Blackboard Rubric Tool Part 2: Creating and using rubrics

Once you have designed an assessment, created the rubric and tested it with students and staff (see Blackboard Rubric Tool Part 1: An introduction to using rubrics), the next step is to create and deploy the rubric in Blackboard.

Creating a Blackboard Rubric (see video guide below as well)

  1. Select rubrics from ‘Course tools’
  2. Click ‘Create Rubric’
  3. Rubric detail allows you to build your rubric (see image below)
  4. Add columns/rows as required
  5. Change the rubric type (scoring percentage, points, range, weighting)
  6. For a holistic rubric only one row is required

Note: weighting is only available when scoring uses percentages

Blackboard rubric tool

Create Bb Rubrics – YouTube

Note: video has no sound

Importing/exporting a rubric

  1. Select ‘Rubrics’ in the ‘Course tools’ menu to display all rubrics for the module
  2. Tick the rubric to be exported and click on ‘Export’
  3. Choose the export location (local computer or Content Collection)
  4. To import a rubric click on ‘Import Rubric’ and select the appropriate file.

image of an exported Blackboard rubric

Linking a rubric to a Grade Centre column

  • Go the column title in the Grade Centre
  • Click on the down arrow to reveal the column information
  • Edit ‘Column information’

linking a rubric to an assessment part one

  • Add rubric

linking a rubric to an assessment part 2

  • Choose rubric
  • Submit

Marking a rubric linked assignment

  • Within the Grade Centre, locate the student and the column for the assignment
  • Select the attempt you wish to view

Marking using a rubric step one

  • You will now be viewing the student attempt
  • Click on the downward facing arrow to expand the grading panel and find the rubric

marking using a rubric step two

  • Choose the view of the rubric (list/grid view)

marking using a rubric step 2

Marking by rubric – views

Do not use both views simultaneously, selections and feedback will not sync.

Grid view

rubric grid view


List view

rubric list view

  • Show Descriptions: Check this box to show descriptions of the rubric grading criteria.
  • Show Feedback: Check this box to show the textboxes for entering feedback for each criterion.
  • Select the radio button: for each rubric criterion to assign a score
  • Feedback: Enter feedback for each criterion in the space provided
  • Raw Total: The student’s raw score will automatically be updated
  • Change the number of points out of NN to:  This option allows users to update the student’s raw score
  • Feedback: This space allows instructors to send general feedback regarding the rubric to the student.
  • Text Editor: Click this button to enter rubric comments using the text editor in Blackboard.
  • Save Rubric: Click this button to save the rubric grades.

Student experience of the rubric

  • Students can view rubrics associated with an assignment, if you have allowed this in set up.
  • Be aware that the current default is not set to share with students, you will have to manually set it to allow them to see it.
  • Students click the pop up to view specific assignment feedback.
  • Students go to their MyGrades tab and find the assignment.
  • Here they can view the marked associated rubric.
  • Students see both generic and criteria specific feedback, if you have added it (see image below).

rubric student view


Managing the release of marked rubrics

To manage the release of marked rubrics to students~:

  • Go the column title in the Grade Centre
  • Click on the down arrow to reveal the column information
  • Use the ‘Hide from students’ toggle to hide or reveal the column
  • This enables the release of the completed rubric at a time of your own choosing

release of rubric

Editing rubrics

  • Rubrics can be edited after creation.
  • Warning! If the rubric has been used to score student submissions, modification of the rubric will not be allowed.
  • Editing the rubric would affect all assignments for which the rubric has been used.

Further guidance

UWE guidance

Blackboard guidance


Article by Mike Clapp

Many thanks to Ghizzi Dunlop on whose workshop this article was based.

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