Using the Rubric Grading Method Moodle ISU 2


The Assignment activity allows you to create and use a rubric as an advanced grading method.  The students can have access to the rubric before submitting their assignments as well as after.  You have the option to provide comments for each criterion and overall comments.

This guide will help you to:

Selecting Rubric as the Advanced Grading Option

You may select Rubric as the grading method when you set up an assignment, or you may go back to change the assignment settings before students have submitted any assignments.  For more information about assignments see Assignments Handout.

In the Grade Section of the assignment settings, you will need to do the following:

  1. In the Grade dropdown menu, 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.

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 Settings 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-Use 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 if you would like to provide 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.

Note: Your lowest criterion should always be 0.

  1. For each level Type the level description and Enter a point value.
  2. If you need to add a level, Click the Add a Level button.

Note: Add the number of levels you would like for each criteria to the first criterion; as you add each additional criterion it 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.

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 2.

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 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 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 # submitted assignments.

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 and Locate the Status 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 criteria, 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 criteria, Type  in the text box located to the far right of each criteria.

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

  1. 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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