Build and use a rubric

The Table widget and annotation tools can combine to create a powerful platform for teacher feedback and student self-assessment.

There are three key elements to building and utilising a rubric in Stile to achieve an effective evaluation:

  1. Use the Table question widget to clearly define the scale of comprehension and completion;
  2. Allow the student to self-assess and submit their work;
  3. Use the Annotation tool to highlight the appropriate column and add inline feedback to student remarks.

How it looks in practice


The example above is available for teachers as a free template. It can be added to any subject here. Another example of our design challenge rubric can be found here.

  • The Self Assessment column is left blank for students to fill in. This column can be optional.
  • The Annotation tool can be used by the teacher to visually highlight the correct mark in each category. The highlights will be visible to the student.
  • It can also be used to add inline feedback to the student's self-assessment.
  • If the rubric is in an Assessed lesson, then marks can be assigned to the Table question and provide the student with a percentile grade.

Make a rubric from scratch


Start by adding a Table question to a lesson. Rows and columns can be added or removed as needed.


Use the left column to list the skills demonstrated or topics covered. Use the top row to create the scale of proficiency (A, B, C or 2, 1, 0, etc). Add some shading to these cells to visually differentiate them from the rest of the table.

Fill in the body of the table with descriptors for each mark and topic.

Optionally, use the right column to create a blank self-assessment space for students.


Use the question text field to enter an explanation of how to read the annotations and (if self-assessed) instructions for the student.

Adjust the total number of marks available if the lesson will be assessed.

Allow the student to self-assess

If the rubric calls for self-assessment, release the rubric to students once it is ready to go. It's a good idea to double check everything before releasing so information doesn't change after students begin their self assessment. 

Note: If any students did not complete the self assessment, their rubrics can still be marked by the teacher. Use the Markbook class controls to collect work from the whole class. This will generate worksheets for students who did not open the lesson.

Annotate and offer feedback

If the rubric did not call for student self-assessment, then use the Markbook class controls to collect it. This will create a markable worksheet for each student in the Markbook regardless of whether they ever opened it.


Use the Annotation tool to highlight the text of the mark earned by the student. This highlight will appear to the student, too.


Offer feedback directly on the student's self-assessment by highlighting a word or phrase and clicking on the Annotate icon. Inline feedback will appear when the student hovers over the highlighted text.


If the lesson is assessed, tally the total earned by the student and manually enter the marks below the sticky note.

Release feedback and answers for the students to review, or request resubmission to offer the students another round of self-assessment.

Props to Julie Fryer from Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale for coming up with the clever use of the Annotation tool!