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Create a Rubric


1. Introduction

This guide is for staff preparing a rubric to use with a Blackboard assignment.

You can create a rubric to help your students understand the evaluation criteria for an assessment. Rubrics consist of rows of criteria, along with columns for different levels of achievement.


2. Create a Blackboard rubric 

a. In the Module Management section (bottom left) click Module Tools.
Module Management Menu

b. Click Rubrics.
Rubrics menu option

c. Click Create Rubric.
Create Rubric button

d. Type a name and description for your rubric.
Name and Description fields

e. You can use the Rubric Type drop-down menu to select a rubric template:

  • No Points: Feedback only, no numeric scoring. A qualitative rubric, primarily used to provide feedback in formative assignments.
  • Points: A single point value for each level of achievement.
  • Point Range: A range of values for each level of achievement.
  • Percent: A flexible value depending on each item's possible points (you can weight each criterion). The percentages for all criteria must equal 100%.
  • Percentage Range: A range of values for each level of achievement (you can weight each criterion). The percentages for all criteria must equal 100%.

Rubric Type options

f. Use the action link buttons (circular icons containing an arrow symbol) to rename existing rows and columns in your rubric.
Action link buttons

g. Type a description of the evaluation criteria for each level in each field within your rubric. You have 1000 characters available per cell.
Evaluation criteria field

h. You can click Add Row to add further criteria to your rubric, or Add Column to add further levels of achievement.
Add Row and Column buttons

i. Click Submit to save your Rubric.



3. Edit a rubric

a. In the Module Management section, click Module Tools, then Rubrics.
Rubrics menu option

b. Click the action link (the circular icon with an arrow symbol) to the right of the rubric you want to edit.
Edit option

c. To make changes to the rubric, click Edit. Note, if you have already used the rubric for grading you will not be able to edit it. Instead, click Copy to create a duplicate Rubric that you can edit.
Copy option



4. Associate a rubric with module content

You can associate rubrics with gradable content items, such as assignments, blogs, and wikis.

a. In Edit Mode, use the action link to open the content item's settings for editing.

b. In the Grading section, click Add Rubric.
Add Rubric button

c. Click Select Rubric from the drop-down list.
Select Rubric option

d. Tick the checkbox to the left of the rubric you want to associate with the content item.
Tick box to select a Rubric

e. The rubric appears in a list of Associated Rubrics within the item settings.
Associated Rubric

f. On the right of the Associated Rubrics information, you can use the Show Rubric to Students drop-down list to change rubric visibility. Your options are No, Yes (With Rubric Scores), Yes (Without Rubric Scores) or After Grading.
Show Rubric to Students options

g. If you have chosen to make your rubric visible to students, a View Rubric button or grid icon will appear when a learner is viewing the content item. The button will be visible before or after grading, depending on the option you selected.
View Rubric button
View Rubric grid icon


5. Associate a rubric with a Grade Centre column 

a. In the Module Management section (bottom left of the page), click Grade Centre
Module Management menu

b. Click Full Grade Centre.
Grade Centre options

c. Click the action link to the right of the column you want to associate a rubric with, then select Edit Column Information from the drop-down list.
Action link button
Edit Column Information option

d. In the Associated Rubrics section, click the Add Rubric button, then Select Rubric.
Associated Rubrics options

e. Tick the checkbox to the left of the relevant rubric and click Submit.
Select a Rubric

f. The rubric appears in a list of Associated Rubrics within the column settings.

g. On the right of the Associated Rubrics information, you can use the Show Rubrics to Students drop-down list to change rubric visibility.
Show Rubric options

h. If you have chosen to make your rubric visible to students, it will appear in the grade details for the relevant column (accessed via the action link). The View Rubric button will be visible before or after grading, depending on the option you selected.




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