About Rubrics

A rubric is a scoring tool that clearly defines the evaluation criteria and the mastery levels for each criteria. Rubrics can be used for a variety of assignments: papers, oral presentations, group projects, etc. It is a great tool for making the assessment process more formative and student-centered.

Tips for designing rubrics:

1. Before creating the rubric examine the objectives or learning goals/outcomes to be addressed by the assignment.
2. Use simple language to describe the parameters. If your rubric is student friendly there are more chances of students using it to guide their work.
3. Don’t use too many columns. Keep the rubric comprehensible and organized.
4. Share the rubric with your students BEFORE using it in class so students understand your expectations and rubric’s relevance.
5. Revise the rubric as needed.

In your course you have access to two types of rubrics: Rubrics under Course Tools which can be associated with Blackboard Learn tools and the Turnitin Rubric that is specific to Turnitin.

The Rubrics tool in Blackboard Learn can be associated with the following tools:

  • Assignments
  • Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions
  • Blogs and Journals
  • Wikis
  • Discussion board forums and threads


How to Create Rubrics in Blackboard

How to Create a Rubric for Turnitin Assignment