Create a rubric

Rubrics are helpful because they allow teachers to communicate specific expectations to students about a task.  Teachers can identify the criteria that they are looking for and provide information about how the criteria will be evaluated.  Rubrics are helpful to students because they set clear expectations and provide specific feedback.  

DigiExam allows you to create rubrics and grade with rubrics for formative assessments. 


Find the library

The rubric library allows you to create, save, and use rubrics.  You can find the library by clicking the "Rubrics" tab in the left-hand toolbar (see figure 1.1).

Figure 1.1


Create rubric

Rubric ground rule: The rubrics in DigiExam require a title and at least one complete ability before they can be saved and used.

1. Create a new rubric

Select the green "+Create new rubric" button at the top of the page (see figure 1.2).

Figure 1.2

2.Enter a title for your rubric.  

The red text box "Title" is mandatory (see figure 1.3).  You can also add an optional description of the rubric.


Figure 1.3

2. Edit the grading scale on your rubric.  

The default grading scale is set to include letters grades (A, B, C, D, E, F).  However, you can use any grading scale that you would like.  For example, you may want to use a numerical scale (5, 4, 3, 2, 1),  descriptive words (exceeding, proficient, in progress, etc), or a combination of the two.  You are able to include any number of grades by using the "add grade" and "remove" buttons (see figure 1.4).


Figure 1.4

3. Set the abilities 

The abilities are the skills that you are evaluating your students on.   Add the skills you would like to assess by clicking on the "add ability" button and entering a name for the skill (see figure 1.5).


Figure 1.5

You will then need to fill in descriptions of what that skill will look like at each grade/level (see figure 1.6).  This will provide details as to what a student needs to know and be able to do in order to achieve a certain grade/level.  You can add as many abilities as you would like.


Figure 1.6

4. Save the rubric

Save the rubric by clicking the green "save" button (see figure 1.7).


Figure 1.7


If the rubric doesn't appear in the library after it has saved, it means that some part of the rubric ground rule is not fulfilled.  You will then see a red box with a question mark next to the "Save" button (see figure 9). Press the question mark to see what needs to be added for the rubric ground rule to be complete.


Figure 1.8

Using the rubric in an exam

After the rubric has been saved, it will appear in the library and is ready for use. The functions of the rubric library are the same for the exams.  You are able to preview, edit, archive and share rubrics with colleagues. For more information on library functions, click here.

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