Grading with a Rubric

MoodleOne of the advanced grading methods available in Moodle is the Rubric.  A rubric allows the teacher to set specific expectations of quality for each component part of an assignment.  The component is called the criteria in Moodle and each criteria is given a value upon which the grade is based.

For example suppose that you want to grade students on the content, grammar, and style of a paper. You could create a rubric with 3 point scale for each criteria.  You can be very specific in the description of each value about what constitutes meeting the criteria for each level on the scale.  When you grade you would enter a value corresponding to how well the student did on each criteria.  Moodle would then automatically sum the values and scale those values into a grade for the assignment based on the maximum grade.


1. Begin by clicking on your assignment. Then under the “Settings” tab on the left, click Advanced grading.


2. Change the active grading method from simple direct grading to Rubric.
3. Click Define new grading form from scratch. (“Create new grading form from template” is not yet available.)


4. Now you need create your rubric:

  • Name your rubric (a description is optional but if you would like to add a description, also, do that now.)
  • Add criterion in the box that says “Click here to edit criterion.” Here you will add what you will be grading in the following boxes. (For example, if you are grading a paper, you might add “Grammar” as a criterion)
  • The following boxes have a number of points listed in the bottom of the box. In each box type data corresponding to the possible number of points. (For example, in “Grammar” for 0 points, the student must have “poor grammar,” for 1 point, “good grammar,” and for 2 points “excellent grammar.” )
  • You can add more levels for each criteria by clicking the Add level buttonThis allows you to have more possible values for each criteria. for instance you could add two more levels to grade the item on a scale of 0-4.
  • Click Add criterion to add another criterion and fill in each corresponding box:


5. Check / un-check the boxes corresponding to the various settings you would like for your rubric. These are fairly self-explanatory.

6. If your rubric is not completely finished and you would like to work on it later without making it available to the students click Save as draft.  If your rubric is ready click Save and make it ready.

(Note: you can still edit the rubric even if you save and make it ready. You can even edit it after you have graded assignments, you will just be prompted to regrade any assignments that you grade before changing the rubric)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s