Using Rubrics for effective marking and feedback

What is a rubric? 

Rubrics are used to evaluate an assignment or activity based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that assignments are evaluated fairly and consistently. 

Essentially, a rubric provides marking guidelines to use to evaluate a piece of students work​.  It can also further support learning by providing students with feedback and feedforward comments where improvements can been made. 

Have you used rubrics in Brightspace yet?
The majority of assignments will be submitted via Turnitin so most staff will use Turnitin’s inbuilt rubric tool. For large or multiple file submissions you can use Brightspace’s rubric tool. 

What are the benefits for Staff? 

Rubrics work well when you have a large cohort of students, as it allows for consistent, objective, and efficient assessing of work​.  You can utilise the BU generic assessment criteria for each level, or make a copy of these templates and edit and refine the rubric more specifically to your assessment.  

A rubric can also be setup with weightingsallowing the system to provide an estimated grade, based on the scale setting you have applied when marking the piece of work.  Please note that the final grade given is still your desicion. 

What are the benefits for students? 

The rubric can be shared with students prior to their assignment submission, so that they can use it as a guide to the objectives that need to be met to get the best grade possible. 

After their work has been marked, the completed rubric can be shared with students so they have transparency of how they were graded and view their feedback. 


Further support and guidance: 


If you would like any further help creating and setting up rubrics, contact your Faculty Learning Technologist: 


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