It is important to setup the critical thinking assignment correctly so that the assessment committee can retrieve the data. Once you have done this in your course, it can be copied in following semesters. So it is basically a one time setup for each of your courses. Some departments such as Psychology have a master course template so those UCC courses will already be done for everyone who is teaching them. If you need assistance at anytime, please feel free to contact us at the CTL. (Debbie - 888-5611 or (Curtis - 888-5750 or



Assignment Setup (These 2 steps are required in order for Outcomes to work correctly)

  1. Creating the Critcal Thinking Assignment
  2. Align UCC Outcome.

Creating the Critical Thinking Assignment and Aligning UCC Outcome

Adding a Critical Thinking Assignment and UCC Outcome to Blackboard - (9:08)

Creating a SafeAssign Assignment in Blackboard

Interpreting SafeAssign Results

Creating a Grading Rubric

* Grading Rubric (recommended): The grading rubric is technically not required in order for the assessment committee to retrieve data, however we strongly recommend you take the time to revise and use it as a grading rubric for your assignment.

Below are grading rubrics that you may use to create the grading rubric for your assignment. Import the zip into your Blackboard Rubrics then edit to add additional criteria.


Creating a Rubric in Blackboard -

Creating a Rubric Evaluation Report (1:57)

Grading with a Rubric in Blackboard - (6:09)

So What Does the Assessment Committee do with the Data Collected?

Blackboard Outcomes has two sides; one is the instructors course side (assignment, aligning rubric) and the other are the tools such as artifact collection on the outcome side. Instructors do not have access to the outcomes side unless they are asked by the Assessment Committee to be an evaluator at some point. However, we want you to see what is being done with the information collected in the instructor's course side, so here is a quick six minute "CliffsNotes" version of what is happening after your students submit their critical thinking assignment on Blackboard. 

Watch this video: