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There are many recommendations I have about grading with rubrics:

  1. When grading, instructors should have the ability to have the rubric in a pop-out window so that they can see the student work and have the rubric open at the same time to reference the language. Being able to hide the rubric is not enough. Many people have multiple screens. I would like to have the rubric on one screen while grading on the other. Instructors would also be able to adjust window sizes this way to have both open at the same time. As an instructor, it is important to see the language of the rubric at the same time as assessing the work so that your grading is consistent with the wording.
  2. Any comments an instructor adds to the rubric while grading should appear automatically to the student. If an instructor takes the time to provide valuable, personal feedback to the student, why hide it from them? There is a very small conversation bubble that indicates there is feedback. This is too easily missed! The point of grading is not to provide a score, but to provide feedback for improvement. Hiding this is one way of telling students that the overall score of the assignment is the only thing that matters.
  3. Comments in the specific rubric criteria should appear in the gradebook. Again, why hide this valuable feedback? There is a very small box to provide feedback on the overall assignment that appears in the gradebook only if the "show to student" box is checked. The box does not get bigger so providing feedback beyond a few words is difficult. Instead, there should be an "Overall comment" place on the rubric itself that appears in the gradebook. If you are worried that the gradebook will get too cluttered, have a feature that has the comments automatically appear but then the student can hide the comment if he or she so desires after it is read.
  4. Instructors should be able to highlight parts of the rubric. We are able to mark up an assignment, we should also be able to mark up the rubric itself. This is one form of communication to the student as it provides the reason as to why a student receives a certain grade. This is especially true if the student is in between two levels on the rubric showing some elements of an "Exceeds expectations" but some elements from the "Meets expectations" column. If would be nice to highlight the parts they are doing from each column.
  5. Instructors should have a rich text editor when creating rubrics even if there are limitations. The text is pretty small on the rubric as it is. I would like to make it bigger. There are parts of the rubric I would like to emphasize to show the difference between how this element differs between "Exceeds Expectations", "Meets Expectations", or "Approaches Expectations." At the moment I can only put this language in CAPS to show emphasis. I would like to bold, underline, italicize, or change the text color.
  6. Creating rubrics is difficult in Schoology. The text box in which you are able to write the grading criteria in a grading level is very small. It only expands when typing in it. Then collapses when working in another text box. Rubrics should have more language in it than a couple words. Instead of creating a rubric in Schoology, I have to write the language I want in another document so I am able to read it all as a whole easily, then copy and paste it into Schoology.
  7. When showing a rubric to the student in an assignment, the columns are pre-determined by the characters in the criteria or grading levels. I should be able to adjust this easily by dragging the column line. If the Criteria column has a long title, it will push the "Grading Scale" columns over making it small. Therefore, the rubric is askew.

These are the recommendations that I can think of for now. I use rubrics in every assignment. I love that Schoology provides the option for rubrics but feel this is a great area of improvement as well. Thank you for your consideration.

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    Leticia Mullen

    "The point of grading is not to provide a score, but to provide feedback for improvement." Agreed. I can't use them in my class because of my custom grading scale. I second everything above PLUS I would request feedback rubrics which require NO points at all.

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    Ms. McKay

    It would be nice to be able to have the overall score calculate only on the criteria evaluated.  For example, if I have 4 criteria, each worth 4 points, the overall score is x/16.  But sometimes I want to use a rubric when not every criteria applies.  Rather than having to make a second rubric, it would be nice to be able to score the 3 criteria that do apply, leave the 4th blank, and have the overall score be x/12.  If I wanted to score all 4, and the student failed to perform on the 4th, I can easily add a 0; in that case, in my model, the overall score would be x/16.

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    Paul Schlangen

    Agreed. Being able to choose between a variety of grading scales or rubrics would be nice. A sliding scale or "Speedometer" style grading scale would be nice for things that fall on a spectrum and not necessarily in one slot or another.

     

    It would also be great to have the feedback given show up to students in their "Recent Activity" feed as well. 

    Like this: https://goo.gl/yqSjUQ 

     

    Click here to upvote activity feed improvements: https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/114095786874-Student-Activity-Feed-Improvements

     

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    Emre Ulkucu

    DEFINITELY agree about the rubric text boxes being so tiny.  I just recently started using the feature, and I decided to type them out in a spreadsheet first (as was requested by my admin anyway) then copy them over... ya know, convenient! (sigh)

    As for the comments, I'm thinking one way that might "force" students to read what I wrote is to write a response to those comments after they receive them and find examples of what I was talking about.  As a math teacher, I started using a rubric for an assignment that tasks S's with generating their own examples for particular skills, describing what they're doing at each step, and explaining why they're taking that step or how they know what to do.

    So if I rank the criteria of "Description Detail" as "Approaching," I might try having them respond as to which problems could have used more detail when describing and how to improve it.  I would also like to have them self-assess and explain why... but I have to be better prepared for that kind of thing :-/

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    Ms. Whelan

    I agree and especially would like a comment feature or category so I can add comments to each section of the rubric to give feedback that is specific to the criteria. I also think it is important that the scale doesn't copy when adding in new criteria as it is then difficult to change the points without the rubric moving the "excellent" etc to the wrong column.

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    Diane Lytle

    AGREE with all of these ideas! I use rubrics on just about every activity.

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    Martin Tremblay

    Being able to separately assess different criteria in an assignment: I could give a written production that is being evaluated on content-grammar-reinvestment of understanding. And instead of adding marks up, Schoology would show what the student has got for each category. 8-5-6 instead of 19 or worse 19 on 24.

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    SARAH GRIMM

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

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    MICHELLE ROSARIO

    With over 50 upvotes, I'm curious to hear what Schoology has to say about rubrics. I hear they are coming out with new ones but will they include these features? When will the new rubrics be launched?

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    Martin Tremblay

    I would love my rubrics to be visible within the pen correcting option instead of toggling between pen and score rubric... Talking IOS Ipad version here.

    Edited by Martin Tremblay
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    Kacie Sandbrook

    Also, I would like to export rubrics to an excel doc or google sheet. This would allow me to share and print freely. Also, being able to export a graded rubric (with categories selected and comments) would be so valuable to me! I need to keep printed records for my district and schoology does not allow me to do this!!!

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    Marina Peregrino

    I would also like the final score to be normalized, perhaps the rubric totals 12 points or 42 points but I want the assignment to be worth 20 points or 25 points in the end. 

    It would be nice if the Rubric had a Not Applicable option so that the same Rubric could be used but the assignments can be individualized. 

     

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    Greg Loomis

    Anything to call the student attention to the comments in the rubric would be helpful. Some possible ideas:  Another icon next to the rubric icon in the gradebook that indicates that there are comments,   A change to the rubric icon (maybe a big "C" on the icon) that indicates that there are comments, or just append the comments to the overall comments so that they are visible in the student gradebook.  I also agree that the student should get a notification that will bring them directly to the comments. 

    We do SO MUCH WORK to produce quality feedback and it feels like it is not seen by the students.  I understand that we can do a few things in class: tell the students to look for the comments, tell individuals that you commented on the rubric, make an announcement in class after completing all grades and specifically have students go and read the comments.  But isn't the point of Schoology to help streamline communication and make it easy for all users to improve their workflow? Thank you, Schoology, for an awesome program. Unfortunately, just like sliced bread, once you get used to it, you want it sliced even more precisely :-)

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    Charles Black

    Hey Greg,

    Thank you for your insightful feedback! We really appreciate you taking the time to comment here and upvote this feature. 

    Complex feature requests such as this one are difficult to digest and completely understand the overall vision so, your comments are very welcome!

    Although new rubric features are not currently on our public roadmap, we are constantly releasing new features which are all on our Product Roadmap. Please make sure you are following each section on the roadmap to receive notifications, we are adding new features all the time!

    We are also working hard to improve our request process for features so, your feedback helps in that way as well!

    Much appreciated,

    Charles
    Knowledge Management & Community Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Paul Schlangen

    Charles, 

    Can you speak to how your team uses the comments added to this community message board? I've heard that these feature suggestions and upvotes are not utilized by Schoology for planning or altering the platform. Is that correct?

    Also, you have mentioned that sometimes complex feature requests like this are, "difficult to digest and completely understand the overall vision," and that you are, "working hard to improve our request process for features."  Is your team planning to do anything specifically to seek feedback from educators on features that on the product roadmap? Are there any opportunities for any users to Beta test features, for example?

    Thanks in advance for your time. 

    Have a great day!

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    Tadhg O.

    This feature is badly needed and can ensure that rubrics and feedback is recorded further across all courses. Actively making a teachers life easy is in the interest of schoology as schools become happier with the service. In Ireland we are moving to comment only feedback so numbers are no longer important, if it was possible to export the words from a rubric number that was given to the student it would mean reporting for teachers becomes much easier.

    It would be great to see this and would defiantly be a well used export function.

    Tadhg

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    Ms. McKay

    Still hoping for progress on rubrics...almost 2 years, almost 100 votes, lots of comments...

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    Nicki Shackleford

    Hi, Paul and all -

    Thank you for your thoughtful questions and feedback. Paul, the answer to your question is that we absolutely are tracking the feedback shared in these forums and funneling it up to our Product team as they plan and scope changes to our platform. When our team is in search of feedback for planned developments, this is one of the first locations they look for real user stories.

    This request around rubrics, in particular, has very specific feedback from a variety of educators, and each comment offers additional context and perspective that we value. That being said, tracking and following up on feedback is difficult when multiple ideas are overlapping within a single post. We are working on some improvements for how we gather and track feedback, so stay tuned for more to come!

    Paul, regarding your question around beta testing: If you are interested in trying out some of our Limited Availability features, you can check out our Additional Features section for more information on features currently in Limited Availability for Enterprise clients. We also recommend that you reach out to your Client Success Manager, who will have a more direct understanding of your district’s needs.

    Thank you again for your questions and for being a valued member of the Schoology Community!

    Best,

    Nicki Shackleford
    Knowledge Manager
    Schoology, Inc.

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