We've developed a Rubrics tool, intended for both academic and co-curricular settings, which features an intuitive user interface and provides many features including rubric copying, scoring/weighting, aggregate performance graphs, and integration with common learning management systems. Follow these steps for building your rubric template:
To access Rubrics from inside Baseline, click on blue Rubrics button from the Data Collection Tools menu located on the left-side of Baseline’s home page. Users may also click the Rubrics tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. If you navigate to rubrics through the top menu bar you may be brought to a listing of older rubrics that may have been used by your institution. In order to access to the newer version of the rubrics tool simply click on the "launch rubrics" button located in the top right corner of the page.
Creating a Rubric Template
- Click New Template
- Select either Start with a Formatted Rubric or Create a Rubric from Scratch
Start with a Formatted Rubric - This will display the available pre-made templates (including AAC&U, Project CEO and others) that you can use as-is or choose to edit. Click on each title to review what dimensions are included in each template. Click Use This Template to continue with a selected template, or Use a Blank Template to move forward with creating a rubric from scratch.
Create a rubric from scratch - This will allow you to start a blank rubric to fill in all fields from scratch.
- Provide a title for your rubric in the text area that says “Enter Your Rubric Title”
- Enter your information for Dimensions (along the left-hand column of the rubric) and the Achievements (along the top row of the rubric).
- If you would like to add more Dimensions or Achievements, click on the plus sign icon.
- If you would like to reorder or delete dimensions or achievements, click the “ . . .” icon and select the arrow icons to move them, or the trash icon to delete.
Dimensions are the categories or domains on which you will score the assignment.
- Enter the name or label of each dimension by placing your cursor in the Dimension Title area and typing the Title.
- Optional: Enter a more detailed description of the Dimension in the Dimension Description area below the Title.
The point contribution of each Dimension will be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the Dimension boxes. There are two ways to change the point totals for each dimension:
- Adjust using the slider.
- Click on the number and enter your change by typing in the value or using the arrows.
Weighting a rubric means one or more Dimensions may be worth more or fewer points than the others. This is an opportunity to demonstrate to your students the critical aspects of an assignment. To indicate the weighting of each Dimension, adjust the specific Dimension values using the slider or by clicking on the value number.
Achievements indicate levels for each Dimension; Achievements can be quantitative (e.g. 1, 2, 3…) or qualitative (e.g. Good, Better, Best…)
- Add the Achievement label by clicking on the Achievement Title area and typing your information.
- Optional: Enter a more detailed description of the Achievement in the Achievement Description area below the Title.
Click on the Add a Description area to enter text communicating the requirements for each Achievement in each Dimension.
The point value for each Achievement and Dimension will be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the cell description box. As you adjust the Dimension points and Achievement percentages, the appropriate point value in each cell description box will automatically adjust.
If you would like to edit the Title of your rubric, click the icon next to the Title.
While in edit mode, click the rubric settings button
- Turn rubric scoring on/off
- Adjust overall point total (displayed in the upper left-hand corner of your rubric)
- Add N/A option to each Dimension
- Toggle Multiple Evaluations on or off
- Turn Individual Comments on or off. This will add a comment box after each Dimension
- Turn General Comments on or off. This will add a general comment box to the end of the rubric
Click the Rubrics Tool button
located in the top right corner of the rubric to:
Copy a Rubric Template
Copying a rubric template is useful if a user would like to adjust template settings where data has already been created. It is also useful to copy a rubric template that may have been shared with you by another user. In both instances, once you have created a copy of your chosen rubric template you will be able to make adjustments independent of the original template.
Delete a Template
Before deleting a template users should be confident that they will no longer need the material, as this option cannot be undone.
Editing a Rubric Template
Once in edit mode, users will be able to access additional rubric settings. It is also important to note that editing a rubric template that has already been used to collect data is discouraged, as doing so may cause data consistency issues. If a rubric template has already collected data and a user tries to edit the template they are presented with a screen below before they are able make edits
You can print the rubric template if you would like to use or share this as a paper version.
Rubric reports are useful in seeing achievement levels by each dimension of the given rubric, either for a single assessment or across multiple assessments. Visit our article on Aggregate Reporting with Rubrics
to learn more.
You can share rubric templates with other users so that they have access to this rubric template in their own Templates. Sharing will allow them to use your rubric template for their own Assessments.
A rubric template that is shared with you is indicated by the share icon next to the name. If a template is shared, you cannot edit it, but you can copy it and edit the copy if you so desire. Any Assessments created using a shared template can be aggregated to generate Aggregate Reports.
You have the option to send an email letting anyone you have shared the rubric template know that they have been given access to a rubric template.
Next step article - After you have created a rubric template, you will want to use the template in a Rubric Assessment or Assignment.
If you need additional assistance with creating a rubric template, please don’t hesitate to contact your Consultant. For technical support, you can also reach out to us by submitting a ticket (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or calling us at 716.270.0000.