D2L - Creating and editing a rubric (UW-Madison)


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Creating, editing, and publishing a rubric grid in D2L

Please see the D2L - Rubric Orientation (UW-Madison) for information on D2L rubrics, including a guide to the D2L terminology. This document focuses on creating an "analytic" rubric, but many of the principles also apply to "holistic" rubrics.

Creating a new Rubric

A new rubric can be created either under Course Admin > Edit Course > Rubrics, or within an activity by using the New Rubric button (see D2L - Attaching a rubric to an assignment or grade (UW-Madison)).

After clicking New Rubric enter a "Name."  Then choose the Rubric Status.  During the creating and editing of the rubric, keep the status to Draft.  The rubric status must be set to Published before it can be attached to an assignment. Add a description, if desired.  Select Analytic for the "rubric type."

Enter the desired number of Levels (columns) and Criteria (rows) for the rubric.

Rubric scoring is done in text, points, or customized points:

  • Performance levels can be indicated by Text Only. For example, three performance levels for a rubric can be "Poor", "Good", and "Excellent".
  • Points scoring includes points to assess performance. For example, three performance levels for a rubric can be "Poor (0 points)", "Good (75 points)", and "Excellent (125 points
  • The Custom Points scoring method is similar to the Points scoring method, but you can customize the points given for each criterion (row).

When finished, click Save.

Adding Levels and Criteria

The rubric view has two tabs, "Properties" and "Levels and Criteria."  To add levels and criteria, toggle to the "Levels and Criteria" tab.  Next to each column is a small arrow that indicates a drop-down menu.  This menu will enable to columns to be edited.

Editing a rubricActions for level name, Edit Level

Editing may be done either by levels (columns) or criteria (rows), though it is suggested to build the rubric by levels, as this reveals the option to edit points.
To enter scores and text, click on the dropdown arrow for the desired level or criteria and select Edit.

Editing a level

Enter a title (i.e.: Excellent, Good, Needs Improvement), and the score that will be assigned to the level.

Tip: While only one point score can be entered for automatic grading, the score can be edited. If you desire to show a possible range to students, enter that point range in the title.

Enter the desired score for the level.

For each criteria, enter description that will appear in the rubric grid. Feedback can be shown to students when grading, either in the context of the rubric or in the form of dropbox item feedback (check the option to "send to dropbox feedback"). When finished with each level, click Save.

Note the Previous / Next at the top right for easily moving through the rubric levels/criteria.

Publish a rubric

When finished, return to the "Properties" tab to change the "status" drop-down to Published and click Save.

Note: a rubric cannot be edited once it is published, but it can be archived and copied into a new rubric.

Multi-part rubrics

Multi-part rubrics can be created by creating new "criteria groups." This allows for different levels to be created for different criteria.

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Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn rubric rubrics assessment analytic   Doc ID:27621
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2012-12-10 10:47 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:20 CDT
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