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Creating a Holistic Rubric

A holistic rubric provides you with a quick option to assess student work as a whole. In holistic rubrics, there is only one single dimension where you can assign criteria, feedback and a percentage value to evaluate students work. Use holistic rubrics to assess students overall quality, proficiency, or understanding of content and skills. Holistic rubrics can also be used with a text only option. Text rubrics can be helpful to present important criteria without having to assign a score.

Here are the steps to create a holistic rubric:


Step One: Access the Rubrics Tool

 1. Click on Assessments in the navigation bar, and select Rubrics from the dropdown menu to access the rubrics tool.


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Step Two: Create a New Rubric

 1. Click on New Rubric to create a new rubric.

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Step Three: Set the Properties for Your Rubric

1. The New Rubric page will open the Properties tab.

2. Start by entering a descriptive Name for your rubric. You will use this name to locate your rubric when attaching it to an assessment tool.


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3. Set the status for your rubrics by selecting from the dropdown list. It is recommended that you select draft until you have completed and checked your rubric.

  • Select draft if you are not ready to link your rubric with an assessment tool.
  • Select published if you are ready to use your rubric and associate it with assessment dropboxes.
  • Select archived to remove your rubric from the search results and to make sure that it is not available to be associated with any assessment dropbox

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Note: Once a rubric has been published you will not be able to make any further changes. For example: editing the name, description, levels and criteria and assigning any associations with assessment dropboxes. If you need to make any changes to a published rubric please change the status back to Draft or create a new copy of the rubric, if you have already evaluated student submissions.

4. Select Holistic from the rubric type dropdown list.

5. Enter the number of levels and criteria in your rubric.

Note: Levels should reflect the quality of the submitted work. Normally rubrics have 5 levels which are High Distiction, Disctinction, Credit, Pass and Fail. However, you can have different number of levels and different names. For exmaple you can have 4 levels; Exemplary, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory

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6. Select the type of Scoring Method from the drop down list.

  • Choose Percentages to provide a scoring method for the levels used in your rubric. You will be able to include feedback for each level and also use the rubric to pass the grade value to the associated dropbox folder.
  • Choose Text Only to provide overall text-based feedback and to present a guide for students to visualise important criteria without having to be associated with any grade value.


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An example of a Text Only rubric:

Text Rubric

An example of a Percentages rubric:

Percentage Rubric

7. Click on Save.

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Note: You could select the Hide Scores checkbox if you do not want students to view their score within the rubric However, it is better to use theText Only rubric, if you do not need to associate any score to a rubric. Remember that it is best practice to ensure that students understand how they will be marked, thus, it is important for students to be able to see their scores.

3.1 Select Advanced Availability (optional)

1. Click on the Advanced Availability option link to choose if you want to associate the rubric with Competencies and My ePortfolio.

2. Make sure to select Competencies to ensure that assessment dropboxes can be associated with the rubric.

3. Select My ePortfolio if you would like the rubric to be able to be accessed from the ePortfolio. This can be used to enable students to assess each within files shared through ePortfolio.

4. Click on Save to complete the setup of your rubric.


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Step Four: Define Rubric Achievement Levels

1. Click on the Levels tab to define the criteria for each level.

2. Click on Edit Levels to start entering criteria and scores for your rubric.

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3. Enter the Level Name. Some examples include using the VU Grading Scheme ( HD, D, C, P, NA) or simply just Pass or Fail.

4. If you are creating a holistic rubric that uses a percentages scoring method, you can enter a Start Range. The start range for your lowest achievement level is automatically set to 0%. The start range for other levels should be the lowest percentage acceptable for the level. For example: “HD = 80%, D = 70%, C = 60%, P = 50%, F= 0%".

5. Enter a Description for each level. Achievement level descriptions help evaluators determine which level best reflects a student's achievement. The more detailed your descriptions are, the more consistent evaluations will be.

6. In the Feedback field, write some standardised feedback for students based on the criteria and score achieved.

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5. When completed, click on Save.

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6. Check that the contents of the rubric are accurate as you will not be able to alter the rubric after linking the rubric to a learning tool.

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Tip: If you are required to make changes to a rubric after being linked, make a clone of the rubric and link the cloned rubric to the learning tool. 

Step 5: Publishing the Rubric

1. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the desired Rubric.

2. Hower over Set Status then click on Published.

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Step 6: Linking the Rubric

Now that you have created your rubric, you can use it by attaching it to an assignment in the Assessment Dropbox.

1. In your unit space, click on Assessments on the navbar then select Assessment Dropbox

2. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the desired Assessment Dropbox and select Edit Folder. If you have not created one please view this guide on Creating an Assessment Dropbox.


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3. Scroll down to find Rubrics, then click on Add Rubric.

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4.Click on the checkbox beside your desired rubric then click on Add Selected.

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Tip: If you do not see your Rubric, your Rubric status may still be set as Draft.

5. Click on Save and Close. Your Rubric is now linked to your Assessment Dropbox. 

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Further Support

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