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Video: Grade Using a Rubric


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Video: Grade using a rubric shows how to grade an assessment using an associated rubric.


Grade with a rubric

After you create a rubric and associate it with an assessment or discussion, you can use it for grading. The assignment, test, or discussion page displays the rubric you chose. You may associate only one rubric to each item.

If you've enabled parallel grading, you and students aren't able to view graders' rubrics and annotations in student files. Students only see the rubrics and annotations that the final grader—known as the reconciler—provides.

Select the Submissions link to begin grading. On the Submissions page, select student names to access their individual submissions and the rubric.

On the student's submission page, the grade pill displays a rubric icon. Select the grade pill to open the rubric in a panel next to the student's work. The first rubric criterion expands so you can select an achievement level's score.

As you select an achievement level, the rubric's grade pill updates, the criterion collapses, and the next criterion expands.

You can provide individual criterion feedback to students using the text box. There's no character limit on feedback. The editor is a plain-text editor.

Select the Select a value link to collapse and expand any criterion. After a score appears for a criterion, select the criterion's score pill to expand the criterion again.

More on grade pills

The rubric score and feedback save automatically as you make selections. Select the X to close the rubric panel. The grade you assign with the rubric appears on the student's submission page and in the gradebook.

For percentage-range rubrics, each level of achievement has a range of values. When you grade, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular level of achievement. The system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.

On the student's submission page, select the feedback icon to open the Feedback panel, type notes and feedback for the student, and save. You can provide individual criterion feedback to students using the text box in each criterion. There's no character limit on feedback. The editor is a plain-text editor. When you're ready for the student to view the grade, open the menu and select Post. If you want to give the student another attempt, select Delete and the submission is permanently deleted.

You can return to the item at any time to change the grade, even after you post it.

After you use a rubric for grading, you can't edit it, but you can make a copy that you can edit and rename.


Student view of rubric

After you grade items and post the results, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access a graded item on the Course Content page to review their submissions, the rubric, your feedback, and their grades.

More on assignments and the activity stream

When students view their graded submissions, they can select the grade pill to open the rubric alongside their work. Students can expand an individual criterion to review the achievement levels. The awarded achievement levels are highlighted.


Override rubric grades

Override grades are grades you assign manually, for example, if you type in the grade pill in the gradebook. An override label appears next to the grade. You can override each individual criterion also.

In the grade pill, you can type a numeric value of no more than five digits. You can include two additional digits after the decimal point.

On the student's Submissions page, you can select Undo Override next to the grade pill and the override label is removed. The previous grade appears or you can use the rubric to grade.

Posted grades

If you choose to post grades and then override those grades, the changed grades appear to students. If you entirely remove a grade that you posted, students no longer see a grade for the item. The item returns to "ungraded." After you assign new grades, you'll need to post those grades again.


Associate a rubric after grading begins

If you've assigned grades, and then decide to associate a rubric, any grades you've already assigned are considered override grades. In the gradebook, an override label appears next to the grade.

In the Rubric Details panel, you can choose to regrade any graded submissions with the newly associated rubric. When you select regrade with the rubric, the rubric becomes active and you can use it to provide grades. The new grades appear in the gradebook and the override label is removed.