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6.25. Rubric Tool

Using the Brightspace Rubric Tool

Once you have created a discussion or an assignment dropbox, students' work may be assessed using the rubrics tool. To access the rubrics tool, select Course Admin (may be located under More) on the navbar. The Course Administration page will open. Choose Rubrics to continue.

More and Course Admin highlighted on the navbar. Arrow pointing toward Course Admin page. Rubrics highlighted.

The Rubrics page will open. If you have already created rubrics in your course, they will be listed on this page. Choose New Rubric to start a new rubric.

New Rubric and existing rubric highlighted.

New Rubric Experience

The next improvement is the Inline Rubric component which is now the default option for rubric design and use. Instead of always opening in another window or dialog, it now expands down the evaluation panel, allowing the evaluator to see both the rubric and the submission at the same time. The new Brightspace Editor is fully functional as well. All of the feature changes in Rubrics is consistent with the "New Experience" changes for 2021.

Steps to Create a Rubric

Name the rubric. Leave it in Draft status while you are developing it, but it will need to be Published before it can be linked to a tool. Additional columns and rows can be added as needed.

Edit Rubric expanded to show 3 rows of starter Criterion and 4 Level columns. Name and Add Criterion are highlighted. Status menu expanded to Draft.

Choose the Rubric Type

Performance levels can be assigned Points but the performance level points will be the same for each criterion. With custom points, different point values can be set to the levels of each different criterion.

Menus expanded for Type and Scoring. Criterion handles highlighted with arrow pointing to opposite ends. Trash can icons highlighted.

Customize the Rubric

Customize the levels, criteria, and other details. Notice the new text editor tools highlighted. Name each Criterion Name and describe the details required to meet each criterion.

Copy or Delete Criterion

Activating the triple dot menu offers a choice to copy or delete a criterion.

Print or Save to PDF

You can print or save your rubric in 3 easy steps. From the Edit menu choose Preview.

Arrow from menu for Edit Menu.

A copy of the rubric will open. Choose Print Rubric. Your device may default to a printer or PDF. Choose the one you prefer.

Update the Status when it is time to post the rubric. Choose Save when finished.

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Evaluating with Rubrics

Rubrics are embedded directly in the New Evaluation Experience for Assignments and Discussions. This means you can directly access the rubric and use the inline grading tools without leaving the work area. Many recent improvements have been added as well.

Increased Accessibility

To provide a better experience to clients using screen readers, criterion levels now indicate the level name and point value of each radio button when it has the focus. In addition, the mobile view of Rubrics now has radio buttons implemented to describe the level name and point value of each criterion level, consistent with the view on a larger screen.

Criterion row highlighted. 1 check box in the focus.

Inline Grading Improvements

Toggling the Rubric arrow expands or hides the rubric in the assessment window. A mouse or keyboard can be used to make selections for each criterion. The arrows at either end of the evaluation slider change the selection.

Enter Criterion Feedback if appropriate and continue to the next criterion

2 Criteria revealed with a grade but the feedback is open.

When an instructor using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience opens a rubric in a new window, the Overall Score displays for each rubric. The instructor can override the level if necessary. 

Grade Tiles

When a rubric is collapsed, instructors can now see if the rubric is complete. If the rubric is complete,
the collapsed rubric shows the overall level of the rubric. Previously, it was only possible to see the overall score of the rubric when the rubric was expanded.

Old view of ungraded item

If the rubric is not complete, the number of unscored criteria appears on the tile.

Current grade and the number of items not graded.

New Experience collapsed tile for completed rubrics (points-based and text-only rubrics)

Grade complete for level 3

Additionally, customers using rubrics with the New Evaluation Experiences can see Rubrics Statistics from within the evaluation panel.

Detaching a Rubric

When an attached rubric is deleted from an evaluated assignment, if evaluations of that rubric have
been performed, the user now receives a detach rubric confirmation message for the assignment. This is a serious step and should be considered carefully.

Once the rubric is detached, all previous assessments of the rubric will be deleted.

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