When using Peer Review, Group Member Evaluation, Assignment Review or Skill Review, you can select what sort of criteria you would like (students) to use when giving feedback. It is possible to use a combination of a rubric, scale rating criteria and ungraded comment criteria.

When setting up a FeedbackFruits assignment tool, in step 2 (Group member evaluation/Skill Review) or 3 (Peer Review/Assignment Review), you can select feedback criteria. Click add to navigate to the following window.

Fig. 1: When starting to add feedback criteria, you can create new criteria or copy a recent criteria set

You will be able to reuse the criteria from a previous assignment by selecting one of the criteria sets listed under use copy from recent. By clicking on view you will be see a preview of the criteria you want to copy. You can either edit the criteria before copying it with the option copy and edit, or you can use it directly.

Fig. 2: Copying a previously created criteria set

Creating new criteria

If you want to create new criteria, click on Create new criteria. You will then see the following window, where you can pick whether you would like to use a rubric, scale rating or a comment criterion. You can also create multiple sections. For example, one section with a rubric and one section with a couple of comment criteria.

Fig. 3: When building a new criteria set, you can choose between (a combination of) three types of criteria: a rubric, scale rating, or comment criterion

Adding a rubric

Using rubrics allows the teacher for more complete and complex criteria. Teachers can provide explanations for each level of the criterion and attribute grading points to this.

Select Add Rubric and a new and empty rubric will appear. You can fill it with the criteria on which you want your students to be assessed. At the top, you can add the levels of the rubric and change the title and the amount of points that are ascribed to each level. On the left, you can add your criteria. Per criterion, you can set if students are allowed to write comments about this criterion and how many comments they are required to write (next to selecting one of the levels). For each criterion you can add a description per level, explaining when a student would, for example, score "Excellent". You can delete, move or add criteria and levels by clicking on the three dots next to the title of the criterion/level.

When you are finished with filling in the rubric, you can press done at the bottom right of the screen. Or, if you want to add another section, you can click on add more sections.

Fig. 4: Creating a rubric

Adding scale ratings

After selecting Add Scale rating, the following window will appear.

Fig. 5: Creating a scale rating criterion

For each criterion you have to fill in a title. Optionally, you can add a further explanation of the criterion.

You can choose which type of rating you want to use, where students get a score on a scale from 1 to 3, 5, 7 or 10. When moving the slider, the reviewer will see numbers that indicate grades. Only the first and last point on the scale are named. By default the beginning and end of the scale are named “improvement needed” and “excellent.” You can customise this by changing the text under the headers begin scale and end scale.

For each criterion you can set if students are allowed to write comments about this criterion and how many comments they are required to write (besides selecting a score).

Click add another criterion to add as many criteria as needed. In practice we have found that having three to seven criteria works best. This allows enough structure for students to give detailed feedback, while still allowing students to maintain oversight.


When you are finished adding criteria, you can press done at the bottom right of the screen. Or, if you want to add another section, you can click on add more sections.

Adding comment criteria

The third option of feedback criteria that can be added to the assignment are comment criteria. As explained above, when using a rubric or scale rating criteria students are also able to write comments (if you allow them to). However, in some cases you might want students to only give qualitative feedback, where students do not have to give a score or select a level from a rubric.

Similar to a scale rating criterion, you can fill in the title, an optional explanation of the criterion and the minimum number of comments students need to write. Click on add another criterion to add another comment criterion.

When you are finished adding criteria, you can press done at the bottom right of the screen. Or, if you want to add another section, you can click on add more sections.

Fig. 6: Creating a comment criterion

You now know how to create feedback criteria!

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