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Rubrics: Complete a rubric evaluation

Complete a rubric evaluation

Once you have created a rubric, you will need to attach it to an appropriate assessment.

Rubrics can be attached to the following types of assessments:

  • assignment submissions
  • grade items
  • graded discussions

You cannot make changes to a rubric once you start grading, so make sure to review the rubric for accuracy, then make sure that you change the status of your rubric to 'published' before proceeding.

Be consistent! Once you decide to use a rubric in a specific tool, be sure to consistently grade all students using the same method. Do not grade some students in the gradebook, and some in a rubric, or you will risk overwriting/losing your work.

Find Rubrics in the Course Admin. If it isn't there, review how to enable course tools.

Use rubrics with Assignments

You can use a rubric to grade an assignment. Here is a sample of an assignment-based rubric assessment.

Once you decide to use a rubric in the assignment, make sure that you consistently grade all students in the assignment. Do not grade some students in the gradebook, or you will risk overwriting/losing your work.

Rubric for dropbox assignment
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Find your assignment by going to Assessment > Assignments. You should see the list of current assignments.
  2. Click Edit Assignment in the contextual menu next to the assignment you wish to add a rubric to. You can also follow these steps as you create a new assignment.
  3. In the Properties tab, under Rubrics, click Add Rubric. If you haven't created a rubric already, you can also click Create Rubric in New Window.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  • To select the rubric(s) you wish to use to assess this assignment, click the checkbox beside that rubric.
  • Then, click Add Selected.
  • Click Save and Close in the main window to save your changes.

NOTE: If you haven't already, this is the perfect time to make sure you associate (and/or create) a grade item and include the Score Out Of value. Note that this value should be the same as the total in your rubric and the Maximum Points in your grade item. If these values are not the same, there will be problems with the scores you give students.

Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Click on the name of the assignment which you wish to assess.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. If desired, use the dropdown menus to sort submissions by user, group or section.

    Scroll down to view a list of submissions from users.

    Click on either the file name, or the Evaluate link to the right of the assignment submission you wish to mark.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. If you don't see the document load right away, click on the name of the student's submission to load the assignment into the main window pane.

    Scroll to read and review the assignment.

  2. If you have associated a rubric with the assignment, it will be available at the top of the right-hand pane. Click on the name of the rubric you wish to use to evaluate this assignment. The rubric will expand in the pane.
Rubric for dropbox assignment

5. a. To mark the assignment, click on the appropriate level for each criteria. Please be sure to click on the level; using it as a slider will not register a graded value

    b. Assigned points will appear directly below each criterion, and will be totalled in the “Overall Grade” box. While you can manually edit this score, please be aware that if you do this, the score for the assessment will not match the rubric. If the rubric is visible to the student, this will raise questions.

    c. If you wish to award a score that is between two levels, you must first click to choose one of the levels, then click on the numeric score below to edit the score.

6. You may now provide written comments in the Feedback box, if you wish. You can also upload a file with feedback, or record audio feedback, if desired.
D2L recommends including feedback here, rather than in the rubric, as this will be easier for the student to see.

7.  In the Score field, you will now see the assigned grade for this assignment, which has transferred from the scored rubric.

While you can manually edit this score, please be aware that if you do this, the score for the assessment will not match the rubric. If the rubric is visible to the student, this will raise questions.

8. When all feedback has been provided, including a score for every criteria in the rubric, click at the bottom of the page to Publish to push grades and feedback to the gradebook or Save Draft to keep working without publishing the grades (will need to be published later)

When publishing, if you have not scored all criteria, it will be noted in a pop-up. If you have scored all levels and receive this message, select Continue Grading and review to ensure that each criterion contains a checkmark.

9. To proceed to the next student, click on the right-facing arrow, located in the lower-right corner of the page.

Or you may click on Back to Submissions to return to the main page to view this assignment's list of submissions.

Use rubrics with Discussions

You can use a rubric to grade a discussion topic. Here is an example of how it can be used.

rubrics in other assessments
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Find your discussion topic by going to Communication > Discussions. You should see the list of current discussions.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Using the dropdown context menu, click Edit Topic next to the discussion topic you wish to add a rubric to. You can also follow these steps as you create a new discussion topic.
Rubric for dropbox assignment

3. Select the Assessment tab.

4. Under Rubrics, click Add Rubric. If you haven't created a rubric already, you can also click Create Rubric in New Window.

Also, if you haven't already, this is the perfect time to associate (or create) a grade item and include the Score Out Of value. Note that this value should be the same as the total in your rubric and the Maximum Points in your grade item. If these values are not the same, there will be problems with the scores you give students.

Rubric for dropbox assignment

5. Click the checkbox next to the desired rubric(s) to select.

6. Click on Add Selected. This will close the popup window.

7. Click on Save and Close or Save.

Next, follow these steps to assess discussion participation with the rubric:

Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. When evaluating student participation in a discussion, click on the contextual menu beside the discussion topic name, and select Assess Topic.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. To assess a particular student, click on the Topic Score link located just below the student's name.
Rubric for dropbox assignment

The assessment panel will open in a popup window.

3. To see the student's contributions to the discussion, scroll to the very bottom of the window.

If you need more context, you might want to open the discussion topic in a separate tab, or you can click on the thread title to view the specific discussion thread, so that you can read the context of the student's contribution. Please note that this link will open in a new tab in your original browser window (not in this popup window).

4. To mark the student's discussion participation in the rubric (near the top of the window), click on the appropriate level for each criteria. Assigned points will appear in the right-hand column.

5. If you wish to award a score that is between two levels, click to choose one of the levels, then click on the score in the right-hand column to edit the score.

6. As you grade in the rubric, you will see the Topic Score (in the upper-right of the window) update. This is the score that will ultimately be transferred to the gradebook. Resist the urge to manually edit this score here, as any discrepencies between the rubric score and the grade in the gradebook could cause confusion.

7. As you grade in the rubric, you will see the overall level achieved indicated in the Overall Score area.

8. Use the General Feedback area to provide individualized feedback for the student. (You can also use the Add Feedback links for each criteria to provide feedback, but D2L recommends using General Feedback instead, as it is easier for students to spot this information.)

9. Click on Publish to push the score and feedback to the gradebook, or click on Save Draft to save this information without pushing to Grades (will need to be published later).

 

Rubric for dropbox assignment

This is what the rubric looks like when you have assessed each item, and provided some feedback.

Use rubrics with grade items

Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Go to Grades > Manage Grades.

  2. Click on the name of the grade item to which you wish to attach a rubric.

Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Make sure you are in the Properties tab.

  2. Under Rubrics, click Add Rubric. If you haven't created a rubric already, you can also click Create Rubric in New Window.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. To select the rubric(s) you wish to use to assess this item, click the checkbox beside that rubric.

  2. Then, click Add Selected.

  3. Click Save and Close in the main window to save your changes.
Rubric for dropbox assignment

Make sure you are in Grades > Manage Grades.

1. Click Enter Grades in the contextual menu next to the grade item you wish to assess.

Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. Choose the student you wish to assess first, and click on the icon in the assessment column to the right of their name.

    The rubric will open in a popup window.
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. To mark the item, click on the box for the appropriate points level for each criterion.

  2. If you wish to assign a score between two rubric levels, click on the edit icon beside the score in the left column, and manually type in the assessed score for that item.

  3. You may include written feedback for each criterion or general feedback, if desired, by clicking on the ADD FEEDBACK link for that item, and entering your message in the text box.

  4. Click Publish to publish the mark to the gradebook and feedback, or Save Draft to keep your changes without publishing (the grade will transfer to the gradebook when you publish later).
Rubric for dropbox assignment
  1. You can now see the grade and percentage scheme(s) that you have assessed for this grade item. Click Save and Close or Save (at the bottom of the page) to preserve all of your updates.

    You will be returned to the main Grades > Enter Grades page.