Create a New Rubric

To create a new rubric:

  1. Within the course, select the Manage tab.
  2. Beneath the PSU Data Management subheading, select the Rubric Manager link.

    Note: If this is the first rubric you are creating, a message reading "There are no results to display" will appear on the next screen.

  3. Select the Add link in the toolbar.
  4. Select Create new rubric on in the window that appears.

The following screen initiates the Create Rubric Wizard.

Create Rubric Wizard (Step 1 of 3): Name, Rows, & Columns

Screen Capture. Create Rubric Wizard step 1 of 3.
Create Rubric Wizard step 1 of 3

The process of creating a rubric is broken down into three steps. The first step provides several conveniences for speeding up the process of creating a rubric from scratch.

The elements of this page include the following.

Rubric Settings

Enter a name for the rubric.

Achievement Column Settings

Achievement columns define the levels by which you will determine the students' fulfillment of a given assignment. For example, if you are using a standard letter grading system, your achievement columns may include "A," "B," "C," "D" and "F." Another range of achievement might be "Poor," "Fair," "Satisfactory" and "Commendable." Column weighting defines the lowest score needed to attain an achievement level. For example, if the student must score between 33% and 65% to fall into the "Fair" column, the weighting for that column would be 33%.

Note: Rubrics are created using percentages so that they may be used with multiple assignments or shared across courses or departments. Using percentages also allows rubrics to calculate a grade based on the point value of any manually graded assignment or assessment question.

  • Number of Columns: Select the number of columns you would like for your rubric from the pull-down list. You can also make changes to this number in step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard.
  • Column Ordering: Select the radio button to indicate whether you would like the columns ordered from the lowest to the highest weight or from the highest to the lowest weight.
  • Column Weighting: Enter the weight of each column with a whole number value from 0-100%.
  • Column Label: If you want to use a label other than "Achievement Level" for the columns, enter it here. You will have an opportunity to individually label the columns in step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard.

Criteria Row Settings

Criteria rows define specific components you will use in order to determine a student's achievement level. Some example criteria might include length, format, thesis statement, and use of outside resources.

Enter Rows: Enter the number of blank criteria rows you would like for your rubric.

Row Label: If you want to use a label other than "Criteria" for the rows, enter it here. You will have an opportunity to individually label the rows in step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard.

Note: You can edit the weighting percentage for each criterion in step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard.

Click the Next Step button to apply your settings and go to step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard.

Create Rubric Wizard (Step 2 of 3): Achievement Levels and Criteria

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Create Rubric Wizard step 2 of 3

In step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard, you can enter the rubric's cell descriptors in addition to making other changes.

Achievement Level Function Menu

Clicking the triangle at the top of an achievement level column opens the Modify Column menu containing several options that apply to the selected achievement level.

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Modify Column menu

  • Insert Before: Adds a new column immediately to the left of the selected column.
  • Insert After: Adds a new column immediately to the right of the selected column.
  • Delete: Deletes the selected column.
  • Move Left/Move Right: Moves the selected column right or left one position. If the selected column is the left- or rightmost column, only one of these two options will be displayed.

Achievement Level Cell

The achievement levels for the rubric are displayed as individual column headings. To modify the description or weighting of an achievement level, click anywhere inside the cell to display a cell editing window.

Screen Capture. Cell description Box.
Modify achievement level cell

  • Cell Description: Enter the description of the achievement level.
  • HTML Editor: Selecting this link changes the Cell Description area to use the HTML editor. Note that once you have switched to using the HTML editor, you cannot switch back to plain text.
  • Achievement %: Enter the percentage that is used to define the lowest score needed to attain the specified achievement level. Enter a whole number between 0 and 100.
  • Save: Click this button to save any changes made to achievement level cell.
  • Save & Edit Next: Click this button to save any changes made to the achievement level cell and to open the editing window for the next cell to the right of the current cell.
  • Cancel: Click this button to cancel any changes made to the achievement level cell.

Criterion Function Menu

Clicking the triangle to the left of a criterion row opens the Modify Row menu containing several options that apply to the selected criterion.

Screen Capture. Criteria menu.
Modify Criteria menu

  • Insert Above: Adds a new row immediately above the selected row.
  • Insert After: Adds a new row immediately below the selected row.
  • Delete: Deletes the selected row.
  • Move Up/Move Down: Moves the selected row up or down one position. If the selected row is the top or bottom row, only one of these two options will be displayed.

Criterion Row Cell

The criteria rows for the rubric are displayed as individual row headings. To modify the description or weighting of a criterion, click anywhere inside the cell to display a cell editing window.

Screen Capture. Cell Description box.
Modify criterion row cell

  • Cell Description: Enter the description of the criterion.
  • HTML Editor: Selecting this link changes the Cell Description area to use the HTML editor. Note that once you have switched to using the HTML editor, you cannot switch back to plain text.
  • Criterion Weighting %: This text box presents the weighting percentage that is used to define the weight of the selected criterion. The number entered here must be a whole number between 0 and 100. All criteria must total 100% before saving the rubric.

    Note: Rubrics are created using percentages so that they may be used with multiple assignments or shared across courses or departments. Using percentages also allows rubrics to calculate a grade based on the point value of any manually graded assignment or assessment question.

  • Save: Click this button to save any changes made to the criterion cell.
  • Save & Edit Next: Click this button to save any changes made to the criterion cell and to open the editing window for cell to the right of the current cell.
  • Cancel: Click this button to cancel any changes made to the criterion cell.

Descriptor Cell

At each intersection of an achievement level column and a criterion row is a descriptor cell, which is used to describe some of the qualities that are expected of a student in order to achieve a specific performance level for a given criterion. For example, in order to achieve fall into the column for "C" achievement in the criterion row for "Length," a student essay may need to be at least two pages.

The method of adding and editing the description is the same as described for achievement levels and criteria.

Once you have finished editing the rubric, you can click one of three buttons located below the rubric grid:

  • Previous Step: Returns to step 1 of the Create Rubric Wizard.

    Caution: Going back to step 1 of the wizard will result in the loss of all changes to the achievement levels, criteria, and descriptors you made in step 2.

  • Next Step: Continues to step 3 of the Create Rubric Wizard.
  • Cancel: Cancels all changes and returns to the Rubric Manager page.

Note: If you did not fill in any or all descriptor cells, a pop-up window will appear to notify you that at least one descriptor cell is blank. Click OK to continue without filling in the cell(s) or click Cancel to fill in the blank cells.

Create Rubric Wizard (Step 3 of 3): Review

In step 3 of the Create Rubric Wizard, you can review the entire rubric before saving it.

Screen Capture. Create Rubric Wizard step 3 of 3.
Create Rubric Wizard step 3 of 3

Once you have finished reviewing the rubric, you can click one of three buttons:

  • Save: This option saves the rubric.
  • Previous: This option allows you to return to step 2 of the Create Rubric Wizard to make changes.
  • Cancel: This option cancels all changes and returns to the Rubric Manager page.

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