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The Rubric tool allows you to grade students' submissions using a set of criteria that is available for students to see before and after project submission in the dropbox. Rubrics can be used in other areas of D2L such as grades, discussions, and quizzes.

Creating a Rubric | Attaching a Rubric | Deleting | Grading

Creating a New Rubric

1. Customize your course homepage to include the Rubrics widget. For more information on adding widgets and customizing homepages, please see


If you are creating a new folder in the dropbox, you can click Create Rubric in New Window.

2. Click on New Rubric.

3. Name the rubric.

4. Choose a status for the rubric. There are three statuses to choose from.

• Draft: This is the initial status for any new rubric. It means the rubric is not yet available for new associations.

• Published: This status means you can make associations with the rubric. Once a rubric has an association, you cannot change its name, description, levels and criteria.

• Archived: Archived rubrics do not appear in default search results and are not available for new associations. Existing associations with Archived rubrics remain functional.

5. Type a description of what the rubric is for. (Optional)

6. Choose a type of rubric. There are two types to decide between.

• Analytic Rubrics: Most rubrics are analytic. An analytic rubric breaks performance into multiple criteria. You assess each criterion separately, resulting in an overall assessment score.

• Holistic Rubrics: Holistic rubrics do not break performance into separate criteria. Performance is assessed holistically, so that you consider several different criteria, but make only one overall assessment.

7. Depending on the type of rubric chosen, fill in the initial # of levels field (both types) and the initial # of criteria box (analytic only). Default scoring method is points.


Note: Be sure to click Save after making changes.

8. Click on the Levels and Criteria tab.

9. Click the drop arrow next to each area to access different actions.

• Edit level/criterion: You can edit the name and descriptions (both) and the score/points (level).

• Copy criterion

• Add new level/criterion

• Delete level/criterion

10. You will have to edit the criteria and level (including the overall level) before you can use the rubric.


Attaching a Rubric

1. Click Add Rubric.

2. Place a checkmark by the rubric you created and click add selected.

Note: Once a rubric is attached, it can't be edited.

Deleting a Rubric

1. On the course homepage, located the Rubrics widget. Click on Rubric link.

2. Place a checkmark in front of the rubric you wish to delete and click the trashcan.

3. Click Delete.

Note: Once a rubric has been attached, even if it is removed from that folder, it can't be deleted. Rubrics can be archived to remove them from the list in the Rubric tool area.

Grading with a Rubric

1. Select the dropbox you would like to grade. Choose leave feedback next to the student's name. Click the name of the rubric.

2. Choose the appropriate areas with the rubric.

3. Click Save and Record.

4. Type any feedback that you want the student to have and click Finish.