Create a Rubric

Create Rubric Template

  1. Click Assessments, then Rubrics in the navbar.
    Image shows location of Rubric tool.
  2. Click New Rubric.
  3. On the Properties tab, type a name for your rubric in the Name box.
    Tip: Be as descriptive as possible with your name so you can find the rubric later.
  4. Leave the Rubric Status as “Draft” – you will only change this to “Published” once your rubric is entirely finished.
  5. Optional: Type in a description. Note that students will be able to see this description if they go to the rubrics tool.
  6. Choose a Rubric Type
    • Analytic - This rubric type breaks performance into multiple criteria. Each criterion is assessed separately, resulting in an overall assessment score. This is the most common rubric type. 
    • Holistic - These rubrics are less common. Performance is assessed holistically so several criteria would be considered, but only one overall assessment would be made.
  7. Select the "Initial # of Levels" (grading levels – i.e. Excellent/Very Good/Good/Poor or A/B/C/D/F) and the "Initial # of Criteria" (the number of different items being assessed – i.e. Grammar/Content/Research). These settings can be changed later.
  8. Choose a “scoring method”
    • Text only – Use if you want to use the rubric just to give feedback, but want to assign a holistic grade to the assignment. You won’t be able to assign points to each category.
    • Points – Use if you want all of your criteria to be weighted the same (i.e. if you had 4 criteria, they would all be worth 25% of the grade). This option will calculate a grade for your assignment.
    • Custom points – Use if your criteria have different weights to them (i.e. if your grammar is worth 15%, quality of thought is worth 50%, and formatting is worth 35%). This option will also calculate a grade for your assignment.
  9. You have the option to “Hide scores from student views” – this means that students won’t be able to see how you graded them. The most effective practice is to leave this box unchecked so students can see how the grade was calculated. 
  10. Under the “Advanced Availability” menu and the “Allow new associations in” heading, there is an option called “Competencies.” This box must remain checked in order for your rubrics to work. Do not uncheck this box!
    Image shows location of competencies check box.
  11. Click the Save button.

Edit Levels and Criteria

  1. Click on the “Levels and Criteria” tab.
    Image shows location of Levels and Criteria tab.
  2. A blank rubric template is displayed.
  3. Edit the criteria and levels by clicking the arrow next to "Criteria" and select Edit Criteria Group.
    Image shows location of criteria group editing function.
  4. You can then name the “Levels” of your grading scheme (e.g. Excellent, Average, Below Average, A/B/C/D, etc.). 
  5. Under “Criteria Names,” input the names of the criteria you want to use (e.g. Grammar, Spelling, Structure. etc.). 
  6. Click Save, located directly below criteria names.
  7. Additional criteria rows or grading levels may be added by clicking the “Add Criterion” or “Add Level” buttons.
  8. Edit points (if applicable) and descriptions for individual criterion by using the dropdown arrow next to each and selecting Edit Criterion.
    Image shows location of criterion edit function.
  9. In the Description Box, leave a detailed description of what an assignment will achieve at that level and criterion. Scroll down and enter descriptions for each level. These descriptions are visible to students.
  10. Enter optional “Feedback.” Anything entered in "Feedback" will be auto-filled when you click that box in the actual rubric while grading. 
  11. Click Save.
  12. Repeat for each criterion. 
NOTE: A best practice is to have the top level column add up to either the max points possible for the grade item OR have all rubrics add to 100 points, to consistently provide a percentage grade. Whichever the instructor chooses, consistency is valuable so that the student will understand how they are being graded.
  1. Initially the “Overall Score” row, at the bottom of the grid, is based off the sums of the original scores in the rubric template. To  change the scores, click Edit Levels in the dropdown menu next to “Overall Score.”

Image shows location of overall score edit function.

  1. Click Save.
  2. Click Close.

Publish Rubric for Use

  1. Once the complete, click the arrow next to the name of the rubric, and click Set Status.
  2. Click Published.