Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

How to Locate Course Rubrics

Click on Tools tab from the course homepage and select Rubrics.

Rubrics can also be found on the details page of each activity. For example, when completing a discussion, the rubric may be listed above the "Start a New Thread" button and below the Discussions Instructions section.

Sample Rubric

An example of feedback using a graded rubric for an assignment

The figure above is an example of a graded rubric feedback for an assignment. 

Rubrics are associated directly with course activities, so you may have the option to view the criteria used to assess your activity before you submit your work. However, in some cases, your instructor may choose to hide a rubric for an activity until it is graded and feedback is published. This may be done to prevent learners from using rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, your instructor may describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, your instructor releases the graded rubric as part of your assessment details.

The graded rubric for the activity includes achieved criteria, personalized feedback, and score. In some cases, the activity includes a link to the graded rubric. For example, a discussion shows instructor feedback, score, and a link to the graded rubric.

When you are notified that your grade for an activity is released or updated, you can view the feedback from the respective tool. For example, to view assignment feedback, go to Assignments.