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How do I create a rubric in a course?

If you cannot find a rubric you want to use in your course, you can create a new rubric. Once you create a rubric, the rubric is saved in your course for future use. You can add the rubric to an assignment and use the rubric for grading and adding comments. You can manage created rubrics in the Manage Rubrics page.

This lesson shows how to create a rubric in the Manage Rubrics page. You can also create a rubric directly when adding a rubric to an assignment, and the process is the same.

Rubric criteria can include a point range or an individual point value.


  • Currently criterion cannot be reordered after they are added to a rubric.
  • The option to create a range is managed by an account-level feature option. If the Range checkbox is not displayed in a rubric, your institution has not enabled this feature.

Open Outcomes

Open Outcomes

In Course Navigation, click the Outcomes link.

Manage Rubrics

Click the Rubrics menu [1] and then click the Manage Rubrics link [2].

Add Rubric

Add Rubric

Click the Add Rubric button.

Create Title

Create Title

In the Title field, create a title for the rubric. This title helps instructors identify the rubric so they can associate it with an assignment, graded discussion, or quiz.

Edit Criterion Description

Edit Criterion Description

The rubric includes one default criterion entry. To add a short criterion description, hover over the criterion and click the Edit icon [1].

To add a longer description to the criterion, click the view longer description link [2]. The longer description helps students understand more information about the criterion. The long description does not display directly in the rubric but can be accessed by all users.

Note: Currently criterion cannot be reordered after they are added to a rubric. If you want to display criterion in a specific order, make sure you create them in the order that you prefer.

Add Longer Description

Add Longer Description

To add a long description, enter a description for the criterion [1], then click the Update Description button [2].

Select Range

View Range

By default, rubric ratings are created as individual point values. If you want to create a point range instead, click the Range checkbox [1]. Ranges allow you to assign a rating for a range of point options instead of just one point value.

When enabled, the first rating (full marks) shows the total point value in a range format [2]. Each rating displays a maximum and minimum point value. For each rating, the maximum value is assigned as the point value.

Except for the range value display, criterion ranges function the same way as individual point ratings. For instance, a range that includes a maximum of five points and a minimum of three points is assigned the full point value of five points.

Edit Total Point Value

Edit Point Value

Rubric ratings default to 5 points, awarding 5 points for full rubric marks and 0 points for no rubric marks.

If you want to adjust the total point value of the criterion, enter the number of points in the Points field [1]. The first rating (full marks) updates to the new total point value and any incremental ratings adjust appropriately [2].

Add Ratings

Add Ratings

To add a new rating for the criterion, click the Add icon.

Update Rating

Add Ratings

In the Edit Rating window, complete the rating criterion description. By default, the Rating Score field displays the point value between the two existing ranges [1]. To change the point value for the rating score, enter the new point value in the Rating Score field. Points can be whole (1, 5, 10) or decimal (0.3, 0.5, 2.75) numbers. However, if you are using a range, point values should be whole numbers.

In the Rating Title field [2], enter a title for the rating.

In the Rating Description field [3], enter a description for the rating.

Click the Update Rubric button [4].

Manage Criterion

Edit Rating

To edit a rating, click the Edit icon [1]. Editing a specific rating value affects the full point value for the criterion. If you adjust the point value of a rating, the value of all ratings will adjust and create the updated point value for the criterion.

To delete a rating, click the rating's Delete icon [2]. Note that you cannot delete the first and last rating for the criterion.

To delete the entire criterion, click the criterion Delete icon [3].

Add Criterion

To add another criterion, click the Add Criterion link [1]. To create a new criterion, click the New Criterion option [2]. To duplicate an existing criterion, click the name of the criterion [3].

To find an outcome to align with the rubric, click the Find Outcome link [4].

Note: Outcomes cannot be edited directly in a rubric.

Create Rubric

Create Rubric

Click the Create Rubric button.

View Rubric

View Rubric

View the new rubric.

To edit the rubric, click the Edit icon [1]. To delete the rubric, click the Delete icon [2].