How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a rubric in SpeedGrader?

When modifying a rubric, you can choose to enable free-form comments instead of using a ratings scale for each criterion. This allows the assessor to write and leave comments related to the specific criterion.

To use free-form comments, make sure you have selected the free-form comments checkbox when adding a rubric to an assignment. Make sure this checkbox is selected before you begin grading submissions.

Free-form comments do not allow partial credit. A criterion can only receive all or no points.

You can use free-form comments with the option to use the rubric for grading. If you do not select the rubric specifically for grading, you can still use the rubric to evaluate an assignment but the score will not update automatically.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the assignment title.

Open SpeedGrader

Open SpeedGrader

Click the SpeedGrader link.

View Rubric

View Rubric

Click the View Rubric button.

Resize Rubric

Resize Rubric

To view the entire rubric window, you may need to scroll both vertically and horizontally. To resize the rubric window, click and drag the sizing column horizontally.

Complete Rubric

Complete Rubric

In the Ratings column, enter a comment for the criterion [1]. If you want to save the comment to use again for other students, select the Save this comment for reuse checkbox [2].

In the points column, enter a score for the criterion [3]. Each score will create the total points for the assignment [4].

Reuse Comments

Reuse Comments

If you select your comment for reuse, in your next student assessment, the comment displays as an option in a comments drop-down menu.

Save Rubric

Save Rubric

Click the Save button.

View Rubric

View Rubric

If you set your rubric for grading, the rubric points will be automatically populated in the grade field. Otherwise, you can enter the grade from the rubric manually.