A rubric is a guide for grading. There are many ways to develop rubrics.  One way is to adapt a rubric you have used before or another educator has shared with you.  In this guide you will find several rubrics that we have developed for use in our online courses.  See examples under resources.

If you are developing one for the first time, or changing an existing rubric, the following web page is helpful.

Create Your Own Rubric

See two examples of Rubric 1 and Rubric 2 from Drs. Nancy Short and Jane Blood-Siegfried, the Duke School of Nursing.

Additional Resources

Blood-Siegfried, J. E., Short, N. M., Rapp, C. G., Hill, E., Talbert, S., Skinner, J., Campbell, A., & Goodwin, L. (2008). A rubric for improving the quality of online courses. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 5, Article 34. doi: 10.2202/1548-923x.1648

Solan, A. M., & Linardopoulos, N. (2011). Development, implementation, and evaluation of a grading rubric for online discussions. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7(4), 452-464.

Varvel, J. V. E. (2004). Rubrics. [Multimedia presentation] Retrieved from

Wright, T. L., Scherb, C. A., & Forsyth, D. M. (2011). A rubric for evaluating online discussion contributions of graduate nursing students. Clinical Scholars Review, 4(1), 5-14. doi: 10.1891/1939-2095.4.1.5