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, please see Assignment: Using the Marking Guide Grading Method.

This guide will help you to:

Selecting 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 assignments see Assignments Handout.

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the assignment and Click on the Gear Icon to the right of the assignment name.

  1. Locate the Grade dropdown menu and Select the maximum possible score.

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

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

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Choose a save option.


Creating a Rubric

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

  1. Click on the name of the assignment.
  2. In the Administration block, Click on Advanced Grading.

  1. Click  on the Define New Grading Form from Scratch option.

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

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

Hot Tip: Using a unique and specific name for your rubric will help you search for it, if 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.
  2. In the Rubric section, Click on Click to Edit Criterion.


  1. In the Text box, Type or Copy/Paste the first criterion.

  1. To add the level descriptions and point values, Click on Click to Edit Level.

  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 a level, Click the Add button.

Note: Add the number of levels you would like for each criterion to the first criterion; each additional criterion you add will match the first line.

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

  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.

  1. When you have completed the rubric, Click the Save Rubric and Make it Ready button.

Note: You can also use the Save As Draft or Cancel buttons to save a rubric in progress or clear the options.

  1. If you need to edit the rubric, including the rubric options, Click the Edit the Current Form Definition option on the Advanced Grading page.

Re-Using 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 used by any instructor across Moodle ISU.

To re-use a rubric:

  1. Click on the name of the assignment where you want to add the previously created rubric.
  2. In the Settings block, Click on Advanced Grading.
  3. Click the Create New Grading Form From a Template option.

  1. 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 the Search button.

  1. To use a published template from someone else:
  1. In the Search box, Type the name or partial name of the rubric.
  2. Click the Search button.
  1. Scroll through the results to find the correct rubric.
  2. Once you have found the correct rubric, Click the Use This Form as a Template button.

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

  1. If you need to edit the rubric, including the rubric options, Click the Edit the Current Form Definition option.

Grading 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. Click on the name of the assignment to be graded.
  2. Click on View /Grade All Submissions.

Note: This is also located in the Settings block and on the top right of the assignment description.

  1. Use the bottom scroll bar to move through the spreadsheet display to locate the Grade column.

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

  1. You will see an option to open the student’s submission, followed by the rubric.

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

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 the correct level.

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

  1. To add overall comments, Scroll to the Feedback comments section.
  2. Type the overall feedback in the text box.

Note: The student will need to check their assignment submission If you would like to notify the student that the assignment has been graded, Check the Send notifications box.

  1. Scroll to the bottom.
  2. Click one of the following options:
  1. Save Changes button to save the changes and return to the assignment list.
  2. Save and Show Next button to save the grading and move to the next student.
  3. Next button to move to the next student without saving.
  4. Cancel button to clear the rubric and return to the assignment list.

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