Question of the Week

Each week we'll use this space to share a question (or more!) that we've received about Quercus and other Academic Toolbox tools.

This week's question is: "Does Crowdmark support rubrics for grading?"

This Week's Faculty Question

Q:  My students are writing an exam in Crowdmark and one of the questions requires a longer essay-type response. I'd like to use a rubric to grade this question. Does Crowdmark support rubrics?

A:  Crowdmark does not have a dedicated rubric tool. However, their Comment Library can be used as a rubric. This is done by creating shared comments with points inside the Comment Library. When a comment is shared, it will appear in the Comment libraries of all team members (Instructors, Facilitators, and Graders). 

Building a rubric using the Crowdmark comment library

You can build a rubric using the Crowdmark comment library in two ways (both can be done before starting to grade):  

  1. Open the Comment Library and add comments (and, optionally, associated point values) directly in the grading interface. For details on using this method, please review the Crowdmark guide: Using a rubric in Crowdmark
  2. Select Manage Comment Library in the assessment administration panel, then fill out and import a CSV of comments to the library. For details on using this method and ways to troubleshoot your CSV import, please review the Crowdmark guide: Importing and exporting the comment library

Screenshot of Crowdmark interface showing two options for building a rubric using the Crowdmark Comments library. On the left, option 1 highlights the comment library icon on the grading interface. On the right, Option 2 highlights the Manage Comment Library button on the Administration panel of the assessment dashboard


Grading using the rubric in the Crowdmark comment library

Anyone grading a submission can open the comment library and simply drag and drop the comments onto a student's work to apply the feedback and any associated points to specific questions.  Note: If you are are using an Assigned (online) Crowdmark Assessment with a Text (with Markdown formatting) question type, you will need to use a slightly different method to use the comment library. For details, please review: Grading with the rubric.

Alternative to the Crowdmark comment library

As an alternative to using the comment library in Crowdmark as a rubric, you can:
  1. If your students are submitting the assigment in-person: create a rubric off-line and attach it as feedback in the Crowdmark assessment. For links to sample rubrics for a variety of assessment types, please see the Using Rubrics section on CTSI's Course Design page.
  2. If your students are submitting the assignment online: create an online submission assignment in Quercus (instead of using Crowdmark) and add a rubric to it. 
For additional assistance with the Crowdmark comment library or with Quercus rubrics and assignments, please contact us at fase.edtech@utoronto.ca or book a consultation.  

Have a Quercus (or EdTech) question? Please contact FASE's EdTech Office.