Moodle Rubric Grading – Complete Guide

The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.

Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.

Moodle Rubric Grading – Complete Guide

The Rubric Text Editor

The rubric system has an editor that lets you set the form name, the description and the rubric itself. You can add a new criteria and level using the editor. The editor also allows the instructor to delete and change the order of the criteria. In addition, there are options that a teacher can configure depending on their preferences. The criterion description field cannot be empty. You must specify the level definition and the number of point associated to that particular level. To save your definition, use the “Save as Draft” or “Save rubric and make it ready option.

Using the Moodle Rubric System

The best way to assess work done by a student using the rubric system is to choose a criterion that best describes the level of the performance of a student. The initial levels in the system are in light green. When the instructor edits the rubric filling, the level in light green will change to light red. Unless an instructor selects a level for each criterion, the rubric will not validate and the final grade will be impossible to calculate.

Creating a Moodle Rubric Assignment

Before grading the work done by a student, an instructor must first create an assignment in the system. After adding a moodle assignment, the instructor should proceed to designing a rubric guide to grade the work done by the student. Below is a systematic guide that will help you to create a rubric assignment successfully.

Use your Mozilla Firefox web browser to login to Moodle. Identify the topic in which the assignment topic is supposed to appear and then choose the “Add activity or resource” icon. The system will return you a list of menu option each for different tasks. Select “Assignment” from that menu, then scroll down and click the “Add” icon. The first task you will need to complete is filling the General Settings form. Provide an “assignment name” and “description” for the assignment.

View and select the settings for the assignment. The assignment setting section allows you to decide the time to make an assignment available to student replies, handling late submission of work and students’ assignment and notifications. You can choose a due date to submit the assignment and prevent or allow all submissions sent in after the due date of the given assignment.

Decide how students will submit their replies. The submission settings include enabling and or file submission, and determining the maximum number of uploaded files and file size. You can allow the reception of feedback comments from the feedback settings. Use the grading settings to determine the grading system you are going to use to calculate grade in the given context.

The next step is to review the Common Module Settings. You choose whether the activity will be visible or invisible to the student in this section. You can even segment assignment by groups if you already developed predetermined groups. Decide if you are going to place restriction conditions on how the forum becomes available and then save your settings. You can “Save and return to course”, “Save and display” or “Cancel” the settings altogether.

Creating a Rubric for Grading the Assignment in Moodle

Now that you assignment is ready, you need to design a rubric guide to grade the work a student has done and submitted. Note that you can create your own rubric from scratch or choose one from among those that exist in the saved templates.

Choose rubric as the main grading method within the activity grade settings. If you want to add an advanced grading method to an activity, you have already created, go to “Activity settings”, and choose “Advanced grading” and the “Define rubric”. Click the “Save and display” button before you proceed.

Click a button named “Define a new grading from scratch”. If you wish to use a predefined template, choose the “Create new grading from a template”. It is important to note that the advanced grading form is not available now and this means that only he simple grading system will be available for use until the release of the advanced grading form.

Add a name to the rubric and then provide a precise description for the rubric. Click on the “Click to edit criterion” field and then enter an appropriate rubric criterion. You can add criterion and their levels and edit them as appropriate. If you want to use an outcome as your criterion, choose the “Click to edit criterion” and then select the “Select outcome”. It is important to note that there are conditions of using outcome as your criterion. In short, this will only be possible if you properly map your outcome to your course settings. Use the delete level icon if you would like to delete a level from a particular rubric criterion.

Select the rubric options before saving your work. There are eight rubric options available and they include the following:

  •  Option hat sets the order of levels
  •  An option to display the remarks to those the instructor is grading
  •  Option to allow users an access to preview rubric used in the module
  •  An option that allows a teacher to allow some text remarks to a particular criterion
  •  An option to allow the display of point of each level to those the teacher grades
  •  An option to display the description of rubric during evaluation
  •  Displaying points for each level during an evaluation
  •  Display of points for each level of those being evaluated.

The final step in creating a Moodle rubric grading system is to click the “Save rubric” and make it ready button.


Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.