Assignment Activity: Using the Rubric Grading Method [Faculty]


The Assignment activity allows you to create and use a rubric as an advanced grading method. A rubric defines general criteria and then provides detailed descriptions for each specific point level possible for that criteria.  The end result is a grid with the criteria listed in the first column, specific point levels across the top (NOT ranges), descriptions for each criteria level and feedback for each criterion.

If you would rather use general criteria descriptions with a point range, see Assignment Activity: Using the Grading Guide Grading Method [Faculty]

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Select rubric as the advanced grading option

  • Create a rubric

  • Update a rubric in an assignment

  • Reuse a rubric

  • Grade with a rubric

  • Seek further assistance

Select rubric as the advanced grading option

You may select Rubric as the method when you set up an assignment or you may go back into the assignment settings before students have submitted any assignments.  

For more information about assignments, see Assignment Activity [Faculty]

  1. Click on the assignment with which you would like to implement a rubric

  2. In the assignment, click the Gear icon, select the Edit settings.


  1. Find the Grade section in the Grading method dropdown, select Rubric

Save settings:

  • Click Save and return to course to be taken to the course homepage.

  • Click Save and display to be taken to the page to create your rubric.

  • Click Cancel to delete the settings options you have changed.

Create a Rubric

  1. Select the assignment

  2. In the Gear icon, select Advanced grading


  1. Select Define new grading from scratch


  1. In the Name textbox, Name the rubric

  2. In the Description field, provide additional information

  3. In the Rubric area; add Criterion, Levels, and Points


  1. In the Rubric options section, Check the options you would like to enable.

    • Calculate grade based on the rubric having a minimum score of 0

    • Allow users to preview rubric (otherwise it will only be displayed after grading)

    • Display rubric description during evaluation

    • Display rubric description to those being graded

    • Display points for each level during evaluation

    • Display points for each level to those being graded

    • Allow grader to add text remarks for each criterion

    • Show remarks to those being graded

  2. When you have completed the rubric, Click

    • Save rubric and make it ready

    • Save as draft

    • Cancel

[Note: You can also use the Save as draft or Cancel options to save a rubric in progress or clear the options.]

Update a Rubric in an Assignment

You can modify or update the rubric at any time.  If you have already used the rubric to grade assignments, you will need to review those assignments and update the graded assignments as needed.

  1. In the assignment, click the Gear icon, and select advanced grading

  2. Click Edit the Current form definition


[Warning: If you have already used the rubric to grade, a warning message will appear. You will need to regrade the students’ attempt if you wish to change their grade in the gradebook.] ""

  1. When you have completed the updates, Click:

    • Continue -  make the rubric ready for use

    • Back to editing - you will remain on the editing page

    • Cancel - changes will not be saved

Reuse a Rubric

Any rubric you create is available for you to use in other assignments and courses.  Rubrics that are published as a template can be shared by any instructor across Moodle ISU.

  1. Click on the new assignment

  2. In the Gear icon, select Advanced grading

  3. Click create new grading form from a template


[Note: To use a rubric from a another course that you created, Check the include my own forms checkbox, search for the name and click search] ""

  1. On the new page, find the desired rubric

  2. Click Use this template


  1. Click Continue to confirm

Grade with a rubric

When you grade with a rubric, you will Click the levels that match the student’s work, add comments for the criteria and/or add overall comments.

  1. Select the assignment ready for grading

  2. Click Grade

  3. Click the appropriate level of each criterion. (Add comments as necessary)


  1. You can also add overall comments in the Feedback comments box.  These can be viewed in the assignment and in the gradebook.


[Warning: The Feedback comments textbox will only appear if you checked the Feedback comments checkbox under Feedback types in the Edit settings page for the assignment.]


  1. Click save changes, move to next student


Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

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