Using a Rubric in Blackboard

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2014-06-25 22:48

Blackboard Rubrics


A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment or gradable Discussion Board posting, Wiki page, Journal, or Blog entry.  Rubrics provide a means to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment, and faculty can use them to explain their evaluations to students. When rubrics are used during grading the scores and feedback are automatically reflected in Grade Center and available to students through My Grades.  Using rubrics can save a considerable amount of time.  


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How to Create a Rubric

New rubrics default to three rows and three columns.

1.       On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Rubrics.

2.       On the Rubrics page, click Create Rubric.

3.       Type a Name for the rubric. The name is the title text that identifies the rubric.

4.       Optionally, provide a description of the rubric to make it easier to associate it to relevant assignments.

5.       Edit the rubric grid.

6.       Click Submit.


How to Edit the Rubric Grid

Edit the rubric grid so it corresponds to the type of feedback and scoring appropriate for the assignment.  

1.       Click Add Row to add a new criterion at the bottom of the grid.

2.       Click Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the grid.

3.       Choose a Rubric Type from the drop-down list:

·         No Points: Feedback only.

·         Points: Single point value for each Level of Achievement.

·         Point Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement.

·         Percent: Flexible depending on each assignment's possible points.

·         Percent Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement. During the grading process, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular Level of Achievement and the system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.

4.       Click Edit from a label's contextual menu to change their names. A label identifies the rows and columns with heading names.

5.       Type a point or percentage value for each row.

6.       Type a description defining the criteria and the associated Level of Achievement.

7.       Click Submit.

Each cell has a 1,000-character limit. You can reorder rows and columns by clicking the reordering functions located above the labels.

After you use a rubric for grading, you cannot edit it. You can copy the rubric to create a duplicate rubric that you can edit.

 Rubric in Edit Mode


Associated rubrics are visible in the grading and rubrics sections for:

·         Assignments

·         Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions

·         Blogs and journals

·         Wikis

·         Discussion board forums and threads

A rubric can be connect to an assignment when you create the assignment in Blackboard or you can also associate a rubric in the Grade Center by selecting Edit Column Information from the column's contextual menu.


Connecting a Rubric to a Test:

When adding a rubric to a text or quiz, please be aware that adding a rubric to a Grade Center column is not enough. The rubric has to be added to the individual test questions. This is so the instructor can attach a different rubric to different question types instead of having one rubric that applies to everything.

To associate a rubric with a question, please have the instructor do the following:
1) Go to the Grade Center Grade Column for the desired item
2) Click the dropdown menu
3) Select Edit Test
4) Edit one of the Test questions
5) Add a rubric
6) Save

How to Grade With Rubrics

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Use the following steps to grade using rubrics.  The Raw Total displays the score rounded to two decimal places.

1.       Access the gradable item in the Grade Center, on the Needs Grading page, or from the tool.

2.       Click View Rubric to review or begin grading with the associated rubric.

3.       In Grid View, click a cell to apply that point value to the grade. If a rubric with point ranges is used, select the appropriate value from the drop-down list. To change the selection, click another cell in the same row. Optionally, type Feedback to the student in the text box that appears when a cell is selected.

4.       Optionally, click List View to switch displays and select an option for each criterion to apply that point value to the grade. Optionally, select the check boxes to Show Descriptions for criteria and to Show Feedback text boxes.

5.       A running Raw Total score appears as you make point selections. Optionally, type a score in the Change the number of points box to override the selected score, and type overall Feedback to the student using the full features of the content editor.

6.       When grading is complete, click Exit to leave the rubric without saving your selections, or click Save to save the score and feedback and return to the attempt. Click Save and Next to use another associated rubric for evaluation.

Grade by Rubric


How to View Associated Content

You can associate a single rubric with multiple assignments. A report listing all items associated to the rubric is available from the rubrics tool.

1.       On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Rubrics.

2.       Access the rubric's contextual menu and select View Associated Content.

3.       On the View All Items page, click an item name to edit the association or click OK to return to the main Rubrics page. If you already used an item for grading, a rubric evaluation report is available in the item's contextual menu. This report provides statistics for an item that you graded with a rubric.



More details on rubrics can be found at





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