you want to show someone how RubiStar works or you do not wish to save
the rubric you create, then follow these directions.
on the homepage of RubiStar until you see the green arrow, like the one
shown below, that says Make a New Rubric.
Click on the
arrow or the text link directly under the arrow.
Choosing a customizable rubric
You will now
see a list of available rubric templates. To start creating your own customized
version, please click on the rubric template title that best fits your
needs, as shown below.
Entering rubric information
Next you will
begin entering your information into the rubric. From the drop down menu,
select the salutation you
would like to to use. Then enter your first and last name as you would
like it to appear on the rubric. In the image below, you can see the author
of the Making a Brochure rubric, titled Dream Vacation, is a Ms. Jane
your zip code. The last step is to select whether you want your rubric
to be temporary or permanent. Since you just want to print your rubric,
and do not wish to save it, please select temporary from the drop down
menu. In the image below, Yes, my rubric is a temporary rubric
is being selected.
Selecting rubric content
scale for the rubric is set to automatically display a numerical rating
scale (4, 3, 2, 1). If you would like to customize the rating scale just
click in the text box and type as you normally would in a word processing
document. In the image below, the ratings have been changed to say Outstanding,
Good, Mediocre, and Poor. Note that
the scale must go from high to low.
you will be able to select your rubric categories. Click on the arrows
next to the words -Please Choose- and hold your mouse
button down in order to see the drop down menu. Keep holding
down your mouse button as you move your arrow over the category you want
to appear first in your rubric, and let go of your mouse button when the
desired category is highlighted. As shown below, the text boxes on the
same row will be automatically filled in with content the HPR*TEC staff
Repeat the previous step for
all of the categories you wish to include in your rubric. You can put
the categories in any order, but don't leave blank rows between your categories.
Always start from the top. If you do not wish to use all of the
categories, that is okay. If you don't choose a category it will not appear
in the final rubric.
You can edit the text by clicking
in the boxes. It is just like editing on a word processor. Highlight the
words that you want to take out, and hit delete on your keyboard, or highlight
words and type over them. Just remember that if you change the text on
the Outstanding category, you probably will need to also change the text
under Good, Mediocre, and Poor, too.
If at any time you would like
to erase all the changes you made to one box, click the Reset
button as shown in the image below. This will reset all the information
to its original state when you first selected it.
you have added all the categories you want in your rubric, scroll to the
bottom and click the Submit button.
would like to cancel all the changes you have made to the rubric, and
reload the entire rubric, click the Reload button.
Modifying the rubric
you click the Submit button, you will view your rubric.
If you notice any typos or decide you would like to change something,
simply click the Modify This Rubric
button at the top of the page.
the steps mentioned in the rubric content section
above. When you are finished be sure to click the Submit
Finishing the rubric
now be back on the page that allows you to view your rubric. To finish
creating your rubric, scroll to the bottom of this page. Click the Print
or Download button.
have three options to choose from: print your rubric, create an offline
browser document, or download an Excel™ spreadsheet.
Printing the rubric
want to print your rubric, click the Print Your Rubric
link. Once your rubric is showing, go to your File menu
at the top of the browser window, and select Print as
If you would like
to make sure your rubric is going to print on one page,
go to the File menu and select Print Preview. Once in the
preview mode, make sure that your rubric fits on one page. In the image
below, look at the circled area. Notice how the rubric runs off the page
and is continued on a second page.
Before going any further
make sure that both the boxes in front of Headers and Footers and
Print Images are checked. Next make sure the radio button in front
of Shrink Pages to Fit is selected.
Now, if you would
like your rubric to fit on one page, click on Page Setup at the
top of the preview window. The image below is of the page setup window.
Notice in the circled area that the Orientation selection is set
Directly under the Orientation
selection is a text box marked Scale. By default the Scale
will be set at 100%.To make your rubric fit on one page lower this percentage.
Start with a decrease to 90%. Click OK, and look at the
preview window to see if your rubric now fits. If it still doesn't, use
the trial and error method of decreasing the percentage and viewing the
results until you reach your goal. Once you have found the correct scale
percentage, press the Print button located at the top of the preview
Creating an offline browser document
If you want
to create a document, click on the Create an Offline Browser Document
link. When you click on this link, your rubric will be displayed in your
Web browser. You may choose to save the page to your computer so that
you may view the file later. Please keep in mind that this is not the
same as creating a bookmark to an online document. You are actually saving
your rubric onto your computer, and the rubric may be viewed without having
your computer online.
To save the
document, go to your File menu located at the top of
your browser window and choose Save As. In the dialogue
box rename your rubric and select the location in which you want to save
your rubric. Make sure you remember where you save your document. You
also need to make sure that the format you are saving the rubric in is
Web Page Complete or Web Archive, as
shown in the image below.
Downloading an Excel™ spreadsheet
option is available for only certain versions of browsers and Excel™.
Please check the specifications listed directly under this option in RubiStar.
If you have the right versions, then go ahead and click the Download
Excel™ Spreadsheet link. Your Web browser will prompt you
that you are about to download a file. Make sure that you choose to Save
it, and be sure to save it in a location you will remember.
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