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Managing Rubrics

A rubric is a great tool for Instructors. It is a simple way to set up a grading criteria for assignments. Not only is this tool useful for instructors, it is helpful for learners as well. A rubric defines in writing what is expected of the learners to get a particular grade on an assignment.

Key concepts

  • A good rubric also describes levels of quality for each of the criteria.
  • These levels of performance may be written as different ratings (e.g., Excellent, Good, Needs Improvement). Rubrics help learners and instructors define "quality."
  • Rubrics reduce the time instructor spend grading learners work and makes it easier for instructor to explain to learners why they got the grade and what they can do to improve.

This article will guide you on:

Creating a rubric from Assignment Creation page

1. Click to expand Grading block on the assignment creation page.

Creating a rubric from Assignment Creation page

2. Click Pick or create rubric to create the new rubric based on your requirements.

3. You will see a list of rubrics you have created so far under My Rubrics tab. Rubric Bank shows the list of rubrics which has been shared with the rubric bank (i.e. such rubrics are public and can reused by other instructors for grading).

Tip: You can filter ‘My Rubrics’ on the basis of the last time you used a rubric.

4. You can quickly search for a rubric using Rubric name.

5. Select a filter from the drop-down list to see Scoring or Non-scoring rubrics. By default filter is set to All.

6. You can create rubrics in two ways, one from UI (one rubric at a time) or by using the bulk import template to create multiple rubrics in bulk. In this example, we'll concentrate on how to create a rubric from UI. To create rubric from UI, click + Create new rubric.

7. Enter the Rubric Title by clicking New Rubric text in the top-left corner of the rubric creation page.

8. Enter the Rubric's description by clicking where it instructs to Enter a description.

9. By default, your new rubric will have 1 sample criterion and 4 scales. If you require a larger grid, you can extra scales by clicking on the + icon beside the Scale menu titles or can reuse an exiting sample criteria by editing it based on your choice.

10. Click +Add new Criteria link to add a new criteria to the rubric. You can also click the copy icon to create copy of an existing criteria.

11. To name a criterion, click directly on the name field and edit it.

Note: The number of characters for the criteria titles is limited and it can support up to 100 characters. Abbreviate and/or use the description field to add more details.

12. You may enter a description for a criterion, if you wish.

13. To edit scale's name, click directly on the field you want to edit and enter the text required and click anywhere else on the screen, to finish editing the scale name.

14. Enter the scale description, if you wish to.

15. Repeat step 13 and 14 to update other scales if needed.

16. To delete a scale, hover over the corresponding scale and click the delete icon.

17. You can extra scales by clicking on the + icon.

18. Enter the scale Title, Points and Description.

19. To edit any scale points, click directly on the field you want to edit or use up/down arrows to increase/decreae the scale point, to open the score box. Enter the point and click anywhere else on the screen, to finish editing that box. Repeat this step to edit points of remaining scales if needed.

20. Tick Share with rubric bank check box to share this rubric with rubric bank. Rubrics shared with rubric bank can be reused by other instructors for grading.

21. Tick the rubric type either as Scoring or Non-scoring.

As an instructor, you can grade learner's performance and produce data and information that can be presented in numeric or narrative form. So at this point, your decision should be made on how you want to grade learners submission using rubric.

There are two types of rubrics:

Scoring rubric: Is used when you need to produce data that shares facts and figures, i.e. learners performance will be evaluated by grading their submission with marks. This is more of a quantitative approach.

Non-Scoring rubric: Is used when you need to produce data with more depth and description and it’s not based on facts and figures or numbers. This is more of a Qualitative approach.

22. Tick Non-scoring rubric option to create a Non-scoring rubric. Selecting this option will remove all the points (rubric’s maximum point, criterion and its scale's point) associated with the rubric and learners performance will be graded based on the defined scales.

23. Hovering over any Criteria's area will highlight Delete icon. Click on it to delete the criteria.

24. Once you are done with rubric creation activity, you can attach the created rubric to the assignment. Click Attach at the bottom to attach the rubric.

25. You can see the attached rubric under the Grading block of assignment creation page. Click X to remove the rubric from the assignment.

26. Click Change to attach the new rubric to the assignment. Clicking Change will open the rubrics listing page.

27. Select the Rubric you wish to use for grading for this assignment and click Attach to attach the rubric.

28. After clicking Attach, you would notice that rubric changes successfully.

Note: Rubric scores overwrite the assignment score.

If you notice, in step 26, the Maximum score of the assignment was 10 and after replacing that rubric with the new rubric as shown in step 27, assignment score has been changed to the rubric score.

Creating Rubrics by using Rubric Bulk Import Template

1. On Rubrics page, click +Import Rubric.

Creating Rubrics by using Rubric Bulk Import Template

2. Click Download Template to download the Excel template file.

3. Open the Template and fill in the required data. This Excel sheet contains two sample rubrics in separate sheets to illustrate how to use the template. You can add more sheets using the same template to upload multiple Rubrics with the same Excel file.

4. If you wish to import only one rubric then you must delete the second sheet before initiating the rubric bulk import process to avoid creation of second rubric. To delete the sheet, right click on it and then click Delete.

5. Enter a Rubric Title and Description.

Note: There is a limit on characters length for Title and Description field. If characters limits exceeds then rubric bulk import process will fail. So make sure your Title and Description length fall between the following limits:

Title: Up to 100 characters.

Description: Up to 500 characters.

6. (a) Select the Scoring Options; either Absolute or Relative. Absolute Scoring is based on points whereas Relative Scoring is based on percentage.

   (b) Enter the maximum point for this rubric. This is not applicable if relative scoring is selected.

        Note: You can also mention decimal values for rubric, criteria and scales points.

7. Select the Visibility permission as either Private or Public.

Private - Only you can access the rubric

Public - Other users can access it from the rubric bank.

8. (a) Enter the Criterion Title for your rubric.

   (b) Enter a short Description for each criterion.

   (c) Enter the maximum Points for each criterion.

Note 1: Points for a criterion cannot be more than the total points of the rubric. If there are multiple criteria, then the sum of all the criterion points cannot be greater than that of the rubric.

Note 2: There is a limit on characters length for Criterion Title and Criterion Description field. If characters limits exceeds then rubric bulk import process will fail. So keep it short, crisp and within the following limit:

Criterion Title : Up to 100 characters.

9.  Enter the Scale Label and Scale Points for each criterion.

10. You can have as many scales as needed for each criterion. The points of any scale cannot exceed the maximum points of the criterion.

Note: You would have noticed that criterion "Use of 1st/2nd/3rd Law" has three scales but none of the scales exceeds the maximum points of the criterion.

11. Once you have entered the required information in the respective columns, the Excel sheet is ready to be imported into Teamie.

12. Click Choose File to select the template.

13. Select the Template and click Open.

14. Click Import Rubrics.

15. Once the import process is successfully completed, you will be redirected back to the Rubrics listing page, where you will see the list of available rubrics.

16. Click Details to view the rubric information.

17. You can validate the Rubrics and Criterion that you have created by using bulk import to make sure that details are correct.

Editing a rubric

Note:  The rubrics which are in use can't be edited.

1. On Rubrics page, click Details for the rubric that you need to edit.

Editing a rubric

2. Click Edit.

3. Edit the fields that you need to update e.g. Title, Description, Scoring Options, etc.

Note: Points for a criterion cannot be more than the total points of the rubric. If there are multiple criteria, then the sum of the criterion points cannot be greater than that of the rubric.

4. Click Save to save the changes you have made.

5. A notification message will appear to inform you that Rubric has been updated.

Editing criterion

1. Click Edit next to the Criterion name to edit the Criterion.

Editing criterion

2. Edit the fields that you need to update e.g. Title, Description, Points, etc.

3. Click Save to save the changes.

4. A notification message will appear to inform you that the Criterion has been updated.

Editing criterion scales and points

1. Click Edit for the scale that you need to update.

Editing criterion scales and points

2. Edit the scale label and points accordingly.

Note: Please ensure that the points for a rubric are the sum of points of its criteria.

3. Click Save to save the changes.

4. A notification message will appear to inform you that Scale has been updated. Click Go Back to view the changes you have made.

5. You will notice that the rubric and the criterion has been updated.

6. You will also notice that Scale has been updated successfully.

7. Click Go to main page to view the list of all available rubrics.

8. You will see the list of available rubrics.

Adding a rubric to an assignment

1. Navigate to the assignment to which you wish to add a rubric and then click Edit.

Adding a rubric to an assignment

2. Note the Maximum score given for this assignment.

3. Click Add / Update rubric.

4. Click Use this for the rubric to be added to the assignment.

5. Click Update to save the changes.

Note: Rubric scores overwrites the assignment score.

6. If you notice, the Maximum score of the assignment has been changed to the rubric score.

Grading learners using rubric

1. Click Materials of the required classroom.

Grading learners using rubric

2. Click View Submissions of the required assignment to view the submissions made by learners.

3. Click View Attempts next to the learner’s name to view the submission(s) made by the learner.

4. Go through the submission content.

5. Click Grade Using Rubric to grade the submission using a rubric.

Note: This button will appear only for assignments that have a rubric attached to it.

6. Clicking on the grade using rubric icon will open another pop up which shows the rubric and its associated criterion information as shown in the following screenshot.

7. Hover your mouse over the scale to view its full description (in the black box).

7. Select an appropriate scale for each criterion. The moment you select a scale, corresponding scores of that scale gets updated in the Score column and change are auto saved and here you are done with the grading activity.

8. The scores that were given using the rubric can also be seen on the View Submissions page. Click Publish Score to publish the score. Once scores are published learner can view the published scores.

Deleting a rubric

1. Click sliding menu at the top left and select Rubric Bank.

Deleting a rubric

2. You will notice that the Delete button is not enabled for some of the rubrics. This is because these rubrics have been added to some assignments. So, the rubric which are in use can't be deleted.

3. Locate the rubric that you wish to delete.

4. Click Delete to delete the rubric.

5. This action cannot be undone. To confirm, click Delete.

6. A notification confirms that the rubric has been deleted. A deleted rubric does not appear in the rubric list anymore.

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