Rubrics

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Rubrics are an assessment marking tool that can be used for determining a grade and or to evaluate Competencies, Activities and Portfolio items.


Rubrics enable the evaluation of an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They can help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently by one person or by a team of markers.

There are two types of rubrics:

  • Holistic rubrics
    These are single criteria rubrics used to assess students' overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels.
  • Analytic rubrics
    These are two-dimensional rubrics with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows. These allow you to assess students' achievements based on multiple criteria using a single rubric. You can assign different weights (value) to different criteria and include an overall achievement by totalling the criteria.
    Analytic rubrics allow you to evaluate an assessment (via Assignments). Rubrics may also be used to evaluate a Competencies activity or Portfolio item based on more than one criterion in a single rubric.

The overall score determines whether the activity is achieved.

Create an analytic rubric

  1. Click on Setup on the navigation bar.
  2. Click on Rubrics.
  3. Click New Rubric in the top tool menu of the Rubric List page.
  4. Enter a Name and Description.
  5. Select Analytic in the rubric Type dropdown box.
  6. Enter how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  7. Enter how many criteria you want to break your evaluation down by in the Initial # of Criteria field.
  8. Select Text Only, Points or Custom Points for the scoring method.
  9. Ensure that both boxes of Competencies and Portfolio are checked to allow associations.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click the Levels and Criteria tab on the Edit Rubric page.
  12. Click the context menu of Criteria and select Edit Criteria Group.
  13. Make changes to all the criteria, level names and score (not available in custom points). You can also make changes to Criteria Group Name.
    Note: Use criteria groups to divide your criteria into subsections.
  14. Click Save.
  15. Click on the context menu of the criteria and select Edit Criterion.
  16. Enter a Description of what is required to achieve the level for each criterion.
    Note: Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a student's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  17. Enter any standard Feedback that you want to be communicated to students who achieve the level for each criterion. Standard feedback is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology to the people being evaluated and to help prepare them for future rubric evaluations.
  18. If you are creating an analytic rubric that uses custom points, you may enter a different score (points) for each criterion.
  19. Click Save.
  20. Repeat step 13 to 17 for all criterion.
  21. Click Properties tab.
  22. When you have finished creating your rubric, change the Status to Published to indicate that it is complete.
    Note: You cannot associate a rubric with an assessment, a Competencies activity or Portfolio item until its status is set to published.

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