Grade using Moodle rubrics

Grading guides, such as rubrics and marking guides, can help you clarify what you expect out of your students, making the task easier to interpret and less ambiguous and ensure greater reliability among different markers.

Both marking guides and rubrics can optionally be made available for students to view. By drawing your students' attention to the grading criteria prior to assignment submission, they're more likely to meet expectations for the assignment.

Note: It is recommended that when using a rubric for marking you include a 0-points level in your rubric. If you are using a criterion without a 0-points level or with a level with negative points, these values will be reflected in the student’s grade directly. For example, if your rubric has three criteria each with a minimum value of one mark, the lowest score students will be able to achieve is 3. To rescale grades so that the minimum achievable grade for the rubric is zero, under Rubric options, untick the checkbox for Calculate grade having a minimum score of the minimum achievable grade for the rubric.

Enable advanced grading using rubrics

  1. Navigate to the assignment you would like to grade with a rubric.
  2. Click the assignment settings cog on the top right hand side, and then select Advanced grading.

  3. From the Change active grading method drop down options, select Rubric.
  4. You can now choose to:

Provide feedback and grade using a rubric

  1. Navigate to the assignment that you want to grade.
  2. Click Grade OR View all submissions, then for the student you would like to provide feedback for, click on the Grade button.
  3. The rubric will now appear in the grader interface. Click on the expand icon in the top right corner of the rubric to pop out the rubric for easier viewing.

    Note: Click this icon again to pop it back in to the grading interface window.

  4. To provide feedback:
    • Select the appropriate level for each criteria by clicking on it. Once selected it will be marked green.
    • Provide written feedback relating to each criterion in the boxes in the rightmost column as required.
  5. Once complete, click Save changes or click Save and show next to continue grading.
  6. Note: Moodle will automatically tally the points for each level selected and scale them to the overall grade set for the assignment.

Export rubric grades

Rubric grades can be exported as a .csv file. This may be useful for record keeping and analysis.

  1. When grading is completed, return to the assignment page and click on the settings cog.
  2. From the dropdown list, select Export Rubric Grades.
  3. You will be prompted to download the file.
  4. The file includes fields for student details, score and feedback for each criterion, graded by, and time graded.