Assignment: Using the Rubric Grading Method Moodle ISU


The Assignment activity allows you to create and use a rubric as an advanced grading method. A rubric defines general criteria and then provides detailed descriptions for each specific point level possible for that criteria.  The end result is a grid with the criteria listed in the first column, specific point levels across the top (NOT ranges), descriptions for each criteria level and feedback for each criterion.

If you would rather use general criteria descriptions with a point range, see Assignment: Using the Grading Guide Grading Method.

This guide will help you to:

Select Rubric as the Advanced Grading Option

You may select Rubric as the method when you set up an assignment or you may go back into the assignment settings before students have submitted any assignments.  For more information about setting up assignments, see Assignment.

To select the Rubric option:

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.

  2. Locate the assignment.

  3. From the Edit dropdown menu, Select Edit settings.

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  1. In the Grade section, Enter the maximum possible score in the Maximum points text box.

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Note: The gradebook will adjust the weights of the rubric to match the total score indicated.

  1. From the Grading method dropdown menu, Select Rubric.

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  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

To save:

  1. Click Save and return to course to be taken to the course homepage.

  2. Click Save and display to be taken to the page to create your rubric.

  3. Click Cancel to delete the settings options you have changed.

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Create a Rubric

After you have selected the Rubric grading option, you will need to create the rubric.

  1. Select the assignment.

  2. In the Administration block, Click Advanced grading.

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  1. Select Define new grading form from scratch.

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Note: If you would like to create a new grading form from a template, see the Reuse a Rubric section below.

  1. In the Name text field, Type the name of the rubric.

Note: Using a unique and specific name for your rubric will help you in searching for it when you want to use it for another assignment or course.

  1. In the Description text box, Type a description providing additional information or instructions on how the rubric will be used for grading.

Note: Students will see this description.

  1. In the Rubric section, Click Click to edit criterion.

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  1. In the text box, Type the first criterion.

  1. To add the level descriptions and point values, Click Click to edit level.

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  1. For each level, Type the level description and Enter a point value.

Note: In order for the rubric to calculate as expected, you must always include a level with 0 points.

  1. If you need to add another level, Click Add level.

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Note: When you add levels to the first criterion, each additional criterion you add will have the same number of levels as the first line.

  1. When you have completed the first criterion, Click Add criterion to add the next criterion.

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  1. Repeat steps 6-11 until you have completed the rubric.

  2. In the Rubric options section, Check the options you would like to enable.

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  1. When you have completed the rubric, Click Save rubric and make it ready.

Note: You can also use the Save as draft or Cancel options to save a rubric in progress or clear the options.

Update a Rubric in an Assignment

You can modify or update the rubric at any time.  If you have already used the rubric to grade assignments, you will need to review those assignments and update the graded rubrics as needed.

To edit the rubric:

  1. In the Administration block, Click Advanced grading.

  2. Click Edit the current form definition.

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  1. When you have completed the updates, Click Save rubric and make it ready.

Reuse a Rubric

Any rubric you create is available for you to use in other assignments and courses.  Rubrics that are published as a template can be shared by any instructor across Moodle ISU.

To reuse a rubric:

  1. Click on the name of the assignment to which you wish to add the previously created rubric.

  2. In the Administration block, Click Advanced grading.

  3. Click Create new grading form from a template.


To use your own previously created rubric:

  1. Next to Include my own forms, Check the box.

  2. In the Search box, Type the name or partial name of the rubric.

  3. Click Search.


To use a published template from someone else:

  1. In the Search box, Type the name or partial name of the rubric.

  2. Click Search.

  3. Scroll through the results to find the correct rubric.

  4. Once you have found the correct rubric, Click Use this form as a template.

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  1. When asked “Do you want to use the grading form ….” , Click Continue.


  1. If you need to edit the rubric, including the rubric options, Click Edit the current form definition.

Grade with a Rubric

When you grade with a rubric, you will Click the levels that match the student’s work, add comments for the criteria and/or add overall comments.

  1. Select the assignment to be graded.

  2. Click View/grade all submissions.

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Note: This is also located in the Administration block.

  1. Locate the Grade column.


Note: You may need to use the bottom scroll bar to find this column.

  1. Click Grade next to the assignment you would like to grade.


  1. You will see the submission information and file (if applicable), followed by the rubric.


  1. To select a specific level for each criterion, Click on the appropriate box.

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Note: The box will highlight as you move your cursor over it, and remain highlighted once it is selected.  To select a different level, Click on another level.

  1. To add comments per criterion, Type in the text box located to the far right of each criterion.

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Note: The criterion comments can only be viewed in the assignment.

  1. You can also add overall comments in the Feedback comments box. These can be viewed in the assignment and in the gradebook.


Note: The Feedback comments section will only appear if you checked the Feedback comments box under Feedback types in the Edit settings section for the assignment.

  1. From the Notify students dropdown menu, Select Yes if you would like to notify the student that the assignment has been graded.

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

To save:

  1. Click Save changes to save and return to the assignment list.

  2. Click Save and show next to save the grading and move to the next student.

  3. Click Next to move to the next student without saving.

  4. Click Cancel to clear the rubric and return to the assignment list.

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For more information, visit Rubrics.

For additional information, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email


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