About rubrics

In this article, you can find information on the Rubrics Tool in Brightspace. Rubrics enable you to evaluate an activity or item based on a set of predefined criteria.  Rubrics include evaluation criteria, levels of performance and description for each level and each criterion. Rubrics may be created and shared with course offerings. Instructors can create rubrics at the course level and reuse them in other course offerings via Import/Export/Copy Course Components. Learn more about this in How to copy a course.

Use the Rubrics tool to create rubrics and add them to assessment activities and items within your course. Use rubrics to evaluate assignment submissions and discussion activities. Rubrics can be useful both for evaluating students and for letting students know how they are evaluated. Rubrics in Brightspace even let you the option to provide some feedback to your students! In the following picture, you can see an example of how criteria and levels in a rubric look like.

example of rubric

Overall workflow to set up and use a rubric

There are several steps needed in order to set up a rubric. In most cases, rubrics are created and linked to an assignment or discussion topic. At the same time, rubrics are linked to grade items, that receive the grade given by the rubric and send the grades to the gradebook.

To set up a rubric linked to an assignment and to a grade item, you will need to follow these steps:

2. Create a rubric

Learn more about creating rubrics in this article:

Here you can see an example of how the connection between a rubric and the grade item works:

•There is an assignment called 'Assignment 2' that is associated with a rubric.

  • The rubric has a maximum of 12 points among all the criteria.
  • There is a grade item called 'Grade assignment 2' that counts for 5 out of 10 points in calculating the final grade.

•The grade item 'Grade assignment 2' is linked to the assignment 'Test Assignment 2'



  1. Teachers evaluate student submissions by filling in the rubric.
  2. A student receives 9 points out of 12 in the rubric. This is 75% of the maximum possible grade in the rubric.
  3. The student will receive 75% of the possible points for that grade item. This is 75%*5 = 3.75
  4. The student received 3.75 points for the final calculated grade.

Now you are ready to start setting up rubrics in your course. Continue reading other articles about rubrics to learn how to do it.