Moodle 3.2: Assignment Rubric and Grading Guide Overview

Applies to: Moodle 3.2

You can use use a Rubric or Grading Guide to grade Moodle assignments. Either is a useful tool for grading and communicating expectations to students. Each lists criteria for evaluating student work and distinguishes the different levels of achievement from poor to excellent.

New course sites do not have any pre-created grading forms but you can Use an Existing Rubric or Grading Guide. Rubrics and Graded Guides have some commonalities.

  • The maximum score is whatever point value was specified in the assignment's Grade setting.
  • The minimum score is zero.
  • The best practice is to set the total number of available points to match the maximum number of points available for the assignment. (For example, if 20 is the maximum number of points a student can earn for an assignment, then the total number of possible points for the criteria should add up to 20.)

Rubrics and Grading Guides are considered Advanced Grading methods.


A new rubric starts with one criterion and three levels of evaluation. More criteria and levels can be added.

  • The point values for each level of criterion can be different; you do not need the same number of evaluation levels for all criteria.
  • The Rubric will automatically sum the point values earned for all evaluation levels upon saving.
  • Comment boxes are available for each criterion if desired.
  • You can use feedback with rubrics just like you can in assignments.

Grading Guides

A new grading guide starts with one criterion: a Description for the Student, a Description for the Grader, and a Maximum Grade. More criteria can be added.

  • There are not multiple levels of evaluation for each criterion.
  • There is an area to add common feedback statements.
  • You can use feedback with rubrics just like you can in assignments.

Additional Resources

Use an Existing Rubric or Grading Guide