PLEASE fix up the rubric design so that columns line up rather than independently changing based on the amount of content. It looks very messy and is confusing to students.
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My solution to rubrics that don't line up has been to put less information in the rubrics and the supply the full rubric as a separate document. It causes better alignment, less scrolling when completing the rubric, and better readability since it's not so crowded with details that won't accept line breaks.
When I used longer descriptions, I was glad that they didn't try to maintain a consistent vertical alignment. My criteria have different numbers of ratings and if vertical alignment was enforced, then I would get a long description in a two-rating criterion that would be squeezed into a very thin column taking excessive amounts of vertical space and wasting the horizontal room because one of my criterion had very short descriptions but there were six ratings possible.
This has always been something that has driven me crazy, it would be so nice to be able to fix this.
From an OCD perspective, the mis-aligned lines drive me nuts. From my instructional design hat, I like them. It helps the users notice the differences easier rather than tired eyes just going down endless rows of boxes and missing where the next criterion starts.
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