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  • 1. Rubrics for CollegeThe Easy Steps Way™ Susan Lieberman
  • 2. Program Let’s go to the Opera! – Objectives of rubrics – Preparation of assignments – Elements of rubrics – Resources – Application – Draft a rubricRubrics for College 2
  • 3. But first “What is a rubric???” Rubric derives from ruber, the Latin word for red – In medieval times, legal instructions were written in red and rubric meant something that authoritatively instructed people (Wiggins, p154) “A rubric is a scoring tool that lays out specific expectations for an assignment” (Stevens & Levi, p3)Rubrics for College 3
  • 4. Rubrics for College 4
  • 5. Types of rubric Choose from many types This presentation focuses on one type of rubric – Easy to mark – More objective – Based on a grid system  Criteria along one axis  Numerical scores along other axisRubrics for College 5
  • 6. Farah’s Teaching Challenge Farah was a new faculty member teaching two different courses that changed each semester Other teachers would say to her, “Farah, use a rubric. It will make your life easier.” But when would she ever find the time to create the rubric?Rubrics for College 6
  • 7. Farah’s Challenge 2 Students asked “Miss, where’s the rubric?” & were upset when there was no rubric And because no rubric, Farah had to spend extra time explaining the assignment to students And Farah had to spend extra time marking the assignments And, after handing out the marked assignments, Farah had to spend extra time justifying her assessments.Rubrics for College 7
  • 8. Farah’s Challenge 3  Farah works hard preparing her courses & wants to explore more online resources, but time is always chasing her  She wishes that she could tap into useful resources more quickly – both using and sharing resources  She needs an “all-in-one” rubric resource  Finally, a colleague told her to visit a lens at Squidoo solely devoted to Rubrics for College  She said to herself, “This is it! I will visit this lens do something for ME finally!”Rubrics for College 8
  • 9. Objectives – What does Farah wantto achieve through use of rubrics? Save grading time Convey effective feedback Promote student learning And…. – Reduce hassles!!!!! – Minimize marking complaints – Prepare better assignments – Provide more perceived objectivity – Give transparency and consistency in markingRubrics for College 9
  • 10. You need a good rubric! But first, you need a good assignment! The next slides examine the design of a good assignmentRubrics for College 10
  • 11. Sample Assignment Farah turns to her students and says “Oh, your final assignment is due in 2 weeks. Write an essay on “The Life of a Bat” and prepare a 10 minute presentation”Rubrics for College 11
  • 12. What do you think of this assignment?Rubrics for College 12
  • 13. Prepare an adequate assignment  Written  Detailed  Relevant  Content-driven (to be explained …)Rubrics for College 13
  • 14. Written & Detailed Why? 2 marks off for presentation? At least 12 I’m sure I told font Times New Roman them all the & 1 inch borders – requirements – I like, how would I know think?! that?!Rubrics for College 14
  • 15. Relevant This is a n anthropology class – just what am I supposed to say about the life cycle of a bat?Rubrics for College 15
  • 16. Content of an assignment  C ontext  O bjectives  N umbers  T imelines  E xpectations  N orms  T opographyRubrics for College 16
  • 17. Context How does assignment fit into Course? Course name – Anthropology 100 Assignment title – The Lifecycle of a Bat Summary – This assignment will demonstrate your understanding of …Rubrics for College 17
  • 18. Objectives of assignment Why do this assignment? Define assignment objectives – Refer to course outline objectives  Knowledge, Skills, Attitude “Rule” – Whatever is shown as assignment objective must have some grade assigned – Whatever has a grade assigned must be listed as an objectiveRubrics for College 18
  • 19. Numbers How many marks is assignment worth? How much of final course mark is represented by this assignment? How much is each objective worth? If a student “meets expectations”, how much is this worth? What are mark penalties for non- compliance?Rubrics for College 19
  • 20. Timelines  When is assignment due?  Late penalties?  Last date to hand in?  Progress report dates?Rubrics for College 20
  • 21. Expectations Identify & articulate instructions Content expectations – eg … – Perform & record an experiment – Select and analyze an article – Prepare a grant proposal – Write a one-act play Process expectations – eg … – Group and/or individual? – Use of resources – Presentation standards – Progress reports?Rubrics for College 21
  • 22. Norms• Convey level of expectation• What is the average targeted mark? • 65%, 70%, 75% …• Use this mark for the “meets expectation” level of the assessmentRubrics for College 22
  • 23. Topography  Assignment should map out the instructions and expectations in a logical & descriptive wayRubrics for College 23
  • 24. Assignments  Assignments – Written, detailed, relevant – CONTENT – driven  “A successful rubric begins with a well- drafted assignment”Rubrics for College 24
  • 25. Elements of a Rubric  E lements of a Rubric – Rows – Columns – Cell descriptions  What do each represent?Rubrics for College 25
  • 26. Elements of a RubricThe “Awesome” OSM Approach O bjectives – Row headings – Criteria S tandards – Column headings – Levels of achievement M easurement – Cell descriptions – Achievement differentiation – Grade assignment Rubrics for College 26
  • 27. Objectives/Criteria (Rows) Recall assignment objectives – Connect each to an assessment criterion – Specific, measurable and action-oriented Learning objective  assessment criterion – Eg Assignment objective requires student to analyze practical situation  Rubric Criterion (row heading) - “Application of theory to facts” – Eg Rubric criterion assesses correct grammar, spelling, organization …  Assignment objective – Student will prepare a written summary demonstrating good grammar, spelling and organization Rubrics for College 27
  • 28. Standards (Columns) Determine number of proficiency levels Total of all “meets expectation” grades should produce approximate average mark Generally, three or four levels work well – Highest level (Excellent/ Exceeds expectation/ Expert/ Professional) – Next level (Good/ Meets expectation/ Proficient/ Adequate) – Lower level (Satisfactory/ Needs some improvement/ Developing/ Needs works – Lowest level (Weak/ Needs much improvement/ Novice/ You’re fired!Rubrics for College 28
  • 29. Measurement (Cells) Select measurement tool for each criteria – Decide how to measure proficiency for that criteria Quality (How well was the task done?) – Eg Did the student connect the theory to the facts? Quantity (How many of the tasks were done?) – Eg Were all the instructions followed? Frequency (How often was the task done?) – Eg How frequently were grammatical/spelling errors made? *Consequence (What is effect of the work done?) – Eg Did the presentation hold the attention of the class?Rubrics for College 29
  • 30. “Extra” Farah likes to provide her students with lots of comments pointing out to them where additional work is needed A chart summarizing common weaknesses is useful – She marks applicable points – They use as a completion checklist Example appears on Slides 4 & 26Rubrics for College 30
  • 31. Special Situation Group Rubrics Concerns? – Is each member contributing?  Free-loaders? – How to apportion marks? – Reliable feed-back about group dynamic?  Has there been intimidation? – Has each member tackled all aspects?Rubrics for College 31
  • 32. Groups - Suggestions Members assign group roles at outset and monitor Members each submit rough work Peer assessments – Compulsory or voluntary Submit process description (who did what %) – Organization, research, writing, presentation … Progress report(s) Written submissions describing group problems within a tight timeframeRubrics for College 32
  • 33. Resources about …  Farah asks where she can find useful resources about – Types of rubrics – Methods to create rubrics – Theory of rubrics – SamplesRubrics for College 33
  • 34. Creating & Sharing Rubric Resources Squidoo Lens ( ) – “Reduce Hassles, Teach Smarter – Rubrics for College” Delicious bookmarks ( ) – Tagged bookmarks which relate to rubrics RubiStar: ( ) – Helps the teacher who wants to use rubrics, but does not have time to develop them from scratch – Provides template rubrics that can … be printed and used for many typical projects and research assignments.” iRubric ( ) – Site for free development and sharing of rubrics – Public gallery, how-to videos and building toolsRubrics for College 34
  • 35. Rubric Template •OK to reduce/increase/ rename standards •OK to reduce/add more criteriaRubrics for College 35
  • 36. And, one more word … “Hello Susan, I attended your session last Wednesday evening. Was it timely! I had just picked up [a major (10-20 page) assignment] to mark from my class. The first thing I did was prepare a rubric. It made the whole process manageable, fair and consistent, and will provide the necessary feedback to the students. I believe that the use of rubrics should be mandatory not optional...”Rubrics for College 36
  • 37. Wrap-up Follow The Easy Steps Way™ to create rubrics for college and better understand Objectives of rubrics Preparation of assignments Elements of rubrics Resources Application – Draft a rubricRubrics for College 37
  • 38. About the author … “TeachCollege” (Susan Lieberman) teaches at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Canada As a lawyer and a chartered accountant, I mainly teach business students Introduction to Business Law My passion is Teaching through Multi-media Storytelling - stay tuned as soon Ill present slides on that topic I enjoy working with other faculty and helping them to develop their teaching skills Keep checking for slides on various college teaching topics such as classroom management and lesson plans I thank my dear family, friends and colleagues for their support Rubrics for College 38