Using Turnitin’s SEER Rubric

Building Digital Literacy Practices with Rubrics

Using Turnitin’s SEER Rubric to Build Digital Literacy Practices

Monica Tolva

Librarian Vernon Hills High School, Illinois

The SEER Rubric: Five Criteria Scaled to Credibility: Authority, Educational Value, Intent, Originality, and Quality.

Monica Tolva is a Librarian as a small school who coordinates with literacy coaches across content areas—not just English and reading—to try to increase student effectiveness in gathering and analyzing information to solve problems and reach conclusions, from a graph in Biology to a word problem in Math. Tolva is tasked with teaching students to navigate the Internet to find reputable sources, and to identify and avoid crowd-sources sites.

Tolva teaches her students to use the SEER (Source Educational Evaluation Rubric), a tool from Turnitin to help students evaluate Internet sources and gauge their academic quality based on five criteria scaled to credibility: Authority, Educational Value, Intent, Originality, and Quality. This resource helps students understand what sources might be biased or inaccurate, teaching practices that they can apply throughout their academic career. “I feel like our writing output will increase over time, which makes Turnitin even more important.”