Rubric assessments can serve many purposes. In the end, they are a great way to collect student work, such as images or videos, or to distribute copies of Google Docs.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team - You can use a rubric assessment to collect student work and not add it to the gradebook, so don't let the word assessment deter you!

Here is an example of what a rubric assessment could look like for a student:


Begin the Assessment Creation

  • Select Assessments from the left.
  • Select Create Assessment.
  • Select the Rubric assessment option.
  • Enter the Assessment Name, Assessment Type, and desired Grading Scale.
  • Select Save.

Add Descriptors

A rubric assessment will need to have at least one descriptor. Descriptors can be considered the different "sections" of the rubric.

Below is what a descriptor looks like when the students view the rubric:

Below are descriptions of the different components of a descriptor:

1: Descriptor title (200 character limit).

2: Description of the descriptor (1000 character limit).

3: Link a standard (optional).

4: Determine point values for each descriptor (if you are using a standards-based grading scale, this step is not needed, as the performance levels will automatically generate). Then, enter the descriptions of each performance level. (500 character limit).

5: Select this ellipsis to delete or add criteria.

6: Select this ellipsis to delete or add a descriptor.

7: Selecting this icon will collapse the descriptor from view.

8: To continue adding descriptors, select Add Descriptor.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team - want to "duplicate" the descriptors to save time? Use the Descriptor Bank! See below:

Each time you create a Descriptor, it will be automatically added to your descriptor bank. When adding the Descriptor Title, you can type the first 3 characters of the descriptor to find ones that you have already created, starting with those 3 characters!

Add Attachments (optional)

These attachments are viewable by the student when they open up the rubric assessment. They will appear as links for the students to click on in the upper-left corner (except for Google Docs - those will appear below the rubric).

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: You can add up to 5 attachments on one assessment in the assessment builder, but if you'd like to add additional attachments, you can add up to 3 more on individual student assessments once they have been turned in.

  • Upload File: choose a file from their device to upload.
  • Link: a link to a web resource.
  • Photo: take a live photograph with your device's camera or upload one that is already saved on your device.
  • Video: take a live video with your device (max. length of 5 minutes) or upload one that is already saved on your device (max. file size of 30mb).
  • YouTube: Attach a link from a Youtube video.
  • Audio: record live audio with their device (max. length of 5 minutes) or upload one that is already saved on their device (max. file size of 30mb).
  • Google Drive: add resources already in the student's Google Drive. Click HERE for more information.
  • Microsoft OneDrive: add resources already in the student's Microsoft OneDrive.

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