Moodle - Using Rubrics for Grading

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This article describes how to set up an assignment that can be graded using a rubric.


Moodle has built interactive rubric forms directly into our assignments. You can now build your own rubric form to help with grading assignments with various criteria. If you will be using a particular rubric form frequently, you can also publish a rubric to use for future assignments. Please follow the instructions below to learn more about utilizing Moodle's rubrics.

Setting Up The Assignment

  1. Click the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
  2. Navigate to the topic/week of your choice, and click on the + Add an activity or resource menu.
  3. Select the Assignment radio button and choose Add at the bottom of the window.
  4. Choose the Assignment option from this menu and select the Add button to continue.
  5. In the following page, fill in the Assignment name, Description, and Due date (select the Enable check box to edit dates).
  6. In the Grade section, the default grade for this assignment is set to 100 points. This is the grade your students will receive if they complete the rubric with 100% accuracy. Change this grade if you desire (individual rubric criteria will have their own point values).
  7. Also in the Grade section, locate the Grading method option. Change this to Rubric.
  8. Continue through this page and modify any settings as you see fit (for more information on building an Assignment, please click here: Setting up Assignments).
  9. Once you are finished with the assignment options, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.
    • If you accidentally selected Save and return to course, you'll have to access the rubric form from another area. Click on your assignment name from the main course page and scroll down to the Settings block. Select the Advanced grading option.

Building Your Rubric

  1. You will now see a screen that asks you to either build a new rubric (the left icon) or use an existing rubric (the right icon). For now, please click on the left icon (Define new grading form from scratch).
    Rubric Building Selection
  2. We are now building a new rubric grading form. Enter in the Name for this rubric (the Description area is optional).
  3. Click inside of the Click to edit criterion box. Now type in your first grading criteria. When you are finished typing, simply click outside of the box to save your text.
  4. To the right of your grading criteria, you should see three columns that say Click to edit level. These columns represent the various characteristics that result in the point value below it (the default grading structure for Moodle rubrics is based out of a 0-2 point system).
  5. Click inside of the edit level box to describe it's characteristics and/or the desired score.
    • You may add more levels by clicking on the Add level button to the far right. To delete a level, simply click on the red X icon next to the level's point value.
  6. Use the Add criterion button at the bottom to add more grading criteria to the rubric form.
  7. Once you have completed building your rubric, take a look through the various Rubric options. By default, these options have already been selected. If you'd like to deselect any of them, go ahead and do that now.
  8. When you are finished selecting your options, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Save rubric and make it ready button.

Note: To edit your rubric at any time, select your assignment name from the course page. Scroll down to the Settings block and select the Advanced grading option. Here you can edit, delete, or publish your rubric.

Grading Student Submissions

  1. From your course page, select the name of the assignment you set up in the first section of this page.
  2. In the top right corner, click on the link that says View [x] submitted assignments. This will bring you to the student submissions area.
  3. Locate the student that you wish to grade and scroll to the far right of the page and click on the Grade link.
  4. You'll see your students' submission as well as your rubric form you established in the previous section.
  5. To grade this submission, simply click inside of the grade box that best fits the criteria. You'll notice that when selected, a border appears around your selection.
  6. If desired, you can write in comments pertaining to this criteria in the empty text box to the far right.
  7. Continue filling out the rubric until complete. If you'd like to provide overall feedback to your student, type it in the Feedback section below the grading rubric.
  8. When you have finished grading, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save changes or Save and show next (this will bring up the next student's submission).

Note: When your student clicks inside of the assignment after being graded, he/she will see the graded rubric form, feedback, and the overall assignment grade. Moodle will automatically calculate the assignment grade based off of the rubric scores you had selected.

  • For example, let's say that the assignment was worth a total of 100 points (as set up in Step #8 in the first section). However, your rubric had five criteria, with each having a maximum value of two points. If a student correctly received a two for each criteria they would receive a rubric score of 10 (five criteria x two max points = 10). The rubric score would immediately be converted to the assignment's 100 point max grade. In this example, the student would receive a 100 for this assignment.
  • If a student received a rubric score of a five (out of a possible 10), he/she would receive a grade of a 50 for the assignment.

Publishing Your Rubric

If you are interested in using a rubric again for a future assignment, you can publish it as a template. When you publish a rubric form, it will be available to all Moodle instructors to use in their own class. While they cannot override your original rubric, they can modify it so it fits their own needs.

If you are interested in publishing your rubric form, please contact the IT help desk.

Need Additional Help?

For additional Training please visit the Teaching & Learning Technologies Training site or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus. 


Article ID: 2595
Fri 10/2/20 5:07 PM
Mon 1/25/21 12:57 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Plymouth State University (PSU)