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Creating a Rubric

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Create a holistic rubric

Holistic rubrics allow you to assess participants' overall achievement on an assignment based on a single criteria using predefined achievement levels.

Holistic rubrics may use a percentages or text only scoring method. Percentage holistic rubrics have a percentage range associated with each achievement level, which allows users' quiz and grade item activities to automatically be assigned an achievement level based on their quiz score or grade. Other assignments and ePortfolio items may also be evaluated with percentage holistic rubrics, you just have to manually enter users' achievement levels.

If you already have a Rubric that is in a Microsoft Word or PDF version, you will need to re-create it in BeachBoard. In the following example, we will be re-creating this Microsoft Word Rubric in BeachBoard.

Microsoft Word Holistic Rubric

  1. Click New Rubric icon New Rubric in the top tool menu of the Rubric List page.
    New Rubric screenshot
  2. Enter a Rubric Name and Description.
  3. Select Holistic in the rubric Type drop-down.
  4. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  5. Select either Percentages or Text Only for the scoring method.
  6. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies (such as Dropbox, Discussions, Grade Items) and/or ePortfolio.
  7. Click Save.
    Rubric Properties screenshot

Define holistic rubric achievement levels

  1. Click the Levels tab on the New Rubric or Edit Rubric page.
  2. Click the  Edit Level icon Edit Levels link on the tool bar.
    Edit Levels screenshot
  3. Enter a new Level Name for each level, if desired.
  4. If you are creating a holistic rubric that uses a percentages scoring method, enter a Start Range. The start range for your lowest achievement level is automatically set to 0%. The start range for other levels should be the lowest percentage acceptable for the level. The highest percentage is determined by the start range for the level above.
  5. Enter a Description for each level, if desired. Achievementlevel descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a user's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.
  6. Enter any standard Feedback that you want to be communicated to users who achieve the level. Standard feedback is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology to the people being evaluated and to help prepare them for future rubric evaluations.
  7. Click Save.
    Edit All Levels screenshot
  8. Click the Preview Rubric link to preview your rubric.
    Preview Rubric screenshot
    Example:
    Holistic Rubric Preview example screenshot

When you are completely satisfied with your rubric you can change the rubric's status. See Change a rubric's status for more information.

Create an analytic rubric

Analytic rubrics allow you to assess an assignment based on more than one criterion in a single rubric. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement are displayed in columns and your assessment criteria are displayed in rows. The criteria are characteristics of good performance on a task and the levels are used to assess the student's performance on each criteria.

Analytic rubrics may use a points, custom points 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.

If you already have a Rubric that is in a Microsoft Word or PDF version, you will need to re-create it in BeachBoard. In the following example, we will be re-creating this Microsoft Word Rubric in BeachBoard.

Microsoft Word Rubric

  1. Click New Rubric icon New Rubric in the top tool menu of the Rubric List page.
    New Rubric screenshot
  2. Enter a Rubric Name and Description.
  3. Select Analytic in the rubric Type drop-down.
  4. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have in the Initial # of Levels field.
  5. Select how many criteria you want to break your evaluation down by in the Initial # of Criteria field.
  6. Select Text Only, Points or Custom Points for the scoring method. Custom Points is recommended.
  7. Select whether you want the rubric to be associated with Competencies (such as Dropbox, Discussions, Grade Items) and/or ePortfolio.
  8. Click Save.
    Analytic Rubric Properties screenshot

Define analytic rubric achievement levels and criteria

  1. Click the Levels and Criteria tab on the New Rubric or Edit Rubric page.
    Levels and Criteria tab screenshot
  2. Click the Actions menu Actions context menu (drop-down) for a criterion and select Edit Criterion.
    Edit Criterion screenshot
  3. Enter a new Criterion Name, if desired.
    Edit Criterion Name screenshot
  4. Descriptions for each performance level can be added to outline the requirements that must be met for this criterion. Optional feedback can be added for each of the levels.
  5. Enter the Score for each performance level for this criterion.
  6. Click Save.
    Criteria Score, Description and Feedback screenshot
  7. Repeat for other criteria.
    • Note: Add criteria groups if you want to divide your criteria into subsections.
  8. To rename the Levels, click the Actions menu Actions context menu (drop-down) next to Criteria.
  9. Click the Edit Level icon Edit Criteria Group.
    Edit Criteria Group screenshot
  10. Under Level Names, enter a new name for each Level.
  11. Click Save.
    Rename all Levels screenshot
  12. To rename the Overall Level: At the bottom of the rubric, in the light gray area, click the Actions menu Actions context menu (drop-down) for an achievement level. We recommend that you start with the lowest achievement level and work your way up.
  13. Select Edit Level icon Edit Level.
    Edit Analytic Overall Level screenshot
  14. Enter a new Level Name, if desired.
  15. Modify the Start Range, if applicable.
  16. Enter a Description and Feedback for the overall level. (both Optional)
  17. Click Save.
    Edit Analytic Level Name screenshot
  18. Repeat steps 12-17 for other levels.
  19. Click the Preview Rubric link to preview your rubric.
    Preview Analytic Rubric screenshot
    Example:
    Analytic Rubric Preview example screenshot

When you are completely satisfied with your rubric you can change the rubric's status. See Change a rubric's status for more information.

Change a rubric's status

By default the Status for new rubrics is set to Draft. When you are finished creating your rubric you should change the Status to Published to indicate that it is complete. You cannot associate a rubric with a Competencies activity or ePortfolio item unless its status is set to Published.
Change Status screenshot

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