Accessing the Rubrics Tool:

  • Click Assessment on the Course Navbar.
  • From the drop-down menu select Rubrics. 

Creating a New Rubric:

  • On the rubrics page select New Rubric
  • Under Status, you are able to choose between the following Published, Archived or Draft. 
  • Enter a Name for the rubric in the Name field.
  • From the Type drop-down select Analytic. 
  • From the Scoring drop-down choose either No Score, Points, or Custom Points. 
    • No Score: Text only assesses criteria based text levels such as Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, etc.
    • Points: Similar to no score only but allows you to assign a point value to each level such as Exceeds Expectations (100), Meets Expectations (75).
    • Custom Points:   Similar to points but allows you to assign different point values for each level based on each individual criteria.  For example, in the Speaking Criteria, the Exceeds Expectation level is 100 points.  In the Listening Criteria, the Exceeds Expectations level is 60 points.

Note: We recommend using Custom Points so that you can change the points for each criterion and level if required.  If you choose points the values are automatically assigned based on the number of levels and criterion created.


Rubric Visibility

You can choose between the following three options:

  • Rubric is Visible to students
  • Rubric is Hidden from students
  • Rubric is Hidden from students until feedback is published

Score Visibility

  • Hide Scores from students

Add Description if applicable

Advanced Availablity

To associate a rubric with other tools you must check the appropriate box under ‘Allow New Associations in’. 

  • To allow association with grade items, assignments, quizzes and discussion topics check the box beside Competencies. 
  • To allow association with ePortfolio select ePortfolio. 
Note: Once a rubric is associated with another tool it can no longer be edited or deleted.

Click Save 

Best Practices

  • Since rubric work is auto-saved, there is no need to continuously Save the rubric. Instead, use the Publish and Save Draft options to make feedback visible immediately or later.
  • Leave overall activity feedback in Overall Feedback for the activity, and not in the rubric. It will display to the learner in a nice consistent block, followed by a completed rubric with detailed criteria feedback.
  • Reserve the use of rubric criteria feedback for assessor additional comments (in plain text). Criteria feedback will ­not be copied to Overall Feedback for the activity.
  • Be assured that your learners will see your rubric and overall activity feedback in a consistent presentation across User Progress, Content, Assignments, Discussions and Grades
  • Treat rubric Total as the numeric score that is transferred and communicated in Grades. Use Level Achieved as additional information of overall achievement. Note that it will be possible to exclude the Level Achieved section in the future.
  • Be assured that the Scoring Rubric automatically contributes to the activity Score.
  • In the case of multiple rubrics, choose whether you want to assess an individual rubric or all rubrics in the same dialog in Assignments
  • Choose the rubric visibility setting to control whether the rubric is intended for communication of feedback to the learner or for other assessment purposes.
  • Do not associate a rubric directly with quizzes as this feature is being removed. Our intent is to introduce rubrics for the Long Answer question type in 2019. Note that the rubrics that have previously been created and associated with Quizzes will continue to work, but will not benefit from the design changes described above

  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the comment. SLATE is mobile-friendly using a browser and simply logging into

    There is an app called Brightspace Pulse, this is designed for students, so you would be unable to create rubrics within the app. If you need to create or edit rubrics on a mobile device, login to the website directly and you are able to complete anything you can on your computer.

    You will need to be logged into SLATE to access the rubrics.

    I hope that helps to clarify, if you have any other questions, please reach out to me directly.

    Jennifer Frost

  • Kaija Siirala says:

    I see mention of mobile compatibility for rubrics but I don’t see anything about SLATE on mobile. When I look in the app store the only thing that comes up is Sheridan mobile and it doesn’t link to SLATE very well. Is there a SLATE only app? Also, is it possible to access rubrics offline? Thank you!

  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for your comment. If your rubric is locked and you need to edit it, you can create a copy of the rubric and edit the new copy.

    To do this, click More Tools, Rubrics, then click the dropdown-arrow by the name of the rubric and choose Copy.

    You will now have a fully editable copy of the rubric. To edit, click the drop-down arrow by the name of the new rubric and click edit properties or level and criteria.

    I hope that helps. If you have any other questions or need further clarification, please let me know.

    Thank you!
    Jennifer Frost

  • Amanda says:

    Of coarse I “associated” a new rubric to a student before reading the above comment “Note: Once a rubric is associated with another tool it can no longer be edited or deleted.”. How do I remove this? I would like to create a new or edit the Rubric used.

  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the comment Natalie.

    You are able to print the screen or take a screen capture by clicking the preview button in the Rubric tool. (There is not a specific option to print the rubric in SLATE) Also, in the student view, when attached to an assignment, the student will see the rubric and they are able to print the screen or take a screenshot as well.

    I hope that helps. If you have any other questions please let me know.

    Jennifer Frost

  • Natalie says:

    Is there an option to print a rubric from Slate?

  • Jana Wells says:

    You copy components between courses making sure to select individual components and only take the rubric. Instructions can be found here:

  • catherine says:

    How do I transfer a rubric between classes? I teach two sections of the same class, and I don’t want to have to type out the rubric twice.