For example, students giving a research presentation might be graded in three areas, content, display, and presentation. A given criterion is then stated in several different levels of completion or competence, with a weighted score assigned to each level. Therefore, for each of the three areas, a score would be assigned, (0 being the lowest level). It sounds more complicated than it actually is, and looking at some of the examples in the list of links below should help.
Rubrics can be created in Blackboard, then associated with assignments, including projects, research papers and even Discussion Forums. The instructor just clicks on the level of performance for each level the student has met for the submitted project. When the 'rubric' is properly implemented, the grade received enters the Grade Center for both the student and the Instructor's Grade Center with that specific student's grade. The instructor then clicks on to the 'next' student assignment to use the Rubric to grade again.