Create a Rubric

  1. Log in to Blackboard and navigate to your course.
  2. Create a new assignment or edit an existing one.
  3. Scroll down to the Grading Section and click Add Rubric.
    Blackboard - Add Rubric
  4. There will be three options:
    1. Select Rubric: Re-use a Rubric you have already created.
    2. Create New Rubric: Create a new Rubric from scratch, using the default template.
    3. Create from Existing: Create a new Rubric based on a Rubric you’ve already created.


Select Rubric

This will only work if you have already created a Rubric.

  1. When you choose “Select Rubric,” a new window will open. Select the box to the left of the rubric you’d like to use.
    Blackboard - Selected Rubric
  2. At the bottom right of the new window, click Submit.
    Bb Submit
  3. On the assignment page the rubric will be listed with some options:
    Blackboard - Included Rubric no arrow


Create New Rubric

  1. A new window will open. Name your rubric.
    Bb Entry Name-Field
  2. Scroll down to find the rubric. Blackboard provides a default template with 3 Criteria (rows) and 3 Levels of Achievement (columns).
    1. To rename a row/column, click the down arrow next to the name and click Edit.
      Blackboard Rubric - Edit Row
    2. To add more rows/columns, click the respective Add button at the top-left of the rubric.
      Blackboard Rubric - Add Row Column
    3. By default, the rubric will be based on percentage points. There are several options available in the Rubric Type menu at the top of the rubric.
      Blackboard Rubric - Rubric Type

      1. No Points: No points will be allocated to any criteria. Use this option for non-graded assignments.
      2. Points: Each Level of Performance is given a set number of points.
      3. Point Range: Each Level of Performance is given a range of possible points which you can choose while grading.
      4. Percent: Each Criteria is weighted toward the final grade as a percent. Levels of Performance are given a set weight toward their respective criteria as a percent.
      5. Percent Range: Each Criteria is weighted toward the final grade as a percent. Levels of Performance are given a percentage range that weigh towards their respective criteria.
    4. If you are using a percent-based scoring system, you can change the percentage for each Criteria.
      Blackboard Rubric - Criteria

      1. At the bottom of the Rubric you can see the total weight (this should read 100% before submitting). You can automatically balance the Criterias by clicking “Balance Weights.
        Blackboard Rubric - Balance Weight
    5. For each Criteria’s Level of Achievement, you can put the points/percent(if applicable) and a description of expectations.
      Blackboard Rubric - Level of Achievement
  3. When you are satisfied with your Rubric, click Submit at the bottom right of the rubric window.
    Bb Submit
  4. On the assignment page the rubric will be listed with some options:
    Blackboard - Included Rubric no arrow


Create Rubric from Existing

This will only work if you have already created a Rubric.

  1. When you choose “Create Rubric from Existing,” a new window will open. Select the box to the left of the rubric you’d like to use.
    Blackboard - Selected Rubric
  2. At the bottom right of the new window, click Submit.
    Bb Submit
  3. A new window will open. Name your rubric.
    Bb Entry Name-Field
  4. Scroll down to find the rubric. The rubric will be a copy of the rubric you chose; you can make changes without affecting the original rubric.
    1. To rename a row/column, click the down arrow next to the name and click Edit.
      Blackboard Rubric - Edit Row
    2. To add more rows/columns, click the respective Add button at the top-left of the rubric.
      Blackboard Rubric - Add Row Column
    3. By default, the rubric will be based on percentage points. There are several options available in the Rubric Type menu at the top of the rubric.
      Blackboard Rubric - Rubric Type

      1. No Points: No points will be allocated to any criteria. Use this option for non-graded assignments.
      2. Points: Each Level of Performance is given a set number of points.
      3. Point Range: Each Level of Performance is given a range of possible points which you can choose while grading.
      4. Percent: Each Criteria is weighted toward the final grade as a percent. Levels of Performance are given a set weight toward their respective criteria as a percent.
      5. Percent Range: Each Criteria is weighted toward the final grade as a percent. Levels of Performance are given a percentage range that weigh towards their respective criteria.
    4. If you are using a percent-based scoring system, you can change the percentage for each Criteria.
      Blackboard Rubric - Criteria

      1. At the bottom of the Rubric you can see the total weight (this should read 100% before submitting). You can automatically balance the Criterias by clicking “Balance Weights.
        Blackboard Rubric - Balance Weight
    5. For each Criteria’s Level of Achievement, you can put the points/percent(if applicable) and a description of expectations.
      Blackboard Rubric - Level of Achievement
  5. When you are satisfied with your Rubric, click Submit at the bottom right of the rubric window.
    Bb Submit
  6. On the assignment page the rubric will be listed with some options:
    Blackboard - Included Rubric no arrow


Rubric Options

When you create/select a rubric, it will appear on your assignment page with more options:

  • Blackboard Rubric Options - RemoveRemove:
    Removes the rubric from the assignment. Does not permanently delete it.
  • Blackboard Rubric Options - View RubricView:
    Allows you to view the rubric.
  • Blackboard Rubric Options - Edit RubricEdit:
    Allows you to edit the rubric.
  • Blackboard Rubric Options - Allow Student ViewStudent Permissions:
    Options to allow/disallow students to see the rubric. By default, students will not be permitted to view the rubric in any circumstance. You may set it so students always have access to the rubric with the scoring or without the scoring, or so students may only see the rubric after being assigned a grade.

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