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Create Your Own Rubric Assignment
Creating a Rubric
Identifying Rubric Criteria
Writing Descriptive Indicators
Weighting A Rubric
Create Your Own Rubric Assignment

Now that you have completed the tutorial on Rubrics as an Assessment Tool, you will be using the information learned to create your own practical rubric to be applied to an assignment you are giving to your class.

Learning Outcome

  • The participant will be able to create an original, analytic grading rubric without assistance, to be used as an evaluative tool for a course assignment by using the resources of a databank of templates.


This assignment is worth 30 marks of the final.


  • Access to the Columbia College Web site - Faculty
  • Databank of Rubric Templates located on the Columbia College Web site - Faculty
  • Word processor that can save as HTML


In this assignment you are going to create an original grading rubric to fit an assignment you plan to give in one of your courses. 

  1. Select an assignment from your course that will require an analytic rubric evaluation tool.
  2. State the learning outcomes that will be demonstrated through the assignment you have chosen.
  3. Determine what factors you will be evaluating. 
  4. View the Databank of Rubric Templates.  Select the rubric template that best suits your goal.
  5. Evaluate the rubric for suitable criteria and descriptive indicators.
  6. Click on Customize and the template will be ready for changes. (Note:  Reminder - Compulsory Criteria:  “Style, Expression of Ideas” and “Mechanics, Grammar, Professional Format” will automatically transfer to your rubric.)
  7. From the Databank Rubric Template, select the criteria you wish to include in your rubric.  Delete any criteria you do not want. 
  8. Add any additional criteria you identified by typing the information into the appropriate section.
  9. From the Databank Rubric Template, select the descriptive indicators you wish to include in your rubric.  Delete any descriptive indicators you do not want.
  10. For additional indicators, write a description of what you would expect to see at each performance level. Use the Columbia College performance levels and scale.
  11. Determine if weighting is required for various criteria. Assign numeric weights to different criteria. (optional). (Note:  Reminder - Compulsory Criteria must maintain a total value of 25 – 30 percent of the total value of the rubric.)
  12. Once finished with your rubric:
    1. Save it as HTML.
    2. Post it to the Columbia College Website in the folder with your name and in the folder marked Facilitator Rubric Database. (Note:  Other facilitators will be able to access your rubric once it goes into the latter folder.  Facilitators will receive an e-mail indicating that a new rubric has been posted. This is part of Columbia College’s Knowledge Management initiative.)
    3. If you wish, print out your rubric.
  13. In a maximum 250 word report explain how your rubric addresses the learning outcomes of the assignment it is intended to address. Post it to the folder marked Rubric Development Reports.  (Note:  The instructor will be the only one to see your report.)

Helpful Hints

  • Be specific when choosing or considering measurable, observable assessment criteria.
  • When reviewing the Databank of Rubric Templates, take time to consider that you can select statements, phrases, and words that are useful to you, deleting what is not useful.
  • Ideally, the entire rubric should fit on one sheet of paper, but no longer than two pages.

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The criteria for grading are…

Creating a Rubric

30% of final grade

Criteria #1: Identification and development of learning outcomes for assignment

Identification of criteria related to assignment

10 marks

Criteria #2: Identification and development of additional indicators using established performance levels and scale

10 marks

Criteria #3 Quality of the final product and explanation of how the rubric is a good evaluative tool for the assignment

10 marks


30 marks

Your performance will be evaluated using the following rubric:






Criteria #1

Clearly and specifically identifies each observable, measurable learning outcome.

Identifies a comprehensive list of criteria to be evaluated.



Clearly identifies observable, measurable learning outcomes.


Identifies a list of criteria to be evaluated.


Identifies some learning outcomes that are not always observable or measurable.

Has identified some criteria to be evaluated.


Has difficulty identifying learning outcomes.


Has difficulty identifying sufficient criteria for evaluation.






Criteria #2

Develops clear and specific descriptive indicators.


Develops specific descriptive indicators.


Develops descriptive indicators that require more specific information.


Has difficulty developing descriptive indicators.



Criteria #3

Final product is carefully related to learning outcomes.


Explanation shows careful reflection with a comprehensive accounting of how the rubric will serve as an excellent evaluation tool for the assignment.


Final product shows good connections with the learning outcomes.

Explanation shows reflection with a good explanation for how the rubric will serve as a useful evaluation tool for the assignment.


Final product generally requires more development.


Explanation shows some reflection, but requires more development to the response.


Final product shows limited development of all components.


Explanation lacks reflection and has limited content.


Final product is incomplete.



Explanation is omitted.