A rubric can be created in the Rubric tool of Blackboard and can be attached to a discussion forum or assignment. When attaching a rubric to a discussion or assignment, the instructor can choose wether students can view the rubric or not. Rubrics can be viewable only or interactive.

It is most helpful to have a rubric already designed before building it in Blackboard. If you are new to rubrics, please see the attached article on Using Discussion Board Rubrics.

To create a rubric:

  1. In the Control Panel, choose Rubrics from the Course Tools list. If you do not see Rubrics in your course tools list, you may need to go to Customization--Tool Availability to make the Rubric tool available.
  2. Choose Create Rubric.
  3. Provide a name and description for the Rubric. This description will show to the instructor and student when viewing the rubric.
  4. Choose the Rubric Type (See, Fig. 1). Your rubric can give show percentages, points, no points or a point range.


    Fig. 1, Rubric type

  5. The rubric is a grid with rows (criteria) and columns (levels of achievement) that can be edited, added or deleted. Use these options to first create the rows and columns that you will need (See Fig. 2). Choosing edit on the drop down menu for the titles of the Criteria and Levels of Achievement in each row or column will allow you to change the title. Click save to have the title stick


    Fig. 2, Rubric grid

  6. After adding the titles for your criteria and levels of achievement, enter the points, percentage or point range for each cell.
  7. Enter the description for each cell. This description will explain the criteria needed to earn the specific level of achievement.
  8. When your rubric is complete (See, Fig 3), hit Submit. You will now be able to attach this rubric to an assignment or graded discussion.


    Fig 3:Points rubric type with three levels of achievement (novice, competent, proficient) and three criteria (Promptness and initiative, relevance of post, contribution to learning community).