Quick Guide - Creating a Points Analytic Rubric



Before you start creating rubrics within MyCourses, you might want to review the information on Writing Effective Rubrics page. It is also important to not create your rubric until you have it mapped out with the levels, criteria, and descriptions written out. Using Word is the best tool to complete this task. It is much easier mapping out your rubric than trying to create it from scratch within MyCourses.


This tutorial will show you how to create a points based analytic rubric. This means the point values are fixed for each level and criteria. If you want to have different point values for each criteria, you need to create a Custom Points Rubric. An analytic rubric breaks performance into multiple criteria. You assess each criterion separately, resulting in an overall assessment score. Each criterion uses the same point values with a points based scoring method and the points are added up for each criterion to determine the level archived by the student.



Step-by-Step Tutorial:

  1. Click the Edit Course Tab on the Navbar.
  2. Click on RubricsRemember that you should have your Rubric mapped out completely before you get to this stage.
  3. Click New Rubric.
  4. Enter a Name.  
  5. Select a Rubric Status from the drop-down list.  NOTE - Keep the Status as Draft as you create the rubric.
  6. From the Rubric Type drop-down list, it is defaulted to Analytic, so no need to change. 
  7. Select how many achievement levels you want the rubric to have.  It will default at 4, to add more click on the plus sign to the right or the left of the levels depending on where you would like them added.   NOTE - Remember to use your completed mapped out rubric as your reference.
  8. You can change the points for each level by clicking in each points box.  
  9. Select how many criteria you want to break your evaluation down by.  It is defaulted at 3, to add more click on Add Criterion.    NOTE - Remember to use your completed mapped out rubric as your reference.
  10. Click on each Criterion and do the following:
    • Enter Criterion Name and Description by click in the box.  
    • Enter the name of each level assessment (ex. Excellent - Poor) by clicking in the boxes.  
    • Enter a description for each level and criterion by clicking in the boxes. 
    • Enter a standard Feedback for each level. Standard feedback appears to users who achieve the level, and it is an easy way to communicate a rubric's evaluation methodology.   
  11. Under Overall Score,  give a name for each performance level and a minimum score to achieve for each level. NOTE - You will need to figure out the math for this part. For example, if the level is 25 points and you have 4 criteria, the most the student could achieve for that level would be 100 points. You need to decide what the minimum score will be to achieve that level.  
  12. The level order is from high to low by default. If you would like to change that order, click on the Reverse Level Order above the rubric table.  
  13. Click Close when you are done.