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.
A rubric exists as an option for grading 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, then click “Save and display”.
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.
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).
Students are able to view their rubric in the feedback for an assignment. They will see a view that looks like this:
After you have saved a rubric, you can find it in templates by following the steps below:
1) Go into the assignment where you wish to import the rubric.
2) in the Administration block, click "Advanced Grading" then select "Rubric" as your grading method.
3) Click "Create new grading form from a template"
4) On the template page, click the checkbox next to "include my own forms", type your form name, and click search (please note that the search bar will return rubrics that have any of the terms you have provided so you may still need to scroll down to find yours).
The rubric you previously created will appear as one of the listed templates.
If you would like to use this same rubric in a different class, you must import an assignment that uses the rubric from your previous class to the new class. You can do this by following the steps below:
- Go to the NEW course where you want the materials to appear.
- In the Administration Block, click "Import".
- Select the radio button next to the course you would like to import or search for it if it is not on the page. Note: The search function is very sensitive. If you are not finding your course by searching with the course number, try using the course title.
- Click "Continue".
- Uncheck all the materials that you do NOT wish to import. Leave just the assignment of interest checked.
- Click "Next" at the bottom of the page.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Next".
- Once again, click "Perform import" at the bottom of the page (Import: confirmation and review, should be at the top of the page).
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and it should say Import complete! Continue to your course -- Click "Continue".
- The assignment (and rubric) from the old course should now appear in your new course and you can edit as you please.
- Go into your assignment
- In the Assignment Administration block, click "Advanced grading".
- On the Rubric page, select "Rubric" from the dropdown menu, then click "Edit" the current form definition.