A rubric is a grading tool that lays out the specific expectations for an activity. Rubrics can be built in Blackboard and attached to any graded activity or a column in the Grade Center.
You will want to use rubrics for
There are three basic parts of a rubric:
Levels of achievement
This is the scale used to measure how well or how poorly any given task has been performed. These can be set in Blackboard by points, point range, percentage, and percentage range. When Percentage or percentage range is used, criteria can also be weighted.
These are the outlined dimensions of the task.
Details the expected performance or behavior expected to achieve a certain level.
Here is a template incorporating these elements:
Evaluate rubrics based on coverage/organization and clarity
Before you borrow a rubric, think about suitability and time.
For more information on creating rubrics in Blackboard, visit this link to the Blackboard Help Page on Rubrics. This page includes information on:
Arter, J. and Chappuis, J. (2006). Creating and Recognizing Quality Rubric (CAR), Portland: Pearson Assessment Training Institute.
Stevens, D. D., & Levi, A. (2013). Introduction to rubrics: An assessment tool to save grading time, convey effective feedback, and promote student learning. Sterling, Va: Stylus Pub.
Turley, E. D., & Gallagher, C. W. (2008). On the uses of rubrics: Reframing the Great Rubric debate. English Journal, 97(4), 87-92.