What is a rubric? A grading rubric is a scoring guide that is used to objectively grade student work. Rubrics are an example of a tool used in both face-to-face courses and online courses.

Benefits: Grading rubrics offer benefits for the student and teacher. From the student perspective, a rubric is a guide for how an assignment will be graded. It highlights the caliber of work that is to be expected, as well as the weight to be applied to each assignment component. From the teacher's viewpoint, rubrics eliminate ambiguity. They are designed to take the allegation of subjective grading out of the dispute. An ideal rubric is one in which multiple teachers objectively apply the grading criteria to the same student work and end up with approximately the same grade result. Because rubrics are made available to the students prior to doing their work, they are thought to promote self-evaluation among the learners. Here are some examples of rubrics, as well as tools that will help you create and use rubrics.

  • Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything Assessment and Rubrics page has dozens of pre-existing rubric examples in a variety of subjects and formats.
  • RubiStar uses interactive templates to assist in creating personalized rubrics. These rubrics can be saved online and linked from within your course, eliminating the need to re-upload documents when revising rubrics.
  • rCampus iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development and sharing tool. Rubrics are fully customizable from a gallery of templates, or can be created from scratch. Rubrics can be embedded in websites, and teachers can use the web tool to score student work and publish those results to individual students.
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What should an ePortfolio include? Read the post on Developing an Authentic ePortfolio.

Common Sense Media's Top Pick List of Student Portfolio Apps and Websites


ePortfolios are digital collections of student learning that are dynamically updated and shared over the Internet. They can be used for stand-alone lessons but are typically compiled to tell a story of a student's academic career. There are a variety of fee-based services but the following tools can also be adapted.

  • VoiceThread: This tool could also be used to have students upload evidence of their work and make it available for others to see and comment.
  • Google Presentations: PowerPoint-type presentations that are saved in the "cloud." Work can be saved on the Internet, with work submitted to the instructor through a link.
  • Normally used for creating a web presence but can also be used to host a class project. This Google Sites example is from a middle school "Living Museum" project.

View the student ePortfolio examples from Blue ridge Virtual Governors School.