Before we get to the hands-on part of this workshop, I want to share some basic information about rubrics with you from one of my favorite D2L senior trainers, Marsha Conley. Marsha presented some of this material at Fusion and has graciously allowed me to reuse some of her slides for today’s training.
Can’t change a rubric’s type when you make a copy!
(Note:Holistic rubrics may use a percentages or text only scoring method)
Points and custom points analytic rubrics may use both text and points to assess performance; with custom points, each criterion may be worth a different amount of points. For both points and custom points an overall score is provided based on the total number of points achieved. The overall score determines whether the activity is achieved.
Source rubric for example: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson95/coop_rubric.pdf
When you are grading with an analytics-pointed rubric, you can enter a “custom” score, like 2.5 for satisfactory. But every criteria is worth the same amount of weight towards the overall score.
By weighting one or more criterion differently, you place more (or less) value on that item than others. When you are grading with an analytics-custom points rubric, you can still enter a “custom” score within the ranges you’ve defined. This is the type of hands-on rubric we are going to practice making today!
Use the Example Graduate Level Online Discussion Rubric to adjust points per criteria & level as a model. Save changes. Publish. Attach to
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Using Rubrics in Desire2Learn
• Can be used just for grading alone or
• Can be used as part of a Competency structure
– to determine if Learning Objectives are achieved
• Enable you to evaluate:
– assignments, activities or
– grade items
– based on a predefined set of criteria
Advantages of Rubrics
• Expectations clear to students ahead of time
Natural way to define what quality means
• Quick and easy way for instructors
to provide feedback
• Consistency of evaluation
by same grader or by multiple graders
• Lets students know exactly how to improve
the quality of their work
Best Practices Using Rubrics
Students should be able to see the rubric
BEFORE and AFTER submitting their work.
• Before grading, Dropbox and Discussion currently show
• After grading, rubrics will show in the following:
Create Rubrics at course level or higher
• If shared down to a course, can’t edit
• Can copy and then modify the copy
• Access existing rubrics from navbar, Edit Course, or from
any assessment tool
• Rubric Status affects whether you can see and attach
it to assessments
• Be sure to change the Rubric Status to Published once
it is complete.
Two Types of Rubrics in D2L
Analytic and Holistic
• Single criteria
• Multiple elements
means feedback is
• Multiple criteria
• Easier for students to
know how to improve
Scoring Options in Analytic Rubrics
• Text only – does not associate any numerical
value to your scoring levels.
• Points – each criterion is worth equal point
values (can’t be customized)
• Custom Points – each criterion may be worth a
different amount of points
Levels & Overall
Score are purely
Criteria are all
Points at the
levels can be
levels can be
• View List of Shared Rubrics
• Copy and Edit an Existing Custom Points
• Publish a Rubric
• Attach a Rubric to a Discussion Topic and a
• Practice Grading
Using Rubrics for Discussion Grading
• Discussion activities can be evaluated using a rubric.
• You can evaluate:
– user participation in group conversations,
– reflections on course content, or
– peer editing, critiques or mentoring.
• Improvements for Students in newest version
– Students will see Rubric at top of Discussion Topic
– Students will see Graded Rubric in User Progress & Grades
Student Discussion Grade View
Rubric is visible in the
topic BEFORE posting
Rubric is visible in
Grades AFTER assessed
as “Assessment Details”
Instructor Discussion Grading View
• Improvements for Instructors in newest version
– Instructor can see all of each student’s postings on the same screen as
the rubric while grading
• Must still manually transfer the score since it doesn’t transfer
automatically from the rubric.
Dropbox Rubric Actions After Grading
• Rubric Score will transfer to Dropbox Score area
• If value of assignment is greater than value of the
rubric, score will be automatically adjusted
– If student had 80% on rubric, they will have equivalent
80% points on dropbox score.
• In this way, instructors can re-use the same rubric on
many assignments even if the value of the dropbox
• Keep rubric value low so scores always adjust UP, not down
Thanks for coming!
Suggestions or other ideas?
Tips you use in your own classes?
Feedback on the ideas presented?
Director of Instructional Technology