of identifying if students critical thinking skills actually improve as a result of a given course.

“If you creatively use the data you create and collect on your Turnitin rubrics, you’re going to be more effective and more efficient at a course-level and in your program assessments.” By comparing student performance on beginning- and end-of-term papers, Jones gets a glimpse into student learning. Course-wide statistics indicate general areas of difficulty or confusion, helping professors to tease out gaps in their instruction and adjust accordingly. By examining the data and trends, that can lead to addressing problems before they arise, and improving overall student performance.