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Rubrics

What is the Rubrics tool?

The Rubrics tool is used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently. The Rubrics tool allows you to create analytic rubrics (multiple criterion) or holistic rubrics (one criterion).

Where can you use a Rubric?

You can attach a rubric to any of the following course tools or activities:

  • Discussion topics
  • Assignment submission folders
  • Grade items
  • Quizzes
  • Surveys
  • Competencies
  • ePortfolio

Why use the Rubrics tool?

Use the Rubrics tool to:

  • Develop a matrix that will be used for assessment.
  • Ensure consistency when assessing learners.
  • Provide expectations and assessment requirements prior to assessment.
  • Justify and communicate evaluations of learners.
  • Define what quality entails by adding detailed descriptors.

Accessing Rubrics

Do one of the following:

  • Click Course Admin on the navbar and select Rubrics underneath Assessment.
  • Click Assessments on the navbar, then click Rubrics.

Create an Analytic Rubric

Analytic rubrics allow you to assess a Competencies activity or ePortfolio item based on more than one criterion in a single rubric. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement are displayed in columns and your assessment criteria are displayed in rows.

Analytic rubrics may use a points, custom points or text only scoring method. Points and custom points analytic rubrics may use both text and points to assess performance; with custom points, each criterion may be worth a different amount of points. For both points and custom points an overall score is provided based on the total number of points achieved. The overall score determines whether the activity is achieved.

Create an Analytic Rubric

  1. On the Rubrics page, click New Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name and Description.
  3. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  4. Select Analytic from the Rubric Type drop-down list.
  5. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  6. Select how many criteria you want to break your evaluation down by in the Initial # of Criteria field.
  7. Select a Scoring Method.
  8. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies and/or ePortfolio.
  9. Click Save.

Define Analytic Rubric Achievement Levels and Criteria

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the analytic rubric you want to define achievement levels and criteria for.
  2. Click Edit Criterion from the drop-down menu of a criterion you want to modify.
  3. Enter a Criterion Name.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Repeat Steps 2-4 for other criteria.
    • Note: Click Add Criteria Group if you want to create a criteria made of subsections of existing criteria.
  6. Click Edit Level from the drop-down menu of an achievement level you want to modify. We recommend that you start with the lowest achievement level and work your way up.
  7. Enter a Level Name.
  8. If you are creating an analytic rubric that uses a points scoring method, enter a Score (points) for the level. For custom points, you may enter a different score (points) for each criterion.
  9. Enter a Description of what is required to achieve the level for each criterion. Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a user's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  10. Enter a standard Feedback for each level. Standard feedback appears to users who achieve the level, and it is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Repeat Steps 6-11 for other levels.

Create a Holistic Rubric

Holistic rubrics allow you to assess participants' overall achievement on an activity or item based on a single criteria using predefined achievement levels.

Holistic rubrics may use a percentages or text only scoring method. Percentage holistic rubrics have a percentage range associated with each achievement level, which allows users' quiz and grade item activities to automatically be assigned an achievement level based on their quiz score or grade. Other activities and ePortfolio items may also be evaluated with percentage holistic rubrics, you just have to manually enter users' achievement levels.

Create a Holistic Rubric

  1. On the Rubrics page, click New Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name and Description.
  3. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  4. Select Holistic from the Rubric Type drop-down list.
  5. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  6. Select a Scoring Method.
  7. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies and/or ePortfolio. To do this, click on Expand advanced availability options.
  8. Click Save.

Define Holistic Rubric Achievement Levels

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels from the context menu of the holistic rubric you want to define achievement levels for.
  2. Click Edit Levels in the Levels tab.
  3. You can enter a custom Level Name for each achievement level.
  4. If you are creating a holistic rubric that uses a percentages scoring method, enter a Start Range. The start range for your lowest achievement level is automatically set to 0%. The start range for other levels should be the lowest percentage acceptable for the level. The highest percentage is determined by the start range for the level above.
  5. Enter a Description for each level. Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a user's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  6. Enter a standard Feedback for each level. Standard feedback appears to users who achieve the level, and it is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology.
  7. Click Save.

Add a Quicklink from Content to a Rubric New

In order to make Rubrics more accessible for students and instructors to view without navigating directly to Rubrics, instructors can add a link to a Rubric through the Quicklinks menu.  

  1. In Content, create a new module.
  2. Click Upload/Create, and select Create a File from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Insert Quicklink.
  4. In the Insert Quicklink menu, select Rubrics.
  5. In Rubrics, select the desired rubric, and click the pencil to edit the options for the rubric and choose to open in a new window. Note that Manage Rubrics is accessible in this menu.
  6. Click Publish.

Note: only rubrics with Visible to all Users selected can be quicklinked.

 

Adding or Editing Rubric Achievement Levels, Criteria, or Criteria Groups

Adding Rubric Achievement Levels, Criteria, or Criteria Groups

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the drop-down menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Select Add Level, Add Criterion, or Add Criteria Group.
  3. Fill in the appropriate fields and click Save.
  4. Click Close to return to the Rubrics page.

Editing  Rubric Achievement Levels, Criteria, or Criteria Groups

You can only edit a rubric from the org unit in which it was created and you cannot edit a rubric that is being used by a Competencies activity or ePortfolio item.

Edit rubric properties

  1. On the Rubrics page, click on the rubric you want to edit.
  2. Make your changes.
  3. Click Save.

Edit a level, criterion, or criteria group

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Click Edit Level, Edit Criterion, or Edit Criteria Group from the context menu of the level, criterion or criteria group you want to edit.
  3. Make your changes.
  4. Click Save.

Managing Rubric Status Settings

Note: You cannot associate Competencies activities or ePortfolio items with draft or archived rubrics. Existing associations with archived rubrics are maintained.

  1. On the Rubrics page, click on the rubric you want to change statuses for.
  2. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  3. Click Save.

Copying Rubrics

Copying a rubric creates a new rubric based on an existing rubric in the same org unit. The new rubric has the same properties, levels and criteria, and is shared with the same org units as the original rubric.

On the Rubrics page, click Copy from the drop-down menu of the rubric you want to copy.

Reordering Rubric Achievement Levels or Criteria

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the drop-down menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Select Reorder Criteria, Reverse Level Order, or Reorder Levels.
  3. Make your changes and click Save.
  4. Click Close to return to the Rubrics page.

Deleting Rubrics

You can only delete a rubric from the org unit in which it was created and you cannot delete a rubric that is being used by a Competencies activity or ePortfolio item.

Delete a Rubric

On the Rubrics page, Delete from the drop-down menu of the rubric you want to delete.