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Blackboard Rubrics


A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provides a means to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment, and you can use them to explain evaluations to students. Rubrics can help ensure consistent and impartial grading.

About Rubrics

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 evaluation and score of an assignment. You can create as many rubrics as you need.

Blackboard Rubrics allow:

  • Clearer communication of expections to students
  • Quicker grading for faculty
  • In depth analysis of students' work and meeting objectives through rubric reports

For more information on developing and using rubrics in Blackboard, visit  Blackboard's Rubrics page.

Rubric Examples

Below you will find list of example rubrics that you can download from here, upload to Blackboard, modify in Blackboard, and apply to your Blackboard assessments.

Note: Click on the  rubric icon icon to preview the rubric. Click on the  zip file icon icon to download the Blackboard zip file.

Discussion Forums and Blogs

  • HIM Discussion Board Participation Template Rubric  rubric icon zip file icon
  • NURA Discussion Board Rubric  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Discussion Boards Example   rubric icon zip file icon
  • Discussion Topics Example   rubric icon zip file icon
  • Blogs Example  rubric icon zip file icon

Research Papers - Reflection Papers - Essays

  • Research Paper N. Belz  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Research Paper S. Painter  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Article Reflection Paper N. Belz  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Reflection Essay S. Painter  rubric icon zip file icon


  • Oral Presentation  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Group Oral Presentation  rubric icon zip file icon
  • Voice-over PowerPoint Online Presentation  rubric icon zip file icon

Addition Rubrics to Consider:

  • USC Sample Rubrics - here is a number of Blackboard rubrics you can download and modify
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