The Blackboard rubric tool lets you set up a grid composed of rows of evaluation criteria and columns of evaluation categories.  You can create as many rubrics as you wish, and assign them to any gradable item in Blackboard, such as assignments, graded blogs and wikis, graded discussion forums, etc. Once assigned to a gradable item, you can use the rubric in the grading.  For instance, in grading an assignment, you can grade directly in the rubric, assigning points or percentages and providing feedback for each cell in the rubric.  You also have the option of making the graded rubric available to students.  Here is an example:



Creating a Rubric

  1. From Course Tools under Control Panel, choose Rubrics.
  2. Name the rubric, and type a description, if desired.
  3. Now edit the default rubric to your specifications.


Editing the Rubric

  1. Click Add Row to add a new criterion, or Add Column to add a new achievement level
  2. 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.
  3. Click Edit from a label’s contextual menu to change the name.
  4. Type a point or percentage value for each row.
  5. Type a description defining the criteria and the associated level of achievement.
  6. Click Submit.


Each cell has a 1000-character limit.  You can reorder rows and columns by clicking the reordering functions located above the labels

Once a rubric is used for grading, you cannot edit it.  You can copy the rubric to create a duplicate that you can edit.


Additional References

Watch these quick videos on using rubrics.

Grading with Rubrics
Creating a Grading Rubric
Associating a Rubric with a Gradable Item