Schoology Rubrics Are Now Available!

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

Schoology Rubrics Are Now Available!

Posted in Schoology | April 28, 2013

We've been working hard to build them, and now they're all yours: Grading Rubrics are officially available! This new feature should help start your week off right with a new and efficient way to assess student mastery in the Schoology environment.

Here's a quick look into how they'll work:

Creating Rubrics from the Grade Setup Area

Your Grade Setup area is where you can manage all of your rubrics and scales. Whether or not you create them here, all your rubrics will be accessible from this page. To create a rubric from the Grade Setup area, select the Add dropdown menu in the right column and click "Rubric."

A window will pop up with a default Rubric Criteria displayed. You'll quickly notice how flexible our rubrics feature is with the ability to add and edit information, add and remove criteria, and customize everything quickly and easily. Simply hover over different areas of the rubric editor, and hidden options will appear allowing you do design rubrics that are right for your class.

*Notice the grey 'hidden' options in the top middle of the screenshot.

To add criteria, select the (+) Criteria option on the bottom left. To edit criteria, hover over the desired area and select the + to add and the x to delete. By simply clicking an area of text, you can edit the titles and descriptions. Creating rubrics is as easy as that!

Once your rubric is saved, you'll see it in your Scale/Rubric menu when creating or editing course materials (of course, only if grading is enabled).

Creating Rubrics from the Course Materials Creation Form

When creating a course material, you'll notice that if you Enable Grading, you have a dropdown menu allowing you to choose between Scales and Rubrics. From this menu, you can select an already existing rubric, or you can choose to create one from scratch. If you choose to create a rubric, the same rubric editor as shown in the Grade Setup area will appear.

One major difference between creating a rubric here, as apposed to creating one in the Grade Setup area, is that you can choose to align the rubric to Common Core Standards, State Standards, or Learning Outcomes.

Anytime you select a rubric to be the grading method for a course material, a check box will appear to the right of the dropdown menu entitled, "Show to students." This option, if enabled, allows your students to view the rubric when they view the course material so they can know what criteria they're being graded on.

Saving Your Rubrics in Multiple Courses

You can copy your rubrics to your other courses in the same way as grading scales. Simply go to your Grade Setup area of the course that contains the specific rubric(s) you'd like to use and click the Copy Settings button in the top right corner. The popup window will allow you to copy your rubrics into any course you'd like!

Well, those are the basics of using our new Rubrics feature. It's a big one that can be used in so many different ways, but the interface has been designed so smoothly that we're positive you'll pick it up right away!

As always we're interested to hear you feedback on this feature. If you do have any questions, please direct them to our Support Team by clicking on your Feedback/Support button in your account menu or by going to the community forum.

I would love to hear your thoughts about rubrics here on the blog, so don't hesitate to comment below.


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