Rubrics and Assignments in D2L Brightspace

Rubrics and Assignments in D2L Brightspace

Faculty grading is made easy using rubrics! A rubric is an evaluation tool or set of guidelines used to promote the consistent application of learning expectations, learning objectives, or learning standards in the classroom. There are two types: 
Holistic Rubrics - Single criterion rubrics (one-dimensional) used to assess participants' overall achievement on an activity or item based on predefined achievement levels.  
Analytic Rubrics - Two-dimensional rubrics with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows.  

When writing evaluation criteria, let the course and/or module learning outcomes guide your efforts. The evaluation criteria should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Aligned, Reasonable, and Timely, as outlined by Saint Paul College.  
Setting up your first Rubric can be a bit challenging, but there are templates to get you started.  

The Pros to using a Rubric: 
  1. It connects the learning outcomes with the assignment 
  2. It can be copied from course to course 
  3. It can be copied within a course and modified for other assignments 
  4. It allows students to see what the goals are for the assignment 
The Cons to using a Rubric: 
  1. It takes time to build 
  2. It can be challenging to figure out a point system 

Rubric with Assignment: Student POV

Screenshot of the Student POV

Rubric with Assignment: Instructor POV

Screenshot of the Instructor POV

When first learning to use rubrics, I used it for discussions. It changed the way I grade and reduced the time it took, as well as gave students immediate feedback. After feeling more confident in building a rubric, I used it for assignments. It helped students focus on the goals that were connected to the outcomes and cut my grading time in half! 
One tip is to make a category for “following instructions”. This is a catch all that gives significant points for the foundation of the assignment. 
There are tutorials from D2L Brightspace that take you through the process, and the Saint Paul College Faculty Tech Coaches can help you get started. 

Check out the information on Rubrics: 
Saint Paul College, including example rubrics at < >  

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