This page describes how to make and use a rubric when grading an assignment in GauchoSpace. An overview of rubrics (and the closely related grading guide) is available here. This article will use the following example rubric and translate it into GauchoSpace.
How do I make a rubric?
A rubric exists as an option for grading within an assignment. First, create an assignment activity on your course site. When you are creating the assignment (or after the fact: grading methods can be changed so long as no grades have already been given), choose "Rubric" from the Grading method option in the Grade menu of an assignment.
After you have saved this preference, you will be shown a screen to select your rubric. Build a new rubric by choosing "Define new grading form from scratch." Once you have existing rubrics, you can save them as templates to start from for future assignments.
Follow these steps to create a rubric:
1) Give the rubric a name and a description. This information will help instructors keep track of rubrics to be reused in the future. This description can be shared with students, but does not need to be.
2) Now, set the criterion descriptions for each level. The first blank criterion is provided. Click within a box to edit the description and the levels. Use the "Add criterion" button to add another domain, or row, to be assessed. Use the "Add level" (scroll to the right within the rubric frame) to add another point level.
3) In the screenshot below, all of the point values for a criterion have been added based on the example rubric. Repeat step 2 until all criteria and levels have been added.
Workflow tips: Use the tab and enter keys on the keyboard to more easily move between levels to enter text or add a new level. After the first criterion has been filled out with all the associated point levels, when a new criterion is added, the point values will automatically match what was previously created.
4) After all criteria and point levels have been described, scroll to the bottom of the page. Here there are several options controlling how the rubric will behave and what will be shown to students. Adjust these options as necessary, and then click "Save rubric and make it ready" to begin using it. If you are not able to finish the rubric in one sitting, you can save it as a draft and come back later.
The rubric has now been saved and is available for use.
How do I use a rubric that I have created?
After creating a rubric (see above), you can use that rubric to assess students.
1) Enter the assignment that has a rubric attached to it. Click the "Grade" button.
2) You'll be shown your rubric in the grading view. Click on the level within each criterion that aligns with the student's performance. You can leave feedback on each criterion at the end of the row. By switching to the side-by-side pane, you can view a student's PDF submission at the same time as the rubric.
3) Save your changes. You can always reset the rubric if you need to start over. Continue for other submissions in the class.
Note on how scores are calculated with the rubric: There are two ways to use the rubric when considering the summative total that is entered into the gradebook. First, the total maximum score for the assignment can be entered as the highest possible score from all criteria in the rubric (which in this example, would be 20: 5 criteria areas with a maximum score of 4 in each). Then, GauchoSpace will display the summed total of the rubric. As another option, the maximum score for the assignment could be different from the possible points on the rubric (such as 100 where the rubric only denotes 20 points). In this case, GauchoSpace will scale the score to match (so if the student earned 15 points out of 20 on the rubric, but the assignment is worth a maximum of 100, GauchoSpace will scale it up x5 and input a score of 75).
Student are able to view their rubric in the feedback for an assignment. They will see a view that looks like this:
Save A Rubric for Use in Another Assignment
After a rubric has been created, it can also be saved as a template that is available for other assignments on the course site. This is useful in courses where several assignments might use the same rubric throughout the quarter, such as a weekly reading response or lab reports. Use these steps:
1) Enter the assignment that has the rubric already assigned to it. In the Administration block for the assignment, click "Advanced Grading". You will be taken to a new screen.
2) You will see an overview of the rubric. Use the button labeled "Publish the form as a new template." Confirm on the next screen. The rubric will now be an option in other assignments.
Now, in other assignments this rubric will be available. After you have set the grading option to be "Rubric", you can use the "Create new grading form from a template" to select a saved rubric. You can simply use it exactly as is, or make adjustments as needed to fit the new assignment.