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This refers to Moodle 3.6 from July 2019 onwards.

You can create a rubric when you are in the assignment that you want to use Rubric as the Grading method

  •  From the  Edit settings block, or while you are setting up the Assignment in the first place, select in the 'Grade' section

        Grading method = Rubric

Alternatively there  is the option to use a marking guide (see below)



Once the settings have been saved, click into the Assignment.

  1. From the 'cog' drop-down menu, select  Define Rubric


2. If you would like to import and edit an existing rubric (either your own or one that is available to all users), select Advanced Grading > Create new grading form from a template

N.B. Create New Grading for from Scratch will take you to the same page as the Define Rubric choice from the previous page.


3. Enter a name for the rubric (and description if required)


The screenshot below shows a blank criterion with 3 levels and the number of points for each level

4. Edit the name of the criterion and levels as required and click on the Add level button to add new levels if needed. You can also update the points for each level.

5. Add one or more new criterion for any elements that need to be assessed.


The graphic above shows that the Knowledge criterion has a greater weighting than the one for Referencing. You can set the Rubric options to control how and when the rubric is displayed (see below).

6. You can either Save the rubric as a draft or Save it and make it ready.




Setting up a marking guide in Moodle Assignment


  • A marking guide (similar to a grading form in Turnitin) has criteria against which to mark, but no levels or descriptors.
  • The marker adds free text against each criterion, and a mark (out of a set total).

To create:

  •  From the  Edit settings block, or while you are setting up the Assignment in the first place, select in the 'Grade' section

        Grading method = Marking
  • click into the Assignment.
  • From the 'cog' drop-down menu, select Define Marking guide.



  • Add a title for each criterion, plus
  • a Description for students and
  • a Description for Markers (these can be the same or different)
  • plus a maximum score


You have the option to show or not show the definitions and scores to students.

Then you can either Save the rubric as a draft or Save it and make it ready (the marking guide will then be available for markers to use).

  • On the grading pages, the marking guide will appear like this:

  • Once released, students will see their marking guide feedback like this:

See also

About rubrics:

About setting up assignments: