Rubrics and grading forms

Rubrics and grading forms help to evaluate student work, based on defined criteria and scales. They can either be created while creating an assignment or after a student has made a submission.

You can also create and share rubrics and forms, allowing you to upload one provided by another instructor for use in your own classes.

When creating an assignment, the optional settings allow you to either attach an existing rubric or create a new rubric by launching the Rubric/Form Manager.

Types of grading templates

Depending on the type of assignment, there are four grading tools to choose from:

  • Standard rubric - Useful for using the same rubric to grade multiple assignments with different point values.  The grade awarded when using a standard rubric will automatically be calculated based on the point value given to the assignment and the weights given to each of the criteria.
  • Qualitative rubric - Allows you to create a rubric that has no numeric scoring. Used for providing feedback only.
  • Custom rubric - Allows you to enter the point value directly into the rubric cells. The grade awarded when using the custom rubric is the sum of the point values for the chosen rubric cells.
  • Grading form - Used for providing feedback with or without the use of numerical scoring or scaled criteria. The criteria used is more descriptive than measurable and each criterion is standard as opposed to having scaled levels like in rubrics. Numerical scoring can be added for each individual criterion and these will be added together to create an overall grade.

Unless using the Standard rubric, the sum of your rubric or grading form criteria should match the total number of points available in an assignment. For example, a 100-point rubric needs to match up to a 100-point assignment, just as a 50-point rubric needs to match up to a 50-point assignment.