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Using Rubrics in ReggieNet

Last modified 12/21/2021

Rubrics

 

The Rubrics tool allows instructors to create grading rubrics and use them for grading student work. You will first need to create your rubric(s). Once a rubric has been created, you can use it to grade items in the following tools: Gradebook, Assignments, Tests & Quizzes (short answer questions) and Forums (Figure 1).

Figure 1:


Creating Rubrics

 

Figure 2:

  1. You will first need to add the Rubrics tool to your course.
  2. The Rubrics tool can be added by going to Site Info →  Manage Tools, and selecting Rubrics in the tool list. Note that permissions are already set for students to view graded rubrics; you do not need to change any settings for the tool in the navigation bar.
  3. To create a new rubric, click the Add Rubric button. You will be prompted to enter a title for the rubric (See Figure 2 above).
  4. The rubric will be created based on the default template. You can now edit the criteria and standards (or ratings) to fit your needs. Each element of the rubric has an edit icon associated with it: click the edit icon 

to edit that particular element

Editing Criteria

To edit one of the criteria, click on the edit icon for that criterion; you can then enter a title and description for that criterion.

  • To copy a criterion, click on the copy icon at the far right:

  • To delete a criterion, click on the deleteicon at the far right:
  • To reorder criteria, you can click on the breadcrumb bar icon and then drag and drop to change order.

Editing Ratings

For each criterion, there are a number of standards or Ratings associated with it; each rating can have a title, description, and point value. Note that point values must be whole numbers (no decimals).

To edit a rating, move your cursor over the appropriate cell in the rubric, and click on the edit icon. You can then enter the title, description, and point value. You can also delete the rating from this pop-up.

 

  • To add a new rating, move your cursor over the cells; clicking on one of the Add Rating icons will insert a rating at that position.
  • To reorder ratings, you can click on the icon and then drag and drop to change order.

Attaching and Grading with Rubrics

Rubrics can be used to grade items in several different ReggieNet tools. There are a couple of caveats to be aware of:

  • Once a rubric is associated with a tool, it cannot be edited (unless it is subsequently dis- associated). This will be indicated with a lock icon next to the rubric name 
  • A single rubric can be used for multiple items across tools.

Gradebook

 

Figure 3:


A rubric can be associated directly with a Gradebook item, either at the time the item is created, or later.

  1. Click Add Gradebook Item (or Edit Item Details for an already existing item).
  2. Enter Title and point value (should match total available in rubric).
  3. Select “Use the following rubric” option.
  4. Select the desired rubric from the dropdown list.
  5. Adjust individual student scores” will allow you to assign a rating score different from the one provided by the rubric.
  6. Click Create (or Save Changes).

The rubric icon will appear next to the gradebook item name (Figure 4).


Figure 4:

Grading

  1. To grade the item, click the dropdown menu indicator in the lower right corner of the gradebook cell, and select Grade Rubric.
  2. The rubric will open in a popup window, you can then click on the appropriate rating for each standard. That rating will be highlighted, and the point value automatically assigned. The total points will be displayed at the bottom left. You can also enter comments for each criterion by clicking on the comment icon 

to the right . When a comment has been added, the icon will turn yellow.

Example of partially graded rubric (Figure 5):

Figure 5:

Assignments

A rubric can be associated with an assignment, either at the time you create it, or later (Figure 6).

Figure 6:

  1. In the Assignments tool click Add (or Edit for an already existing assignment).
  2. In the section labeled Grading, select “Points” from the Grade Scale dropdown menu, and enter the point value (should match total available in rubric). This will cause the Grading Rubric options to appear.
  3. Select “Use the following rubric” option.
  4. Select the desired rubric from the dropdown list.
  5. “Adjust individual student scores” will allow you to assign a rating score different from the one provided by the rubric.

Grading

 

Figure 7:

  1. To grade an assignment using the rubric, click on the “Grade” link for the assignment, then click on one of the student names.
  2. On the grading page for the student, you will see a “Grading Rubric” tab next to the “Assignment Submission” tab. When you click on the Grading Rubric tab, the rubric will appear. You can then click on the appropriate rating for each criterion. That rating will be highlighted, and the point value automatically assigned. The total points will be displayed at the bottom left. You can also enter comments for each criterion by clicking on the comment icon 

to the right. When a comment has been added, the icon will turn yellow.

You can then complete the grading for the assignment (comments, saving and release) as you would for any assignment.

Tests and Quizzes – short answer questions

A rubric can be associated with a Short Answer/Essay question in an assessment in the Tests & Quizzes tool (Figure 8).

Figure 8:

  1. In the editing page for the assessment, choose “Short Answer/Essay from the Add Question dropdown selection list.
  2. In the Edit Question page for a Short Answer question enter the point value (should match total available in rubric).
  3. Select “Use the following rubric” option.
  4. Select the desired rubric from the dropdown list.
  5. Adjust individual student scores” will allow you to assign a rating score different from the one provided by the rubric.

Grading

You can grade student answers using the rubric whether you are grading by student or by question.

  1. To grade a student answer using the rubric, go to the Scores page for the assessment, then click on one of the student names.
  2. On the grading page for the student, you will see a “Grading Rubric” tab next to the “Student Response” tab for the question. When you click on the Grading Rubric tab, the rubric will appear. You can then click on the appropriate rating for each criterion. That rating will be highlighted, and the point value automatically assigned. The total points will be displayed at the bottom left. You can also enter vcomments for each criterion by clicking on the comment icon to the right . When a comment has been added, the icon will turn yellow. Complete the grading of the student submission as you normally would.
  3. If you are grading student answers by question, when you navigate to the display of Student Answers, you will see a rubric icon under the Score Box for each student. Click on the icon to display the rubric (Figure 9).
  4. Complete the Rubric as described above.

Figure 9:


Note

In order for students to see the completed rubric, you must release “Question-Level Feedback” under the Grading and Feedback section of Settings.


Forums

Student posts in the Forums tool can be graded using a rubric. There must first be an item in the Gradebook (Figure 10).

Figure 10:

  1. When creating a topic, in the section labeled Grading, select the appropriate choice from the “Gradebook item” dropdown list.
  2. Select “Use the following rubric” option.
  3. Select the desired rubric from the dropdown list.
  4. “Adjust individual student scores” will allow you to assign a rating score different from the one provided by the rubric.
  5. Complete the rest of the options as you normally would.

Grading

  1. You can grade by either individual post, or by topic. In either method, the grading rubric will appear when you go to the grading screen. You can then click on the appropriate rating for each criterion. That rating will be highlighted, and the point value automatically assigned. The total points will be displayed at the bottom left. You can also enter comments for each criterion by clicking on the comment icon to the right . When a comment has been added, the icon will turn yellow. Make sure you click Save when done.

Sharing Rubrics

Rubrics can be shared; however, if you do share a rubric it will be shared with all users who have access to the rubric editing screen. It may be desirable to share college or departmental level rubrics. If you choose to do so, please give the rubric an identifying name including the college or department.

  • Shared rubrics may be copied by individual users for their own use.
  1. To share a rubric, go to the Rubrics tool , click the icon at the right of the rubric name. To unshare a rubric, click the to the right of the shared rubric name.

If you wish to share a rubric just with a colleague, we recommend you do so temporarily, just long enough for that colleague to copy. Then unshare the rubric.

Students’ View of Rubrics

In general, students will be able to see both a preview of the rubric, and the graded rubric with comments once you have completed grading.

Student view of completed rubric

 

 

Gradebook

When a student views the Gradebook, and there is an item with a rubric, they will see the rubric icon in the Grade column. If they click on it, they will see a preview of the rubric.

Figure 11:

Once the student has been graded, when they click on the icon, they will see the completed rubric as above. (Figure 11).

Assignment

When a rubric has been attached to an assignment, the student will see the rubric icon next to the assignment name. If they click on it, they will see either a preview or the graded rubric.

They can also preview the rubric from within the assignment.

Once the assignment has been graded, the completed rubric will be displayed on the screen.

Tests and Quizzes

 

When a rubric is attached to a question in Tests and Quizzes, the student will be able to preview the rubric when they view the question.

Once the question has been graded, the completed rubric will be displayed on the feedback screen


Getting Help

For Faculty Support with Using Rubrics in ReggieNet, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at (309) 438-2542 or by email at CTLT@Ilstu.edu

To report technical issues, Submit a Help Ticket or contact the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-4357 or by email at SupportCenter@IllinoisState.edu


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