At ACU assessment marking and grading is criterion-referenced and uses standard-based grading. (Assessment Policy, 5.1)

Criterion referenced assessments allow you to identify that a student has achieved the learning outcomes for an assessment task and how well. The level or standard of how well students achieve the learning outcomes is preset according to defined criteria.

The criteria are often set out in a rubric which not only communicates standards but provides vital feedback to students regarding their performance.

This LEO guide focuses on the technical aspects of setting up a rubric in LEO Assignment, and does not cover how to create a pedagogically valuable rubric. See ‘Resources’ section for further suggestions for writing rubrics.

Rubric vs marking guide

Depending your preference, another option is to use a marking guide.


Marking guide

Format Matrix
rubricicon final
marking guide icon final

Standards based grading



Scale - standards of different levels of achievement within a criteria are specified




Can give pre-set marks according to level

Can give a mark up to a specified maximum

Ability to provide advice for markers per criterion



Ability to create bank of ‘Frequently used comments’



Enabling a rubric

There are two ways to add your marking rubric to Assignment:

  • Method 1 – adding a rubric when you set up an Assignment
  • Method 2 – adding a rubric to an existing Assignment

  1. Begin by creating an Assignment, filling out the necessary fields.
  2. Expand the Grade field, and under ‘Grading method’ select ‘Rubric
    Rubric option selected from Grading method
    Note on Maximum grade: whatever number you have in your rubrics, that the total the student receives will be recalculated to be a proportion of that maximum grade. (Eg. Maximum grade is 50, and rubric is 20%+10%+70%, and student gets 66% on rubric, this would mean they get a mark of 33 out of 50.)
  3. Click on ‘Save and Display’ this will open an Advanced Grading page:
    save and display button highlighted
    There are now two options:
    • Define a new grading form from scratch – this is where you create a new rubric
    • Create a new grading form from a template – this is where you can use an existing rubric to save time
      advanced grading option page
  4. For this example, we’ll create a new rubric from scratch. Selecting this option opens the Rubric Creation Page.
    Rubric Creation Page
    You are ready to create your rubric. See the Creating a Rubric tab.
  1. Click on an existing assignment link that you have created, this will make the Assignment administration block available.
  2. From the Assignment administration block, select Advancing grading.
    Selecting Advanced grading from Assignment administration block
  3. This will open a page that allows you to change your Advanced grading option to rubric, this will then open an Advanced Grading page.
    Rubric selected from 'Change active grading method' drop down box
  4. Follow step 4-6 of of Method 1.
  1. Now you have the Rubric Creation Page open you can create a rubric.
  2. The Rubric area gives you options:

    delete button delete
    • If you click the cross in column 1 it will delete the whole criterion (row)
    • If you click the crosses that are in the level columns cells, it will delete that cell (both text and points). So to delete a whole column you’d need to delete each cell individually.
    Copy button copy creates a copy of the structure and text of row
    Add Criterion button add criterion creates a blank row
    Move button move once you have created at least two criterion you will have arrow options, these allow you to move criterion up and down in your rubric
    Add Level button add level lets you add additional levels (columns)
    The Add criterion and copy buttons
  3. Make sure the points you have for each row represent the proportions you wish. In this example the points are allotted to weight each criteria:
    Criteria with percentage weightings
  4. Select any rubric options you wish:
  5. A list of rubric options
  6. You then have the option to save your rubric as a draft or make it ready.
    The save and save draft options
  7. Note: if you select ‘Save as draft’ students can still see the draft, but your fellow tutors/teachers/academics won’t have access to the draft in the grading area. If you don’t want students to see rubric, you would need to deselect ‘Allow users to preview rubric….’ in the Rubric Options checklist.

Resources about Moodle Assignment and rubrics:

Resources for writing rubrics:

Page last updated on 23/01/2020

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