Rubrics Tool

Rubrics can now be created within Blackboard and associated with the grading process for Blackboard native tools including Assignments, Blogs, Discussions, Journals, Tests (select question types), and Wikis.

The following tutorial will step you through the process of creating and editing a Rubric within Blackboard. For information about rubrics and how they can be used in assessment, please visit the Rubrics Research Guide.

Creating & Editing Rubrics

Quick Start Instructions

To create and edit a Rubric within Blackboard:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Using the My Dartmouth Courses module, navigate to the course in which you wish to create the rubric.
  3. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics.
  4. From within Rubrics, select Create Rubric.
  5. Type a Name for the Rubric.
  6. Type a Description of the Rubric. (optional)
  7. In Rubric Detail, select the Rubric Type from the dropdown menu. Types include: image
    • No Points for feedback only
    • Points
    • Point Range
    • Precent
  1. Edit the Rubric Grid so it reflects the feedback and scoring you will use to evaluate the student.
    Note: The default Rubric Grid only includes three columns and rows. Add, edit, and delete both as needed.
  2. Click Add Row to add a new evaluation criteria to the rubric grid.
      1. Rename the new row by clicking the chevron sign and selecting Edit.image
      2. Modify the weighted value for each row.
        Note: Total weight for all criteria must equal 100%. If the rubric type is percent, a Balance Weights button will appear at the bottom of the page next to Total Weight.
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  3. Click Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the rubric grid.
    1. Rename the new column by clicking the chevron sign and selecting Edit.
    2. Add the associated values (points, range, percentage) for each criteria.
    3. Add the description defining the evaluation criteria for each criteria at that level of achievement.
      Note: There is a 1000 character limit in the description cells.
  4. Click [Submit].
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To rearrange columns and rows:

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  1. Click on [Criteria] or [Levels of Achievement].
  2. From the resulting window, select the Row or Column you wish to move.
  3. Click the up/down or left/right arrows to move the column/row as desired.
  4. Click [Submit].

imageTo edit the Rubric:

  1. Select the chevron sign next to the Rubric you wish to edit.
  2. Select Edit from the resulting menu.
  3. Modify the Rubric as necessary. Refer to the instructions above.

 

 

Associating a Rubric with an Assessment

Rubrics can be associated with the following:

  • Assignments
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forums and Threads
  • Essay Questions (within Tests/Surveys)
  • File Response Questions (within Tests/Surveys)
  • Journals
  • Short Answer Questions (within Tests/Surveys)
  • Wikis

The act of associating a Rubric with an assessment can be accomplished in one of two ways.:

  • During the initial creation of the assessment.
  • Through the Grade Center once the assessment has been created.

Note: The option to add a rubric will only appear if the activity has been set as graded. This is particularly important for Blogs, Wikis, and Journals.
The following tutorial will step you through the process of associating a Rubric with an assessment.


To Associate a Rubric during the initial creation of an assessment:

The following instructions pertain to Assignments, Blogs, Discussion Forums/Threads, Journals, and Wikis.

  1. From within a Content Folder, use [Create Assessment] or [Add Interactive Tool] to select the tool within which the assessment activity will occur.
  2. Under the section for Grading or Grade Settings, select [Add Rubric].
    Note: Blogs, Discussions, Journals, and Wikis must be set to Graded for the Add Rubric option to appear.
    Important: If a Points Based Rubric will be used it is not necessary to enter Points Possible, as the Points Possible will reflect the Maximum Points available within the Rubric.
  3. Select one of the following options:
    1. Select Rubric to associate an already created Rubric with this activity.
      Note: You will be prompted with the list of rubrics you’ve already created. Select the box(es) for the rubric(s) you’d like to use and click Submit.
    2. Create New Rubric to create a rubric from scratch.
      Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
    3. Create From Existing to copy and then edit the copy of another rubric.
      Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
  4. Once the rubric has been selected, click the chevron sign to select the rubric Type designation.
    1. Used for Grading  (default) – used to designate primary grading rubric
    2. Used for Secondary Evaluation – apply this option if multiple rubrics are being used for grading
  5. Select a Show Rubric to Students option.
    1. No (default setting) – student cannot see the rubric at any time
    2. Yes (with Rubric Scores) – student can see all rubric details
    3. Yes (without Rubric Scores)- student cannot see points or percentage values
    4. After Grading – students can view the rubric only after the submission has been graded
  6. Finish the entering the remaining required data for the creation of the assessment.
  7. Click [Submit].

To Associate a Rubric with a question in a Test/Survey:

The following instructions pertain to Essay, File Response, and Short Answer questions within a Test or Survey.  If using a Point-based Rubric, it is important to note that it will be necessary to set the test question value to the Maximum Possible Point value for the rubric.

Note: If you are new to using Tests and Surveys within Blackboard, it is recommended that you first consult the Creating Tests and Surveys tutorials.

  1. From within the Test Canvas, select [Create Question] and select one of the following question types:
  •  Essay
  • File Response
  • Short Answer
  1. Under the section for Rubrics, select [Add Rubric].
    Important: If a Points Based Rubric will be used it is not necessary to enter Points Possible, as the Points Possible will reflect the Maximum Points available within the Rubric.
  2. Select one of the following options:
  • Select Rubric to associate an already created Rubric with this activity.
    Note: You will be prompted with the list of rubrics you’ve already created. Select the box(es) for the rubric(s) you’d like to use and click Submit.
  • Create New Rubric to create a rubric from scratch.
    Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
  • Create From Existing to copy and then edit the copy of another rubric.
    Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
  1. Once the rubric has been selected, click the chevron sign to select the rubric Type designation.
    1. Used for Grading  (default) – used to designate primary grading rubric
    2. Used for Secondary Evaluation – apply this option if multiple rubrics are being used for grading
  2. Select a Show Rubric to Students option.
    1. No (default setting) – student cannot see the rubric at any time
    2. Yes (with Rubric Scores) – student can see all rubric details
    3. Yes (without Rubric Scores)- student cannot see points or percentage values
    4. After Grading – students can view the rubric only after the submission has been graded
  3. Finish the entering the remaining required data for the creation of the question.
  4. Click [Submit].

To Associate a Rubric with an assessment from the Grade Center:

  1. Go to Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Click the chevron sign next to the column for the assessment to which you wish to add a rubric.
  3. Select Edit Column Information from the resulting menu options.
  4. Under the section for Grading, select [Add Rubric].
    Note: If the Rubric to be selected is points based, the Points Possible originally assigned to the activity will change to match the Maximum Points Possible within the rubric.
  5. Select one of the following options:
    1. Select Rubric to associate an already created Rubric with this activity.
      Note: You will be prompted with the list of rubrics you’ve already created. Select the box(es) for the rubric(s) you’d like to use and click Submit.
    2. Create New Rubric to create a rubric from scratch.
      Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
    3. Create From Existing to copy and then edit the copy of another rubric.
      Note: See tutorial for Creating/Editing Rubrics.
  6. Once the rubric has been selected, click the chevron sign to select the rubric Type designation.
    1. Used for Grading  (default) – used to designate primary grading rubric
    2. Used for Secondary Evaluation – apply this option if multiple rubrics are being used for grading
  7. Select a Show Rubric to Students option.
    1. No (default setting) – student cannot see the rubric at any time
    2. Yes (with Rubric Scores) – student can see all rubric details
    3. Yes (without Rubric Scores)- student cannot see points or percentage values
    4. After Grading – students can view the rubric only after the submission has been graded
  8. Finish the entering the remaining required data for the creation of the assessment.
  9. Click [Submit].