Rubrics are a great way to provide structure in the evaluation of work samples.  Rubrics consist of one or more criterion - each of which can have varying levels of achievement.  

When an evaluator reviews a work sample using a rubric, they will be directed to answer a series of questions about the work sample.  Each question corresponds with a criterion within the rubric and has a predefined set of answers, which correspond with the levels of achievement within the criterion.

Flexible and Powerful Scoring:

Our rubric builder was designed to offer maximum flexibility so that users can customize their rubrics in exciting ways:

  • Users can add or remove levels of achievement within each criterion.  If your rubric needs to have a pass/fail criterion, you can customize that criterion to offer just two levels of achievement.
  • Users can customize the name of each level of achievement.  If you don’t like the label ‘Meets Expectations’, you can change it to ‘Crushing it!’.  
  • Users can customize the points associated with each level of achievement.  This allows users to created weighted criterion values, which allows one criterion score to have a greater influence on the overall score.
  • Users can also choose for criterion to have an "N/A" option, for any criterion not observed.
  • Users can associate multiple learning outcomes with each criterion.  This allows for extended reporting capabilities against the same amount of evaluated work.
  • Users can indicate the level of achievement that represents ‘acceptable’.  This is helpful in rubric and outcome reporting where we highlight the percentage of measurements that reach the acceptable level.  

Building Rubrics:

You can start building your new rubric within the Assessment Library in the Assessment section of the EDU Platform.  This screen will show the rubrics that have been created within your network.  You can edit an existing rubric by clicking on the name of the rubric.  To create a new rubric, click the ‘New Rubric’ button.

When creating a new rubric, you’ll first enter the name, description and department.  You can select ‘All:  Institutional Rubric’ to share the rubric across all departments or select an individual department to limit the use of the rubric to courses associated with that department. 

After you create your rubric, you’ll be presented with the Criterion tab for your new rubric.  Your new rubric will start with a single criterion that needs to be populated with the specifics of your first criterion.

As you start to fill in the criterion details, you’ll notice several options for customizing your rubric.  Here is an annotated view of the primary options and controls for that customization:

You can also choose for your criterion to have the option of not applicable, which can be selected right underneath the department drop-down.

You’re ready to start building amazing rubrics to measure your students' work samples.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  One of our helpful team members will respond and help.

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