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Rubrics are now available for grading assignments within Desire2Learn, the learning management system of Learn@UW. Rubrics have long been a way of grading student performance according to pre-determined criteria. For instructors, they provide a mechanism for determining an appropriate score for an assignment. For students, they indicate feedback on performance levels for particular tasks or elements of an assignment.

Pedagogical approach

Check with this documents for ideas on why using rubrics are advantageous, how to plan for and use them effectively, and whether to use an analytical or holistic approach. This document also provides examples and an introduction to some of the vocablary of rubrics in Desire2Learn.

This Writing Center workshop on Strategies for Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing also provides "strategies and time-saving methods for giving feedback that challenges and supports students in the writing process." (Feb 19th or April 8th)

Technical Setup

Consult these documents for step-by-step instructions for creating and editing a rubric, attaching it to an activity, and entering grades.


If you have any questions on how to set up your rubric in Learn@UW, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.
If you would like to discuss a strategic use of rubrics for your course, you can request a consultation through DoIT Academic Technology: academictech@doit.wisc.edu.