Hello,

This is the first time I ask a question in the Bb community. I have been using Blackboard for about 10 years now and I just met some of the guys at the product roadshow last week. They encouraged me to ask a question here, and I hope you can help me find the solution to my problem!

I would like to set up Rubrics for our Faculty so that they can use some sort of automated calculation when assessing students and providing feedback. Currently we use rubrics for feedback only, because the university uses percent range and weighted components for assessment. When I try to setup a rubric with percent range, everything looks fine. I can establish 3 weighted components, and a percent range for each component.

However when it comes to make an assessment, the rubrics change dramatically and basically become unusable.

First of all, the weights from each row disappear. Second, the range is basically already adjusted to translate into points the rubric. However this makes making calculation impossible because in most cases the grades are in decimals and making the math right then is harder than writing the 3 weighted components down on a piece of paper and doing the math yourself.

My question is: is this the expected behaviour or is there any way to have the ranges 0 - 100 visible for each weighted component, while Blackboard does the math in the backend and shows the final grade only?

Thank you very much in advance!!!

Marco

Good day Marco,

So regrading your first question, the weight of each column does disappear as you mention, but you can still be able to see them in an indirect way as it will be the top percentage you can get for each component, for example on the weighted component quality, you have 4 columns, on the distinction one the top percentage is 60%(60 points), so that will be the weight of that component, below is an image of an example I made in which you can see the top percentage you can get on each component is the weight of the component

So, in a few words there is not a way to have the total weight of the column currently to display directly or to have each weighted component display as the value from 0 to 100% that was set up when creating the rubric column, they will always show the percentage related to the total points. But there is a work around without having to do the math, for example using component Quality, let say the student is on the Distinction column and got 80 out of 100

, when you are grading the attempt and using the rubric and you select Distinction you will see a drop down menu display with many options see image below

starting for 42% and going to 60%, the trick here is that the amount of option from 42% to 60% is the same numbers between 70 and 100, which is 31(70,71…100), so if a student got 80 out of 100 instead of doing the math to find the equivalence you can just count down from 42% and go down 11 options which will be 48% the equal to 80 out of 100. Hope this helps clarify some of your doubts.

but I do think having both option display would be help full so please suggest the improvement here Blackboard Idea Exchange , you can find the help page for rubric useful as well Rubrics | Blackboard Help

Best regards

Farid Ziade