Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Blackboard Interactive Rubrics

Interactive rubrics became available in service pack 6, but are just becoming available to the UMaine system with the service pack 8 upgrade.  The rubrics tool  lists evaluation criteria for assignments, discussions, blogs, wikis and journals, and are meant to help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements set forth.  Rubrics can help instructors grade and provide detailed feedback to students.

How to create a rubric

1.  From the course control panel, click on Course Tools and choose 'Rubrics'


2.  Choose 'Create Rubric'

3.  Title the rubric and give it a description (optional)

4.  Fill in the 'Rubric Details'  - you can add row or columns, reassign weights to each row or column, rearrrange criteria and add specific competencies.


5.  Submit the rubric

Once you have created your rubric(s), they will be listed on the rubrics main page.  These rubrics have not yet been linked to actual assignments, blogs, journals, wikis or discussion board.  You must do so now.



Linking rubrics to assignments, blogs, journals, wikis or discussion boards

1.  From the content area where you'd like to link the rubric (in this example, an assignment will be used), click the chevron dropdown beside the title and choose 'Edit'


2.  Go to step 3 - Grading.  Ensure that points are filled in and then click on the 'Add Rubric' dropdown.  Choose 'Select Rubric' (you can also create a rubric or create from existing)


3.  When the select rubrics window appears, check the box beside the appropriate rubric you previous created and click on the submit buttonrubrics6

4.  After the rubric is selected, you will then see that it has been linked.  You have one more option: how to display the rubric to students.  Click on the option to decide which is appropriate.  (recommendation: 'Yes (with rubric scores)')


5.  Click Submit


What students see when submitting

1.  When students access the assignment, their test information displays a rubrics button. 


2.  When the student views the rubric, they can clearly see the competencies for the assignment and how points will be assigned.  (This is just a quick example)



Grading using the interactive rubric

1.  Grading using a rubric still follows the same grading procedures as previous Blackboard versions.  Assignment submissions are found in the Grade Center while blogs, journals, wikis and discussion boards are graded within their respective tool.

2.  In the attempt, you will find the student submission for download under step 2.  In step 3, you will find the instructors access to view the rubric.  (Using an assignment as an example)


3.  The rubric detail screen will open where you can select the competencies that were met.  These are chosen by clicking the appropriate radio buttons for each row.  This in turn will automatically tally the points for the assignment.  Individual competency feedback can be given, as well as overall assignment feedback.  You also have the option to change the number of points which is great for extra credit or docking scores for late submissions.


4.  Points will automatically transfer to the assignment when you click save.  Submit the assignment for the grade to process and display for the student.


There is currently a known bug in the service pack that prevents overall feedback entered into the rubric from automatically transferring to the assignment.  If you elect to enter feedback into the rubric, you will need to inform your students to view the rubric (see below) for comments.


How students retrieve graded rubrics

1.  Students will access graded rubrics from their 'My Grades' tool in the course.  When in the tool, they will be able to click on the 'View Rubric' button from the appropriate assignment.


2.  Students will then see the fully graded rubric with scored competencies, competency feedback and overall feedback; as well as any manual grade changes to the assignment.


For more information on rubrics, please visit the Blackboard Rubrics course design page.