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Types of Rubrics in Brightspace

Rubrics can be created and linked to the following assessed activities in Brightspace; assignments, discussion topics, quizzes, surveys, grade items, ePortfolio items. This section describes the types of rubrics in Brightspace and the scoring methods. In Brightspace there are two types of rubrics which you can create as follows:

Analytic Rubrics

An analytic rubric breaks the learning activity/task into components to:

  1. help students understand the detailed expectations for the task
  2. provide students more structured and targeted feedback on the task
  3. provide staff reliable grading criteria

Analytic rubrics are more commonly used when students are unfamiliar with the subject. These are two-dimensional rubrics consisting of a table/matrix with levels of achievement as columns and assessment criteria as rows. They enable staff to assess students' work based on multiple criteria using a single rubric. Within Brightspace you can assign different weights (value) to different criteria and include an overall achievement by totalling the criteria. Analytic rubrics may use a points (percentages can be equated to points), custom points, or text only (letter grade/percentage can be included) scoring method. The overall score determines whether the activity is achieved.


Holistic Rubrics

A holistic rubric provides an overall description of the learning activity/task

  1. provide students with broader expectations for the task, to allow for a range of interpretations
  2. provide students with overarching feedback
  3. provide staff with criteria to allow for more complex student responses (validity)

Holistic rubrics are more commonly used for more advanced student learning. These are single criterion rubrics (one-dimensional) used by staff to assess students' overall achievement on a task/learning activity based on predefined achievement levels. Within Brightspace holistic rubrics may use a percentage or text only (including grade) scoring method.

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For more detail on rubric types and how they are integrated into curriculum see resource on: Designing Grading and Feedback Rubrics