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Rubrics - Creating

Rubrics in D2L are helpful to students so they know exactly what is expected before they submit their work.

Note: Only Instructors and Academic Assistants can see the Rubrics link on the navigation bar. Students will see the rubrics you create when you link them to dropboxes or to grade items. Instructors can also link rubrics (usually holistic) to quizzes though students will not see the rubrics when taking the quiz. Rubrics linked to quizzes are available to instructors for grading and to students when viewing their quiz results.

Creating Rubrics



There are two types of rubrics in D2L: Holistic and Analytic. Holistic rubrics are single-criteria rubrics used to evaluate students' overall performance based on predefined achievement levels. Analytic rubrics may contain multiple levels of achievement and assessment criteria to evaluate students based on different criteria using a single rubric.

Creating a Holistic Rubric

  1. Select the Rubrics tab on the navigation bar, then press New Rubric.

  2. Enter a Name and a Description.

  3. Select a Rubric Status from the dropdown menu, usually Draft as the rubric is being created.

    Rubric Status

  4. Select Holistic from the Rubric Type dropdown list.

    Rubric Type

  5. Select the Initial Number of Levels that you want to include in your rubric; four (4) is the default.

  6. Select a Scoring Method: Percentages (default) or Text Only.

    Scoring Method


  7. Under the Advanced Availability menu, ensure that both the Competencies and ePortfolio options are checked so this rubric can be linked to other tools in this course.

    Advanced Availability

  8. Press Save.

  9. Select the Levels tab, then press Edit Levels. In the Level Name column, enter a title for the level, overwriting Level 1, Level 2, etc.

  10. If you chose to use percentages as your scoring method, enter a start range for each level. The start range you enter should be the lowest percentage acceptable for that level.

  11. Enter a Description for each level to explain what is expected of a student to receive a score in that category.

  12. Enter standard Feedback text which will appear to each student scoring within that level.

  13. Press Save.

  14. In the Properties tab, change the rubric's status to Published when it is complete. Press Save.

    Published Status

    Note
    : You cannot associate a rubric with other tools in your D2L course unless its status is set to Published.

Creating an Analytic Rubric

  1. Select the Rubrics link on the navbar, then press New Rubric.

  2. Enter a Name and a Description.

  3. Select a Rubric Status from the dropdown menu, usually Draft as the rubric is being created.

    Rubric Status

  4. Select Analytic from the Rubric Type dropdown list.

    Rubric Type

  5. Select the Initial Number of Levels (achievement levels are displayed in columns) and Initial Number of Criteria (evaluation criteria are displayed in rows) that you want to include in your rubric.

  6. Select a Scoring Method: Points (default), Custom Points, or Text only. Custom Points rubrics allow you some flexibility in that you may assign different values to different criteria in your rubric, giving more "weight" to one or more criterion than to others.

  7. Under the Advanced Availability menu, ensure that both the Competencies and ePortfolio options are checked so this rubric can be linked to other tools in this course.

    Advanced Availability

  8. Press Save.

  9. On the Levels and Criteria tab, choose Edit Criterion from the context menu of the first criterion you want to modify, and enter a criterion name, a description and standard feedback text for this criterion. You may also modify the score for each criterion if you selected Custom Points as the Scoring Method above.

    Edit Criterion


    Note:
    The Description explains what is expected of a student to receive a score in that category. The Feedback Message is displayed to each student who scores within that category.

  10. Press Save. Repeat this edit for each criterion and save changes.

  11. To modify the level names, click Edit Level from the context menu of the first achievement level you want to modify, then enter a level name. Repeat for each level.


    Edit Level Menu


    Optional: If you are using points as your scoring method, also enter a Score for each level.

  12. Save your changes.

  13. On the Properties tab, change the rubric's status to Published when it is complete. Press Save.

    Published Status


    Note: You cannot associate a rubric with other tools in your D2L course unless its status is set to Published.

Linking Rubrics to Course Tools

You can link a rubric to a dropbox, quiz, or to a grade item.

  1. View the Edit window for the item you wish to link a rubric to(example shown below is for a Discussion Topic).

    Edit Topic

  2. From the Edit window, select Add Rubric.

  3. Check the box next to the rubric you want to add, and click Add Selected.

  4. Click Save and Close. Your rubric has been linked to the item.

  5. Once a rubric is associated with another tool, the rubric cannot be deleted; after being used for grading, the rubric is locked and cannot be edited or deleted.

How will Students View my Rubrics?

Dropboxes:
Students can see the rubric when they access the dropbox before submitting a document. Once used for assessment, students will see the rubric and scores earned for each criterion when they view feedback in the dropbox.

Quizzes:
Rubrics, usually holistic, linked to quizzes along with scores and feedback are viewed by students in the submission view of the quiz after taking the quiz.

Discussions:
Rubrics can be linked Discussion topics but students are currently not able to see rubrics, including scores and feedback, in this tool. Instead, you may consider linking the rubric to the grade item for the discussion topic so students can see the assessment details in their grades view.

Grades:
Students can see rubric scores and feedback linked to grade items in the Assessment Details link in their view of Grades.

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