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Create and Grade a Holistic Rubric

Holistic rubrics let you assess an activity as a whole. If you want to be able to assess individual parts of an activity, you will need to use an analytic rubric instead.

This page will walk you through how to make and use holistic rubrics.

Create a Holistic Rubric

  1. Click or hover over “Assessment” on the course navigation bar and click “Rubrics.”
  2. Click the blue “New Rubric” button.
  3. On the “Edit Rubric” page, leave the “Rubric Status” set to “Draft” until you have the rubric ready to use. But you will need to change the status to “Publish” before you can associate the rubric with a tool, such as a Grade item.
  4. Leave the “Rubric Type” on “Holistic,” of course. You won’t be able to change this once you save the rubric.
  5. Type in the “Initial # of Levels” you want. Four or five is common. The more levels you have, the more precisely you can score an activity. But more levels makes it more difficult to write descriptions that clearly distinguish one level from the next.
  6. If you want Pilot to assign a percentage score based on the level you choose when you assess an assignment, leave the “Scoring Method” on “Percentages.” If you don’t need the rubric to pass a percentage grade to a grade item, you may prefer to choose “Text Only.” The text option lets you label your levels with terms like Exceptional, Average, Unacceptable, or with traditional letter grades.
  7. Save your choices.

Video: Create a Holistic Rubric

Edit Levels, Start Range, Description, Feedback

  1. Click the “Levels” tab at the top of the page
  2. Click “Edit Levels” to name your levels, write a description explaining the requirements for each level, and include the feedback a student will get when you choose a level.
  3. If you chose “Percentages” for your “Scoring Method,” there will be also be “Start Range” numbers. These represent the threshold for each level. That is, each number is the lowest score a student can get and achieve that level.
  4. Once you have everything filled in, click “Save.”
  5. To see how your rubric looks, click the little downward-pointing arrow to the right of the rubric’s name near the top of the page. Then choose “Preview.”

Grade with a Holistic Rubric

To use a rubric to assess students’ work and provide feedback, attach it to an activity, such as a Grade item, Dropbox folder, or Discussion topic.

Student View of Original Rubric

Although you can’t use a rubric to assess anything until you assign it to an activity, students can see any rubric that’s status is “Published,” whether the rubric is attached to anything or not:

  1. Under “Assessment” on the navbar, click “Rubrics.”
  2. On the “Rubrics” page, click the little arrow to the right of the rubric’s name, then click “Preview.”
  3. Students will see the rubric in that preview, but not any grading you have done with the rubric.

Grade with Holistic Rubric Attached to a Grade Item

When you attach a rubric to an item in Grades, the rubric can automatically fill the grade item with its score. Then you don’t have to copy each student’s score to Grades.

Once a holistic rubric is attached to a grade item, it’s easy to score:

  1. Click “Grades” on the navbar.
  2. What you do next depends on which view you are in:
  3. If you are in “Manage Grades,” click the small arrow next to the name of the item you want to grade, then choose “Enter Grades.”
  4. If you are in “Enter Grades,” click the small arrow next to the name of the item you want to grade, then choose “Grade All.”
  5. For each student, click the yellow rubric icon in the “Assessment” column.
  6. On the rubric, click the level you want to assign. You can also click in the “Feedback” box to change the feedback you want to give the student.
  7. Click “Save and Record.” Pilot will close the rubric and fill the grade item with the number of points that corresponds to the percentage you entered for the start range of that level. You can fine tune the score in the grade item.
  8. On the Grade Item page, click “Save” after you grade each student and “Save and Close” when you are done grading.

Student View of Graded Rubric

When you grade with a rubric that’s attached to a grade item, a student will see an “Assessment Details” link to the right of the grade item in “Grades.”

A student who clicks “Assessment Details” will see the rubric. The level you assigned will be highlighted in yellow. Only the feedback for that level will be visible.