Harmonize Rubrics (Blackboard, Brightspace, and Moodle)

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Harmonize can take the instructions that you have built for your discussion topic, either on your own or through prompt generation feature, and build a set of focus areas or even an entire rubric that will be available in Grades & Activity for grading.


Enabling Harmonize Rubrics in Your Course


This feature will be enabled by default in every course beginning June 1, 2024. To enable this feature in your course prior to this date:


  • Navigate to any Harmonize discussion in your course.


  • Click the Components icon located in the Harmonize navigation menu.


  • Choose Course Settings from the drop down menu


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  • Under Upcoming Course Features, toggle ON "Rubric Generation and Grading"


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Generating a Rubric in Harmonize


  • To start, open your Harmonize discussion assignment and click the Edit button:


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  • Before you can begin generating a rubric, you'll need to add instructions to your discussion.  You can do this by manually entering text into the Add Text row of the Instructions tab or by clicking Generate Prompt to quickly build an engaging topic prompt (see our guide for more details: Harmonize Brainstorm)
  • If you have previously created your discussion prompt and would only like to add a rubric to it, please skip to the next step.


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  • After entering or creating your topic instructions, scroll down the page and click the Generate Focus Areas button


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  • A dialog will open as your topic instructions are being used by ChatGPT to produce a set of 4 criteria we call Focus Areas


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  • Once this process completes, you'll be presented with 4 Focus Areas, each with a title and a description. 


  • In this view, you can:


    • Edit any of the titles or descriptions, removing any you do not want by clicking the trashcan icon
    • Add your own Focus Areas by clicking Add Focus Area button
    • Click Regenerate Focus Areas to start the creation process from the beginning.


  • When you're happy with your Focus Areas, click the Next button:


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  • At this point you, if you do not intend to grade with a rubric but want to use the Focus Areas as guide for student work, click the Use Focus Areas Only button. 


  • If you intend to grade with a rubric, click the Generate Full Rubric button to continue with the full rubric generation:


Rubrics: Generate Rubric Decision Dialog


  • When you click Generate Full Rubric, Harmonize will take the Focus Areas and create 4 ratings for each focus area:


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  • Once each Focus Area's ratings have been generated, you'll have several options for adjusting your rubric:


    • Click the Reverse Rating Order button to toggle order of the ratings
    • Click the Edit (pencil) button next to the rating labels to adjust their names
    • Click the Edit (pencil) button next to any Focus Area row to edit the text and/or the points of any of the ratings in that row
    • Click the Regenerate (cycle) button next to any Focus Area row to get updated rating text for each rating from ChatGPT (useful if you've recently changed the title or description of the Focus Area)


  • If you need to make any adjustments to the Focus Areas, click the Back button to return to the previous dialog.  Once you're happy with the rubric, click the Save Rubric button:


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  • Your Focus Areas will now be viewable in your topic instructions. 


  • Click the View Full Rubric button to view the entire rubric including descriptions for both Focus Areas and Ratings. 


  • Make any other adjustments you need to your topic settings and then click the Publish button.


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  • Upon publishing, both the Focus Areas and full rubric will be viewable to students as part of the instructions for the discussion.


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Grading with Auto-Generated Rubrics


  • Begin by clicking Grades & Activity.


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  • Click on any student name to open the Individual Activity view for that students. Alternatively, select a student from the "Showing Activity for" drop down menu. 


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  • The rubric that you created will be available to the right of the Individual Student Activity window.


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Rubric Feedback


  • Click the arrows to expand each Focus Area in the Rubric Feedback section.


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  • Click the appropriate rating. The allotted points will automatically appear in the associated Focus Area points field. Feel free to to change the number of points as needed.


  • Optionally, you may enter specific feedback into the Focus Area Comment field.


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  • To discard your changes, click the Discard button.


Overall Feedback


  • The total sum of points from the individual Focus Area points fields above will automatically appear in the Overall Grade field.
    • To manually adjust this total, first toggle "Override Grade" to ON, then adjust the grade as needed.


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  • Enter any grade comments in to the Gradebook Comment field. These comments will automatically appear in the Gradebook for students to view once overall grading is submitted.


  • To include your Focus Area Comments in the grade submission toggle Include Rubric Feedback to ON.


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  • To preview your grade submission, click the Preview Submission button.


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  • When you are finished grading, click Submit & Next. Your grade submission will be sent to the corresponding column and row of your LMS gradebook.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Will any of my auto-generated discussion prompts or rubrics be used outside of Harmonize?


  • All of your auto-generated discussion prompts and rubrics are private and will not be used outside of Harmonize.


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