A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment. Rubrics can help students organise their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment, and you can use them to explain evaluations to students. Another value of using rubrics is they can help ensure consistent and impartial grading.

Rubrics are made up of rows and columns. The rows correspond to the various criteria of an assignment. The columns correspond to the level of achievement expressed for each criterion. A description and point value for each cell in the rubric define the evaluation and score of an assignment. There is no limit to the number of rubrics that can be created.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I create a Rubric? (Original Course)

To create a Rubric go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics On the Rubrics page, select Create Rubric. Type a title and optional description. Select Add Row to add a new criterion to the bottom of the grid. Select Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the grid. Choose a Rubric Type from the menu:

  • No Points: Provide feedback only.
  • Points: Each level of achievement has a single point value.
  • Point Range: Each level of achievement has a range of values.
  • Percent: Each item's possible points determines the percentage.
  • Percent Range: Each level of achievement has a range of values. When you grade, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular level of achievement. The system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.
To change a row or column's title, access a heading's menu and select Edit. Type the new title and select Save. Type a point or percentage value for each row and column. Type a description for the criteria and the associated level of achievement. Each cell has a 1,000-character limit. Select Submit.

How do I add a Rubric to my test or assignment? (Original Course)

To add a rubric, go to the Grade Centre and access a column's menu and select Edit Column Information. Access the Add Rubric menu and choose one of these options:

  • Select Rubric from those you've created.
  • Create New Rubric opens a window so you can create a rubric.
  • Create From Existing uses an existing rubric as a template to create a new rubric.

What can I add a Rubric to? (Original Course)

You can associate rubrics with these types of gradable content:

  • Assignments
  • Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions
  • Blogs and journals
  • Wikis
  • Discussion forums and threads

How do I grade with a Rubric? (Original Course)

Access the gradable item in the Grade Center or on the Needs Grading page. In some cases, you can also start grading from the content item, such as a blog. Select View Rubric or the rubric's title to review or begin grading. If you view the rubric in a new window, you have two views: Grid View and List View.

  • In Grid View, select a cell to apply that value to the grade. For a point-range rubric, select a value from the menu. To change the selection, select another cell in the same row. Optionally, type feedback for the student in the box that appears when you select a cell.
  • Optionally, select List View to switch the display and select an option for each criterion to apply that value to the grade. Optionally, select the check boxes to Show Descriptions for criteria and to Show Feedback boxes.

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