Learning Centered Technology

Technology for the Educator

Part 1: Creating Rubrics

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A rubric is an evaluation criteria tool that provides students with your expectation for a quality assignments. In Blackboard the rubric can be associated with Assignments, Essay, Blogs and journals, Wikis, and Discussion board forums. The tool can be used by students to understand the requirements for a quality assignment and can help ensure consistent and impartial grading of student work.

This is a five part series:

  • Part 1: Creating Rubrics
  • Part 2: Associating a Rubric
  • Part 3: Grading with Rubrics
  • Part 4: Importing and Exporting Rubrics
  • Part 5: Running a Rubric Evaluation Report

Creating Rubrics

  • On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Rubrics.
  • On the Rubrics page, click Create Rubric.
  • Type a Name for the rubric. The name is the title text that identifies the rubric.
  • A description of the rubric to make it easier to associate it to relevant assignments.
  • 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.
  • New rubrics default to three rows and three columns.
  • Edit the rubric grid so it corresponds to the type of feedback and scoring appropriate for the assignment.
  • Click Add Row to add a new criterion at the bottom of the grid.
  • Click Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the grid.
  • Click Edit from a label’s contextual menu to change their names. A label identifies the rows and columns with heading names.
  • Type a point or percentage value for each row.
  • 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.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

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