Grade Rubrics

Grade Rubrics








Grading Rubrics
Rubrics give the instructor the opportunity to set specific evaluation criteria for an
assignment which conveys their expectations to the student in advance of grading and
helps ensure a more consistent assignment of grades to all students. Rubrics are organized
in table format with rows corresponding to criteria and columns representing the level of
achievement for each criterion.
After a rubric is created, it must be added to an assignment. Rubrics may be exported so
that they may be shared and reused for similar assignments.

How to Create a Rubric
Rubrics may be created as an assignment is created or may be created outside an
assignment and added to it later. This example illustrates how to create a rubric outside an
assignment.
1. From the Control Panel, select Course Tools then Rubrics.

2. On the Rubrics page, click Create Rubric.

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3. Name the rubric and add a Description if desired

4. Edit the grid – add rows or columns, change rubric type (points, ranges, percentages),
weight criteria, add descriptors to levels of achievement, change label names, add point
values etc.

5. Click Submit.

Add a Rubric to an Assignment
1. Click arrow next to the assignment title in the content area then click Edit.

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2. Under Grading click Add Rubric. If you were creating a rubric at the same time as you
were creating a new assignment you would do it here (Create New Rubric). Click
Select Rubric.

3. Select the appropriate rubric from the list and click Submit.

4. Determine whether you will Show Rubric to Students with or without scores or only
after grading then click Submit.

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What the Student Sees
1. When the student opens an assignment they are given the option to View Rubric. A
Rubric Details page will be displayed.

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How to Grade an Assignment Using a Rubric
1. Access the assignment under Needs Grading in the Control Panel or by searching for
it on the Full Grade Center.
2. Open the rubric under Grade by Rubric.

3. Make appropriate selections for each grading criterion.

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4. Enter Feedback and click Save Rubric.

5. Click Submit.

How to Edit a Rubric
1. Access the rubric from the Control Panel under Course Tools.
2. Click Edit.

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3. Make edits to the Rubric Details section of the page.

4. Click Submit. Note: Once a grading rubric has been used for grading it cannot be edited.
5. You can also edit a rubric from the edit assignment page. Click the title of the
assignment where it is posted in Blackboard, then Edit. Scroll down to Grading and
click Edit Rubric.

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Using the Same Rubric for Similar Assignments
Using the same rubric for similar assignments helps ensure consistency of grading and
expectations. To use the same rubric you have previously created for another assignment
you may make a copy (within a course) or export it (for use with a different course).

Copy Rubric
1. To copy a rubric within the same course, access the rubric from the Control Panel
under Course Tools and select Copy.

2. A copy of the rubric will appear entitled Copy of ‘name of original rubric’.
3. Click Edit on the drop down menu next to the name of the new rubric to change it to
something meaningful.
4. Click Submit.

5. You can also select Choose from Existing under Grading on the Edit menu of the new
assignment. This will allow you to use an existing rubric but make some edits.
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Export Rubric
1. To export a rubric, access it from the Control Panel under Course Tools.
2. Select each rubric you wish to export by checking its box then click Export.

3. Click Export to Local Computer which will allow you to reuse the rubric in other
courses and share it with other instructors for use in their course.

4. Click Submit.
5. Click Download.

6. Click Save As

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7. Choose a location and name for the rubric and click Save.

8. In the course you want to reuse the rubric click Control Panel, Course Tools, Rubrics.
9. Click Import Rubric.

10. Click Browse My Computer then find the folder where you save exported rubrics.

11. Select the rubric and click Open.

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12. The rubric file will now be attached to the course.

13. Click Submit.
14. The rubric can now be added to a specific assignment as described above.
Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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