Video Videos: Blackboard: “Creating a Rubric“; “Associating a Rubric with a Gradable Item“; “Grading with Rubrics
Vendor documentation: Blackboard: “Rubrics
Turnitin: “Using Rubrics“;  “Editing Exported Rubrics


Rubrics for grading are available in both Blackboard and Turnitin (through GradeMark).  Using rubrics in grading can provide a valuable framework for grading objectively; sharing a grading rubric with students before they complete an assignment helps students produce better work for their assignments.

Blackboard Rubrics

The Blackboard Rubric Tool, accessible from the Course Tools area of the Control Panel, allows you to import, create, copy, and delete rubrics. Instructions for these processes are provided in the vendor links area above. This is no limit to the number of rubrics that you can use in your course. New rubrics default to three rows (for criteria) and three columns (for levels of achievement), but rows and columns may be added or removed. When editing, you may also rearrange rows and columns by using the reordering icon.

Blackboard rubrics can be attached to assignments, essay and short answer test questions, blogs, journals, wikis, and discussion board postings. When you attach a rubric to a gradable item, you have the option of whether to show the rubric to students.

You have the choice of two views for grading with a rubric: the Grid View and the List View. The cell description, which is included in the grid view, is optional in the list view. Both views allow you to add feedback for individual cells and for the work as a whole. You have the option of overriding the total number of points that were calculated by the rubric before the grade is entered into the Grade Center column for that student.

The rubric grid view for grading

The rubric list view for grading


The Blackboard tool also has a “View Associated Content” area for each rubric where you are given a list of each of the assessments that have that rubric attached. If the rubric has been used for scoring the associated item, you can run a Rubric Statistics Report that displays the average results of evaluations using the identified rubric.


Turnitin / GradeMark Rubrics

Turnitin rubrics are available to you when you create or edit an assignment. There are three types of Turnitin rubrics:

  • The standard rubric allows you to enter scale values for each column, and weight your criteria rows using percentages
  • The custom rubric allows you to enter any value directly into each cell
  • The qualitative rubric allows you to provide feedback but has no scoring.

As with the Blackboard rubric, you may add or subtract rows and columns from the default new rubric.

Visit the vendor links at the top of this page for instructions on how to create, attach, and import / export rubrics.

To grade using a GradeMark rubric: in GradeMark, at the bottom right of the screen, click on the View/Edit Scorecard Rubric icon.

For the standard rubric: you may choose to use the rubric grading in the right hand area of the screen, in which case the cell description is listed at the bottom of the window when you hover over the score:


Alternatively, you may click the pop-out button to view the rubric in a separate, smaller window.

Once all the cells for the rubric are selected you can apply the rubric percentage to the overall grade for the assignment. For example: if the rubric score is 3.2/4, the rubric percentage is 80%, and the assignment is worth 100 points, if you applied the rubric % to the overall grade the student would be awarded 80 points for the assignment. To apply the rubric percentage to the assignment’s grade click on the “Apply rubric percentage to grade” button.



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