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This refers to Moodle 2.7 from July 2015 onward

How to: How to create a rubric for an assignment  

A Rubric is an advanced grading form that is useful for ensuring consistent grading practices, especially when grading as a team. It is used for criteria-based assessment. The rubric consists of a set of criteria. For each criterion, several descriptive levels are provided. A numerical grade is assigned to each of these levels. The rater chooses which level answers/describes the given criterion best. The raw rubric score is calculated as a sum of all criteria grades. The final grade is calculated by comparing the actual score with the worst/best possible score that could be received.

Adding a rubric 

  1. Click on the assignment you want to create a Rubric for. Then, find the Administration block and either...
    1. Go to Edit settings > Grade > choose 'Rubric from the Grading method dropdown box.
    2. Or, from the Administration block, select Advanced grading and from the drop-down menu select 'Rubric'.


  2. Choose whether you would like to create a new rubric from scratch or based on an existing rubric.

  3. Enter an easily searchable name for the rubric (and description of what it is being used to assess if required) so you and others can find it when using it as a template for a new rubric.

    Creating the criteria for your rubric

  4. Add your criteria (Criterion) and marking points scale descriptions (Level) by clicking on 'Click to edit criterion' or 'Click to edit level'.  See the screenshot below for details.
    1. To add another marking criteria (row) click Add criterion
    2. To add another point scale to your criterion click Add level

The graphic above shows that the Knowledge criterion has a greater weighting than the one for Referencing.

Setting the display options for your rubric

5. You can save the rubric by either clicking on the Save rubric and make it ready button, OR by clicking on the Save as draft button.

When it has been saved and made ready you will see a screen showing the Score to grade mapping rules. You can see that the scores from the two criterion (Referencing and Knowledge) are added giving a maximum score of 9 (3 for Referencing and 6 for Knowledge).


 See also:

 Using Rubrics in Assignments

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