Grade Center
and Rubrics

Learn how to navigate Brightspace's grade book and provide rubrics and feedback to your students to measure student success.

Good Grades

Setting Up Your Grade Book


The first time you go to your grade book in Brightspace, you will use the Setup Wizard to choose the settings you want your grade book to have, such as whether or not the calculated final grade is shown to students, and what will be done with ungraded items.

You will also be given the option of creating a weighted grade book or a points based grade book.  Please choose the Weighted option.

The videos below show you how to create a category in your grade book, create a grade items, associate an activity with a grade item, and enter grades.

All About Rubrics


Rubrics break down guidelines for students into specific criteria, so they can know how the quality of their work will affect their grade.  In Brightspace, you can use rubrics to grade assignments and discussions, as well as leave feedback for students based on a specific criterion.

How to Access Your Rubrics

You can find the rubrics for a certain course in Brightspace by going into that course's Brightspace site and clicking on the Course Admin tab.


Scroll down and click on Rubrics.  If you have your Course Admin page sorted by category, you will find Rubrics under the Assessment category.

There, you will be able to see all of the rubrics that have been created for that course.  If you would like to make a new rubric, click the blue New Rubric button at the top of the screen.

Brightspace Course Admin page

Watch this training video to learn what to do and what not to do when creating rubrics, the basic forms a rubric can take in Brightspace, as well as best practices for creating rubrics that both give students a clear understanding of assignment guidelines and expectations and that make the process of grading and giving feedback quicker and easier for you as the instructor.