What is it?

Dropdown menu showing "Simple direct grading", "Marking guide" and Rubric".Advanced grading is a grading method that can be used in Moodle Assignments.

 

 

 

Advanced grading is marking done with a Marking guide or a Rubric.

Marking guide example: Rubric example:
Example of Marking guide with criterion, comments and maximum mark.Example of a rubric with certain levels chosen.
  

How do staff and students use it effectively?

Clear marking criteria will help students understand what any particular assessment task is looking for. Marking guides and Rubrics help ensure assessment guidelines, success criteria and next steps are clear for students and staff, which will help avoid unnecessary complications.

Staff can decide which options they use when setting up their Marking guide or Rubric but we would recommend you consider the following:

  • Choose the setting to make the criteria descriptions visible to students in advance, and let them know that they can view these by accessing the assignment submission point.  You may need to highlight to them how to view the marking criteria at the early stages.  
  • If you’re using the Rubric or Marking guide for formative feedback, you can choose to hide the points awarded from students.
  • It’s important to include feedback comments and to personalise the feedback provided.  You can choose how to use the rubric and marking guide in combination with feedback comments, so you can either have feedback comments for each assessment criterion, or you can make an overall feedback comment. 

How might I use it?

To get set up, please view the following guidance videos:

Watch this short video [6 mins 17 secs] which demonstrates how the set up a Rubric:

 

Watch this short video [7 mins] which demonstrates how the set up a Marking guide:

Case study

Dr Sabina Gheduzzi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, on Using a rubric for an open ended assessment.

 

Further reading

 

Themes

  • Assessment and feedback

Guidance

How to video guide: Rubrics - Advanced marking in Moodle

How to video guide: Marking guides - Advanced marking in Moodle

Moodle FAQs

Moodle Assignment Settings Setup and FAQ

Student Assignment Submission FAQs

Bath Blend Baseline

Contacts

For additional advice on using Advanced Grading in Moodle to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: tel@bath.ac.uk

Marking guide & Rubric FAQs

The main difference between a Marking Guide and Rubric is the points/marks awarded for each criterion. For the Rubric, only a set number of points can be awarded depending on the preset levels of each criterion. In a Marking Guide the grader can choose the points awarded up to the maximum points allowed for the given criterion.  

Marking Guide 

  • You can set up a marking guide in Moodle using the Advanced Grading options. 
  • In Moodle, the marking guide is a feedback form where you can describe the learning outcomes or assessment criteria. The form provides a box to enter feedback comments for each criterion. 
  • You can allocate a maximum mark for each criterion. 
  • The marking guide allows you to build up a bank of frequently used comments. 

Rubric 

  • You can set up a rubric in Moodle using the Advanced grading options. 
  • In Moodle, the rubric is presented in a grid format. There are rows for the different assessment criteria or learning outcomes, and columns for the expected performance levels. 
  • You can assign a score to each performance level. 
  • You can decide whether to display the breakdown of marks to students, or just the descriptors. 
  • The overall mark is calculated by the rubric. 

Below is a brief overview and comparison of the different marking methods available for Moodle assignments.

Mark single assignmentAnnotate PDF submissionsMark multiple assignmentsRubricsMarking guides
When could I use this method?For smaller number of submissionsWhen you want to use basic annotating tools

Can be used in conjunction with Mark single assignment, rubrics or marking guides

For larger numbers of submissions

When you want to enter marks and comments in bulk

When you want to use criterion based marking

Good for consistency with multiple markers

When you want to use a marking form

Good for consistency with multiple markers

Marking online or offline?OnlineOnlineOfflineOnlineOnline
What does it look like?Simple grading feedback box.PDF with annotations such as notes added, drawn boxes, highlight sections and stamps.Grading dropdown menu with Download all submissions and Download grading worksheet (Bath) highlightedExample of a rubric with certain levels chosen.Example of Marking guide with criterion, comments and maximum mark.
Advantages Simple to complete

Can work through one assignment at a time

Annotate within grading window: no downloading

Create a comment bank for feedback

Quicker for large cohorts

Useful for transferring marks to SAMIS

Provides quick criteria based marking

Make it visible to help students understand criteria

Provides more personalised criteria based marking

Make it visible to help students understand criteria

Create a comment bank for feedback

Considerations More time-consuming for large cohorts Basic annotation toolsMust not rename files

Need to zip and unzip

For anonymous marking need to match participant ID

Cannot download feedback to share outside of Moodle

Define rubric carefully

Cannot download feedback to share outside of Moodle

Define marking guide carefully

Settings to enable this method Simple Grading selection button

Annotated grading button Offline grading buttonRubric grading choiceMarking guide grading choice

Staff can decide which options they use but we would recommend you consider the following.

  • It’s important to share the marking criteria with students before the assessment. You may need to highlight to them how to view the marking criteria at the early stages.
  • Choose the setting to make the rubric or criteria descriptions visible to students in advance, and let them know that they can view these by accessing the assignment submission point.
  • If you’re using the rubric or marking guide for formative feedback, you can choose to hide the points awarded per criterion from students (they will still see the total grade awarded).
  • You can use the rubric or marking guide in combination with a Letter scale to provide indicative feedback (for example Pass or Fail) instead of a percentage mark.
  • You can choose how to use the rubric in combination with feedback comments, so you can either have feedback comments for each assessment criterion, or you can make an overall feedback comment. It’s important to include feedback comments, to personalise the feedback provided.
  • You could also choose to annotate the submitted assignments, as the rubric and marking guide can be used in combination with the other feedback methods in Moodle.

No, Moodle will scale the rubric/marking guide score to 100 even if your rubric/marking guide doesn’t add up to 100 (assuming you haven’t changed this in the assignment settings).
e.g. an assignment with a rubric/marking guide that scores 20/40 will appear as 50/100 in the gradebook and for SAMIS transfer.

The rubric will work out the marks based on the points awarded for each criterion. When you create the rubric, you will be able to determine the points each level is worth.

For example, if you have chosen the levels in the green boxes for each criterion, the student would receive a mark of 6/9, this will appear as 66.7/100 in the gradebook and for SAMIS transfer.

The marking guide will work out the marks based on the points decided by the grader, the grader can only give a score up to the maximum marks.

For example, if the grader awards a mark of 7 on the assignment below, the student will receive a mark of 7/10, this will appear as 70/100 in the gradebook and for SAMIS transfer.

Some rubrics identify a percentage weighting for each criterion (or level) but this is not obvious in Moodle Rubric. Essentially you need to calculate the criterion marks according to your percentage weighting and then distribute those accordingly. 

Example:

  L1 – Fail  L2 – Weak  L3 – Average  L4 – Good  Total 
C1 (50%)  0  10  15  25  50 
C2 (30%)  0  6  9  15  30 
C3 (20%)  0  4  6  10  20 

Note that Moodle will always scale to 100 (the Assignment default).  It’s recommended to leave the total score at 100 in order to use the grade transfer functionality. 

No. Both these assessment methods must be completed online in Moodle’s grading screen.  If you would like to export submissions to work and mark offline you will need to mark with Simple direct marking. 

Marking guide: Yes, a marking guide can be edited once in use. A warning will appear if the marking guide has already been used for grading and will ask you if the assignment needs to be regraded or not. 

Marking guide editing warning pop-up

Rubric: Yes, but editing the levels or values of the criterion will not change the grade book value already given to students. The assignment will need to be regraded.

Rubric editing warning pop-up

This depends on how the markers want to work.

Double (not blind) marking could use a marking guide where each marker adds a feedback comment with their initials.

In rubrics you can choose to have feedback comment boxes for each criterion, but only show these to markers.  These could be used to explain ‘levels’ chosen for moderation with other markers.

Yes, in the Marking guide, other graders on the unit will be able to see and use the frequently used comments saved for that assignment.

Yes. You can search your own grading forms in the search box. This way, you can simply re-use your grading forms. Only forms marked as ‘Ready for usage’ can be re-used this way.

Click Create new grading form from template.

Click the box to include your own forms and click Search.  Then select the link to use the form.

"Use this form as template" message

Each time you reuse a marking guide or rubric, a new version is created.  This means you can edit the new version without it affecting any of the previous versions.

To re-use a marking guide or rubric in a different Moodle course you will have to Backup and Restore the activity.

Each time you reuse a marking guide or rubric, a new version is created.  This means you can edit the new version without it affecting any of the previous versions.

Only the Marking Guide option gives you the chance to use ‘frequently used comments’.  If a teacher regularly uses the same comments when marking, it is possible to add these to a frequently used comments bank. 

  • Click the Click to edit link and add a comment. 
  • Click the +Add frequently used comment button to add another one and repeat as needed. 

When you reuse a marking guide the frequently used comments will be duplicated for reuse too.