Rubrics are tools that help you explain your evaluations to students and help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment.  Blackboard 9.1 allows instructors to create and view rubrics when they grade assignments. In addition, rubrics can be made visible to students. There are two ways to add a rubric in your course.  You can create them in the rubric manager by clicking on the Course Tools on the left side of your course, or you can create them right within your assignment in the Edit view.  

Method 1: Creating a Rubric in the Rubric Manager

  1. Expand the Course Tools menu on the left side of your course

  1. Choose Rubrics.

     

  1. On the Rubric Manager page, click Create Rubric.


  1. You will be presented with a blank, 3x3 rubric grid.  You will need to modify this to suit your needs, and enter your own criteria for the various levels of achievement.

  1. When finished, click Submit.

Method 2: Creating a Rubric from within an Assignment

  1. While in a content area in your course, hover over the Assessment button and choose to create an Assignment.


  1. Enter your assignment details, then look under Section 3: Grading.  Hover over the Add Rubric button and select your rubric creation method.


  1. As in Method 1, above, you will be presented with a blank, 3x3 rubric grid.  You will need to modify this to suit your needs, and enter your own criteria for the various levels of achievement.



Once you create your rubric in this way (within an assignment) it will be associated with the assignment and you will see the rubric options below:

Importing a Rubric

Rubrics can also be imported.  There are many Blackboard rubrics available (for grading discussion boards, writing assignments, blogs, etc.) on Blackboard’s website.

  1. After downloading a rubric, return to Course Tools > Rubrics and click Import Rubric.

  1. Browse your Computer and upload your rubric (see sample below).

Note: for information on grading with a rubric, please see the next help document entitled, “Grading with a Rubric.”