Rubrics are guides that can be used to assess and/or evaluate student work in a standardized way. Rubrics are useful for providing timely feedback, encouraging students to review and use feedback, prompting students to think critically, to help instructors ensure alignment between learning outcomes, course content, and assessment, and providing a mechanism to ensure that students are evaluated transparently and fairly (Stevens and Levi, 2005).

Why Create Rubrics?

Research shows that interactive rubrics embedded in learning management systems such as Avenue positively contribute to students’ perceptions of assessment and feedback processes (Atkinson and Lim, 2013). Instructors also perceive significant reduction in time spent marking and increases in their students’ satisfaction with the feedback they provide (Atkinson and Lim, 2013; Isbell and Goomas, 2014). Interactive rubrics are valuable tools that can enable your teaching team to provide structured and detailed feedback to your students while still giving you the opportunity to provide individualized responses on their work.


Atkinson, D., & Lim, S. (2013). Improving assessment processes in Higher Education: Student and teacher perceptions of the effectiveness of a rubric embedded in a LMS. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5), Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.

Isbell, T., & Goomas, D. (2014) Computer-assisted rubric evaluation: Enhancing outcomes and assessment quality. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38:12,1193-1197.

Stevens, D. D., & Levi, A. J. (2005). Introduction to rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback and promote student learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

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