Blackboard Assignment: Mark using a Rubric

Accessing the Rubric

Open the student’s submission.

1.    Click the small arrow in the light blue right-hand panel to expand the feedback options in the ‘grading panel’ and reveal the GRADED RUBRIC section.

Highlighting how to expand the menu

2.    Click the ‘View rubric in window’ button to open the full rubric as a grid.

Highlighting the view rubric button

Using your Rubric to mark

When the rubric is open:

3.    Click on the appropriate cell for each assessment criterion against a point on the Level of Achievement scale. When you select a cell it displays in pale blue, with a large green tick.

4.    Enter a short piece of individual feedback in any of the selected cells. (Optional)

The rubric grid with step 3 and step 4

5.    Optionally, enter a feedback summary below the rubric in the Feedback to Learner field.

Feedback to learner text box

6.    Press Save to save your rubric entries and feedback, and return to the main grading screen.

Important information!
You should fill out the Rubric before entering a mark. If you enter a mark first, and then complete the Rubric, when you save the rubric, the student’s mark is reverted to 0.

Showing mark as 0
Important information!Remember to also press Submit or Save Draft on the main grading panel screen to retain your rubric entry – just saving your Rubric feedback does not save anything to the Grade Centre.

Highlighting the Submit button.


What Do Students See?

When students view their marks in My Grades they will see a speech bubble icon next to the grade.

My Grades speech bubble

Clicking on this icon will show them comments entered in the main FEEDBACK TO LEARNER area, and also the summary feedback entered at the bottom of the Rubric.

Expanded comment to learner

There is a link to the Rubric underneath the assignment title.

Clicking on this link opens the full Rubric grid in a new window.

Student view of rubric

Students can also view the rubric when looking at their submitted paper.  They can click on the icon next to their mark to open up the Rubric in a new window.

Rubric Icon


Page last updated on January 15, 2019 by Sev Raychev

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