Add a rubric to a forum topic

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Go to Forums

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Select the Forums tool from the tool menu of your site.

Go to Topic Settings for a new or existing forum topic

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In the Grading section, choose the gradebook item to associate with this topic

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Note: You must have an existing gradebook item in order to associate the forum topic with that item. If there are no existing items, you will need to go to the Gradebook to create the item first.

Configure the rubric options

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  1. Select the Use the following rubric to grade this assignment radio button.
  2. Choose the desired rubric from the drop-down menu. Note: You must have existing rubrics in your site before they will display in the menu. Shared rubrics must first be copied to your site before they will be available for selection.
  3. (Optional) Preview the selected rubric to make sure that it is the correct one.
  4. (Optional) Check the box for Adjust individual student scores if you would like to be able to change the number of points awarded for individual criteria ratings while grading student posts on a per-student basis.
  5. (Optional) Check the box for Hide Rubric from student if you do not want students to see the rubric prior to posting.

Select Save when you have finished setting up the topic

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Your forum topic now has a rubric attached

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Topics with rubrics attached will display a rubric icon next to the title of the assignment.

Notes on connecting Rubrics to Forums

  • When selecting autocreate topics for groups (see Add a new topic in a forum) the rubric must be linked to the Forum so that it applies to each topic. The rubric will not automatically generate for each topic/group. You can manually add the rubric for each topic/group after the creation of the auto topics for groups (only the first one will have a rubric attached).

More questions about the Rubrics tool?


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This page is adapted from an equivalent Sakai Community help article.

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at https://sakai.screenstepslive.com/s/sakai_help