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Marking rubrics in Dropbox

Analytic rubrics allow you to grade assessments tasks such as a dropbox submission or a discussion post based on a pre-defined set of criteria. With analytic rubrics, levels of achievement are displayed in columns and the assessment criteria are displayed in rows. 

To see a short video on how to mark assessments in the dropbox using a rubric, see the video below:



This guide will steer you through the marking process and show you what the students see, the guide includes how to:

Step One: Evaluate Assessment Submissions

When you go into the Dropbox files to assess:

1. Click on the rubric title or icon on the right to enter into and assess through the rubric. 

access the rubric in the dropbox

Step Two: Mark using your Rubric

1. The rubric you have created will appear. Click on the circles to choose the mark you wish to provide the student. 

2. You can see in the picture below that each section automatically awards the number at the top of that level.

basic marks in the rubric

Step Three: Edit Points

1. If you do not wish to award the automatic score of that level, click on the pencil in the score and feedback column. 

2. You can then change the numerical score as well as the feedback. You will see that after you do this, the column becomes pink and shows the orange triangle to indicate that this column has been changed from the automatic score and or feedback.


edit the mark and add feedback in the rubric

Step Four: Save and Record

Check the overall score at the base of the page.  In the score and feedback column will be the sum of all the scores in the same column above.  You will also see the level the student achieved overall.

1. Tick the box next to Transfer rubric feedback to general feedback for the assignment to ensure students see the rubric when they check their feedback for their assignment

2. Click Save and Record to complete the marking process.

finish the rubric

Step Five: Check the Student View Preview

1. Check that the information in the evaluation section of the dropbox looks correct. 

2. The feedback is automatically transferred from the feedback column of the rubric. You can add to this if you wish in the Feedback box below the scores.  


score in dropbox from rubric

Note: The photo below shows you what the students see when they look at their rubric feedback.  You can see where extra feedback is located and that if there is no extra feedback provided when marking the rubric,  only the score is shown.

 rubric from student view

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