Assignment: How to mark assignments using a Rubric

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Assignment: How to mark assignments using a Rubric

The assignment activity allows the lecturer to communicate assessment tasks, collect work and provide grades and feedback.

There are 3 grading methods available from the drop down menu in the assignment activity, they are:

  • Simple direct grading (number scale)
  • Marking Guide or
  • Rubric

The following User Guide is a simple 'step by step' instruction on using the Rubric in Wattle.

Simply stated, a Rubric is a grading template which contains the criteria based assessment. The assessment described in the Rubric is laid out in different descriptive levels.  A numerical mark is assigned to each of these levels. The Rubric also calculates the total grade by adding up the total of marks allocated for each of the criteria levels which are described in the Rubric.

In order to ensure that the assignment is set up correctly, in the format that you wish for it to be marked, please refer to the ANU Online Wattle User Guide on 'Assignment' for the options which are available when setting up the assignment.

Further information and documentation on the extensive use of the Assignment activity can be found on the Moodle website


Step 1

Grade Rubric
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How to set up the Rubric

Set up your Assignment following the standard pattern. Instructions for setting up an Assignment can be found in the ANU Online Wattle User Guide on 'Assignment'.

When creating the assignment in the section titled Grading Method select Rubric from the drop down menu.

Step 2

Rubric Save and Display
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After selecting Rubric, go down to the bottom of the screen and click on Save and Display.

Step 3

Rubric Create a new grading form from scratch.
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You will be brought to the Advanced grading: Assignment Rubric (submissions) page. Here you can either:

  • Define new grading form from scratch
  • Create new grading form from a template.

Click on the type of Rubric which you wish to use.

Step 4

Create a rubric
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When the Define rubric page opens, give the Rubric a Name and a Description. Beneath the Description box, you can begin adding individual criterion to your rubric.

Step 5

Writing a rubric
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Click on the boxes as prompted to edit the criterion or the level of proficiency or alter the points allocated to each of the criterion levels. As seen in the image, you can now include negative points to store penalties (such as for late submissions).

Click Add level to add more levels to the assessment criteria. Select Add criterion to include more criteria for marking.

Step 6

Rubric options
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Under the table you will also notice various Rubric options which you can leave ticked (default option) or untick those options which you do not wish to use.

Note: If you tick Calculate grade based on the rubric having a minimum score of 0, the minimum achievable grade for the rubric will be greater than 0. If unticked, the minimum possible score for the rubric will be mapped to the minimum grade available for the activity (which is 0 unless a scale is used).

When you have completed building your Rubric you can either Save as draft, or Save rubric and make it ready.

Step 7

Assignment View/grade all submissions
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Grading using your Wattle Rubric

To mark your assignment, go to the grade page and click on the Assignment.

At the base of the page click on View/grade all submissions.

Step 8

Assignment Rubric Grade pencil
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You then click on the Grade pencil icon beside the name of the student whose work you wish to mark.

This will then open the marking rubric which you have created, onto which you click the box in the corresponding criteria for the mark which you wish to award.

There is also space where comments can be added.

Step 9

Click Save

When you have completed grading the assignment, and saved it, the result will then appear on the student's page.

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