Best Practices for Rubrics

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The Rubrics tool

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Rubrics can be a tool to assist with and help with consistency in grading and providing feedback for students, but there are some pedagogical and technical issues to keep in mind when creating and using Rubrics.

Rubrics can be enabled in the Assignments, Forums, Lessons, and Tests and Quizzes tool (for short answer and essay questions).

**At this time we do not recommend using Rubrics with Forums as a way to provide students feedback. Contact for more information.

  • Rubrics can only contain whole numbers, no decimal points or the functionality of the rubric will be compromised
  • Rubrics can be attached to an assessment in Assignments, Forums**, Lessons or Tests and Quizzes and they can also be viewed in Gradebook.
  • Rubrics as a tool is not visible to students, so there is no need to make the tool 'invisible' through Site Info > Tool Order.
  • When choosing to share a rubric, note that it is shared across the university and cannot be modified once it is shared.
  • Rubrics will not be released to students until grades are released to students:

Release Assignment Grades

Grading and Feedback options for an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)

Grade a forum topic using a rubric

    • Note that grades in Gradebook need to be released in Gradebook to be visible to students in the Gradebook tool.
>> Special Permissions need to be set in Assignments so that a TA can grade using rubrics.  

Visit the Assignments tool

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Select the Assignments tool from the Tools Menu in your site.

Click the Permissions option

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Ensure that "Submit to Assignment(s) is selected in the TA column.

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More questions about the Rubrics tool?


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

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at