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How To: Set Up Feedback Criteria (Rubrics, Scales and Comment-Only)
How To: Set Up Feedback Criteria (Rubrics, Scales and Comment-Only)

A walkthrough for setting up feedback criteria within our feedback tool suite for teachers.

Updated over a week ago


This article will walk you through how to set up feedback criteria within our feedback tools (Group Member Evaluation, Peer Review, Assignment Review and Skill Review). For the purpose of this article, all screenshots have been taken from a sample of our peer review tool.

Quick Configuration Video

Feedback Criteria in Action

Setting Up: What Criteria Can I Use?

When using any of our feedback tools (Peer Review, Group Member Evaluation, Assignment Review or Skill Review), you can select the criteria you want your students to use when giving feedback. It is possible to use a combination of a rubric, scale and ungraded comment-only criteria.

When setting up a FeedbackFruits assignment tool, in step 2 (Group member evaluation/Skill Review) or 3 (Peer Review/Assignment Review), you'll see an option for feedback criteria.

Click configure to navigate to the following window.

Screenshot of the criteria selection screen

You can add either a rubric, scale or comment-only criteria.

Under the new criteria selection, you can also choose to import existing criteria from another assignment - your options to import from are eduflow, institutional templates, Learning Design Community or my library.

When choosing to implement a rubric from an existing template/activity, you will be able to preview the rubrics you are importing before implementation.

Copying a previously created criteria set

Setting Up: Import from A Library

You can use our new Learning Design Community to import criteria made by other users or by the FeedbackFruits team. These criteria have been developed in-house collaboratively with instructors and learning designers from our partner institutions.

If you decide to use criteria from a template, you will be taken to a dialogue where you can preview, implement, and edit the criteria prior to implementation.

Preview dialogue for rubrics in learning design community

You can choose to add a mixture of different criteria depending on what suits your use case in a particular assignment.

Use rubrics from learning design community

If you want to read more about the Learning Design Community, you can do so here:

Setting Up: Creating New Criteria

If you want to create new criteria, choose one of the options - rubric, scale or comment-only criteria. You can have multiple criteria of any combination of these three options in one assignment.

Creating New Criteria: Rubrics

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. You can add more levels by clicking on the + icon at the right of the level screen.

By clicking on the three dots next to the level heading, you can access a menu to delete, add new levels beside or move the selected 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).

You can delete criteria by clicking on the X next to the criteria title. You can add more move or add criteria and levels by clicking on the directional arrow to the left of the title of the criterion/level.

For each criterion you can add a description per level, explaining when a student would, for example, score "Beginning".

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

Creating a rubric

Creating New Criteria: Scale

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

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 of either 3, 5, 7 or 10. points.

By default the beginning and end of the scale are named “improvement needed” and “excellent.” You can customize this by changing the text under the headers scale begin and scale end. You can also choose whether or not to allow comments and set a minimum number of required comments per rating.

You can also select whether or not to adjust the lowest rating on the scale to result in 0 points. Bear in mind that even incomplete reviews are visible to the receiver after the deadline passes.

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

Creating New Criteria: Comment-Only

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 more criteria, click on add criterion.

Grading: Using Your Feedback Criteria

After setting up your feedback criteria it is possible to attribute grade points and different grade weights per criterion to grade the assignment. This can be done in the Configurable Grading module in the assignment settings. Under the 'ratings received on total work' you can set the custom grade points per criterion. Read more about our Configurable Grading module here:

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