So, you want to use Rurbics?

This week I was asked to do a workshop on Rubrics at Bristol Community College. I got to the conference room early,  set up the computer, entered the collaborate room, and started my presentation. Apparently, the computer didn’t like it, and my sound in part of the video didn’t work! Wow. It was a great session with lots of great questions on Rubrics.

A rubric is a scoring tool that provides feedback using criteria, levels of competency, and explanation of expectations (Blach, Blanck, & Blach) (Reddy, Andrade). Learners find that having this tool provided to them from the start help them to manage the assignment.(Reddy, Andrade).  They use it as a checklist, understand what needs to be completed, and identify what is important. (Reddy, Andrade).

According to Stevens and Levi there are several good reasons to use rubrics;

  • Timely feedback to students
  • Inspired Critical Thinking
  • valuable communication
  • Provides a sense of fairness

Typical Rubric: Criteria is on the left side, levels of competencies are on the top. The middle section is the descriptors.  Each descriptor should be clear, consistent, and understandable to the learner. Total possible scores for each criterion are usually listed under the criteria. (Blach, Blanck, & Blach) (Reddy, Andrade)(Stevens and Levi) Although I have Excellent to Not acceptable, some use the opposite. Just keep it consistent across your course.


Excellent Very Good Good Fair Not acceptable
Topic (20%)
Formatting (10%)
Introduction (10%)
Body (10%)
Conclusion (50%)

For more information on rubrics:

Using Rubrics to Measure and Enhance Student Performance from Northern Virgina Community College

Rubrics- Sharing the rules of the Game 

Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback, and Promote Student Learning

Introduction to Rubrics templates (Free downloads)

Where to find rubrics if you are not going to create your own?

Rubrics for Higher Education has many rubrics from scientific to humanities.

Rubistar: This site has a lot of rubrics – many of them are k-12 bases

IRubric: Is Higher Ed centric

Pinterest: Yes there are a lot of rubrics on Pinterest

When considered a pre-made rubric, read through the whole rubric, to see if it fits assignment that you created. If it’s close, consider reworking it.

What do you do with it once you chose it?

If you are using it in Blackboard, you will have to enter it into the system. The good part of entering it into the system, it’s easy to reuse, edit, and copy.

Blackboard: Rubric

Rubrics can make grading easy and help students better prepare for the assignment. I would recommend going through some of the material above to create great rubrics.




References:    Link will take you to the reference page.


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