When creating an assignment, Moodle has two tools that insert either a marking guide or rubric into the assignment. This feature allows students a framework for completing the assignment. Rubrics use a point system that converts the points into a grade. Marking Guides use total points within each category. For example, if the assignment is worth 100 points, categories will add up to 100.
Create an assignment using the assignment module.
In edit settings, under Grade>Grading method, select Rubric, then Save and display.
- Define new grading form from scratch
- Name the rubric
- In the rubric template, add the criterion and the levels. Note: You must have a zero level in order for Moodle to calculate the grade properly.
- Add the criteria and levels.
- Save rubric and make ready.
Students will be able to see the rubric when they open up the assignment. When grading, simply click on the criterion and level. Space is available for both feedback on each criterion and general feedback at the bottom of the rubric.
Marking guides have more flexibility that rubrics and allow you to assign total point levels in each criterion.
In edit settings, under Grade>Grading method, select Marking guide, then Save and display.
- Define new marking guide from scratch
- Name the marking guide
- Use the description to describe the marking guide
- Click ON the text “Click to edit criterion name”
- Click BELOW the “Description for Students” to add the individual criterion description
- Click BELOW the “Description for Markers” to add the individual criterion marker
- Click BELOW the “Maximum score” to put in the total points for that criterion
- At this point, you can also add frequently used comments. These comments will be available to you as you grade the assignment using the marking guide.
As with the rubrics, students will see the marking guide when they open up the assignment.