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How to Save Time Developing Rubrics

Submitted by on January 22, 2013 – 7:35 pmNo Comment

Rubrics are an excellent platform for outlining grading criteria because they accomplish two purposes:

  • They allow instructors to grade consistently and objectively.
  • They allow students to understand what constitutes an excellent score and exactly how to get one.

But developing a thorough rubric can be time consuming—time that we seem to have less and less of (and, let’s face it, time we’d rather spend on the more exciting parts of our courses, right?)

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Every heard of iRubric? It’s a web-based tool that offers a variety of features for tackling your grading and assessing to-do’s, but its free feature may be the most beneficial: iRubric offers a gallery of rubrics that you can use or customize for your course. Because iRubric has been around for a few years, the gallery is packed with fully developed rubrics for all kinds of assignments, in all kinds of subject areas. So before you build a rubric from scratch, check out iRubric’s gallery—chances are it contains the rubric you need. First, create a free Educator/Teacher account. (Don’t worry—it takes about 30 seconds.) This will allow you to save the rubric to access at a later time and edit the rubric to customize for your course.

Search for a Rubric

From the iRubric homepage, search for a rubric using two options: either in the gallery or in the search area:

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Search for a rubric in the iRubric gallery or in the search area

  • Gallery — search for a rubric by grade level, subject, or type.
  • Search area — search for a rubric based on keywords associated with the your lesson or assignment type.

Customize a Rubric

You can choose to use the rubric as is, or you can edit the content to customize the rubric for your course. To customize the rubric—

  1. Select Copy to my rubrics located above the rubric (this also allows you to access the rubric at a later time):

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    Copy the rubric you want to modify, which will allow you to edit the rubric

  2.  Select edit.
  3. Click inside the field where you want to modify the text. You can- type new information, or – copy+paste information, and – add columns, rows, or dividers.
  4. Select whether to – keep the rubric in draft mode or if it’s ready to use, and – make rubric available in Rubric Gallery or keep this rubric private for the next 14 days.
  5. Select Save.

Link to or Embed the Rubric in Your Course

To use the rubric in your course, choose either the url:, link:, or embed: options. With these options, you can

  • link to the rubric inside an assignment description or a syllabus in the course, or
  • embed the rubric directly in the HTML code of your Learning Management System.
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Share the rubric with your students

Share Your Own Rubric with the iRubric Community

You’ve searched the iRubric gallery and found the exact rubric you need. Now it’s time to return the favor. Don’t be shy—you probably have at least one well-developed rubric that another instructor could benefit from. Watch this brief video that shows how to build a simple rubric in iRubric and how to share it with the iRubric community:

Share Your Experiences

Do you have a rubric in the iRubric gallery, or do you have time-saving strategies you use when developing rubrics?  Share with us in the comments section below.

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