Documentation:Connect/Create a Rubric (How to)

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Rubrics are documents that show the different criteria on how an assignment, test or any course activity will be graded.

Connect enables you to attach rubrics to any course activities as a reference for students.

This document will show how you to:

  • Create a rubric
  • Create new rubric criterion


Watch the video below on how to create a rubric:

Enter the Rubric tool

  1. Open Course Tools under the Course Management menu on the left-hand side bar.
  2. Click Rubrics.
    The Rubrics link is found under the Course Tools menu on left-hand side.
  3. You are now in the Rubrics tool. You can see your existing rubrics that you are using in the course. You can either create a rubric from scratch, or you can import an existing rubric at the bottom of the page.
    Click on (1) Create Rubric and follow the instructions in Create a rubric from scratch section to create a brand new rubric, otherwise click (2) Import Rubric to import an existing rubric following the instructions from the Import a Rubric section

Create a rubric from scratch

  1. Click Create Rubric at the top of the page.
  2. In the 1. Rubric Information section, give the rubric a Name.
  3. (Optional) Add a description.

Create a new rubric criterion

The 2. Rubric Detail section is the area where you will add criteria to the rubric. It is organized as a table where each row represents a criterion and each column represents a level of achievement (e.g. Novice, Expert).

You can also set the weight of each criterion and the grades for each level of achievement. By default you will have 3 criteria (formatting, organization, grammar) and 3 levels of achievement (novice, competent, proficient).

Below are instructions for adding a new criteria. The steps are applicable when adding a column/level of achievement.

  1. Open the Rubric Type drop-down menu to choose how you want to grade student performance (e.g. percent, points)
  2. At the top of the section, click Add Row.
    The right arrow points to the Add Row and Add Column buttons at the top of the Rubric Detail section. The left arrow points to the Rubric Type.
  3. Click the facedown arrow beside its name
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Type in a new name and click Save.
  6. Enter its Weight for the whole grade.
    (Optional) At the bottom of the section, click Balance Weights to make all criteria equal.
    You can input the weighting of each criterion to fit your own assessment plan.
  7. Set the grade/percentage of each level of achievement.
  8. In the text boxes under each level of achievement, enter descriptions for each level of the criterion.
  9. Click Submit at the top or bottom of the page.