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This article will show you how to create, use and re-use a marking rubric. 



Downloadable grading worksheets

If you use rubric, you will not be able to use a downloadable grading worksheet. Marking with reference to the rubric has to be performed on Myplace.

Create a rubric-assessed assignment activity



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Step 1 - Add the assignment activity

Once editing has been turned on the class page. You can click Add an Activity or Resource on the page and choose Assignment activity from the list. If you have already created an assignment and wish to change the grading method to a marking rubric, click on Edit > Edit Settings next to the assignment link to open the assignment's settings, then follow the instructions.

Step 2 - Make it a rubric assignment

From the Grade > Grading method category, choose 'Marking Rubric'. Click Save and display (at the bottom of the screen) to save the settings and enter the MyPlace Assignment.

Step 3 - Define the rubric

Once this is done, MyPlace will take you to the Grading Method page for this assignment. 

If you are not automatically transferred to this page, note that it can also be accessed if you click on the Advanced Grading tab in the Administration menu, located on the bottom left side of the screen.


Step 4 - Choose a new rubric or use a template

There you will be asked to either Define new grading form from scratch or Create a new grading form template. Unless you have an existing template that you want to use, click on Define new grading form from scratch. If you have previously created a rubric on the MyPlace system, you can access it here and select it for repeated use. 

Step 5 - Name the rubric

The page you will be taken to is called Define marking rubric and is shown to the right. It is mandatory that you give your marking rubric a Name, and you can also add a short Description.

Step 6 - Define the rubric

The next section allows you to insert the categories of the rubric and edit their respective scores. Click on the Click to edit... buttons at the top to insert relevant information. 

Rubric categories can contain a different number of conditions, depending on the granularity of the feedback you wish to provide for the relevant section, or if you wish to give alternative comments for the same point values.







You can also duplicate criterion with the duplicate button.


To weight the rubric, you should multiply the points given to reflect the weighting as shown. Also, if you are making a large rubric, it may be useful to use save as draft (see image below) to save your progress.

Step 7 - Set the rubric options

Once you have finalised your rubric, you can move on to the next section - Rubric Options. 

The first option will allow you to sort the order for levels - either ascending or descending by number of points.

Read the rest of the options and tick those that apply best to your use case.

Once you have enabled all that apply, and are happy with the progress you have made, you can either Save rubric and make it ready (if you consider it being completed and ready for publication) or Save as draft (if you would like to save it and return to it at a later stage).


Use the rubric to mark student submissions


Step 1 - View the student submissions

You can find the assignment in the Navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen, or on the front page of your class. Click to access it.

Click on View all submissions

Step 2 - Open an assignment for grading

If you have previously enabled Anonymous marking, the submissions section will look somewhat similar to this (left). Click on the Grade button (in the Grade column) next to any assignment to access the Grading screen.

Step 3 - Mark the assignment

The following screen will display the student's submitted work, with a navigational bar on the right-hand side that will display the marking rubric.

Select each level of criterion you want to give the student (it will highlight green when selected), then add comments in the box on the right.

A word of caution is needed when using rubrics as some students have indicated the impression that marking with a rubric is highly standardised, when in reality, this might not be the case. Ensure that you provide sufficient comments to relate the feedback to the student's work.

Step 4 - Save your work

The grade will be automatically calculated when you click Save changes (from the bottom of the screen). Save and show next will save the grade and feedback and display the next student's work for marking. Make sure to disable Notify students if you do not wish an automatic notification to be sent that their work has been graded.


Further information on Rubrics and tips for editing rubrics quickly and efficiently is available here: Rubrics

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