Google Classroom

How to Use Google Docs, Rubric, and Originality Reports in Google Classroom Assignment

Note: Video tutorial can be found at the bottom of this article.


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During Learning from Home (LFH) situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the learning processes are delivered through e-learning platforms, such as Google Classroom. As we are using Google Classroom, it comes up with other Google solutions as well, such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Slide, Calendar, Hangout Meets, etc. We could directly use them in our Class for various use cases, one of them is Assignment.

Teachers would post an assignment or two in the Class, to help students understand the topic as well as to get grading feedbacks from it.

In this article, I would like to share a tip to utilize Google Docs in preparing and delivering assignment, especially for an essay type assignment. It will also include a sort tip on how to use Rubric and Originality Report features provided in Google Classroom.
First thing first, make sure you already have access to the Google Classroom as a teacher and have at least one Class with a student(s). Now let's get started from the teacher point of view.

Create an assignment and essay template document attachment

In this first step, we will create an assignment and an attachment of the essay template document for student to work on.

To create an assignment, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Classwork section, and click the "+ Create" button.
  2. Choose the "Assignment" menu. It will generate a new assignment in the Classwork session and you will be brought to that assignment panel to fill in some assignment details, including "Title" and "Instructions". Go on fill them with your assignment details.
  3. Under the instruction field, click the "+ Create" button and choose the "Docs" menu. It will generate a new Google Docs file and you will be brought to a new tab specifying the new Google Docs generated file. 

    In this tab, please create your assignment essay template for the student to work on, it's totally up to you to organize the template. After finishing the template above, we will make it available for each student. In other words, copy it for each student.
  4. So get back to the Assignment panel in Google Classroom tab. If you notice in the assignment attachment, there is a dropdown menu with some options to choose: Students can view file, Student can edit file, and Make a copy for each student. Here is the trick, Choose the "Make a copy for each student" menu to make it available for each student.

    By doing this, each student will have their own Google doc to work on the assignment, that is unique to their name. Google Classroom will prepend the student's name into attached Google docs filename. For example, if doc's name is "Assignment A" and student name is "Ishlah", the duplicated doc will be renamed as "Ishlah - Assignment A"
  5. Configure your other assignment properties, such as: for which class and students the assignment should be published,  grade category, points, due, topic, rubric, and originality report (For the last two items will be explained in the next section).
  6. Save as a draft by clicking the "Save draft" button

Here is the trick, Choose the "Make a copy for each student" menu to make it available for each student in the class

Add rubric to the assignment

In education terminology, rubric means "a scoring guide used to evaluate the quality of students' constructed responses". Put simply, it is a set of criteria for grading assignments.

- Wikipedia

Luckily in the Google Classroom, it has been supported recently. So we can add several criteria for our assignment. To do that, please follow these steps below:

  1. Still in the assignment panel, click the "+ Rubric" button. Then choose the "Create rubric" menu to create a new one (If you've already done this before in other assignments, you can select the "Reuse menu" to reuse the available rubric or "Import from sheets"). 

    You will then be brought to the "Rubric" panel, as shown in the image below,
    Rubric modal panel
  2. Now try to add one or more criteria to suit your assignment. Fill in the "Criterion title" as it is required, and "Criterion description" to help you and your students understand what to expect for the assignment grading.
  3. For each criterion, under the Criterion description, add at least two or three level-points. To be noted, you have to specify different points for each level. So for example, if we have 3 levels: simple, medium, and complex, they will have 5, 10, and 15 points respectively. The biggest point will then be aggregated in the overall scoring point.
  4. Click "+ Add a criterion" if you want to add more criteria and repeat the third step above.
  5. Click the "Save" button to save the rubric creation and back to the Assignment panel.

For more information on how to use this Rubric feature, please go to Grade with rubric documentation support.

Activate originality reports

Last but not the least, you can also activate the Originality reports option to add reporting of each essay originality. To do so, click the "Originality report" checkbox and click "Continue" button to confirm it.

What it does is, it will check each student's work and compare it with website contents and articles all over the internet to indicate how original each submitted work is. It is really useful when you want to have a plagiarism check for each essay to ease your job in reviewing them. 

By default, we are limited to use this option for 3 times only for each class. So please make sure you use it properly.

Finally, Click the "Assign" button to publish the assignment to the class. As soon as it's published, each student will have access to the assignment and essay template to work on. They will also be able to see the assignment grading criteria through the Rubric. Furthermore, students will also be able to run the Originality reports check before they turn in their work.

That's all.

Video Tutorial

To help you with the process, I have also published a video on how to the steps above in Bahasa Indonesia. Please feel free to watch below.




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