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Rubrics in D2L Brightspace

Rubrics allow you to establish set criteria for grading assignments and discussions; you can attach rubrics to submission folders or discussion topics so that the criteria are available to students before they submit their assignment or create a discussion thread. Rubrics can be used to display the number of points students were awarded for each criterion after you have graded an assignment or discussion, and they can also be used to provide customized feedback.

Rubrics contain criteria that list the attributes on which an assignment/discussion will be assessed and levels that list the standards each criterion must meet. A specific grade or score is usually assigned to each level. In D2L, you can use a rubric to calculate scores for multiple criteria to determine an overall score for an assignment or discussion.

Two types of rubrics available in your courses

Holistic Rubrics

Single criterion rubrics (one-dimensional) used to assess participants’ overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels. Holistic rubrics may use a percentage or text only scoring method.

Analytic Rubrics

Two-dimensional rubrics with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows. Allows you to assess participants’ achievements based on multiple criteria using a single rubric. You can assign different weights (value) to different criteria and include an overall achievement by totaling the criteria. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement display in columns and your assessment criteria display in rows. Analytic rubrics may use a points, custom points, or text only scoring method. Points and custom points analytic rubrics may use both text and points to assess performance; with custom points, each criterion may be worth a different number of points. For both points and custom points, an Overall Score is provided based on the total number of points achieved. The Overall Score determines if learners meet the criteria determined by instructors. You can manually override the Total and the Overall Score of the rubric.

Grade a Submission with a Rubric

  1. Click Submissions in the course navigation bar.
  2. Select the name of the submission folder that contains the files you want to grade. A page that lists all of the files submitted by students will open.
  3. Click on the name of the file that you want to grade. A page that displays the document and the grading interface will open.
  4. Click the name of the rubric associated with the submission folder; it is listed on the right side of the page, under the Evaluation heading. The rubric will appear in a new window.
  5. Click the box for the level the student achieved for each criterion on your rubric. As you select scores for the criteria, the rubric will automatically update the overall score.
  6. Click Add Feedback in the criteria column to enter qualitative feedback.
  7. The rubric will automatically save as you enter information. You can see the current save status at the top of the window.
  8. Click Publish to send the score, grade, feedback, and completed rubric in the submission folder to the student.

Grade a Discussion Board Post with a Rubric

  1. Click Discussions in the course navigation bar.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the name of the discussion topic that contains the posts you want to grade. Select Assess Topic.
  3. For each student, click Topic Score underneath their name.
  4. The rubric will show in a new window and the student’s posts will show at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click the box for the level the student achieved for each criterion on your rubric. As you select scores for the criteria, the rubric will automatically update the overall score.
  6. Click Add Feedback in the criteria column to enter qualitative feedback.
  7. Click Publish to send the score, grade, feedback, and completed rubric to the gradebook for the student.