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Rubrics basics

Understanding Rubrics

You can create rubrics at the organization, department or course level. Rubrics are not automatically shared with all child org units below the org unit in which they were created in your organization's hierarchy. You must explicitly share them if you want them available to child org units. Rubrics created at the course level cannot be shared with other courses (you can create a rubric in a course template and reuse it in course offerings for that course template). If you don't want to share a rubric with all child org units, you can restrict who it is shared with on the New Rubric or Edit Rubric page.

If you are using Competencies to evaluate users, we recommend you set up rubrics before you set up your competencies, learning objectives, and activities since you cannot create an activity without associating it with a rubric and you cannot assess whether a user has completed a competency or learning objective without assessing the associated activities using the rubric.

There are two types of rubrics:

  • Holistic Rubrics Single criteria rubrics (one-dimensional) used to assess participants' overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels.
  • 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.

Use scenario

  • Your school district has a standard rubric for evaluating students' performance. The rubric assesses performance based on four criteria: Knowledge and Understanding; Critical Thinking; Communication; and Application of Knowledge. Students may achieve one of four levels for each criteria: Needs Remediation; Below Expectations; Meets Expectations; and Exceeds Expectations. The rubric clearly describes the characteristics of each level for each criterion.

Accessing Rubrics

Do one of the following:

  • Click Rubrics on the navbar.
  • Click Edit Course on the navbar and select Rubrics from the list of resources.

Creating holistic rubrics

Holistic rubrics allow you to assess participants' overall achievement on an activity or item based on a single criteria using predefined achievement levels.

Holistic rubrics may use a percentages or text only scoring method. Percentage holistic rubrics have a percentage range associated with each achievement level, which allows users' quiz and grade item activities to automatically be assigned an achievement level based on their quiz score or grade. Other activities may also be evaluated with percentage holistic rubrics, you just have to manually enter users' achievement levels.

Create a holistic rubric

  1. On the Rubrics page, click New Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name and Description.
  3. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  4. Select "Holistic" from the Rubric Type drop-down list.
  5. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  6. Select a Scoring Method.
  7. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies.
  8. If you are creating a rubric from an org unit above a course in your organization's hierarchy, such as a department or from the organization level, and want to share it with child org units, click Add Org Units and select the org units to share with.
  9. Click Save.

Define holistic rubric achievement levels

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels from the context menu of the holistic rubric you want to define achievement levels for.
  2. Click Edit Levels in the Levels tab.
  3. You can enter a custom Level Name for each achievement level.
  4. If you are creating a holistic rubric that uses a percentages scoring method, enter a Start Range. The start range for your lowest achievement level is automatically set to 0%. The start range for other levels should be the lowest percentage acceptable for the level. The highest percentage is determined by the start range for the level above.
  5. Enter a Description for each level. Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a user's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  6. Enter a standard Feedback for each level. Standard feedback appears to users who achieve the level, and it is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology.
  7. Click Save.

Creating analytic rubrics

Analytic rubrics allow you to assess a Competencies activity based on more than one criterion in a single rubric. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement are displayed in columns and your assessment criteria are displayed 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 amount 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 whether the activity is achieved.

Create an analytic rubric

  1. On the Rubrics page, click New Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name and Description.
  3. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  4. Select "Analytic" from the Rubric Type drop-down list.
  5. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  6. Select how many criteria you want to break your evaluation down by in the Initial # of Criteria field.
  7. Select a Scoring Method.
  8. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies.
  9. If you are creating a rubric from an org unit above a course in your organization's hierarchy, such as a department or from the organization level, and want to share it with child org units, click Add Org Units and select the org units to share with.
  10. Click Save.

Define analytic rubric achievement levels and criteria

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the analytic rubric you want to define achievement levels and criteria for.
  2. Click Edit Criterion from the context menu of a criterion you want to modify.
  3. Enter a Criterion Name.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Repeat Steps 2-4 for other criteria.

    Note Click Add Criteria Group if you want to create a criteria made of subsections of existing criteria.

  6. Click Edit Level from the context menu of an achievement level you want to modify. We recommend that you start with the lowest achievement level and work your way up.
  7. Enter a Level Name.
  8. If you are creating an analytic rubric that uses a points scoring method, enter a Score (points) for the level. For custom points, you may enter a different score (points) for each criterion.
  9. Enter a Description of what is required to achieve the level for each criterion. Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a user's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  10. Enter a standard Feedback for each level. Standard feedback appears to users who achieve the level, and it is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology.
  11. Click Save.
  12. Repeat Steps 6-11 for other levels.

Adding rubric achievement levels , criteria, or criteria groups

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Select Add Level, Add Criterion, or Add Criteria Group.
  3. Fill in the appropriate fields and click Save.
  4. Click Close to return to the Rubrics page.

Editing rubrics, achievement levels, criteria, or criteria groups

You can only edit a rubric from the org unit in which it was created and you cannot edit a rubric that is being used by a Competencies activity.

Edit rubric properties

  1. On the Rubrics page, click on the rubric you want to edit.
  2. Make your changes.
  3. Click Save.

Edit a level, criterion, or criteria group

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Click Edit Level, Edit Criterion, or Edit Criteria Group from the context menu of the level, criterion or criteria group you want to edit.
  3. Make your changes.
  4. Click Save.

Managing rubric sharing properties

  1. On the org-level Rubrics page, click the rubric you want to edit.
  2. Complete one of the following actions in the Advanced Availability section:
    • Select the Current Org Unit check box to share the rubric with the current org unit.
    • Clear the Current Org Unit check box and select Add Org Units to define specific org units below the current org unit to share the rubric with.
    • To share the rubric with descendants, click Add Org Units, find the current org unit, select it, and enable All descendants or All descendants of type.
  3. Click Insert.
  4. Click Save.

Managing rubric status settings

  1. On the Rubrics page, click on the rubric you want to change statuses for.
  2. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.
  3. Click Save.

Note You cannot associate Competencies activities with draft or archived rubrics. Existing associations with archived rubrics are maintained.

Copying rubrics

Copying a rubric creates a new rubric based on an existing rubric in the same org unit. The new rubric has the same properties, levels and criteria, and is shared with the same org units as the original rubric.

On the Rubrics page, click Copy from the context menu of the rubric you want to copy.

Reordering rubric achievement levels or criteria

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Select Reorder Criteria, / Reverse Level Order, or Reorder Levels.
  3. Make your changes and click Save.
  4. Click Close to return to the Rubrics page.

Deleting rubrics

You can only delete a rubric from the org unit in which it was created and you cannot delete a rubric that is being used by a Competencies activity.

Delete a rubric

On the Rubrics page, Delete from the context menu of the rubric you want to delete.

Deleting rubric achievement levels, criteria, or criteria groups

  1. On the Rubrics page, click Edit Levels or Edit Levels and Criteria from the context menu of the rubric you want to modify.
  2. Click Delete Level, Delete Criterion, or Delete Criteria Group from the context menu of the level or criterion you want to delete.
  3. Click Close to return to the Rubrics page.

Viewing rubric statistics

Rubric statistics are recorded for each rubric association.

Rubric statistics for Competencies activities show the number of assessments completed, average level achieved, the percentage of users who chose each level (by criterion for analytic rubrics), and individual statistics for each user who was evaluated.

View rubric statistics for a rubric association

  1. On the Rubrics page, click View Statistics from the context menu of the rubric you want to view.
  2. You can view statistics in the Competency Activities tab.


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Keywords:Cobra rubric rubrics   Doc ID:49307
Owner:Lori W.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-03-20 10:57 CDTUpdated:2015-05-21 15:12 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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