Creating a Rubric

Rubrics are marking tools to separate out the standards of student work, and communicate those standards to students and other staff. If used properly, they bring clarity and transparency to the assessment.

For more background on rubrics, please see Why are rubrics so important?

Adding a Rubric / Advanced Grading Form

  1. On the course homepage, Turn editing onbutton - turn editing on
  2. Select 'Edit settings' for the assessment you want to add a rubric too.
    Assessment - edit settings

  3. Go to the Grade section of the assessment settings and select 'Rubric' from the Grading method. You can also use the 'Rubric (with override mark)' option if you want to have the option to override the score calculated by the rubric.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Save and displayButton - save and display
    Note: The rubric can be accessed and set up or changed at any time, not necessarily when the assignment is initially created.

    Defining a Rubric
  5. Click Define new grading form from scratch. Until you have created a rubric, the red warning banner at the bottom of the screen will display. This is telling you that the Simple grading method will be available until you've completed the rubric.
    rubric-define new grading form

  6. Name the rubric. A rubric can be reused across multiple courses so a meaningful name is useful. number 1 grey
  7. If required, enter a description of the rubric. number 2 grey
    rubric_name&description

  8. Click on Click to enter criterion and enter the name of the first criterion. Click away from the box to complete the next action
    rubric - name criteria

  9. Type a description for each level of feedback by clicking into the description of each level. number 1 grey
    Note: The amount of text you add will contribute to the size of your rubric and hence might make marking more difficult if it's long. Striking a balance between enough detail for students to understand and short enough to effectively mark is critical.
  10. Assign a mark for each level of feedback. The mark for the first level must be zero for the rubric to grade as expected. number 2 grey   
  11. Click Add level to add an additional grading level for the current criterion. number 3 grey
    Define criterion levels

  12. Click Add criterion to continue adding additional criteria until all your grading standards are entered.
    Add criterion

  13. Select the appropriate Rubric options that you want.
    For summative assessment, the option 'Display points for each level to those being graded' should not be selected as the student is only shown their overall grade, not the marks achieved for each component of the assessment.
    rubric options

  14.  Click Save rubric and make it readyor Save as draft to enable changes before being visible to students and markers.
    Saving options



Last modified: Thursday, 9 January 2020, 10:15 AM