AI Rubric Generator
Blackboard's new rubric generator is part of the Blackboard Learn "AI Design Assistant," which is now featured in Ultra view. This guide shows how the design assistant can generate full assessment rubrics from an assignment description.To learn more about AI Design Assistant, see the feature announcement from Blackboard.
The rubric generator is only available in Ultra view courses. To access and explore the rubric generator in Ultra view, you can also use the Ultra Sandbox that is available for you in Blackboard original view.
Rubrics can help align assessments with learning objectives and promote transparency, consistency, fairness and effective feedback in the grading process. Using Blackboard’s AI design assistant, you can generate rubrics based on your course content. The generated rubric is 100% editable by the instructor. Instructors are encouraged to review and refine the rubric content.
Accessing the Rubric Generator
To access the generator directly from "Course Rubrics":
- Navigate to the Gradebook tab of your course.
- Click the settings iconto open the Gradebook settings
- Scroll down to the "Course Rubrics" section and click the black "Generate" button.
In order to access the rubric generator when creating an assignment:
- Create an assignment or open an existing assignment that you wish to apply the grading rubric
- Click the settings iconto open the assignment settings
- Scroll down to the "Additional Tools"
- Click "Add grading rubric" under the "Use grading rubric" options
- Click the black "Generate" button
Defining the Rubric
Once you have accessed the "Generate Rubric" page, there are a couple of settings you can customize in order to generate a rubric for your assignment:
- Description: The rubric generator will take into consideration anything you have typed into the assignment's content, as well as the assignment title. However, the description is a great place to add any details that you would like taken into consideration that may not be mentioned in either of the aforementioned areas. This is also a great place to copy and paste the prompt that you can find here.
- Rubric Type: Use the dropdown menu here to determine a grading system (points, percentage, etc.)
- Complexity: At this time, the "Complexity" feature doesn't seem to render consistent results. It does appear that higher complexity settings may offer wording within the rubric that is more complex but this does not always hold true. This feature is expected to become more useful as Blackboard continue to develop the AI Design Assistant software.
- Columns: Columns is often where the levels of performance will be listed (i.e. "Exceeds expectations," "Proficient," etc.). Adjust this according to your needs
- Rows: Rows is often where the individual criterion will be listed (i.e. "Organization," "Grammar & Mechanics," etc.). Adjust this according to your needs.
Recommended Description Prompt
If you know the criteria and levels of performance you'd like to use for your rubric but want to use the generator to save time, we recommend using the following prompt:
"This rubric is for an assignment that is to be graded based on [list criteria factors here which could include things such as organization, grammar and mechanics, text-based evidence, etc.]. The criteria should be listed as the first column. The levels of accomplishment on the rubric should be stated as [list wording here such as exemplary, proficient, developing, etc.]. Additionally, each criterion should have a maximum possible points of [insert number of points desired]."
If you wish for each category to have a different amount of possible points, edit the final sentence of your prompt to state: "Each of the criteria should have the following maximum amount of points: ..." and list them in order with a corresponding score.
When you have finished customizing the settings, click the black "Generate" button. A generated rubric will appear to the right of the settings. Here, you can decide to modify any of the settings listed above to examine the changing outputs of the AI Design Assistant tool.
Editing a Generated Rubric
In order to edit a generated rubric:
- Click the black "Continue" button (located in the bottom right hand corner) to take you to a confirmation page
- Click the black "Save" button
- Exit the Assignment settings
- Navigate to the Gradebook
- Open the Gradebook settings by clicking the settings icon to the right hand side of your screen
- When the side panel menu opens, scroll down to "Course Rubrics"
- Click to select the rubric you wish to edit
- Hover over the section of the rubric you wish to edit
- Click the edit iconto edit the text field
- Click the black "Save" button in the lower right hand corner.
If you have already used a rubric to grade a student submission, you will not have the ability to edit the rubric. Be sure to double check all rubrics before making an assignment available to students.
While the rubric creation is part of the AI Design Assistant, the rubric generator should be thought of as more of a tool than an assistant. Here are some considerations when using the rubric generator:
- The rubric generator will work best when you have clearly defined parameters, expectations, and grading guidelines outlined in your assignment's content. If your assignment is vague, the rubric will be vague.
- The generated rubric is not created based on any kind of theoretical framework (i.e. Bloom's Taxonomy, ADDIE, etc.). If this is something you want incorporated, you'll need to make edits to the basic rubric.
- If you are not totally satisfied with the rubric that is generated, clicking the "Generate" button will produce different results each time, even when the settings are unchanged.
Absolutely! While we find that the best way to get a useable rubric is by using the prompt provided in "Defining the Rubric," the AI tool is also helpful in generating ideas for the criterion and levels of performance you can use for your assignment. We recommend doing this by thoughtfully and thoroughly creating your assignment first, and then clicking the "Generate" button on the rubric generator to see the suggested categories that Blackboard provides. Continue clicking the "Generate" button and take note of the criteria/levels of performance that you would like to use for your assignment. Then use those terms in the prompt provided on this page.