Q. How do I use the Blackboard assignment rubric template?


Editing a Blackboard rubric template.


Each NILE site contains Blackboard rubric templates for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. 

These were designed by Head of Learning & Teaching Development: Policy & Practice to help staff to align their feedback to Learning outcomes.


You can locate these under: 



Screen-shot - Blackboard Rubrics


Before editing, take a copy of either the postgraduate or undergraduate rubric. 

Screen-shot Blackboard rubrics

Then select the drop-down option edit: 

First, re-name of the rubric using the module code + assignment name and year: 

Screen-shot - rubric name field

Looking at the rubric content, you'll notice that the criteria are set in the left-hand column and levels of achievement on the right. 

The first row (highlighted below) named 'Grading criteria' is intended for guidance only and should not be selected when providing feedback. 

Screen-shot, Blackboard rubric

In the criteria column, you should substitute the placeholder Learning Outcome text with the full text of each of your Learning Outcomes. (Note. we do not recommend using letter codes from the module guide as the students will not understand these.) 

Screen-grab - Blackboard rubric


In each cell under grading criteria you will need to add details of what the student will have evidenced for each level of achievement, such as in this example:


The bottom row titled 'Academic / professional quality' is already filled in, this is designed to allow you to provide feedback on areas such as referencing and quality of writing that are not covered by your learning outcomes. You may wish to edit this so it is more relevant to your assignment.

Screen-shot - Rubric row Academic & Professional Quality


By default, the rubric templates are set as 'No Points' and are intended for feedback only. If you wish your rubric to generate a grade you will need to change this to 'Point range' and add the rubric values as covered in this FAQ so that the total adds up to 100. 

Screen-shot - Rubric Type drop down

It is good practice to regularly save your rubric as you are working on it, as if the browser crashes you will lose your work. To do this click the Submit button at the bottom right of the rubric. Note. Clicking Cancel will lose any changes.

Screen-shot - rubric, cancel and submit buttons


Once saved you will see your new rubric in the rubric list:

When finished you will be able to add your Blackboard rubric to a Blackboard assignment. 



  • Last Updated Aug 12, 2019
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  • Answered By Richard Byles

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