The Stuff Rubrics Are Made Of

What Matters Most

Is it Just About the Grades?

How can we help students take ownership of their learning? Faculty report that many students believe grades to be arbitrary or capricous. But are the learning activities we have our students engage in about grades only? Although educators tend to define the word “rubric” in slightly different ways, Dr. Heidi Andrade’s commonly accepted definition is a document that articulates the expectations for an assignment by listing the criteria, or what counts, and describing levels of quality from excellent to poor.

Top 3 Take Aways from this Session

  1. Examples that can be modified to suit your subject area learning outcomes
  2. Ideas for implementation and versatility
  3. Steps to upload and use within Blackboard

Political Science Undergraduate Discussion Forums (max 50 pts)

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Discussion Forums with Argument and Properly Cited Support Material (max 12 pts)

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History Graduate Level Digital Media Product (max 100 pts)

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Reading Reaction Paper - Range of Percentages (criteria 100%)

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Psychology and The Law Undergraduate Group Work

Option to use with Peer Evaluation

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Upload and Associate Rubrics in Blackboard

You can Associate a rubric 2 ways (be sure to select options for Rubric Visibility):

  1. in the settings of assignments, discussions, etc. and
  2. in the Grade Center by Editing Column Information


After you use a rubric for grading, you cannot edit it. You can copy the rubric to create a duplicate rubric that you can edit.


Click this link for steps to upload Rubrics for use with Blackboard.
How to Grade Using a Rubric

Student Gains of Greater Independence

Rubrics can teach as well as evaluate. When used as part of a formative, student-centered approach to assessment, rubrics have the potential to help students develop understanding and skill, as well as make dependable judgments about the quality of their own work. Students should be able to use rubrics in many of the same ways that teachers use them—to clarify the standards for a quality performance, and to guide ongoing feedback about progress toward those standards.
Madelyn Kilgore

Instructional Designer - SHSU Online

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