So you’ve heard about rubrics, why they’re important and effective tools. I’m sure you’ve read numerous classroom anecdotes that explain how a rubric helped students understand the different aspects of what was expected of them for an assignment, or even for a course.
And that means I’m betting you’re fired up to make one. And of course you could write one out in Word using tables and all that.
Seriously. You can make a rubric in eLearn, and use it to attach to almost anything in eLearn, like Discussions, Dropbox assignments, Grade Items. (Granted, if you’re using them to grade discussions, I’d rather you attach them to the Grade Item than the Discussion Board. It makes it so they can see the graded rubric. But that’s a later on thing.)
So how do you do it? It’s SUPER EASY, actually.
In eLearn, go into your course and look under Evaluation. You’ll see a link that says Rubrics. When you click it, it’ll take you to the Rubrics tool, and if this is your first foray into them, the Rubrics tool will be squeaky clean and empty (unless you got your course from someone else, then they may have used -or attempted- a rubric previously). So click “New Rubric”, and let’s get to it.
First off, you’ll name it. Name it something that you’ll know what it’s used for, but also keep in mind that these things are visible and will carry over if you copy your course for next semester. So don’t go with “How I grade 2016 wooohooo” Give it a name that fits the item. Like, “Dropbox Article Assignments” so you know that this rubric is meant for that particular assignment.
Second, you’ll need to set the status. You’ve got three options here:
I emphasize “new” there because if you archive a rubric that’s associated with an item, that association will remain. You’ll have to disassociate the rubric to attach a new one.
You’ll then give it a Description, and this is not where you make the rubric. It’s so you can write out what this rubric is used for.
If this doesn’t confuse you, congratulations. You’re doing better than I initially did when I was first learning about rubrics. However, if you don’t know, here’s the difference (as stated by Desire2Learn):
Most rubrics are analytic. An analytic rubric breaks performance into multiple criteria. You assess each criterion separately, resulting in an overall assessment score.
For example, an analytic rubric for assessing essays could have separate criterion for spelling, grammar, and expression. Each criterion can be assessed as poor, good, or excellent, resulting in an overall assessment that adequately evaluates performance.
Holistic rubrics do not break performance into separate criteria. Performance is assessed holistically, so that you consider several different criteria, but make only one overall assessment.
And once you make a couple of these, you’ll get a feel for how they differ. So…choose which type of rubric you’ll make, and we’ll go from there.
This assumes you’ve chosen to do an analytic rubric, and that you’ve already given it a name and description.
So now you’ll see a table. (I made my example 4 levels and 3 criteria, with Points as the Scoring Method.)
Click the dropdowns to edit the Levels and Criteria. Clicking the dropdown beside each Criterion will let you edit the Criteria Name, as well as the Descriptions and Feedback for each level of that Criteria. (Yeah, that’s right, you can pre-fab feedback for each level of this thing.) Clicking the dropdown beside each Level will let you edit the Level Name and points value for that level, as well as all of the Descriptions and Feedback for the Criteria for that Level. Here’s the difference:
Adjust them how you’d like, and then Save and you can skip to the bottom of this post for the final step.
This assumes you’ve chosen to do a holistic rubric, and that you’ve already given it a name and description.
You’ll see the Table (and it looks somewhat different form the Analytic Rubric). I’ve set the sample up for 4 Levels and Percentages Scoring Method.
Here you can set the Levels and Percentages for each Level by clicking the Dropdown. This will also let you edit the Descriptions and Feedback for each level. Fill it out to your heart’s content and click Save when you’re ready to move on to the final step.
Once you’ve set those, you’re ready to use it. Make sure it’s all set up the way you want, change the Status to Published, and then go into edit the Dropbox or Grade Item (or anything else you want it attached to) and click “Add Rubric.” Pick the one you want, and Save it. Done. Easy. And once you’re ready to use them in your grading, you’ll see the rubric as a link in the Grading area that you can click and then select the appropriate levels and such. I hope this helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at eLearn@volstate.edu or stop on by!