Rubric examples

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Rubric examples

Word versions of the example rubrics are below. You can also import the complete set into your Canvas site if you follow the instructions below. Once they are in your Canvas you can adapt and modify for your assessments.

These example rubrics follow principles of good rubric design and will help you meet the assessment policy requirement that any assessment worth 20% or more requires a rubric.

Canvas IMPORT: select this link to import the rubrics into your Canvas shell. Follow this guide for importing the rubrics into your course. Once imported you can edit them to suit your assessments.

Benefits of using rubrics

Rubrics provide an opportunity to assess via a criterion referenced framework, where the emphasis is on skills not scores.

Effective rubrics:

  1. provide marking consistency and clarity
  2. ensure common understanding amongst teachers about the assessment of learning outcomes
  3. ensure feedback is meaningful to students
  4. ensures feedback contributes to student development
  5. assists students to develop understanding and make judgements about the quality of their work

Canvas offers the capacity to easily design rubrics and attach them to assessment items like assignments, quizzes or discussions. As a teacher you can create, edit, and delete rubrics in your course. Using rubrics in Speedgrader makes for more efficient marking and provides consistent meaningful feedback for students. See this guide about using rubrics in Canvas.

Canvas uses a table to present rubrics, however rubrics are not confined to this format and can be represented as a list, graphic, diagram or other format.

Writing quality criteria

Quality rubric criteria allow the skills or knowledge of the person being assessed to be explicitly stated. Through the use of rubrics students and teachers can not only realise the current skill level but can also see what skills are typically developed next. When designing rubrics it is not possible for assessors to meaningfully distinguish more than four levels of ‘passing’ performance and students struggle to make sense of more than three levels. The download package includes a rubric checklist that defines a set of guidelines for writing quality criteria.

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