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Creating Analytic Rubrics

An analytic rubric articulates levels of performance for set criteria so that an instructor can assess participant performance for each criterion. The levels of performance in an analytic rubric can communicate clearer expectations and more detailed feedback to participants. For instructors, the levels allow for more consistent and objective assessment.

To create an analytic rubric, you'll need to set the basic properties of the rubric and then set up the levels and criteria. To do this:

1. Click the New Rubric button.


Analytic Rubric Properties2. Enter a Name for your rubric.

3. While working on your rubric, it is best to leave Rubric Status set to Draft.

4. You may enter a Description if you choose.

5. Use the Rubric Type drop down menu to select Analytic.

Important: Once you save your rubric, you will NOT be able to change the rubric type.

6. Enter the Initial # of Levels.

7. Enter the Initial # of Criteria.

Tip: You can change the number of levels and criteria at any time. If you aren't sure how many levels and criteria you will use, you can use D2L's defaults for these fields and then add/delete levels and criteria as needed.

8. Use the Scoring Method drop down menu to select how you'd like to assess the rubric.

  • Points: Performance levels are assessed using text indicators and point values (ie: "Excellent (100 points), "Fair (75 points)", "Poor (50 points)", etc).
  • Custom Points: Similar to the Points scoring method, but points given for each criterion can be customized. For example, the "Content" of the assignment might be worth 50% of the available points while "Spelling and Grammar" might only be worth 10%.
  • Text Only: Performance levels are indicated by text only (ie: "Excellent", "Fair", "Poor", etc.). Participants see no numerical value associated with performance levels.

Important: Once you save your rubric, you will NOT be able to change the scoring method.

9. Check the box under Hide Scores if you wish to hide scores from participants' view.

10. Click the Save button.


After you've set your rubric's properties, you'll need to edit the rubric's levels and criteria to match the requirements of the assignment. Visit our Managing Levels & Criteria help pages for more information.