A Rubric is a tool which lists evaluation criteria for an assessment, and provides a means to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assessments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements, and you can use them to explain your evaluations to students. Another value in using rubrics is they can help ensure consistent and impartial grading.

You can associate rubrics with the following types of gradable content:

  • Assignments
  • Test essay, short answer, and fle response questions
  • Discussions
  • Blogs, Journals, and Wikis
  • non-calculated Grade Center columns

Mechanics of a Rubric

Rubrics are made up of rows and columns. The rows correspond to the various Criteria of an assignment. The columns correspond to the Level of Achievement expressed for each criterion. A description and point value for each cell in the rubric defines the Score for a Criteria based on the Level of Achievement.

Once a rubric is used for grading, you cannot edit it. However, you can copy the rubric to create a duplicate rubric that you can edit. There is no limit to the number of rubrics that can be created.

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Create Rubric

  • Select Course Tools > Rubrics
  • Select Create Rubric
  • Type in a Rubric Name. Optional: Type in a Description for the rubric--students will never see this.
  • Select Rubric Type:
    • No Points: Feedback only
    • Show Points: Single point value for each level of achievement
    • Show Point Range: Range of values for each level of achievement
    • Show Percent: Flexible depending on each item's possible points (Default)

  • Change rows and columns as needed using Edit. Select Add Row to add a new criterion and Add Column to introduce a new level of achievement.
  • Enter an appropriate Message into each cell in the rubric. Graders and students will be able to read these Messages.
  • If you have selected Show Points or Show Point Range for the Rubric Type:
    • Assign a point value or point range for each of achievement level.
  • If you have selected Show Percent for the Rubric Type:
    • You may weight the criteria by adjusting the percentage associated with each one. These percentages must add up to 100%. Alternatively, press Balance Weights to weight all criteria equally.
    • Assign a percentage value from 0%-100% for each of achievement level.
  • Press Submit to create the new rubric.
For additional information see Create Rubric (3 min video)

Rubric Cell Example

Example Rubric: Percent

The sample rubric shown below uses a rubric type of Percent. Each row represents specific Criteria to be evaluated and is assigned a percentage. Each column represents a defined Level of Achievement (e.g., Insufficient, Satisfactory). Each cell determines the Percent students receive when they do the described Level of Achievement for a specific Criteria. The Weighted percent for all rows must add up to 100%.

Example Rubric: Point Range

The sample rubric shown below uses a rubric type of Point Range and defines a maximum of 20 pts possible. Each row is assigned one portion of the total points available (e.g., 10 pts of 20 possible). Each column determines the point range Score students may receive when they do the described Level of Achievement for a specific Criteria. Note that one of the cells in each row must contain the maximum points for that row (e.g., 10 pts) and that each row's maximum should total to the number of points possible (e.g., 20 pts).

Download Sample Rubrics

VALUE rubrics developed by teams of faculty experts are available for use with your BbLearn course. Choose Rubrics to download.

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