Blackbaud LMS has traditionally only allowed teachers to evaluate student performance through a grade and a comment. While this evaluation method covers the basics, it does not help with students’ understanding of expectations, or for communicating performance at a granular level. As such, teachers oftentimes use rubrics, calling out the skills to be evaluated on an assignment.
With no way to handle rubrics in Blackbaud LMS, teachers have used paper rubrics or PDFs. This creates an extra level of work, as teachers have to translate the rubric evaluation to the LMS gradebook. And for students, it creates a separation between the final grade they see online and the more detailed rubric feedback.
The high-level goals of this project were to make rubric usage easier and more meaningful for teachers and students, and to better connect rubrics with other LMS functionalities.