Grading Assignments with Rubrics

A rubric is a scoring guide that instructors can use to assess different kinds of assignments, such as written work, projects, speeches, webquests, student-created videos, presentations and more. A rubric can prove especially helpful for assignments that are more complex and subjective in nature. Generally, a rubric includes a set of expectations used to judge student performance; it measures a stated objective with criterion that are arranged in rating levels according to how the standard has been met. The best part about a rubric is that it provides a "working guide" for both the instructor and the students as they strive to complete the assignment. It is customary for the rubric to be available to the students before the assignment is due so that they will know what level of performance is expected.


Creating the Rubric

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The first thing you will want to do is create the rubric for your students:

  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
    Add an Activity or Resource
  3. Choose the Assignment tool.
  4. Activity or Resource Picker

  5. If needed, click on Expand All in the top right corner
  6. Expand All
    NOTE: if you need more information on creating an Assignment, please view the Assignment tutorial.

  7. From the Grading method pull-down menu, select Rubric.

    rubric grading method

  8. Leave all the other settings at the default and continue by clicking on the Save and display button at the bottom of the page.
  9. Moodle will take you to a new page where you will be asked to define your rubric more thoroughly. Click on the icon that says "Define new grading form from scratch."

    Define Your Rubric

  10. Provide a Name and Description for the rubric.
  11. In the Rubric area below the Description add criterion and goals and provide a level value for each goal. If you wish to have additional levels other than the three default levels provided, click on the Add level button. To delete a level, click on the red "x" next to its point value.

    Create Rubric Criterion

  12. Continue to create additional criterion by clicking on the Add criterion button.

    Add Criterion Button

    Note: You can modify the effective weight of a criterion by setting the value of the points assigned to its levels. If there is one criterion with levels 0, 1, 2, 3 and the second one with levels 0, 2, 4, 6 then the latter one's impact on the final grade is twice as much as the first one's.

    Note: Make sure that you have an option for zero points for each criteria. The rubric makes the minimum score equal to zero percent and the mazimum score equal to 100 percent, so if you don't have a zero option, your grades will likely not calculate properly. For example, if you have 4 criteria each with 1,2,3,4 grading options, zero percent would be a 4 (the minimum possible) and 100 percent would be a 16 (the maximum possible).

  13. Your finished product might look something like this:

    Rubric criteria

  14. When you are finished devising your rubric, check out the rubric options below. In most cases, you'll just want to leave the default settings as shown in the image below.
    Note:You can change the sorting order of your established levels as either ascending or descending scores.

    Rubric Setup Options

  15. Click on the Save rubric and make it ready button. The rubric will now be ready for student use when they are constructing their assignment, as long as you selected the "Allow users to preview rubric used in the module..." in the Rubric options section shown above.

 


Implementing Your Rubric When Grading



Now you can use the rubric you created when you're grading your students' assignments.

  1. Simply go back to your main course page and click on the assignment name and when the next page appears, click on View assignment grades and feedback.
  2. Find the name of the student whose assignment you wish to grade and click on the Grade button to the right of their name.
  3. Your rubric will appear on the right of the new Grader menu. Click the bottom box (first of the three) to view the rubric in full screen.

    Simply click on the levels that correlate with the level of accomplishment the student obtained and the goal levels will be highlighted in light green as shown in the image below. PolyLearn will add up the points and calculate the appropriate score from the number of grade points you selected in the beginning (in this case, we had decided upon a total of 50 points). You may also add feedback comments in the box to the far right of the levels for each criterion, if you wish.

    Rubric grading

  4. If you click upon the Send notifications checkbox, the student will be notified via email that their assignment has been graded and that their instructor has made comments on this assignment.
  5. Click on the Save Changes button to save your evaluation.
  6. When you return to the Gradebook, you will see that PolyLearn calculated the final score according to the Advanced Grading plugin. By default, numerical grades in Moodle are selected by the teacher from a range of 0-100. When advanced grading methods are enabled, the grade selection element is replaced with a more complex assessment form provided by the plugin. The plugin contains the logic how to calculate the grade. Such a calculated grade is then passed back to the activity module as if the teacher used the standard grade value selector. For example: The instructor creates a new Assignment in the course with the possible grade of 30 points. She defines a rubric to be used for grading. The rubric itself produces raw score up to 12 (e.g., her devised rubric has four criteria with levels 0, 1, 2, 3). So the rubric's score of 12 points leads to the assignment grade of 30 points, the rubric's score of 6 points leads to the grade of 15 points, etc.

 

 

 


Editing Your Rubric

If you need to edit your rubric, you may:

    1. Navigate to your course page and turn editing on.
    2. Click on the particular assignment you assigned the rubric to.
    3. The Administration area on the left will change its options, allowing you to adjust various settings for the assignment instead of for the course.

      Settings for Assignments

    4. Click on the toggle arrow for Advanced grading and select Define rubric.
    5. Click on the Edit the current form definition button.

      Edit Current Rubric

    6. Make the necessary edits to your rubric and save it.

 

Reusing a Rubric

If you would like to use a rubric from another assignment, you may select it from the new assignment per the following instructions. If you would like to edit an existing rubric to tailor your new assignment, you have the option to do that as well:

    1. Select Turn editing on.
    2. Click on the Add an activity or resource link.
      Add an Activity or Resource
    3. Choose the Assignment tool.
    4. Activity or Resource Picker

    5. If needed, click on Expand All in the top right corner
    6. Expand All
      NOTE: if you need more information on creating an Assignment, please view the Assignment tutorial.

    7. From the Grading method pull-down menu, select Rubric.

      rubric grading method

    8. Leave all the other settings at the default and continue by clicking on the Save and display button at the bottom of the page.
    9. You will be brought to a new page, where you can select Create new grading form from a template.
      rubric_CreateFromTemplate
    10. Check the box for Include my own forms. If you know the name of the assignment, enter it in the text box. Or, leave the text blank to search all past rubrics.

    11. Click Search.
    12. The results of your search will be displayed. Find the rubric you would like to use, and select Use this template.

    13. Click Continue to confirm your selection and copy the rubric into your new assignment.

    14. If you would like to make changes to the rubric, you have the option to edit or delete.