Instructor: Rubrics

 

1. About: Rubrics

Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate activities based on a predefined set of criteria.                                    

To access the Rubrics tool, select the Course Admin link in the navbar at the top of the screen. Then under the Assessment category, select Rubrics

Screenshot of Course Admin with Rubrics circled.
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2. Create: Analytic rubric

An analytic rubric describes levels of performance by defining criteria.

The levels of performance in an analytic rubric can communicate expectations and detailed feedback to participants. For instructors, the levels allow for consistent and objective assessment.

  1. In the Rubrics  tool, select New Rubric
  2. Enter a Name for your rubric.
  3. Click on the down arrow to the right of Type:  to select Analytic. Once you save your rubric, you will not be able to change the rubric type.
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the Scoring: link to select how you want to assess the rubric. 
    • Points: Levels use text and point values (e.g., "Excellent (100 points), "Fair (75 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%.
    • No Score: Levels are indicated by text only (e.g., "Excellent", "Fair", "Poor", etc.). No numerical values are associated with levels.name field and drop-down menus for type and scoring of analytic rubrics 
  5. To add Levels, click on the + button to the left or the right of the existing levels.
  6. To remove Levels, click on the trash-can icon at the top of the Level column you want to delete.Plus sign and trash can icons to add and delete levels

     

  7. To add Criteria, click on the + Add Criterion link at the bottom of the existing Criteria.
  8. To remove Criteria, click on the trash-can icon to the right of the Criterion you want to delete.Shows plus sign and trash can icons to add and delete criteria

     

  9. All Level and Criteria text, as well as point values, can be changed by clicking in the corresponding field or box.
  10. To assess different aspects of an assignment separately, such as grammar usage and writing style, one can add more than one section or group of criteria.  Each Criteria Group can include different descriptions and point values.  To add the new group, click on the Add Criteria Group button under the existing rubric.  Circle indicates where to click to add separate, additional criteria group
  11. The Overall Score section totals the scores earned on each Level for each Criterion.Image of Overall Score box in the Rubrics tool

     

  12. Select Close when you are finished with the rubric.
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3. Create: Holistic rubric

Holistic rubrics use one overall score to assess an assignment as a whole.

  1. Select New Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name for your rubric.
  3. Click on the down arrow to the right of Type: to select Holistic. Once you save your rubric, you will not be able to change the rubric type. 
  4. Click on the down arrow to the right of Scoring: to select how you'd like to assess the rubric. 
    • Percentage: A percentage can be assigned based on the level score of the associated activity.
    • No Score: Performance levels are indicated by text only (ie: "Excellent", "Fair", "Poor", etc.). Participants see no numerical value associated with performance levels.Drop-down menus for Type and Scoring Method of Rubrics

       

  5. To add Levels, click on the  +  button to the left or the right of the existing levels.
  6. To remove Levels, click on the trash-can icon at the top of the Level column you want to delete.
  7. Level names, percentages, and text can be edited or entered in the corresponding field or box.Image showing how to add levels to holistic rubric

     

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4. Edit: Options - Rubric and score visibility

Choose if the rubric will be visible to students, and when. 

D2L has three options for rubric visibility and the option to hide scores, both listed under Options.  If necessary, click on the down arrow to the right of the page to expand Options.

image of radio buttons for rubric and score visibility

 

  1. Rubric is visible to learners: Students will be able to see the empty Rubric before submitting their work, and then see a link to their graded Rubric once assessments are published.
  2. Rubric is hidden from students: Only instructors, TAs and Graders will see the rubric attached to a tool.
  3. Rubric is hidden until feedback published: Students will see a link to their graded Rubric once assessments are published.
  4. Hide scores from students: If this box is checked, students will still see check marks without a numerical score in each Level and the Overall Score Level in the rubric. The published score for the entire assignment will appear in the Score field.
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5. Edit: Publish completed rubric

You will need to publish your rubric before you can associate it with course activities.

Once a rubric has been associated with an activity in your D2L course site and assessments have been made using that rubric, you can no longer make changes to it. Before publishing your rubric for use, check everything to make sure it is how you want it.

  1. Select the down arrow to the right of the rubric you'd like to change the status for.
  2. Select Set Status.
  3. Select Published.Image shows where to select Set Status to publish rubric

     

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6. Manage: Copy or delete rubric

Make copies of rubrics or delete rubrics you no longer need.

Once rubrics have been associated with an activity in your D2L course site and used to make assessments, there is very little that you can change about the rubric. When this happens, your best option is to make a copy of your existing rubric and then make the necessary changes.

  1. To copy a rubric, select the down arrow to the right of the rubric you'd like to copy and select Copy. You can then make any desired changes to the copy that is created.
  2. To delete a non-associated rubric, select the down arrow to the right of the rubric you'd like to delete and select DeleteScreenshot of the edit dropdown with Copy and Delete options circled.

     

  3. Select Delete on the confirmation window that opens.
  4. If you can't delete a rubric, go to the associated item (assignment, quiz, etc) and click the x next to the rubric name to remove it. Then follow the steps above to delete it permanently from the course.
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7. Attach: Connect rubrics to Assignments or Discussions

Attach rubrics to assignments or discussions for grading purposes.

Once rubrics have been created, you can attach them to an assignment folder or discussion topic to use when grading. Here are the steps to connect your rubrics to activities.

  1. To attach a rubric to an Assignment:
    • Select Assignments from the navbar.
    • Select the down arrow to the right of the assignment name, and select Edit Submission Folder.
    • Select Add RubricAdd Rubric circled in assignment folder properties.

       

    • Click the checkbox to the left of the rubric you want to attach, then select Add Selected.
    • Select Save and Close.
  2. To attach a rubric to a Discussion Topic:
    • Select Discussions from the navbar.
    • Select the down arrow to the right of the topic name, and select Edit Topic.
    • Select the Assessment tab.
    • Select Add RubricAdd Rubric and Assessment tab circled within Edit Topic.
    • Click the checkbox to the left of the rubric you want to attach, then select Add Selected.
    • Select Save and Close.
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