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 for 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). A rubric 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:

Accessing Rubrics

1. Click sliding menu at the top left corner and then click Locker.

2. On the locker page, click My Locker Rubrics tab.

3. Clicking the Locker Rubrics tab will display all the rubrics you have created on the Teamie platform.

Creating a rubric and its criteria

2. Click + Create new rubric.

3. Rubric creation page opens. Enter the Rubric Title by clicking New Rubric text in the top-left corner of the page and then adding the required title of the rubric.

4. Add a rubric description, if required.

5. By default, your new rubric will have 1 sample criterion and 4 scales. If you nedd to add more scales to a criterion, hover over the cursor in between scales which will highlight the + (plus) icon. Click the + (plus) icon to add more scales.

6. Click + Add new criterion to add a new criteria to the rubric.

In case standards have been configured on your site, you will be able to pick objectives as per the classroom's grade and subject.

7. Click the copy icon to create a new copy of an existing criterion.

8. Clicking copy icon will create an another copy of that criterion. You may now update the criterion title, description and scale details as per your requirement.

9. Click Delete icon to delete a criteria.

10. To change the title of a criterion, click directly on it's title and edit it.

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.

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

12. To edit a scale's title, click directly on its title and rename it as required and click anywhere else on the screen, to finish editing the scale name.

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

14. Repeat step 12 and 13  to update other scales' details, if needed.

15. To delete a scale, click the delete icon shown next to each scale and the scale will be deleted.

16. Hover between scales and then click + (plus) to add more scales within a criterion.

17. Enter the scale's Title, Points (in case if creating a scoring rubric) and Description and the scale will be placed at the desired position according to its points. In this case, the newly added scale was assigned 6 points which is the highest points assigned to any scale within the selected criteria. Hence, it is placed at the last position.

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

As an instructor, you can grade learners' 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.

19. To edit any scale's points, click directly on the points field and change the scale points or use up/down arrows to increase/decrease the scale point. Once you have entered the point(s), click anywhere else on the screen to finish editing that box. Repeat this step to edit points of remaining scales, if needed.

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

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

22. Tick Scoring type option in case you wish to create a scoring rubric.

23. Once you are done with criteria and the corresponding scales creation activity, your rubric is ready for use. You can now map the newly created rubric to assessments for grading.

24. All the changes you make will be auto saved.

Creating a rubric from Assignment Creation page

1. Click Grading and Rubrics block on the assignment creation page. Click here to know more about creating and editing assignments.

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 have been shared with the rubric bank (i.e. such rubrics are public and can reused by other instructors for  grading).

You can filter ‘My Rubrics’ based on the last time you used a rubric.

4. You can quickly search for a rubric using Rubric name and system will auto populate the list of rubrics having that string in their title.

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

6. Click + Create new rubric and then follow the steps mentioned in help article on how to create a rubric.

Editing a rubric

As an instructor, when you create a rubric, you may add different criteria; set scores to scales, rename them etc. But, once the rubric has been attached to an assessment, it is no longer editable. This is done to keep learners score unaffected across different criteria.

Although sometimes minor changes are required to be made to a rubric even though it is attached to assessment(s). A simple use case for this being the need to correct any spelling errors or editing description for the scales. Such cosmetic changes would not affect the scores. So certain rubric fields are editable, even if they are attached to assessment(s).

When a rubric has been shared with an assessment, the following elements will still be editable:

  • Rubric title
  • Rubric description
  • Criteria title
  • Criteria description
  • Scale title
  • Scale description
  • Share with Rubric Bank
Reorder Rubric Criteria

If the rubric or the rubric display is editable (certain fields are editable), then instructors can drag and reorder any criteria as per their requirement. The same order will be respected during the grading process.

Adding a rubric to an assignment

1. On the Materials page, click the assignment to which you wish to add/map a rubric.

Note the Maximum score given for this assignment.

2. Assignment expanded view opens. Click Grading and Rubrics block to expand.

3.  Click Pick or create rubric.

4. You can quickly search for a rubric using Rubric name field and the system will auto populate the list of rubrics having that string in their title.

5. Click View details next to the each rubric to see its criteria and scales details.

6. Go through the rubric details.

7. Click Attach at the bottom to attach the rubric with the assignment, if it meets your requirement.

8. The selected rubric will be mapped / attached to the assignment. The Maximum score of the assignment will be changed to the score of the rubric.

Rubric score will overwrite the assignment score.

9. All your changes will be auto saved.

Grading learners using rubric

1. Click Materials of the required classroom.

2. Click View attempts 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 the Rubric button 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 a pop up which shows the rubric and its associated criteria information as shown in the following screenshot.

7. Hover your mouse over a scale's info (i) icon to view its full description.

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

8. You can add comments for each criterion by click its Add Comments button. The criterion will be attached to the comment; you can add textual feedback as well as record audio feedback for the criterion. Click Submit to add your feedback.

Once you submit the comment, tick the Make this visible to "learner name" checkbox to publish the comment for the learner to see.

9. You will be able to see the score on the Attempts listing page. Click Publish Mark to publish marks for the learner to see.

Grading an assignment from Rubric View provided on the classroom's Gradebook page

1. Click Gradebook tab to go to a classroom's gradebook page.

2. On the classroom's gradebook page, click Rubric View tab to go to rubric view.

3. You will see all the assessments (only published assessments) on the Rubric View page.

4. Hover over a criteria to see its full title.

5. You will notice that the second learner (James Decosta) submission has already been graded by you (as an instructor, you might have already graded learners submission from the view attempts pages).

From Rubric View, you can update the existing marks assigned using rubric criteria of any learner or grade learners submission which are not yet graded. To do this click on the mark cell next to the learner name to open the criteria selection pop up.

6. Clicking on the mark cell will open up the criteria popover showing its scales and their points.

7. Select the appropriate scale from the popover and the moment you select a scale, corresponding mark of that scale will get updated automatically.

8. Repeat step 7 to grade other learner's work.

9. All the learners submission will be marked as graded.

10. The above changes will reflect on the View Attempts page of the graded assessments as well for all the learners.

Deleting a rubric

1. Click sliding menu at the top left corner and then click Locker.

2. Click My Locker Rubrics tab.

3. Clicking Locker Rubrics tab will display all the rubrics you have created on Teamie platform.

4. Click View details next to the each rubric to see its criteria and scales details.

You won't be able to delete the rubrics which are mapped to some assessments. So, the rubrics which are in use, can't be deleted.

5. Click Return to My Rubrics link to go back to the rubric listing page.

6. Locate the rubric that you wish to delete.

7. Click View details of the corresponding rubric.

8. Click Delete to delete the rubric.

9. This action cannot be undone / rolled back. To confirm, click Yes, delete! else click Cancel to terminate the delete action.

10. A notification confirms that the rubric has been deleted. A deleted rubric will not appear in the rubrics list anymore.

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