Friday, March 6, 2020

Google Snacks Volume 15 - Google Classroom Rubric

Google Classroom just came out with a new feature at the beginning of February 2020 to allow Rubrics to be created, reused, and imported so students can know what they will be graded on. Google also updated the look for creating Classroom assignments, which we will take a quick look at as well.

The new look for Classroom Assignments is below, with the addition of the Rubric option. Nothing too crazy, but I wanted to bring it to your attention since this is a change and you might be following along with the instruction.

Begin by clicking on the Rubric button then select the Create Rubric option. We will look at the Reuse and Import features later in this session.

Once you click on Create Rubric, a blank Rubric page will show, which will look like the image below.

Let's take a look at the elements of a criterion, since this will typically be your main focus.

A Title is required for each Criterion, while Descriptions are optional. You can set the points per level however you would like, but if you are syncing your grades from Classroom to Progressbook, you might want to keep that in mind when assigning points. Once you have added points for one level (title and description optional), you can add more points levels by clicking on the Plus icon.

Once you have filled out a Criterion with point levels, click on the Add a Criterion button at the bottom left to begin another Criterion.

A completed Rubric will look like the image below. Point values can be ascending or descending, depending on how you want it presented.

Next we will talk about exporting rubrics to Google Sheets, which will lead into importing rubrics from Sheets.

When editing or viewing a rubric, click on the three dots button in the top right corner to Export to Sheets. Below is an example of an exported Rubric.

The highlighted rows are required to be there, please be sure not to edit or remove them. (I added the highlights to this example, yours will not be highlighted.) You can create your rubric in advance by using a blank Sheet, but the rubric must have those top two rows to successfully import. I tested this myself by trying to import without the two rows or with only one row, but both rows must be there to import the rubric into a Classroom assignment.

You select Import from Sheets when you create a rubric on an assignment.

You will then be prompted to choose the Sheet to use. If the import fails, you will be told immediately, but you will not be told why or receive an error code. Most likely the reason is the missing two rows at the top, or the format for the criteria is not quite right.

Now we will look at reusing rubrics. When you choose this option, a window will open for you to select the rubric you want to reuse. Once you select the rubric, you can choose it immediately or you can Preview it and edit the criteria.

When you select Preview, the Rubric Preview window will open to allow you to review and choose this rubric or select this rubric to edit as an alternate version. The small arrows in the image below allow you to flip through rubrics to review all of them with ease.

I hope this helped to introduce you to this new feature of Google Classroom

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