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Accessing Rubrics

The Rubrics tool is located in the Course Tools submenu. To access Rubrics, click on the Course Tools link group on the mini bar and then select Rubrics from the drop-down menu.

image of the default course navigation menu with the course tools submenu expanded and rubrics tool selected.

The Rubrics tools provides an opportunity for you, as the instructor, to create grading rubrics for your assignments. Using grading rubrics are a great way to communicate your expectations to your students. Use a grading rubric to measure student performance fairly and consistently. 


A Note About Creating Grading Rubrics

Rubrics are comprised of three parts:

  1. Criteria – Attributes on which the assignment will be assessed
  2. Levels of Competency – Standards each criterion must meet.
  3. Level Values – The grade or point value assigned to each level of competency

A best practice is to create your learning objectives before creating your grading rubrics. By doing so, your objectives, lesson plans, and grading expectations will all align and can be communicated clearly to your students.

For complex assignments, creating a multi-dimensional grading rubric may be helpful. Creating multi-dimensional grading rubrics in D2L does require additional setup. Namely, multi-dimensional rubrics require dividing assessment criterion into level groupings. For example, an assignment may have some criteria which identify only two levels of competency and other criteria which identify four levels of competency. In such cases, creating two level groups within your grading rubric would be necessary. For more advanced rubric assistance, including help with multi-dimensional grading rubrics, please contact the ATS office by phone by dialing 423-439-8611 or by emailing .

 

 Create a Rubric
Create a Rubric
  1. From the Course Homepage, click the Course Tools link group from the Default Navigation bar and choose Rubrics from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click the blue New Rubric button. The New Rubric page will open with the “Properties” tab displayed.

    image of New Rubric Button located on the Rubrics page.

  3. Enter a name for the rubric in the Name field.
  4. Enter the number of grading levels for each criterion in the Initial # of Levels field. Note that each level will represent a different competency standard. For example, if you wanted competency options for Above Average, Average, and Below Average, create three levels for the three competency standards.

    Image of the New RUbric Setup page that displays a textbox for the number of levels for this particular rubic, a textbox for the number of criteria for this particular rubic, and a scoring method drop-down.

  5.  Enter the number of grading criteria in the Initial # of Criteria field. Note that each criteria will represent a separate assessment item.  For example, if you plan to grade sentence structure, diction, and page length, create three criterion.
  6. Select a Scoring Method by choosing an option from the drop-down menu. The options are:
    1. Points – The rubric will automatically calculate a score based on the levels of competency the student achieves for each criterion.
    2. Custom Points – The rubric will calculate a weighted score with some criteria worth more points than others.
    3. Text Only – The rubric will display text feedback only – no numeric grade
  7. Click Save to return to the Edit Rubric Page.  

Configure Levels and Criteria

After creating the general structure of a rubric you will need to configure the levels and criterion.

  1. From the Rubrics page, click the drop-down arrow next to the Rubric you want to configure and select Edit Levels and Criteria.

    Image of the context menu of a rubric that contains, in order, Edit Properties, Edit Levels and Criteria (selected), Preview, Set Status, View Statistics, Copy, and Delete.

  2. Click the drop-down arrow next the Criterion 1 and select Edit CriterionImage of the context menu of a criteria that contains in order: Edit criterion, copy criterion, add criterion above, add criterion below, delete criterion.
  3. Enter a name for the criterion
  4. Enter a description of your expectations and the grading guidelines for each level. Your students will be able to view these descriptions before they submit an assignment.
  5. Optionally, enter text for feedback for each level. After students have submitted their assignment and it is assessed by the rubrics they will see the feedback for the level they achieved.

    image of the edit criterion screen that includes a table with the following headers: level, score, description, feedback.

  6. Click Save
  7. Repeat this process for each criteria in your rubric.

Publish a Rubric

As a best practice, we suggest keeping your rubric in draft mode until you have completed the setup process. After you have completed the setup and configuration of your rubric you must set it to a published status before you will be able to associate the rubric to a learning activity such as a dropbox or discussion board.

  1. From the Rubrics page, click the drop-down arrow next the Rubric you want to configure and select Set Status.
  2. Choose Published from the fly-out menu.

Image of the Context menu of a rubric with status fly out menu. When selecting the Set Status option, a fly out menu appears with the following options in orderL Draft, Published, Archived.

Edit  a Rubric

Edit a Rubric

Once you have associated a published rubric to a learning activity you will not be able to edit it. You can, however, create a copy of the rubric, make changes to that copy, and then associate the updated rubric to the intended learning activity. Follow these steps to create a copy of a rubric for editing:

  1. From the Rubrics page, click the drop-down arrow next the Rubric you want to copy and select Copy.

    image of rubric context menu witht he following options in order: edit properties, preview, set status, view statistics, copy (selected)

  2. Click the name of the rubric copy.

    image of the name of a rubric in the rubric list

  3. Update or replace the name of the rubric copy with your new rubric’s name.
  4. Make any other changes to the rubrics properties, criterion, or levels. If you need assistance, refer back to the section of this document labeled “Configure Levels and Criteria
  5. Click Save
  6. Associate the updated rubric to the learning activity of your choice. If you need assistance, refer back to the section of this page labeled “Associate a Rubric to a Learning Activity
 Associate a Rubric to a Learning Activity

Associate a Rubric to a Learning Activity

You can associate, or connect, a rubric to a learning activity such as a discussion board topic, a dropbox folder, or a grade item in your gradebook. Only published rubrics may be associated with learning activities. To begin, navigate to the learning activity you plan to associate with your rubric and then follow these steps:

  1. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the item’s name and select Edit option. The name of the Edit option will vary depending on the learning activity you have selected.  

    image of a dropbox folder context menu in order: View Submissions, Edit Folder (selected)

  2. Click the Add Rubric button. Depending on the learning activity you selected, the Add Rubric button may be located on either the properties tab or the assessment tab. Typically the Add Rubric button will be in proximity to the Grade Item dropdown menu.

    Image of the Edit Folder Screen of a dropbox folder properties in this order: name, originality check, folder type, category, grade item, out of score text box, student view preview, rubric - add a rubric button (selected)

  3. Check the checkbox next to the rubric you would like to add.
  4. Click the Add Selected button. This action will return you to the Edit Properties page of the learning activity.

    image of the select a rubric pop up window. Contains a table with the following headers: name, description, type, scoring method.

  5. Click Save and Close
Grading a Dropbox Assignment with a Rubric

 

 

Assessing a Dropbox Assignment with a Grading Rubric

 

  1. Open the Dropbox tool by selecting Dropbox from the Evaluation Link Group on the course default navigation bar.
  2. Select a folder by clicking on the folder name.
  3. Select a student’s submission by clicking on the submission’s file name.

    image of the folder submissions page of the dropbox with the student's submission's file name selected

  4. Review the student’s submission.
  5. Click on the Title of the Rubric on the Evaluate Submission Panel. The rubric will open in a new window.

    image of the evaluate submissions page with the name of the rubric selected in the evaluate panel.

  6. For each criterion row, select the level of competency the student achieved by clicking the appropriate radio button. The rubric will calculate the student’s score as you complete the rubric.
  7. Once you have selected a level of competency for each criterion you may review the information and point values assigned in the Score and Feedback column. If you would like to edit the score or feedback for a particular criterion, click the pencil icon in the associated row. Make the appropriate changes and then click Save to return to the rubric.

    image of example rubic with pencil icon  and save & record  buttons selected

  8. Once you are satisfied with the score and feedback the rubric has generated, click Save & Record to return back to the Evaluate Submission page. The score for the student will automatically populate in the Score textbox on the Evaluate Submission panel.  
  9. Depending on your workflow click either the Publish button, the Save as Draft button, or the Update button to save your changes.
Grading a Discussion Board Topic with a Rubric

Grading a with a Rubric

Grading with a Rubric is simple and can speed up the process of grading an assignment. Additionally, the feedback delivered to your students relates directly to the learning objectives for that particular assignment.

Assessing a Discussion Board Topic with a Grading Rubric

 

  1. Open the Discussion Board tool by selecting Discussions from the Evaluation Link Group on the course default navigation bar.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow of the topic you want to assess and click Assess Topic

    image of the discussion board topic context menu which lists the following in order: view topic, edit topic, view topic statistics, assess topic(selected), subscribe, and delete

  3. Select a student to assess by clicking on the title of the Rubric associated with this topic located below a student’s name. A new window will pop up displaying the rubric and the student’s posts within the topic.

    image of discussion board score options for a student in the following order: topic score and discussion board rubric(selected)

  4. Review the student’s topic performance.
  5. For each criterion row, select the level of competency the student achieved by clicking the appropriate radio button. The rubric will calculate the student’s score as you complete the rubric.
  6. Once you have selected a level of competency for each criterion you may review the information and point values assigned in the Score and Feedback column. If you would like to edit the score or feedback for a particular criterion, click the pencil icon in the associated row. Make the appropriate changes and then click Save to return to the rubric.
  7. Once you are satisfied with the score and feedback the rubric has generated, click Save to return back to the Assess Topic page. The level of competency for the student will automatically populate in the Score column.

image of discussion board score options for a student in the following order: topic score(selected) and discussion board rubric

Note that in the Discussion Board D2L will not automatically populate the topic score with the score the rubric calculated. You must record the score generated by the rubric in the topic score pop-up window. To access the topic score pop-up window, click the Topic Score hyperlink located below the appropriate student’s name. You must record the score generated by the rubric in the score textbox

image of topic score details window with the following options in order: topic score (selected), published checkbox)selected), feedback area, save and close button (selected).

  1. Depending on your workflow, you may choose to publish the student’s score to the gradebook by clicking the checkbox in the Publish to Grades column.
  2. Click Save and Close.
Grading a Grade Item with a Rubric

Grading a with a Rubric

Grading with a Rubric is simple and can speed up the process of grading an assignment. Additionally, the feedback delivered to your students relates directly to the learning objectives for that particular assignment.

 Assessing a Gradebook Item with a Grading Rubric

  1. Open the Gradebook by selecting Grades from the Evaluation Link Group on the course default navigation bar.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the grade item you would like to enter and select either Grade All or Enter Grades, depending on which gradebook view you have selected.

    image of manage grades - grade item context menu which lists the following in order: edit grade item, enter grades (selected), view statistics, event log   image of enter grades - grade item context menu which lists the following in order: properties, edit, grade all (selected),  statistics, event log

  3. For each student, click on the Rubric icon located in the Assessment column. A new window will open displaying the associated rubric.

    image of a student's row within a grade item. includes a table with the following headings: first name/last name, grade, weighted grade, scheme, feedback, assessment(selected), and event log.

  4. For each criterion row, select the level of competency the student achieved by clicking the appropriate radio button. The rubric will calculate the student’s score as you complete the rubric.
  5. Once you have selected a level of competency for each criterion you may review the information and point values assigned in the Score and Feedback column. If you would like to edit the score or feedback for a particular criterion, click the pencil icon in the associated row. Make the appropriate changes and then click Save to return to the rubric.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the score and feedback the rubric has generated, click Save. You can then exit out of this window to return back to the Grade Item page.

Note that in the Gradebook D2L will not automatically populate the topic score with the score the rubric calculated. You must record the score generated by the rubric in the score textbox in the Grade column.

  1. Click Save to record your students’ grades.

image of a student's row within a grade item. includes a table with the following headings: first name/last name, grade(selected), weighted grade, scheme, feedback, assessment, and event log.

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