Using a Single-Point Rubric Online

Submitted by Kelly Loucy on

In fall 2017, I piloted the use of single-point rubrics for certain assignements in my online ENH 245 class. Typically, a single-point rubric provides the criteria for proficiency,  and then allows for feedback for how a student exceeded or failed to achieve proficiency in given areas, the goal being that the "undefined advanced column" places no limits on how students might stretch themselves" (Gonzalez, 2014). While I believe the rubric tool in Canvas impacted the effectiveness rubric as it did not “look” like a typical  single-point rubric, and I had difficulty quantifying whether the single-point rubrics resulted in more thorough and thoughtful submissions compared to assignments that did not, the students had a positive reception to the rubric. For instance, 54% (12 students) agreed that “the open-ended rubric prompted me to go more in-depth with my answers because I did not feel constrained,”  81.8% agreed that “The instructor feedback on assignments prompted me to make changes or improvements on my next assignment." Please see the attachment for more details!

Completed Full Cycle
Course Number
ENH 245
Average: 4.5 (6 votes)


Rachel Smith Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:56am

oohhhh - i'm excited to hear about this....

Teri Graham Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:04am

I am looking forward to your results!!!

Cheri Hebert Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:08am

I like this idea. I would also like to know how it works as I change my online rubrics frequently.

Holly Dison Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:12am

I'd like to see an example of your scoring/comments on some actual assignments.  Do you write comments and then incude score out of 10 on each category or is it purely feedback?

display_name_fallback Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:19am


This sounds very interesting.  I'm looking forward to seeing how students perform with your new rubric.



Roselyn Turner Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:23am

OK, Kelly, I am very interested in your rubric idea.  Being a teacher of English and Communication, I score my student's writings and discussion postings using a 5 point rubric.  I will be most interested in learning how efficacious your method was, and then the improvement in student products, of course.  Good luck!

Becky Baranowski Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:26am

Hi Kelly - since you are implementing this in the fall, have you done any preliminary work this semester?  I am looking forward to seeing your results.  

Olga Tsoudis Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:01pm

Kelly, Thank you for sharing. The focus on the feedback really helps the student learn for the next assignment. I like the idea of surveying the students on what they think about a change we make in the course. I will have to try this.

Catherine Cochran Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:38am

Hi Kelly,

I look forward to your results!  Thank you for sharing your material.  I like the concept of the transition to "what is my grade" to "what did I learn," as our students envolve into more critical thinking.  



Becky Baranowski Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:05pm


Thanks for updating this CATS.  I am still wrapping my brain around "single point rubri," for I am not a big user of rubrics.  I think I might want to chat with you more about this.  I love that the feedback prompted students to make changes and improve.  Thanks for sharing this.  

Heather Muns Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:46pm

I like this.  It is definitely a lot more work for the instructor but I can see the value in it.  Can you add another "rating" column and make one for "Advanced" and one for "Concerns?"