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Moodle Teacher Guide: Using Marking Guides and Rubrics in Assignments

This guide offers information, advice and resources on how to create an effective online course.

Adding Marking Guides and Rubrics

A Marking Guide in Moodle is a simple tool that lets the instructor grade assignments using criteria and points as well as having the ability to insert commonly used comments. A guide can be preset with a maximum number of points, allowing the instructor the flexibility of choosing any number of points up to the maximum. A Rubric, on the other hand, has a set number of points for varying levels, and is geared to allow students an understanding of the assignments criteria prior to completing the assignment.

To add a Marking Guide while creating an assignment, choose Grade/Grading method, and pick Marking Guide from the drop down menu. (All assignments default to Simple Direct Grading method.)

Click Save and Display

At this juncture, you may choose between making a new grading form from scratch or using a template. Choosing template means you have already set one up.

Choose Define new grading form from scratch.

Name the marking guide, optional add a description

Scroll down until you get to the space to enter each criterion:

Click where is says click

Now you have space to enter Criterion. Complete the Marking Guide with criteria you determine helps grade the assignment. You may also add frequently used comments.

Following is an example of a completed view of the marking guide:

IMPORTANT: If you want to edit the guide after you leave the edit screen, in Assignment Administration box, click on Advanced grading, Define Marking Guide.

To use the Marking Guide

Click on the Assigment, and view the Grading Summary, click on View/grade all submissions:

This will bring you to a screen with a list of all the students in the course.

In the EDIT column, click on Edit/Grade

Clicking on Grade will take you to a screen that allows you to download the Assignment and use the Marking Guide. At this juncture, you can add your own comments under each criterion, or select the commonly used comments. You may also choose the number of points you wish to award each criterion up to the preset levels.

You may also choose whether or not to notify the student when you complete the grading.

Completed marking guide:

This is the student view of the submitted Marking Guide - The student sees the Marking Guide at the top and his/her own graded results below under Feedback: