How to Create a Rubric on Blackboard


Rubrics are a grid-based evaluation system that allows for more accurate assessment of pre-defined categories, associated with one or multiple point values. Many faculty use Rubrics in some form or another when assessing. This article shows how this valuable tool can be digitized and applied in the Learning management system to assignments. 



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Rubrics can be added to any "Discussion Board" or "Assignment" type assessment. The first step to adding a Rubric to Blackboard is to first design your rubric and identify the parameters. 

Generally, rubrics consist of a grid. On the left axis, rubrics will contain one or more contain "Criteria" that will be measured against the assignment submission. On the upper axis, rubrics will contain one or more "Levels of Achievement". These can be expressed numerically (as point values), as a range of point values, or as a percentage. 

Here is what a sample rubric looks like:

Notice at the top, we have 4 "Levels of Achievement" and at the left side, we have 3 "criteria". What we will need to do when adding this to Blackboard is determine a value associated with each Level of Achievement. This will be set in the Rubric Creation mechanism on Blackboard. 

Creating the Rubric on Blackboard

1. Log into your Blackboard course. 

2. On the left side, expand the Control Panel and click "Course Tools", then select "Rubrics". This is where all your added rubrics exist within your course. 

3. Next, click "Create Rubric" at the top left. 

4. Enter the name of your rubric - a description is optional. 

5. In the next area, you will see the grid layout - this is how it looks by default. 

By default, it is by Percentage; the 3 levels of achievement are Novice, Competent, and Proficient, and the 3 criteria are Formatting, Organization and Grammar. 

To add additional Criteria, click the "Add Row" button at the upper left. 

To add additional Levels of Achievement, click the "Add Column" button at the upper left. 

Once the necessary parts are added, click "rubric type" to determine the type. Our example will be a "points", which allows you set up a specific number of points for meeting each criteria at that level of achievement*

*NOTE: If you use Points/Point ranges, the rubric scores will automatically scale to the total of the assignment associated with the rubric. so, if your rubric has 4 criteria, and the "best" value is 5 points (and the maximum grade on the rubric is 20), when you're using it to grade an assignment that's worth 100 points, you'll notice that the criteria will proportionally scale, making the "best" value 25 for, so that all 4 criteria scale to the 100 points for the assignment. 

6. Now that we have added columns and rows for our Criteria and Levels of Achievement, we can add in the headers. Click the chevron (grey arrow) next to any of the headers in the Criteria /Levels of Achievement to change the name to what you want this to be based on your rubric. 

7. Now, we can add in the descriptive text from our saved rubric. Click on the rubric boxes and type or paste in the text associated with that cell.

8. Next, we will put in the points associated with meeting each criteria at that level of achievement. Since we have 4 Levels, in this example, Excellent will be worth 3 points, Good will be worth 2, Satisfactory will be worth 1, and Unacceptable will be worth 0. Note that the "total points" reflect what the highest possible score to get on this rubric is. 

9. Once we have added these, we can click "submit" at the lower right. This will save the rubric, and when we access this area, we can view and modify if if needed. (NOTE: once a rubric has been used for grading, the levels of achievement and criteria cannot be modified.)

10. From here, you can View the rubric by clicking the chevron and selecting "open", or edit it, or delete it, or view any assignments you have associated with it - this will be covered more in the article "Grading using a Rubric".

If you would like to copy a rubric from one course to another, you can click the "export" button, and it will download to your computer. Then, go into your other course, access the "rubrics" area, and click "Import rubric" at the top and select this file. 

Associating the Rubric with an Assignment/Discussion:

Once your rubric has been created, you can apply it to an assignment or discussion board in your course. 

1. In your Blackboard course, enter an assignment or discussion board, or create a new one: 

2. Scroll down to the Grading area, and click the button that says "Add Rubric"

3. Select the rubric that you have created. 

4. You will be asked if you want to set the rubric's maximum points as the points total for the assignment - this is optional. If you say "no", the rubric's points will scale to meet the assignment's points. If you say "yes", the number of points in the assignment will be changed to reflect the maximum number of points in the rubric. 

5. Set the options - at the right, determine if you want students to be able to see the rubric, and if so, when you'd like it to be available to them. 

6. Other options can be left as default. CLick the "Submit" button on the assignment or discussion board to save the association of your rubric with that assignment. 

Please see "Grading using a Rubric" for information on how to use this rubric for grading purposes. 










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