Marking with Rubrics

A rubric is essentially the evaluation criteria for an assessment. Rubrics provide a way to convey to students what is expected of them to achieve a particular grade and can therefore help them to organise their efforts to better meet the requirements of an assignment.

In Blackboard, rubrics can be created and associated with assignments so that you can use them for marking purposes. This helps to ensure more consistent and impartial marking as well as providing explanations to the students about their grade. This user guide looks at how to mark an assignment with a rubric that you have created and associated with that assignment. For details on how to create a rubric, please see our user guide titled Creating and Associating Rubrics.

Marking with a Rubric

Once you have associated a rubric with an assignment, you can use it for marking. This can help to ensure consistent and impartial marking as well as saving significant amounts of time.

To mark an assignment using a rubric:

  1. Marking a rubricGo to the Grade Centre.
  2. Select the assignment you want to mark by locating an attempt with the Needs Grading status (denoted by the icon). Needs Grading Icon
  3. Click the arrow button next to the Needs Grading icon and click on the attempt to load it.
  4. In the Grading Panel on the right hand side, any rubrics associated with the assignment should be listed in the “Graded Rubric” section.
  5. Click on the title of the rubric to show the rubric in List View within the grading panel. This allows you to select the level of achievement for each of the assessment criteria by simply clicking the radio button next to level. This will also apply that point value to the grade.
  6. If your rubric uses a point range, select the points you wish to award from the drop-down box.
  7. By default, the Show Descriptions and Show Feedback boxes are un-ticked to minimise the amount of information displayed on screen. Tick these boxes to show the descriptions and the additional feedback box which allows you to type feedback in context to that criterion. You may wish to use this to explain to the student why and/or how they have been given that particular level of achievement.
  8. You can view a more detailed version of the rubric in a pop-up window by clicking the View Rubric in Window button. View Rubric in a Window button
  9. In the Grid View (default), click a cell to apply that point value to the grade. If a rubric with point ranges is used, select the appropriate value from the drop-down list. To change your selection, click another cell in the same row. Optionally type Feedback to the student in the text box that appears when a cell is selected.
  10. List View displays the rubric in list form (similar to in the Grading Panel). Select an option for each criterion to apply that point value to the grade.Viewing and marking the rubric in Grid View
  11. A running Raw Total score appears underneath the rubric as you make selections. You can override the score by entering a value in the Change the number of points box.Changing the points total in a rubric
  12. You can also type some overall feedback to the student in the Feedback to Student box.
  13. When you have finished, click Save to save your score and feedback and close the pop-up window. Note: Clicking Exit will not save your selections.