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Call for comments: Expanding SmartEvidence to support rubrics / multiple levels

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 3817

23 December 2018, 3:25 PM

Kia ora koutou,

Mark Glynn from Dublin City University asked a few weeks ago whether Mahara could support a rubric or in general a multi-leveled competency framework where the overall criteria stay the same but the descriptors change with each higher level.

We looked into this and came up with an idea. It was important to keep the matrix overview page as visualization. We knew that it was going to be more complicated than just with one level, but stirred clear of using different colors to differentiate the different levels as those may not often be spotted easily and it can be quite hard to come up with a series of colors that go together and also pass accessibility. Additionally, we'd still have the completion statuses.

Instead, we thought to use different icons and retain the 4 colors to indicate the status of completion.

What do you think of this early draft? We'd like to hear your opinion on this idea.




Sam Taylor's profile picture
Posts: 60

20 February 2019, 5:03 AM


Overall I really like the idea of a 'rating' for each portfolio page. It's great for a learner to be able to see how your work is bench-marked, and can decide if you wanted to invest in spending time to improve it.

I am struggling, however, to get the idea of the icons into my head... to me they don't help as they are in no logical order. Is there a way that they can be designed so they visually progress? Like an outlined star shape with no middle (unfilled), to a stripey star, to a fully coloured-in star, to a star with a second outline etc. Does this make sense? Or perhaps number the stars 1-6? It would be great to have an additional column with an average (could go well with my numbered star suggestion).

Of course these are just my thoughts, but as mentioned, I really like the concept :)

Kind regards,


Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 3817

22 February 2019, 7:18 PM

Hello Sam,

Thank you for having pondered this functionality. The icons are not finalized at all and were only some that I had available in the wireframing tool ;-)

The idea to work with numbers instead of different icons is one to think about as it is really hard to have consistent icons across a range of 6-8 options that show progression and are sufficiently different - also in a small size - to see differences. It was pretty easy to do that for the 4 current icons as they also follow the traffic light idea for the assessment statuses and can be distinguished easily even if a person can't see color well. That is much harder with more statuses.

Look forward to more feedback also from others.



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