Rubrics are a teaching and grading tool which allow you to formalise grading schema for an assessment item. They also help instructors communicate their grading methodology and expectations to students. Rubrics are not exclusively related to summative assessment - they may be used for feedback in any kind of assessment.
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In Blackboard, rubrics are a list of criteria and expectations related to the learning objective of a particular exercise or assessment item, along with a description and associated grade weightings or scores.
Rubrics can be associated with the following tools:
Here you can see all of the major components of the rubric grid. The grid aligns assessment criteria against corresponding levels of achievement. You can have multiple criteria and many levels of achievement, but the default grid is a three by three.
Use these options to adjust the properties of the grid: the number of columns for achievement, the number of rows of assessment criteria, the rubric type, and the weight for each criteria.
If you modify an existing percent-based rubric the weights will only be shown if they do not match the default balanced weights. If additional rows are added, criteria weights will be distributed equally. Use the Balance Weights button after adding a new row to keep all criteria weighted equally. If you prefer individual criteria weighting, enter the weights manually.
Note: row and column headings like these are fully editable:
Once you have finished editing your rubric you should press the Submit button. You should recieve a confirmation of success.
Once you have created a rubric, you can attach it to an assessment item (Discussions, Assessments and some test questions).
In the Create or Edit screen of your assessment, Click Add Rubric under Section 3, Grading.
Click Select Rubric and choose the rubric to apply to the assignment:
The assignment editing interface will show you all of the currently attached rubrics, as well as options for adding, removing and editing the properties of the currently attached rubrics.
Submit your selection, finish configuring the options for your assignment type, and then submit the assignment:
If multiple rubrics are associated, only one can be the primary grading rubric.
You can access the Rubrics in an assessment item via the Full Grade Centre or Needs Grading Control Panel menu items.
When adding or editing an assignment, it is possible to specify multiple rubrics per assessment item, to satisfy different goals. You might elect to have one rubric for grading, and a secondary rubric for another evaluation purpose. Multiple rubrics will be listed in the Grading section of the assessment item Add or Edit screen:
Rubrics that have been added to the assignment will be listed. Note it is not possible to have more than one grading Rubric.
You can add a rubric to a question in a Blackboard Test in the Test Canvas when you create an essay or file upload question:
You can use Blackboard's export and import functions to reuse and share rubrics throughout your modules.
To export a rubric, select Modules tools from the Module menu and then select Rubrics. Now select the rubric you wish to export and click the Export button - you can then choose the export location.
If you select the location as your Computer, you'll be presented with a Download button.
Likewise, to import, select Modules tools from the Module menu and then select Rubrics. Click the Import button and locate your rubric file, then click Submit.
Your rubric will now import (you'll be shown a confirmation screen) and it is ready to attach to assessable items.