Some colleagues who are using Blackboard assignments to mark student work will have set up a Rubric for use in providing feedback. Typically this will be a qualitative (non-scoring) Rubric called a ‘No Points’ rubric that does not automatically assign a grade as each box is ticked, but is a way of indicating to the student how well they have performed against each assessment criterion.
We have discovered a minor issue in using such Rubrics which markers should be aware of.
After filling-out and saving the rubric, it resets any grade entered in the Attempt grade field to 0 and you will then need to re-enter the grade.
Since these are non-scoring Rubrics, filling out and saving a Rubric should not enter anything in the Grade field. However, when you save a non-scoring Rubric, Blackboard enters a 0 in the Grade field – overwriting any mark which had previously been entered there.
The workaround for this is always to complete the Rubric before entering a Grade.
If you have entered a Grade, and then need to edit the Rubric, make sure that you take a note of the mark awarded before doing so.
Blackboard are aware of this issue and plan to fix it in a forthcoming software release.
1. The Grade for this Attempt showing as 62.
2. Click where shown to open the Rubric.
3. Fill out the Rubric and Save.
4. Grade for this Attempt has now reverted to 0.