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Create a Grading Rubric


In this document you will learn how to create and use a rubric for grading in Blackboard.


A Rubric is a tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements
of an assignment. Instructors can use Rubrics to explain their evaluations to students.

Rubrics are made up of rows and columns. The rows correspond to the various criteria of an assignment. The columns correspond to the level of achievement expressed for each criterion. A description and point value for each cell in the rubric defines the evaluation and score of an assignment. There is no limit to the number of Rubrics that can be created.

  • Click Course Tools
  • Click Rubrics
  • Click Create Rubrics
  • Enter Rubric Name and Description. Edit the Rubric Grid so it corresponds to the type of feedback and scoring desired
  • Click Submit
  • Click Grade Center, Full Grade Center to Apply the Rubric to your Grade Center assignment
  • Choose the Contextual Menu for the Assignment, then Edit Column Information
  • Choose Add Rubric, select Rubric

Note: You can only Associate Rubrics to assignments via the Grade Center.

  • Select the Rubric you want to associate to the assignment. Click Submit

Note: You can associate the same Rubric to multiple assignments. By default your students can’t view the rubric. To minimize grading questions to you Select Yes (With Rubric Scores). This option allows your students to view their assignment score based on the associated rubric. To view the Rubric when Grading a Blog, Wiki, Journal, or Discussion Board.

  • Access the Blog, Wiki, Journal, or Discussion Board
  • Click Edit Grade on the right hand side of the page
  • Click Used for Grading icon to use the associated Rubric with that assignment for calculating the students grade. The Rubric will open in another window
  • Provide your grade, feedback or grading notes, in the Rubric Detail window, then Save
  • Click Save Grade

For more information about using rubrics in your course site click on the following links to video and other resources: Click on this link for a additional information on creating a grading rubric or Click on this link for a movie guide on creating a grading rubric