Rubrics

Rubrics are an assessment tool 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.

Rubrics may be created at the course level. Rubrics created at the course level cannot be shared with other courses (instructors can create a rubric in a course template and reuse it in course offerings for that course template). If instructors don't want to share a rubric with all child org units, they can restrict who it is shared with on the New Rubric or Edit Rubric page.

There are two types of rubrics:

Holistic Rubrics
Single criteria rubrics (one-dimensional) used to assess participants' overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels.

Analytic Rubrics
Two-dimensional rubrics with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows. Allows instructors to assess participants' achievements based on multiple criteria using a single rubric. Instructors can assign different weights (value) to different criteria and include an overall achievement by totaling the criteria.

Access Rubrics

  1. Access Rubrics by clicking on the Rubric button in the Discussions, Dropbox, and Quizzes areas.

Create an analytic rubric

Analytic rubrics allow instructors to assess a Competencies activity based on more than one criterion in a single rubric. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement are displayed in columns and 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.

  1. Click New Rubric in the top tool menu of the Rubric List page.
  2. Enter a Rubric Name and Description.
  3. Select Analytic in the rubric Type drop-down.
  4. Select how many achievement levels the rubric should have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  5. Select how many criteria to break your evaluation down by in the Initial # of Criteria field.
  6. Select Text Only, Points or Custom Points for the scoring method.
  7. Click on the Save button.

Define analytic rubric achievement levels and criteria

  1. Click the Levels and Criteria tab on the New Rubric or Edit Rubric page.
  2. Click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for a criterion and select Edit Criterion.
  3. Enter a Criterion Name.
  4. Click on the Save button. Repeat for other criteria. Note Add criteria groups if you want to divide your criteria into subsections.
  5. Click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for an achievement level. We recommend starting with the lowest achievement level and work up.
  6. Select Edit Level.
  7. Enter a Level Name.
  8. If creating an analytic rubric using a points scoring method, enter a Score (points) for the level. For custom points, instructors 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 descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  10. Enter any standard Feedback that will 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.
  11. Click on the Save button.
  12. Repeat for other levels.

Change a rubric's status

  1. By default the Status for new rubrics is set to Draft. When instructors are finished creating your rubric they should change the Status to Published to indicate that it is complete.
  2. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric name.
  3. Use the Status drop-down on the Properties tab to change the status.
  4. Click on the Save button.

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

Copy a rubric

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.

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for the rubric.
  2. Select Copy Rubric.
  3. Edit a rubric's properties
  4. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric name.
  5. Make the appropriate changes.
  6. Click on the Save button.

Change which org units a rubric shared with

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric’s name.
  2. Complete one of the following actions in the Advanced Availability section:
  3. Select the Current Org Unit check box to share the rubric with the current org unit.
  4. Clear the Current Org Unit check box and select Add Org Units to define specific org units below the current org unit to share the rubric with.
  5. To share the rubric with descendants, click Add Org Units, find the current org unit, select it, and enable All descendants or All descendants of type:.
  6. Click on the Save button.

Edit a level, criterion or criteria group

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric’s name.
  2. Select the Levels (holistic rubrics) or Levels and Criteria (analytic rubrics) tab.
  3. Click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for the level, criterion or criteria group that will be edited and select Edit Level, Edit Criterion, Edit Criteria Group.
  4. Make the appropriate changes.
  5. Click on the Save button.

Add a level, criterion or criteria group

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric’s name.
  2. Select the Levels (holistic rubrics) or Levels and Criteria (analytic rubrics) tab.
  3. Select Add Level, Add Criterion or Add Criteria Group in the action bar above the rubric table.
  4. Fill in the appropriate fields.
  5. Click on the Save button.

Reorder levels or criteria

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric’s name.
  2. Select the Levels (holistic rubrics) or Levels and Criteria (analytic rubrics) tab.
  3. Select Reorder Criteria, Reverse Level Order or Reorder Levels in the action bar above the rubric table.
  4. Make the appropriate changes.
  5. Click on the Save button.

Delete a level, criterion or criteria group

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the rubric’s name.
  2. Select the Levels (holistic rubrics) or Levels and Criteria (analytic rubrics) tab.
  3. Click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for the level or criterion that will be deleted and select Delete Level, Delete Criterion, or Delete Criteria Group.

Delete a rubric

  1. On the Rubric List page, click the Actions context menu (drop-down) for the rubric that will be deleted.
  2. Select the Delete option.