Learn@Illinois Moodle - Rubrics vs. Grading Guides

In the Assignment activity, you can choose to grade using simple direct grading (_/100), a grading guide, or a rubric. This page illustrates the differences between rubrics and grading guides in the Assignment activity.

Rubrics

Example


Good (100%)Fair (85%)Needs Improvement (70%)Incomplete (0%)
Initial Post: Content (25%) Fully addresses the question posed in a way that demonstrates full understanding of readings. Addresses the question posed in a way that demonstrates partial understanding of readings OR only partially addresses question posed. Addresses the question posed in a way that demonstrates little understanding of readings OR only barely addresses question posed. Did not complete.
Initial Post: Format (25%) Met (or barely exceeded) word count, formatting rules, and number of references. Almost met (or notably exceeded) word count, formatting rules, and number of references. Did not come close to meeting (or grossly exceeded) word count, formatting rules, and number of references. Did not complete
Reply 1 (25%) Responded fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking and prompted further discussion Responded fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking or prompted further discussion Responded only partially to initial post in a manner that did not demonstrate critical thinking or prompt further discussion Did not complete
Reply 2 (25%) Responded fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking and prompted further discussion Responded fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking or prompted further discussion Responded only partially to initial post in a manner that did not demonstrate critical thinking or prompt further discussion Did not complete

Pros

  • Works better than other methods when grading with a touch screen because the interface is clickable and there is no need to use a keyboard.
  • Works best when grading with a large team because it provides consistency.

Cons

  • There is not a lot of flexibility. You can't choose to give someone a score between two identified scores.
  • They are tougher to set up because you are defining very definite levels and have to make sure to create mutually exclusive categories.
  • Sometimes students will do something to lose points completely out of the parameters of the rubric. It is harder to communicate that with a rubric.

Grading Guides

Example

CriterionPercentage of Total Score
Initial Post (Content): Did the student fully address the question posed in a way that demonstrates full understanding of readings? 25%
Initial Post (Format): Did the student meet (or barely exceed) word count, formatting rules, and number of references? 25%
Reply 1: Did the student respond fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking and prompted further discussion? 25%
Reply 2: Did the student respond fully to the initial post in a manner that demonstrated critical thinking and prompted further discussion? 25%

Pros

  • Allows a moderate level of flexibility while still providing structure.
  • Gives access to "frequently used comments" interface.

Cons

  • Requires more setup than simple direct grading.
  • Interface requires use of a keyboard.

Links to Moodle.org Documentation




Keywords:assignment, advanced grading   Doc ID:76873
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-09-25 14:58 CSTUpdated:2017-12-08 14:25 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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